Was Prabakaran and his entire family Executed by the army?

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    Was Prabakaran and his entire family Executed by the army?

    by Dushy Ranetunge in London -

    The Sri Lankan States version of the last moments of Prabakaran is reminiscent of the last moments of Rohana Wijeweera, leader of the JVP.

    Prabakaran, we are told was in an ambulance, fleeing the battlefield when it came under fire from troops, resulting in his death.

    Rohana Wijeweera of the JVP too died while trying to “flee”. He was captured by the Sri Lankan army and handed over to the Sri Lankan State. On the orders of Minister Ranjan Wijeratna, Wijeweera was taken to the Kanaththa Cemetery in Colombo and shot by a group commanded by a senior Police Officer. The state released a “news” item stating that Wijeweera was shot while trying to flee.

    It was in fact a clumsy and a crude execution by the Sri Lankan state, which likes to chant pirith from time to time and accuse the West of being hypocrites. The pot calling the kettle black.

    Let us look at Prabakarans case. There is now considerable photographic evidence. The New York Times published a picture of Prabakaran?s body being carried by soldiers. It was a full body photo and there are no bullet wounds or injuries apparent on the body. Other video and still photos show his face. These show a cloth covering the upper part of his head, presumably a bullet wound.

    Prabakarans face is frozen in a pose of surprise. There is no telltale evidence of him having swallowed cyanide.

    If as according to the Sri Lankan state?s version, Prabakaran was fleeing in an ambulance which came under fire by troops, one would expect bullets to have ricocheted around inside the Ambulance causing far more injuries rather than one which looks like a clean single shot to the back of the head.

    We were told that Prabakaran was “shot” on Monday in his “Ambulance” while trying to drive through an area blocked by a sea of canvas tents, shacks, bombed out military and other vehicles and some 50,000 Sri Lankan troops.

    Must have been some Ambulance driver!

    The bodies of Mathvathani Erambu, identified as Prabhakaran?s wife and a girl Duvaraka and a young boy Balachandran identified as Prabhakaran?s children were reportedly found in the vicinity of the body of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, according to a report by the army. They all had gunshot wounds to the head.

    It seems this Ambulance was not only a crowded one, all its passengers ended up having gunshot wounds to the head. Perhaps Prabakaran was in the Ambulance and received a gunshot wound to the head and his entire family was 600 meters away and also received gun shot wounds to the head?

    Quite remarkable!

    But all this results in undermining the credibility of the governments Ambulance story and leads one to speculate as to what could have happened.

    We have been told that the UAV was used to locate the fleeing ambulance, but this footage has not been released.

    But above the Sri Lankan UAV?s, British, American, Russian and Indian sattelites are watching the crime scene with far superior technology. As I write, they are also watching the bulldozers at work at present at the crime scene, attempting to wipe it all clean and digging mass graves to bury it all, like in Srebrenica, another massacre site. These tapes were later produced during the Yogoslav war crimes trials.

    On Sunday, the ICRC confirmed that the LTTE expressed its intention to surrender. Later Foreign Secretary Kohona stated that the offer of surrender came too late.

    The rules of war allow a protagonist to surrender at any time of engagement. There is never a “too late” or “too early” a time to surrender.

    Did Prabakaran and his entire family surrender to the army and were executed by them?

    There is another possibility.

    It is possible that Prabakaran ordered his family and himself to be shot by his bodyguard, realising the futility of the situation. The army having recovered the bodies may have not wanted to reward Prabakaran with any heroism in death and may have came up with the Ambulance story. This is however unlikely, because if the suicide route was taken, the Chola mindset of the Ilavars would not have left even the ashes of Prabakaran for the “Sinhala” army to parade.

    There is another incident, which is of immense curiosity. When Rajapakse landed at BIA from Jordan, I was at the airport on my way to London.

    The route to the airport had posters of Mervin Silva, advertising his triumph over the Tigers in Rome? The cab driver on seeing the posters cursed Mervin as a tyrant.

