21 September, 2018

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EXCLUSIVE: The extra-judicial killings had been ordered by Gota – The International says

By Colombo Telegraph –

“The source told the lawyer taking his deposition, which was witnessed by a public official of the state of New York, that the killings had been ordered by from the Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The source claims that he was informed that the Defence Secretary had passed on ‘some instructions to a field commander to get rid of those LTTE cadres who are surrendering.” New York base The International reports today.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

“In a crucial exchange recorded in the source’s testimony, he was asked: ‘Who would have given the order…that this is the way to handle the hardcore LTTE cadres?’ The source replied: ‘It should come from either the secretary of the defense [sic], with the knowledge of the president involved. He also has to be kept informed. The commanders could not undertake such decisions.’” The International further reports.

Below we give the full story The International published;

The Sri Lankan army ordered extra-judicial killings and assassinations during the final days of the country’s civil war, according to allegations made by a former member of the army. The source made the statements in an affidavit, obtained by The International as a part of an investigative report on the civil war, published today. The allegations were also accompanied by statements made by a witness who claims that he saw a number of serious war crimes being committed against civilians.

The assertions of the first source, who held a very senior position in the armed forces during the final period of the war, are perhaps the most significant. Having access to the flow of orders and strategy and holding a high level security clearance, his testimony appears to corroborate many claims made by the United Nations, prominent human rights organizations and a series of reports made by Channel 4 news regarding abuses carried out by the army.

The source alleges that extra-judicial killings of surrendering or captured members of the rebel Tamil Tiger group were committed as “standard operating procedure” during the last months of the war.

Furthermore, the source told the lawyer taking his deposition, which was witnessed by a public official of the state of New York, that the killings had been ordered by from the Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The source claims that he was informed that the Defence Secretary had passed on “some instructions to a field commander to get rid of those LTTE cadres who are surrendering.”

Evidence - extra-judicial killings

In a crucial exchange recorded in the source’s testimony, he was asked: “Who would have given the order…that this is the way to handle the hardcore LTTE cadres?” The source replied: “It should come from either the secretary of the defense [sic], with the knowledge of the president involved. He also has to be kept informed. The commanders could not undertake such decisions.”

Such a view appears to agree with statements made by American diplomat Patricia Butenis in a memo released by Wikileaks last year, in which she suggests that the responsibility for the alleged crimes rests with the country’s senior civilian leadership. In a cable dated 15 January 2010, she wrote: “responsibility for many of the alleged crimes [during the war] rests with the country’s senior civilian and military leadership, including President (Rajapaksa) and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka.”

In his testimony, the source also alleges that a former member of the LTTE who had been involved in extra-judicial killings was given “a freehand” to do so by the Sri Lankan military. This figure, known by the Nom de Guerre of Colonel Karuna, and also by the name of Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, now holds the position of “Minister for National Integration” in the Sri Lankan government. The Karuna group broke away from the LTTE after an internal dispute in 2004, and shortly afterwards started fighting their former comrades in co-operation with government forces.

Evidence - extra-judicial killings

A Wikileaks-released US State department memo, dated May 17th 2007, referring to the Karuna group, records what appears to be the opinion of a US diplomat that they helped the army “fight theLTTE, to kidnap suspected LTTE collaborators, and to give the GoSL a measure of deniability.” She writes that similar reports had been made by a “number of trusted Embassy contacts, often at personal risk” who “have described in detail the extent of the GoSL’s involvement with paramilitary groups.”

Such statements, again, corroborate the allegations made by the source.

In other statements, the source admitted to the existence of “white vans” that were allegedly used for kidnappings during the same period. These vehicles were mentioned by a UN report in April this year as one of the many “credible allegations” made against the Sri Lankan government. The “white vans,” according to the source’s testimony, were used by what he describes as “hit squads” of a few elite assassins hand picked by the Defence Secretary. When asked by the lawyer if Mr. Rajapaksa’s “predecessor [had] a hit squad”  the source replied “no, it’s a new thing” which began with the present minister’s appointment in 2005.

