In the wake of a “slit-throat” gesture at a protest by Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, on Sunday 4 February outside photographic evidence has surfaced indicating that Sri Lankan security forces did just that to captured and therefore unarmed LTTE suspects.
Killing prisoners of war is considered a war crime according to Human Rights Law.
The photographs indicate that an LTTE combatant was killed by throat-slitting after being questioned. This extra-judicial killing was most likely to have been perpetrated during the last stages of the battle.
The said officer Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was suspended after protesters demanded his removal.
Issuing a Press release Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday: “Authorities in Sri Lanka have taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner.
In this connection, instructions have been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London today, 6 February 2018, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect. Authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately.”