|Balachandran Prabhakaran (The Independent)|
Pictures obtained by documentary makers have shown the 12 year old son of Velupillai Prabhakaran, Balachandran Prabhakaran, alive and apparently in army custody.
Balachandran can be seen sitting with a snack in his hand, sitting on a bench surrounded by sandbags, in what looks like a fortified army position.
Another picture shows him dead, with 5 bullet wounds to his body. Digital analysis of both pictures shows that they were taken by the same camera, only a couple of hours apart, according to Callum Macrae, director of the documentary called “No Fire Zone”.
|Pictures of Balachandran, after his execution|
“The new photographs are enormously important evidentially because they appear to rule out any suggestion that Balachandran was killed in cross-fire or during a battle. They show he was held, and even given a snack, before being taken and executed in cold blood,” claimed Macrae according to the Independent.
“It is difficult to imagine the psychology of an army in which the calculated execution of a child can be allowed with apparent impunity. That these events were also photographed and kept as war trophies by the perpetrators is even more disturbing.”
Handed a snack, and then executed: the 12-year-old son of a Tamil Tiger - The Independent (18 Feb 2013)
This is proof, beyond reasonable doubt, of the execution of a child – not a battlefield death - Callum Macrae (18 Feb 2013)