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Ex-Sri Lankan Forces: Top Commanders Ordered Killings of Tamil Prisoners

HeadlinesMay 25, 2010

New allegations have emerged of war crimes during the Sri Lankan military’s crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebellion last year. The British television network Channel 4 says it interviewed a senior Sri Lankan military commander and a front line soldier who each claim top military leaders ordered the killings of Tamil prisoners.

Unidentified #1: "Yes, our commander ordered us to kill everyone. We killed everyone."

Unidentified #2: "Definitely the order would have been to kill everybody and finish them off. I don’t think we wanted to keep any hardcore elements, so they were done away with. It’s clear that such orders were in fact received from the top."

Reporter: "What happened when the LTTE and their families surrendered with white flag?"

Unidentified #1: "First we arrested them, tortured them, then killed them. In the final days, we straight killed them. A lot of people died. A lot of bodies were there. Yes, our commander ordered us to kill everyone. We killed everyone."

The two former Sri Lankan military members are said to now be in hiding. A recent report from the International Crisis Group says tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war, most as a result of Sri Lankan military shelling.

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