In another claim, the source alleges that the 12-year-old son of Villai Prabhakaran, the late leader of the Tamil Tigers, was interrogated and killed. The source states: “I got to know at the latter stages that they found out where Prabhakaran is, through his son… And subsequently, I got to know that [the boy] had been killed.”

Evidence - extra-judicial killings

The military source also stated that he was aware of threats or actual killings of journalists who criticised the government, including that of Lasantha Wickremathunge, who predicted his own murder at the hands of the government in an editorial published in the Sunday Leader newspaper in January 2009.  Mr. Wickremathunge wrote just before his death that “[w]hen finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me” adding, in a direct address to the President, “we both know who will be behind my death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too, depends on it.”

The source believed that a prominent cabinet minister was responsible for the killing, but added that he believed that the President sanctioned it. He told the lawyer: “this type of thing is coming from the top itself…the president…he is ultimately responsible.”

If either the Defence Secretary or the President were aware of or ordered any of the alleged acts that the source claims occurred during the war, or for any extra-judicial killings, then they could be subject to prosecution for crimes against humanity under the Geneva Conventions. The Sri Lankan government has consistently denied that any such practices occurred.

What is particularly significant about the allegations made by the source, beside the seniority of the source and the legally-binding nature of his testimony, is that they appear to corroborate many of the most serious claims levelled at the government of Sri Lanka.

The UN, in a report published in April this year, described allegations of extra-judicial killings and the “disappearances [of] numerous persons… perceived by the Government to critical of its approach or sympathetic to the LTTE”.

In responding to alleged video footage of extra-judicial killings broadcast by Channel Four last year and also recently, Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stated that the documentation appeared to be “authentic.” He added that the apparent killings should be investigated “as if they had occurred” and that it was essential to find out if the alleged execution in the film “was part of a widespread pattern.”

The claims made by the military figure indicate that this is the case.

The testimony of the source that the order to kill surrendering LTTE fighters are also corroborated by other allegations made by members of the military, as recorded in a Channel Four news report in May this year. In the report, an anonymous soldier stated “Yes, our commander ordered us to kill everyone. We killed everyone”, and another was quoted as saying: “Definitely, the order would have been to kill everybody and finish them off…It is clear that such orders were, in fact, received from the top.”

In the second statement obtained by The International, a civilian witness also alleges that the Sri Lankan army committed war crimes. This source, who cannot be named for his own safety, has stated that the Sri Lankan army directed “several attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure” including the use of civilians as “human shields.” He related that he “specifically [remembers] . . . the hospital bombing of Matalan in March 2009 after being treated in a ward there,” and was “present when the UN food distribution point was hit by Government attacks in Sudandarpuram in
January 2009,” resulting in the deaths of “a lot of children, pregnant women and mothers.” He also said that he “witnessed the bombing of a church in Raddaivaaikaal in March 2009.”

The civilian source claims that the most ferocious atrocities occurred near Nandikadal Lagoon, in the north east of Sri Lanka, the location where the body of Villai Prabhakaran (the former leader of theLTTE) was found shot dead.

Describing the area as being “full of people” the source alleges that the “Army was advancing and chasing people in front of them towards the Tamil Tiger (also known as the LTTE) frontlines” and used them “as shields in between them and the LTTE.” He also remarked that: “When the LTTE shelled [the army]…. the Army retaliated by shooting and shelling the people. People were dying in masses.”

The source added that civilians with “white flags” were also used as human shields: “people were climbing up …in groups to run with white flags to the Army, but the Army often chased them back to the frontlines… to use them as their buffer.” He described the attacks on civilians as “intentional” and “indiscriminate”, stating that he estimated that he saw around three thousand dead bodies in the area affected.

The 26-year-long civil war between Sri Lanka’s armed forces and the separatist group known as the “Tamil Tigers” or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), cost up to 100,000 lives between its beginning in July 1983 and its conclusion in May 2009, according to estimates by the United Nations. At present, there are two major inquiries investigating allegations of war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government: a United Nations inquiry which is ongoing, and an internal inquiry within Sri Lanka, headed by a “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee” which is made up of a body of eight senior civilian figures, many of whom have served in legal roles for the government prior to and during the Rajapaksa administration. It is headed by Mr Chitta Ranjan De Silva, who was attorney-general of Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2009.