    On alighting from the aircraft Rajapakse kissed the tarmac. Now, this is a patented signature habit of Gods representative on Earth, the Pope. It is the Pope who normally goes around kissing tarmac. Rajapakse pays frequent visits to the Vatican and is photographed shaking the Popes hand, because no other head of state in Europe would like to be photographed shaking Rajapakse?s hand for obvious reasons. The first lady is also a Catholic. But to emulate the Pope to the extent of kissing tarmac is curious.

    Was this irrational and highly emotional behaviour on the part of Rajapakse due to the fact that he was aware on Sunday morning that Prabakaran?s body was in the custody of the Sri Lankan forces, either dead or alive?

    That would explain why he was consumed by the Pope like urge to kiss tarmac.

    Ending of the war and the ability of the Sri Lankan army to capture all territory was a foregone conclusion. This knowledge was clearly not tarmac kissing material.

    Although Rajapakse was previously promising Prabakaran to India for trial etc, these were political manoeuvrings and lacked any seriousness.

    Prabakaran or for than matter Wijeweera “alive” in the state?s custody would have distracted the focus of victory from the victor to the vanquished. It would have also presented the State with a security, diplomatic as well as a legal nightmare.

    For the Sri Lankan state, both Rohana Wijeweera and Velupillai Prabakaran being “shot dead while fleeing” is a convenient conclusion.

    Although Prabakaran advocated the cult of the cyanide capsule to others, he himself would never use it at the end, and died from a “Sinhala-Buddhist” bullet to the back of the head. The ultimate humiliation to the Chola mindset, which boasted that they will not even leave the ashes of Prabakaran to the Sinhala army.

    In Colombo the Sinhala Buddhist tribalists and teamsters waved their flags and celebrated. Their team had won and the captain had kissed tarmac.

    The world had witnessed a carnage in Sri Lanka. Thousands of innocents had died, a sight disturbing to the hardest of minds. There was so much misery and suffering in this land of the Buddha. So many Sri Lankan soldiers had died, especially in the past few months, that the army had stopped releasing casualty figures in the fear of a backlash in the South.

    There was too much death and suffering to be in a party mood, to eat kiri-bath or bring out the giant rabana?s.

    The achievement of the Rajapakse administration and the Sri Lankan armed forces in particular are quite extraordinary. They have achieved what many thought was the impossible. The Tamil Diaspora is lost for words. The speed and momentum of the military assault and its conclusion has been quite stunning. Little Sri Lanka had shown to whole wide world, how to deal with terrorists and it was by all accounts an innings defeat.

    But the human cost of it all was and continues to be gut churning. It has destroyed Sri Lanka?s image abroad with ordinary citizens of the world. It is pointless huffing and puffing at the British Secretary of State Miliband, accusing him of being a LTTE supporter, because Miliband is merely expressing the sentiments of millions of ordinary British and European citizens who have been appalled at the human carnage in Sri Lanka. Its also good to be mindful that Miliband may be a future British Prime Minister.

    Both my teenage children at Queenswood and Winchester boarding schools in the UK are having to face the disapproval of fellow students appalled at the carnage in Sri Lanka. Miliband represents this disapproval of the British and European citizens.

    Rajapakse?s speech in Jayawardhanapura Kotte was inspiring. It made the news in the West, and was welcomed. When the President said that there are those who loved this country and those who didn?t, one wondered which category the “helping Hambanthota” group that defrauded the country by millions falls into.

    Hambanthota has lots of brand spanking new tarmac waiting to be kissed, but then the ten commandments of democracy includes the warning, “Thou shalt be wary of politicians who kiss babies and tarmac.”
     
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    Psst ! Don't tell the Tamils!
     
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    ya basics they will go beserk
     
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    There are either two ways. Maybe Prabhakarn was executed while surrendering to the army or shot himself. I mostly go for the second one!!

    Rajapaksa promise of transferring of Prabhakaran to India for trail was just political excuse from the first place. The next leader of remaining LTTE force will mostly be Pathmanatham
     
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    The blow to the skull is most conspicuous,this is execution style.Yes nobody knows if the tigers executed Prabhakaran on his orders or it was the Srilankans.....
     
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    it might be caused by a M-16 or an AK shot at point blank
     
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    Whatever the case, the likelihood of him being shot in the exchange of fire seems very slim,Those eyes tell us different tale,as if it was staring back at death and wouldn't flinch.
     

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