31 October, 2020

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The Killing Of A Young Boy

By Callum Macrae – 

Callum Macrae

It is a war that has produced some truly terrible images, but this one is particularly disturbing. A young boy sits looking distressed, like a child who has been lost in a supermarket. He has been given a biscuit or some kind of snack. In the second photograph, he is looking anxiously up, as though hoping to see someone he recognises.

The boy is Balachandran Prabakaran, the 12-year-old son of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran.

These photographs, which we are releasing today, form part of the new evidence in the forthcoming feature documentary “No War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka,” the culmination of three years of research which will be shown for the first time next month in Geneva, to coincide with the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting. The new evidence in the film is certain to increase pressure on the Indian government not only to support a resolution on Sri Lanka and accountability, but also to ensure that it is robustly worded, and that it outlines an effective plan for international action to end impunity in Sri Lanka.

The new photographs tell a chilling story. This child is not been lost of course: he has been captured and is being held in a sandbag bunker, apparently guarded by a Sri Lankan Army soldier. In less than two hours he will be taken, executed in cold blood — and then photographed again.

Forensic pathologist’s opinion

In these photographs, which digital image analysis indicates were taken with the same camera, we can see he has been shot five times in the chest. Separate video footage, also apparently filmed as a war trophy by government soldiers, shows that alongside him lie the bodies of five men. They appear to have been Tamil Tiger fighters, probably his bodyguards. They have been stripped, bound, blindfolded and then shot in the head.

The new photographs are particularly important evidentially, because they prove that Balachandran was not killed in crossfire, or in a battle. His death was deliberate and calculated. The pictures fill in chilling details on the circumstances of his murder — and leave the Sri Lankan government with yet more questions to answer about just how systematic the executions at the end of the war appear to have been. Last year, we first revealed video footage and stills which showed Balachandran’s body shortly after his execution. These were analysed for us by a respected forensic pathologist, Professor Derrick Pounder, to assess the cause of death.

The professor identified what he thinks is the first of the shots to be fired at the boy: “There is a speckling (on the skin) from propellant tattooing, indicating that the distance of the muzzle of the weapon to this boy’s chest was two to three feet or less. He could have reached out with his hand and touched the gun that killed him.”

The professor said the angle of the shots suggested that after that bullet was fired, the boy fell backwards and was then shot four more times. Unlike the men around him, there was no indication that the boy had been blindfolded or bound, so it was possible that the boy may have been made to watch the execution of his guards before the gun was turned on him.

The new photographs released today give us a chilling insight into what happened before that. They appear to demonstrate that the situation was calm and orderly. Balachandran was given a snack and some water. There was time to take photographs while he was held in the bunker and again afterwards. The forensic analysis report on the photographs concludes that there is “no evidence to indicate fabrication, manipulation or the use of effects to create the images” and concludes that the photographs “appear to be an accurate representation of the events depicted.”

From the separate video sequence recorded later (which has also been authenticated by both digital video analysis), it is clear that there were several military personnel in the area.

Where the trail leads to

It is difficult to imagine the mindset of an army in which a child can be executed in cold blood with apparent impunity. It also raises extremely difficult questions for the Sri Lankan military. With every month that passes, the evidence of systematic execution of prisoners grows. The pattern of apparent sexual violence against female fighters is disturbing in the extreme.

As the respected international human rights lawyer, Professor William A. Schabas, says in our film: “If you look at what looks like the mass execution of naked prisoners, these all add up to possibly the claim that this was in fact systematic — and that could point to the highest levels in the military authority of Sri Lanka as being responsible for war crimes of summary execution, killing and torture.”

India’s role

And in Sri Lanka, of course, the highest levels of the military are virtually the same as the highest levels of the government. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, have some very difficult questions to answer.

