Tigers’ execution film ‘real’
Video footage that appears to show Sri Lankan troops committing war crimes by summarily executing captured Tamil Tiger fighters on the battlefield was not fabricated, as claimed by the Sri Lankan government, an independent investigation has found. The findings come after General Sarath Fonseka, the former head of the army, alleged that Defence Minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered that surrendering Tiger leaders be killed rather than taken prisoner in the final days of the civil war. The claims, denied by the government, added to a lengthy list of war crimes allegations against it. The video of the alleged battlefield executions shows a naked man, bound and blindfolded, being made to kneel. Another man, dressed in what appears to be Sri Lankan army uniform, approaches from behind and shoots him in the head. “It’s like he jumped,” the executor laughs. The camera pans to show eight bound corpses.