Killing Prabhakaran’s son, a war crime – SF


by Harischandra Gnaratna

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, leader of the Democratic Party yesterday said that there was no evidence to prove LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s son had been killed by the army.

Field Marshal Fonseka was addressing the media at his party headquarters in Pelawatte.

Asked to comment on former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s claim that the army had committed a war crime by killing Prabhakaran’s son, Balachandran, Fonseka said if the Tiger leader’s son had been killed it amounted to a war crime, but added there was no evidence to prove the former High Commissioner’s statement.

He said there were only two photographs and a video of Balachandtran. In one of the pictures his body was seen lying in a jungle patch between the Nanthikadal lagoon and the sea and the other showed the 12-year-old in a bunker.

"Both these photographs and the video do not provide any evidence that the terrorist leader’s

son was killed by the army; no other persons are seen in the pictures."

Fonseka said "Nobody has been able to prove this allegation though many have voiced their opinion. It is either a figment of their imagination or a fabrication to implicate the army."

The Field Marshal said certain elements with vested interests were making an attempt to tarnish the image the army and now they would have to eat their words.


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