They may well continue to simply deny the evidence and cite the undoubted crimes of the Tamil Tigers. But as a defence, it is becoming increasingly threadbare. The crimes of one side do not justify the crimes of another. A government which claims to adhere to international humanitarian law cannot hide behind the brutal suicide bombings or the brutalised child soldiers of the Tigers. But for India there is a dilemma too. Because it matters not just what the answers to these questions are. It also matters who asks these questions. India is central to this.

It has been said before, but it is true, and worth repeating. Without justice there can be no peace and reconciliation, and without truth there can be no justice.

This is not an academic exercise in historical accountability. The men responsible for these crimes are still in charge. They are continuing to brutally repress Tamils in the north and persecute anyone who criticises the government including, as we have seen with the impeachment of the Chief Justice, their own judiciary.

If there is no attempt to address these issues and to bring justice to those who suffered, the fear is that in the short term, political repression in Sri Lanka will increase and that in the long term, history is destined to repeat itself with yet more bloodshed and regional instability.

It seems to most human rights defenders around the world, including those in India, that the only way ahead in this situation is for the creation of a credible, independent, international inquiry into these events, as called for by the U.N.’s Panel of Experts. That inquiry should examine all the crimes committed by both sides.

If India was to declare its support for such an inquiry, many hope it could mark the start of the long, delayed movement towards peace, reconciliation and political justice in Sri Lanka.

*Callum Macrae is director, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.”

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    Forensic pathologist’s opinion was discredited after the same article.. Why this idiot Callum recycling the same garbage ? [Edited out] Fog of war does not have any evidence who shot the boy, remember final days tamils gang up on the ltte so why not ask the dead?

    Pathologist were discredited as well and people should google and see how this guy propagating lies since he[Edited out]

    Scots are proud race and smart but Callum’s bring disrepute to the whole race supporting terrorists… Shame on you man.. [Edited out].

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      Forget Prabaharan.
      This was a child.
      You might see things differently – if by some karma this was your boy.
      As for discreditation – you & I are discussing a war that (at the rate things that so obviously took place in the way that they did are being dismissed), the terrors that now rule will soon shamelessly begin to propogate that this infact, never took place. And in the light of spirelling costs of living, the understandable frustrations of not having work and the doom of repression by dictators, even those folk who see it would rather keep their eyes shut and mouths closed to avoid being numbered among the disappeared feared dead.

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    Do the main actors in the regime and those who go as their advisors cognisant of the extent of the problem they are in. It is far too
    deep for Sajin Vaas, Bell Pottinger and the filthy lucre they throw about to cover up ill-smelling matters. This looks like major league. Soon we will hear the “No, Sir. Not I, Sir. It’s you, Sir” game being played and a whole load of spilling the beans to save their thick hides.

    Ides of March ????

    Senguttuvan

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      GOSL should conduct reliable investigations into these matters. And punish responsible people, if they truly took place.

      That will stop the dispicable Overseas LTTE rump’s dance around dead bodies to score a few more points in favour of their Ealam pipe dream.

      BTW, we are waiting for Callum Macrae’s documentary on VP’s long criminal record in Sri Lanka over 30 years. Callum Macrae is obsessed with VP’s kid. But, VP killed thousands of kids. Both Sinahalese and Tamil. And VP was funded by Callum Macrae’s friends in BTF and TGTE.

      We have also noticed Callum Macrae burns for Sri Lankan affairs every year. Exactly, this time of the year.

      Callum Macrae is playing for the disgusting LTTE rump in UK and else where. I am forced to conclude. Terrible.

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        Oh..while you are at it Callum Macrae, I forgot to mention.

        Will you bring a copy of your documentary on Killing of Bin Laden by American Seals? Looking forward to screening of that before UNHCR session in Geneva.

        As you know Bin Laden kids were killed by SEALs during the raid. His wife was shot in the face. Their bodies missing.

        Can you highlight that at the UNHCR? Because, USA is busy moving a resolution against Sri Lanka on similar attrocities. You must get them too walk the talk.

