Last week, photographs of the 12-year-old son of the Tamil Tiger chief eating a snack after being captured by the Sri Lankan army emerged. Shortly afterwards, he was shot five times in the chest, probably at very close range according to a forensics expert.
The two new witnesses in what has become known as "the white flag incident" can testify they independently saw from different vantage points the Tamil Tiger leaders accepted into the custody of the Sri Lankan military and escorted from the front line, alive.
According to the Independent, their accounts cast fresh doubt on the Sri Lankan government's claim that the rebels were killed by their own supporters and add to a growing body of evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan military during the conflict.
Pulidevan and Nadesan were two of the most senior rebels to surrender.
In the hours beforehand, they used satellite phones to send messages to diplomats, journalists and peace mediators to ensure top Sri Lankan officials, including the country's President, knew of their intention to lay down their arms.
They had been assured that their surrender would be accepted if they raised a white flag. Reports the Independent.
However, the Sri Lankan defence ministry's website lists Pulidevan and Nadesan as killed by troops of the 58th Division on May 18, 2009.
According to the paper, the "white flag" incident also involved approximately 40 other rebels believed to have negotiated a surrender with the Sri Lankan government. None of them have been seen since.
anwar you make no sense. excusing the abuse of one by menting that of the other. ever heard of two wrongs dont make a right? even today abuses by the pig sinhalese continue. read learn then speak anwar
History should be very well read before passing any comments on very sensitive issue...What happened 50 years ago to the minorities and what followed thereafter...what led to all these... Superficial knowledge and thereby sarcastic and thoughtless comments/opinion would only add to the deep wounds....
Atrocities were committed by the Sri Lankan Army. But compared to the violence that LTTE brought to the island over the past 30 years the Sri Lankan Army did very little wrong. If they, the ICJ, are going to tackle this issue they would do well to start with addressing the atrocities committed by the LTTE and holding trials for their ex and current members and only then think about addressing the government of Sri Lanka's misdeeds. For 30 years Sri Lankans fought this most sophisticated terrorist outfit. My position is the correct position for all Indians to adopt because any other poisition could come back to haunt us, especially in Kashmir/Punjab related incidents.