No one has been prosecuted to date.

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    Now we are bound to trace the killers !!!!! Take them to the Hague and show the world WHAT IS THE WONDER OF ASIA !!!!

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    THERE IS NO NEED TO PUNISH THE ARMY….GET THE PERSON OR THE PEOPLE WHO ORDERED THE SHOOTING……..THOSE RESPONSIBLE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE WILL REVEAL THE KILLING OF LASANTHA,EKNALIGODA ETC….MR ,GOTA N BASIL HAVE TO COOPERATE….AS WELL AS PALITHA KOHONA,GL,AG,ETC

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      if i am having a gun i’ll kill you :). fortunately i lost it. Dont be idiot macho. if you’re LTTE guy, those idiots are ok. But if you’re Sri Lankan you’re Upan Gai Fool.

      Stay like a man and love the country. If this country is Safe, then you’re child also services. Without him, we are also a another separated country and UN deff choose ILAM also as a Country. That’s there plane. fortunately we did wipe out them. But still you ppl are helping them.

      If you’ew angry with him, because of Political reason don’t do this Foolish things to Help LTTE. Otherwise you’re LTTE guy. I am not talking about Politics. I am talking about my Country and What Gotabaya and Other heros Did for the country. You ppl are put them Down.

      Politics are different. If its a Political issue , then make the Opposition strong and pull the PLA out. Its really simple. But now you’re doing something else

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        You are nothing but a Sinhala nationalist or a supporter of the alleged war criminal Rajapakse regime.

        Are people in Sri Lanka safe after the LTTE? Why Journalists are abducted, tortured and murderd? Did Lassantha Wickremathunge a threat to Gota, MR or Basil?

        No criminal can escape from accountability and justice!

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    KILLING TERRORIST IS GOOD FOR WHOLE WORLD —- IF GOTA GIVEN THE ORDER TO KILL THEM HE SHOULD BE GIVEN NOBEL PRICE AS THEY DID FOR OBAMA.

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      TRUE.
      Killing Bin is a Grate work
      Killing another terror group from a poor country :) funny
      UN can kill lot Innocent ppl but if poor country Killed terror group :)

      Anyway we know these kind of thing never happened. if happened, what is the problem. They are terrorist. :)

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      I thought you called Gota a terrorist. Then I realised you are one of those who think the state players cannot be terrorists!

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    The photograph of GOATA speaks for itself!! Guilty conscience pricks the mind!

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    We know about these images. Those are not true images and made my LTTE using LTTE actors. We have enough evidence to prove it as a faulty one. I think people who put these images also should put the movie too. Because they cannot pronounce the Sinhala word correctly at least. that’s why they are not using it.

    Come to sri lanka and see how Tamils and Sinhala people are leaving together calmly. for a example 55% from Colombo population is Tamil. Not Sinhala. :).

    People who are planing to Spoil the Sri Lanka is, who are trying to stay in European/ USA/ AUS countries as a refuges. Because they know if Sri Lanka in calm they have to comeback. If they comeback, those idiots cannot do anything in SL due to there poor knowledge. This is a Really good country. Some people are putting there comments but never know where’s Sri lanka.

    Come to Lanka and see the Difference.

    Nowadays Media also trying to spoil this. Because they need news. And some companies fails with there job and they need publicity. So they are trying to do this. Don’t be idiots. This is a very small country. very innosent people are leaving in here.

    Also some countries spoiling this because they need to sell there war-items. No war no sales. All these are business.

    mind you’re own business.

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    Barak Obama ordered to kill Bin Laden, because he was a terrorist, and threat to civilians. Just like that if GR ordered to kill those terrorists what’s wrong with that, those terrorists killed thousands of innocent civilians for 30 years. Otherthing LTTE never being trustworthy, there were suicide bomber (woman) among the civilians who crossed to the government control areas from LTTE clutches in last week of the operation, and killed dozens of people exploding herself. LTTE terrorists never care about innocent tamils or other civilians, they just made their living by the name of Eelam, just like LTTE diaspora make their living in other countries by misleading tamil communities.