        If you have funding issues, call TGTE or BTF.

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          @Ben Hurling

          You are an idiot. Bin Laden’s wives and children are alive and kicking in Saudi Arabia. Click this link if you need conformation.

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17864058

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            Mr. Bean

            When SEALs enntered Bin Laden’s compound, there were reportedly small knots of children on every level, including the balcony of bin Laden’s room.

            In addition to Osama bin Laden, three other men and a woman were killed in the operation.

            Among them bin Laden’s SON KHALID, bin Laden’s courier, courier’s brother Abrar and WIFE BUSHRA.

            There were no attempt at criminal justice procedures. Pakistan’s boarder was nakedly violated. Whole operation was a live reality show for Obama’s security council.

            Bin Laden was a practising polygomist. He had so many wives and so many kids in many places. A lot of them now live in KSA. Including the remainder of family deported from Pakistan.

            I am so looking forward to Callum Macrae’s Documentary on this affair. If he manages to take a break from his onslaught against Sri Lanka this season. At the behest of BTF and TGTE.

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            OBL had 4-6 wives and 20+ kids, a glowing testament to his impressive time management skills. One son was killed by the US and a wife, wounded. http://tinyurl.com/6y6wdhf

            Sri Lanka’s problem is that it’s too poor to afford remote-controlled assassination kit like armed drones which don’t leave incriminating evidence Instead, it has to rely on fallible, unreliable human assets.

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          The reason one of his wives was shot in the face was due to Bin Laden seen US seals getting closer…..draged his wife to him for cover and did not let her go.

          Given the time factor Seals had to kill both…..and during this kind of operation anything could go right or wrong……So they take no chances…..

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    It cannot be that KP was unaware that VP and the LTTE surrenderees numbering more than forty thousand were massacred, for him to seek saftey of the Forces of MR, for the obvious that he has to pay the price of betrayal to the Tamil cause and the massacre of the LTTE. KP is wating to take over the North expecting the Tamil diaspora funds to dazzle the North. MR is boasting that the infrastructure of roads, Power stations, Hotels, Housing are complete and only the Tamil diaspora is missing for the North to bubble once again. MR has even invited Navi Pillai to visit and see for herself how the North is.If only how the Tamil students were dealt with the other day for peaceful demonstration is an indication of what is in store for the Tamil diaspora who has any idea to come back, should be a fore warning. I believe the Tamil diaspora has a major responsibility to expose the current regime and rid this society of the extremists, allowing the moderates, both Sinhalese and Tamils to take over running the country to make it safe for all.

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    THE KILLING OF THIS YOUNG BOY IS TERRIBLE. ONE REALISES THE HORROR OF WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH ON THE LIVES OF CIVILLIANS. IT IS INHUMAN THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. THE KILLINGS OF CHILDREN BY THE TIGERS ALSO IN COLD BLOOD WHEN THEY STORMED THE BORDER VILLAGES WAS CHILLING AND BLOOD CURDLING. THERE WERE PHOTOGRAPHS OF NUMEROUS CHILDREN WHO HAD BEEN BUTCHERED, SLAUGHTERED, AND GUNNED DOWN WHILST IN THEIR SLEEP ALONG WITH THEIR MOTHERS BY THE TIGERS. PREGNANT WOMEN WERE ALSO VICTIMS OF THE MARAUDING TIGERS. NOT ONCE, BUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS WAS A REALITY WHEN THE TIGERS WERE IN THEIR ASCENDENCY.
    PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HUMANITY WHEN THEY ARE AT WAR AND THEY DO THE MOST ATTROCIOUS THINGS POSSIBLE.THIS IS A FACT FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL. ALL WARS FOUGHT FROM EARLIEST TIMES HAD THEIR ATTROCITIES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN BY THE VICTORS. THESE HELPLESS CIVILLIANS BORE THE BRUNT OF THESE RAPES, MURDERS, SLAUGHTERINGS, BUTCHERING AND OTHER ACTS OF MAYHEM.
    SO WHAT DO WE DO ? WAR MUST BE OUTLAWED AND ALL WHO INDULGE IN WAR MUST BE HOUNDED. IS THIS POSSIBLE ? NO. SO AS LONG AS THERE IS WAR AND HUMANS WHO INDULGE IN WAR ATTROCITIES LIKE THIS WILL TAKE PLACE DESPITE ALL THE CONVENTIONS AND RULES OF WAR AND WE THE CIVILLIANS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE WILL FEEL ITS BRUTALITY.

