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More footage of Sri Lankan Army brutality emerges

Video footage has been released that appears to show Sri Lankan soldiers “gloating” over more than a hundred Tamil corpses, many of which have been stripped naked, reported The Independent.

The video clips, recorded by Sri Lankan soldiers, shows more than 100 dead bodies of Tamils, with many of the dead dressed in civilian clothing. Almost all of the dead women in the video have had their clothes stripped off to expose their breasts and genitals.

A second clip appears to show injured Tamils lying on the ground surrounded by Sri Lankan soldiers before cutting to a clip of lines of Tamil women, many dressed in military fatigues, all with their hands tied and being led to an unknown location by Sri Lankan soldiers.

The video then cuts to a clip of an unexploded ordnance stuck in the ground.

Both videos and more photos can be seen on Tamilwin here.

The Independent has claimed to have viewed 32 similar videos and 26 photos, taken on the same phone by the same soldier, including photos of unidentified persons handcuffed on a bus, including children. The last video is allegedly of the soldier back home with her family.

The evidence was smuggled out of Sri Lanka by a man who runs an internet café frequented by Sri Lankan soldiers, and is regularly asked to back up their videos and photos for them to email across.

Vasuki Maruhathas, a London based solicitor who obtained the footage from a client stated, she believed the footage was genuine, saying,

It would very hard for all of these to be a forgery. It clearly tells a story of this female soldier.”

Asked about why the women in the videos were stripped naked, she replied,

“There are clearly two possibilities. Either they were raped and sexually assaulted before they died, or they were stripped after their deaths. Only animals would do something like this.”

Meanwhile Presidential Spokesperson for Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bandula Jayasekara dismissed the evidence, stating,

“This is a continuation of a famous fairy tale. These videos are an attempt to discredit the government of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s forces. These guys are masters of propaganda; they have been doing this for 30 years.”

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