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    Money given to Tamil tigers to stop vote for Ranil could be reason for Gota giving order to kill all.
    Shavendra got his reward for no comment.
    Where’s Basil?
    This is an evil family with very bad karma.

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    Sorry Mr.Lion , You are only one sided. I don’t know your thinking process BUT keep in mind When you call your country Democratic Social Republic.We have to solve the problems in a DEMOCRATICALLY ! When you are a country leader or defense secretary or minister or clergy or major general they all commit by taking the oath their duties are bound towards humanity , impartial , non violent , manner. The court or the legislative branch of the country will judge the criminal activities and lay down the laws according to the law of the land. Lets have opinions of people in a DEMOCRACY. . Do not jump into conclusion !!!!

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      Thats what i am talking “RIFUS”. You are also only one sided. Come to SL and feel what you’re taking about. I am talking about freedom. I think you are outside from the country. Some time ago we are afraid to come to our work place because of these blady LTTE People. Killed so many innocent ppl like Dogs and Cats. Bomb to religious places. At that time were did you stayed. What comment you did.

      Again i am reminding you. Check how Tamil peoples living in this country with Sinhala people. There’s no situation in here. Just some people are trying to show an another picture of it. because they need to service as i menction in my early comments. I stayed 3 years out side from my Country. Still i love my country. because These people are really good. Not like Europe, USA ..:).

      Also what they dis wrong. GR, MR, etc… Wiped out LTTE group is a BAD idea? Its a joke. SL did a grate job for the whole world. You know why some countries are trying to show this as a crime.

      Sri Lanka is a Small country. Now all the world know they wipe out one of the biggest Terror group in the world. So other counties also thinking like that. They also think, if SL can Do why we cannot. Thats the Most dangerous idea people having for the UN People.

      because UN survive because of war. How many people are working there. If no war in the world that mean, they are loosing their jobs. They cannot sell their War-items. All these are business. USA mostly depend on the WAR-items.

      You also need to understand this situation. Developed counties can do anything. but poor counties cannot do anything without informing them. If we did RDA for a nuclear power, deff they will kill us. But they can play with nuclear without a problem.

      Why UN in the world. They established for helping to stop war. But are they doing that :). Now they are the people who are helping for the war. Now they need the war.

      You also need to help sri lanka. Do not compare with Political situations. Because politics always depend on you. Its up to you’re idea. Also keep this in mind. more than 2/3 people are like MR. So Y any talks regarding him.

      Keep you’re mind, I am not talking about politics. I am just telling you they did right thing for our country, and also for the whole world. Also as a Sri lankan i can tell, They did not kill people like that. Putting Images are not a clue. Because with a Photoshop its a simple matter of time. Also i know about those images that put in this site.

      Also you people are talking against to humanism. You people have no idea how we suffer for the last 30 years. including Tamil people.

      Do not listen to others always. Come and visit my country. Please Please give you;re best help to keep our country peace.

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    Some poor knowledge people can say Wiped out a terror group in SL is totally wrong.
    Killing so-many innocent people by UN and said sorry (at least not say “Sooo Sorry”) it is acceptable. At the moment they can said “Its a mistake”. how many mistakes they did for last few years. No Criminal cases for thise. because that done by White skin people. How funny is this.

    This is something called “Afraid for the white skin”

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    Its not matter who give the order, those LTTE Teras deserve this punishment

