Tiger rebels ‘executed’ at war’s end
Matt Wade; 14/12/09
Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reportedly told a field commander to kill Tamil Tiger rebel leaders rather than allow them to surrender in the closing stages of the civil war. Sri Lanka’s former army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, has made the explosive claim in an interview with the Sri Lankan newspaper The Sunday Leader. General Fonseka, who retired as military chief last month and is now a candidate in next month’s presidential elections, said that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, instructed soldiers not to take prisoners as troops overran the Tamil Tigers in the north in May. ”Gotabhaya Rajapaksa spoke with Brigadier Shavendra Silva, commander of the army’s 58th division, giving orders not to accommodate any LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) leaders attempting to surrender and that they must all be killed,” General Fonseka was quoted as saying.