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    Some good points have been made by LONE RANGER. We shall never know for sure who killed this young boy. Nor will we ever know exactly how many others died during the last days of the war and what sorts of atrocities were committed and by whom.

    But what are all these international probes that are being demanded going to achieve, other than to sort of re-open old wounds and bring further misery on us? Those calling for these probes state they want the actions by BOTH sides to be examined. This is rather ingenuous. In effect only ONE side will be put on trial – the government forces. There is no LTTE to be put on trial or to be punished. So how fair is that? To try only one side and not the other is manifestly unfair.

    I believe that the most prudent, practical and sensible thing is not to keep resurrecting bits and pieces as Channel 4 seems to take sadistic pleasure in doing, but to move on. If the world could have moved on from the Iraq war – and God knows the terrible things the US and her allies visited on the civilian population there – why cannot it move on from the conflict that ended in SL four years ago?

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      Dear Fred,
      You ask how fair it is that the ltte cannot be put on trial. Well, they could be – if any who knew anything were left to live & face the consequences.
      War, is accepted to be an ugly evil scenario. The issue we ought to ponder over is this. Terrorists are known to be the bad guys who inflict terror. The clue is in the name. But the military power of a nation is supposed to represent the nation and even if terrorists cannot be trusted to respect the various boundaries of war (they are terrorists for crying out loud), one would expect a certain stand by the military. Sadly, our nations military has let its own people down as seen in the savagely brutal evidence that THEY THEMSELVES have captured & taken with such obvious ‘sadistic pleasure’.
      So lets look into our own situation and take stock. Also, I doubt that you would choose to ‘move on’ Fred, if members of your family (caught in the middle) were wiped out.
      I know I couldn’t.
      For the forcibly silenced innocent voices, I would certainly want to know why?

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    When the truth is evident and shown without any ambiguity why do we keep denying and claiming conspiracy. Even if we must move forward that too is not happening. The brutal murder of this young boy held in army custody has to be condemned by all who uphold the sanctity of human life. To make excuses is quite inhumane and indicates a lack of sensitivity and human values.

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    Some Sri Lankan soldiers obtained sick pleasure in taking photos of both the before and after these executions, so now much of it is in the public domain, making the Govt. of SL disclaimers seem even more hollow.

    I suppose Praba prevented his forces doing the same when they were involved in worse killings, but then again the mobile phone camera had not been perfected at the time of those massacres.

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    Mr Sengutuan ,

    One would have thought that “Fix Rajapaksa ” documentary Mk 1 which came out hot on the heels of Nanthikadal , at a time when Solheim and Milliband were in total control was the “A League”.

    Didn’t it turn out to be a fizzer.?.

    McCullum’s digitally edited photography in the Mark 11 version is already getting rave reviews.

    Our inhabitants are well aware that the GFT which has hands on LTTE operatives among the ranks have the privilege of hosting the pre UNHCR induction and cocktails for the voting members , on the Westminister Turf, courtesy of Mr Cameron.

    Which sounds pretty serious stuff as far as the peace and prosperity of our Sinhala Buddhist majority are concerned.

    But inhabitants are confused why your new idol Sambandan is having a bob each way, when you are cock sure that this is it. ” the Master Stroke”

    Wouldn’t it be an insult to call them anything other than Sir and Madam when they are doing so much for you and the the GTF, all by themselves ?.

