Channel 4 released video evidence on Sri Lanka's war crimes
Channel 4 released a video footage showing Sri Lanka army torturing Tamils during the war in January. It was almost three months since Sri Lanka declared its victory over Tamil tigers and the evidences of war crimes started emerging.
Watch the video footage here.
Channel 4 News here
Warning: Video footage has disturbing scenes.
It should be noted that earlier the Sri Lankan foreign secretary Palitha Kohona made a statement saying winners of war hasn't been tried before a tribunal.
The man is young, naked, bound and blindfolded; a corpse lying across his legs. A soldier approaches him in what appears to be Sri Lankan army uniform and shoots him at point-blank range, apparently amused at the death. “It’s like he jumped,” he says.
The footage, released last night, appears to show what the Tamil community and human rights campaigners have long alleged: that in its final surge against the Tamil Tiger rebels this year, the Sri Lankan Army summarily killed prisoners.
Channel 4, which broadcast the video, says that it was recorded by a Sri Lankan soldier on his mobile phone in January, when government forces overwhelmed the stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Kilinochchi.
After the murder the video, taken in daylight, pans out to show eight bound corpses, all shot in the head and all but one naked. Voices in the background speak Sinhalese; as the footage concludes, viewers see a ninth bound victim shot.