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    WHO CREATED THE LTTE N WHO CREATED JVP INSURGENTS..IT IS THE SOCIETY WHO IN SOCIETY IS IT YOU OR ME…THE POLITICIANS…UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY…LANKA LION MIGHT IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT…DEMOCRACY N JUSTICE………..THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS POLITIZED N YOU ARE BLIND……YOU HV BETTER GET SOME ADVISE FROM THE WISE.THE SINGAPORE EXAMPLE IS THE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY…LKY THE FOUNDER MADE THE NATION..DEVELOPMENT WHEN SIDE BY SIDE WITH PEOPLES PROGRESS N UPKEEP….PEOPLES POWER IN CONTROL FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS….ANY KILLINGS OF POLITICIANS BY POLITICIANS,LOOK HOW UNRULY IS THE PARLIMENT…IS THAT HAPPENING INA CIVILIZED NATION…..I AM PROUD TO BE A LANKAN NOT INA COUNTRY WITHOUT DEMOCRACY…..WHAT A WASTE….GIVE THE BENEFIT TO THE PEOPLE……SINGAPORE N THE PAP PROGRESS WITH THE COMMON ,OUR COUNTRY IS RULE BY GUN CULTURE AND LANKA LION YOU LOVE IT…

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    Once a upon a time, long before LTTE has been conceived by Tamil youths, there had been murders, killings, disappearances and torture very common, You Sinhalese can’t blame on LTTE abuses and terror forever to justify your cowardly acts against Tamil civilians. We, Tamils have long list atrocities committed by your monolithic armed forces. We, Tamils never trusted your justice nor will we trust in the future. All of your institutions are shallow and hollow. They don’t represent fairness and justice of civil community. They all fit into barbaric society of ancient Scythian tribe in caucus mountains region.

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    AS I MENTION IN MY PRIOR REPLY,GOOD GOVERNANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR TO MOVE FORWARD,IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY THE POLITICIANS CARE FOR ONLY THEIR PARTY AND THEIR HENCHMEN,WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAME TO POWER HE SPOKE OF THAT CONCEPT SOON IT WAS FORGOTTEN,GREED BY HIS BROTHERS ,HE LOST TRACK THAT AS THE PRESIDENT HE IS THE LEADER OF THE NATION IMMATERIAL OF HIS PARTY-UNP,JVP,TULF-SINHALESE ,BURGERS,MALAY,TAMIL ETC HAVE TO SURVIVE,ALLTHE RAJAPAKSA N CLAN CONSIDERED WAS THEIR PARTY EVEN IF YOU ARE A LTTE OR A MURDERER,KUDU TRIBE WILLING TO JOIN HIM DOORS ARE OPEN AND MOST OF TIME CASES WITHDRAWN BY THE INSTRUTION OF THE BROTHERS BR AG MOHAN PERIES……UNDER DEVELOPED GL IS A YES MAAN JUST LIKE THE OTHERS IN PARTY……PRESIDENT FELL IN LINE AS THE NATION N ALLTHOSE IN REGIME RUNS THE NATION AS THEIR BUSINESS ENTERPRISE…..NOW THEY TRY TO KILL EACH OTHER EVEN IN PARLIMENT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PRESIDENT….SHAME.SHAME..IS THIS DEMOCRACY..IS THIS WHY WE GAIN INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN…THIS IS THE WORST REGIME BABARIC RULERS….PEOPLE CANNOT VOICE THEIR OPINION……WHAT PROGRESS THE PEOPLE WHO WERE TOLD TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS RECEIVED AFTER THE LTTE ENDED,LEAVE ASUDE SALARY INCREMENTS PROMISED…COST OF LIVING UP BY300% NOW…LOOK AT THE COLOSSAL WEALTH OF THE MINISTERS IN REGIME N THER RAJAPAKSA BROTHERS WHO WORKED IN GAS STATIONS IN US…TRUTH HURTS BUT FACTS ARE FACTS.IN OUR COUNTRY OR ANYWHERE POLITICIANS MAKE MONEY BUT IN SRI LANKA IT IS ONLY FOR THEMSELVES NOTHING FOR THE MASSES…..WE CAN TAKE HONG KONG,SINGAPORE OR KOREA AS EXAMPLES……WHAT HAS HAPPEN?WE NEED TO REFORM,BUT WHEN IS THE QUESTION?LOOK AT THE WORLD GOVERNANCE OF THIS NATURE WILL NEVER SUCCED…COLONAL GADDAFI,SADDAM HUSSEIN ETC.ONE CAN HAVE TRILLIONS N TRILLIONS …KARMA WILL COME…..PAYBACK TIME WILL COME…THE WORLD IS ROUND.

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