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    Dear Dav,
    I note your comments. But the fact remains that with the LTTE being wiped out it is only the armed forces that will be put on trial. Those who were wiped out were not only the victims of military fire. Remember also the many innocent civilians whom the LTTE wiped out. Their lives are no less sacred as also are those of the soldiers who died fighting. In practical terms, even if you are not going to get justice, the only option is to move on.

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    Sumane,

    I am afraid you and your handlers falsely make out there is a “Fix Rajapakse” effort out there by the designs of the West – where you name
    some former actors. The Rajapakses need no enemies outside. They are doing well for themselves to realise the fix – and some of their co-hacks, like the Balu Sena show signs of this – being unhappy their man was demoted in the Cabinet. So the first “Ultimatum” is issued challenging the authority of the Brothers. There will be many more soon. If things turn out bad in Geneve and the Rupee engages disaster, the Brothers will issue their own Buddhist Fatwa on the Muslims to create blood-shed, confusion and mayhem under the smoke-screen.
    The Balu Sena sends out the first message “This is an entirely Buddhist
    Country. The whole Island belongs to the Buddhists”

    Senguttuvan

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    so usa soldier executed 18 family members..5 children, and 1 infant baby..point blank.. so pictures were aired.. as as always all soldiers involved suffer from PTSD..that is justice..

    How many young boys were Killed / executed during the warby also the LTTE.. We heard no Voice for callum.. and now how many have stopped dying becuase of its end..

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      Appapillai Amirthalingam has been reborn/ resurrected soon after S. J.V. Chelvanayagam. Welcome back and good to see that both of you sound more sensible than when you ruled the roost over the Tamils on the last occasion you were here with us. I am also looking forward to Sir P. Ramanathan, Sir P. Arunachalam and G. G. Ponnambalam , coming back soon!

      The face of the little girl, with red , tear filled eyes whose father was murdered in Welikanda, published in Sunday times at that time, yet is as haunting as the innocent, intelligent , slightly worried / concerned face of Balachandran.

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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        My Good Dr.. Tik Tok Tik Tok, goes the timer.. A nice wonderful Lady sat in crowded Dehiwala train..She looked at many a face, but caught the eye of a 5 year old girl who was satisfied with a day at Dehiwala Zoo just like the other Children who were on the train with the mother with hare Infant baby crying to be fed.. tik tok tik tok, the nice lady smiled, and then deadly silence………. when the smoke cleared there was the 5 year old girl..she has survived until they realied the metal ball bearing has ripped the back of her head, whilst the mother with the infant who sat lifeless with hole all over her body holding on to a tiny severed arm.. tik tok…. That My Good Doctor how death visited many At least that Little devil got something Good to eat… SO no mercy to Trrorist their families or any associates.. That My good Dr Is the Law of the Jungle… The UNHCR and this HRW, CH4 will have to use a different angle.. We are very use to see dead children.. This what happens when you witness 30 long brutal years of war my beautiful Tamilian brother.. And hey stay away from the SJV

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          I see even E. M. V. Naganathan,, the iron man ( Irrumbu Manithan) ,nthe hero of the SWRD condoned attack on Tamil satyagraha’s on Galle Face green is back with us!

          2013 seems to be the year of return/ resurrection for our great old Tamil politicians.

          Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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            May be they are all here to get ready for the forthcoming Geneva meetings. Since Mahinda Samarasinghe cannot handle these battle hardened veterans in Geneva, he has not been nominated to lead The Sri Lankan government delegation. Dayan Jayatilleka is the only person with the capacity to deal with this lot. That too only if G. G. Ponnambalam does not decide to resurrect in order to attend the Geneva meetings. The Sri Lankan government would then have no chance in Geneva.

