Group: Sri Lanka Executed Top Rebel's 12-Year-Old Son
Photos are proof of war crime, campaigners say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2013 2:00 AM CST
A photograph taken less than two hours after this one shows the boy dead with five bullet holes in his chest.   (Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka)

(Newser) – Sri Lankan government forces executed the 12-year-old son of a rebel leader on the bloody final day of the country's 26-year civil war, campaigners say. The Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka group says two photographs taken less than two hours apart show the son of slain Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakarna sitting on a bench eating a snack with a soldier standing guard, and then dead, shot five times in the chest, the BBC reports. The Sri Lankan military claimed the boy was killed during a battle.

Independent experts have confirmed the photos were taken with the same camera. "His death was deliberate and calculated," says the director of No Fire Zone, a new documentary accusing Sri Lankan forces of war crimes in the war's closing days in 2009. "This is a proof, beyond reasonable doubt, of the execution of a child—not a battlefield death," he says. "The pictures fill in chilling details on the circumstances of his murder, and leave the Sri Lankan government with yet more questions to answer." A military spokesman says that allegations the boy was executed are based on "lies, half-truths, and rumors."

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browzman
Feb 20, 2013 10:28 AM CST
No blood on his body no blood on his shorts, no blood anywhere. Was he poisoned with the snacks then shot to make it appear as an ambush?
Eat_Eateator
Feb 20, 2013 10:14 AM CST
This type of execution does not lead to the end of the Tamil Tigers. Death penalty is not a deterrent.
Rammrodd
Feb 20, 2013 6:10 AM CST
Because he had rebel blood.