The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Investigation on Sri Lanka(OISL) report has stated that there are reasonable grounds to believe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)Leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran’s 12 year old younger son Balachandran was captured or otherwise taken into custody by the security forces who subsequently extrajudicially executed him.
Excerpts relevant to the Unlawful execution of Balachandran Prabhakaran are as follows –
OISL is in possession of photographic and video material that show Balachandran Prabhakaran, the 12-year-old son of Villupillai Prabhakaran, sitting in a bunker, alive and in the custody of Sri Lankan troops as well as images of the dead body of Balachandran lying on the ground beside the dead bodies of five semi-naked men.
Based on the assessment of an independent forensic pathologist of the photographs, Balachandran appears to have been killed with five gunshots to the chest. One gunshot wound with soot markings indicate the weapon was fired from a distance of 60-90 cm.
A witness stated he saw Balachandran alive and then saw his body with bullet wounds; he did not see Balachandran being killed.
The Sri Lankan authorities have maintained that Prabhakaran’s son was killed in crossfire. OISL finds there are reasonable grounds to believe that Balachandran Prabhakaran was captured or otherwise taken into custody by the security forces who subsequently extrajudicially executed him.