            Dr.R.N

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    At various times in medieval history, and popularly around the reign of King Pandukabhaya and even during the time of Ehelepola Kumarihamy and “Weera” Madduma Bandara the notion that offspring allowed to live after the enemy father had been vanquished, will at a future time pose a threat, has been maintained.

    The British, in their inglorious manner (something Callum must surely know about, since his interest in Sri Lanka)of executing British justice, decreed that the children of the rebels be beheaded by the executioner in Kandy.

    Hence the heroic words of the young child, “Oh Elder brother, do not be scared, let me show you how to face death”….

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      A very useful recall of history. What is sad is that we are where they were in the 17-18th century, now.

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    What is sad about all these is that begining with Uvindu Kurukulasuriya, Callum Macrae, they are all sadists living off remembering the dead……..

    Rev. S.J.Emmanuel, the Pope of the Sun Goat Temple, equated martyredom to many Balachandrans but nobody spoke because he had made confession before Rayappu and obtained forgiveness with a decade of Hail Marys.

    This Prabakaran fellow was asked and provided an opportunity to surrender when he was boxed in at Nandikadal. But the selfish Bastud
    refused. If he had accepted the surrender, at that offering such stories and Callum Macrae would have been ungeard.
    Further the Scots were the most ruthless Colonials.
    Nobody speaks of the 1818 Uva rebellion and the massacre…today. Why not let go of this. Were the people living at the time Barbarians?

    We must remember, there were many soldiers serving who were from border villagers whose kith & kin had been slit, cut,chopped & hacked to their deaths in their sleep by the ltte.
    Just imagine such a soldier had come across Balachandran the s/o Prabakaran ? Your guess is as good as mine……

    All this muck is raised today for the greed of the $$$$$$$$
    $$$$ become a curse to the society.

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    There was a 30 year insurrection conducted by Prabhakaran and his cronies. It resulted in thousands of civillian deaths, it destroyed the economy of a country that had approximately 20 million citizens.

    It robbed the future of an entire generation who were forced among other options to flee abroad for employment and security.

    The war which was deemed unwinnable was ENDED !

    I think all this muck rakeing is of no avail. If the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are genuinely interested in building a future for themselves, participate in the democratic process which presently is almost non existant but WILL return.

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    Load of rubbish. There is no evidence to confirm that this is an army bunker. The bunker could be equally an LTTE terrorist bunker. Do you expect Prabhakaran’s body guards to place him in a sandy foxhole for protection when the army was closing in. And who gave the kid this posh looking shawl to cover himself up, lovingly, in a climate that was hot. The boy could have been equally likely to have got shot with a spray of bullets from a gun held by a terrorist or soldiers attacking the bunker. This was war, and soldiers do not go round to battlefields with young kids’ ID cards and birth certificates when they are also fighting for their own lives. Anyone get caught in their line of fire get felled. If Prbhakaran was a good leader he should have thought about the carnage that war would bring to his family as well as to all other Tamil people he was holding against their wishes in the battle field. A good father would stay and pprotect his children, but Prabhakaran the father put his children and his wife as a shield to stop the soldiers, sent sackloads of currency notes in the care of his elder son in another direction. and Prabhakaran the father and hero ran away to hiding through the back door. That was hardly a heroic act, and why is it Macrae the mackerel does not make a film out of this true story. These were the facts. This photo laced in with his fabriacted story is just propaganda and misinformation to cover up the foolishness of the LTTE leaders, using a corpse of a child to curry sympathy. It is just another set of pictures with someone else’s words writtn to the captions to fabricate a story.

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    Whatever said and done, all this young boy did was being born to Prabakran. So they gunned him down in cold blood. Very very very fucking sad.

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    Has Mr Lasantha Pethiyagoda got his wires crossed ?. If I accurately remember the Ceylon history that we learnt in school, it was Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe who ordered the execution of Ehelepola’s wife and children after Ehelepola disave crossed over to British held territory in 181, after a dispute with the king.

