‘Executed in cold blood… even though he was a child’

The British journalist has described the pictures of Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son in chilling detail.

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai | Published: March 13, 2012 12:54 am

The British journalist who made the Channel 4 documentaries allegedly showing human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan army in the final phases of the war with the LTTE has described the pictures of Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son — appearing in the second documentary which will be aired in the UK on Wednesday — in chilling detail.

“A 12-year-old boy lies on the ground. He is stripped to the waist and has five neat bullet holes in his chest. His name is Balachandran Prabhakaran and he is the son of the LTTE leader,Velupillai Prabhakaran,” Callum Macrae wrote in The Independent,in an article titled ‘Sri Lanka: A child is summarily executed’.

“He has been executed in cold blood. Beside him lie the bodies of five men,believed to be his bodyguards. There are strips of cloth on the ground indicating that they were tied and blindfolded before they were shot — further evidence suggesting that the Sri Lankan government forces had a systematic policy of executing many surrendering or captured LTTE fighters and leading figures,even if they were children,” Macrae wrote.

In other pictures,Prabhakaran is shown with a massive wound just above his forehead. The pictures show his body clad in uniform,then stripped and finally covered in mud. Experts say that a single fatal wound like the one he had was unlikely to be sustained during combat.

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