    Of course under Kandyan law prevailing at that time he would not have been unaware that swift retribution would be fall on his family as relatives of a traitor.

    But as DrRN points out we are living in the 21st Century and I believe Sri Lanka subscribes to the UN charter on Human Rights.

    I also remember a very well known professor in one os his previous incarnations, wagging his finger, bending his spine and extolling to all and sundry that ” in times of war the laws are not silent”. Very evidently like in the case of many other liberals, radicals, ex-marxists, human rights warriors and so on, general amnesia has now set in.

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      You might be right here, Niran…my apologies…no, the wires seem ok still!!

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    There is no point examining the photographs and trying to find justifications for this war crime.

    There is no point accusing other nations of doing the same or worse.

    We are a nation based on the teachings of Lord Buddha. Killing innocent children, for no obvious reason, but that his father is a terrorist, is not what we should be doing. We are better than that. There is no doubt the photographs show a healthy young child who poses no threat to anyone, and the next photograph shows him brutally shot to death. The question should be who did this and why. He was in the custody of the Sri Lankan government, and they should be held responsible for this crime.

    It seems there are reasons the Sri Lankan government is in hot water with the international courts, and perhaps they have more evidence that we have yet to see. No wonder they shake and shiver at Temple Trees.

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    Children are not responsible for parents’ mis-deeds.

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    This Callum Macrae ..

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    Last year too the army was accused of executing Balachandran. They denied it. The same accusation is being levelled this year. They will deny it this year too. The visuals provided last year showed the bodies of his body guards dead around him. This year the visuals present the image of the boy sitting alone in a bunker eating and guarded by someone in a uniform. He is also lying alone in death. The implication is thebbhe was fed before being killed. Is the lone guard seen a soldier or an LTTE cadre? Balachandran is seen wearing the same shorts in the visuals of last year and this year. Undoubtedly, these are the visuals of the same person in death.

    Where were his multiple body guards at the time he is seen sitting in the bunker? Was he killed at the same time as his guards or was he killed after his body guards. If so, why are they surrounded by patches of blood and not he? Why is Balachandran’s body alone in death and without any signs of blood on him or around himbin the new and old photographs? If he was killed after his body guards, why is he not showing signs of extreme worry while sitting in the bunker?

    The Indian politicians expressed great outrage last year and are expressing greater and louder outrage this year. They are competing to express their outrage louder and with greater emotion. Gopalasamy, who it said encouraged Prabhaharan to fight on, even when the impending disaster was obvious, is screaming anew at the death of Balachandran, that was a consequence of his advice. He has not publicly regretted his advice yet. The Indian Foreign Minister, Salmanazars Kurshid, has reservations about the new photographs! Why?

    There are many questions that are coming up in my mind, while deep within me there is a faintly lingering hope Balachandran is alive somewhere. If he had really died in the crossfire, it is acceptable. If he was really killed deliberately, that is murder. It is as much a murder of an innocent as those innocents deliberately targeted and killed by the LTTE. Murder is murder, irrespective of who committed it. One just not justify the other, allthough the outrage should be equal.

    There is a sting in this tale and I am unable to figure out what it is. It is a zig- saw puzzle that remains to be sorted out.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Sandilyan in another thread on the TGTE has quite correctly pointed out the figure standing near the bunker in the second photograph is a female dressed in a suridar ( shalwar Khameez).
    The hand also appears to be that of a female . The shawl matches the colour of the upper garment , but inhas a different design. The stitching on the border of the shawl is also clear. How did a girl dressed as she is appear near a bunker in the war zone? Any explanations?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    Readers please check the following link:

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2013/02/the-boy-in-bunker-faked-photo-or-real.html

    While the contents of this blog makes interesting reading, the reproduced phtograph of a very much alive VP watching reports of his own death, tells much more.

    What should we believe and what not? We are caught in the web we painstakingly spun for others! It is a very sad story!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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