2ND LEAD (UPDATE)

Father of victim in Channel 4 photo identifies son as LTTE member

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 June 2010, 16:15 GMT]
The father of a victim in the photos released by Channel- 4 in mid May identified one of them as his son as a member of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), arrested by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Mu'l'livaaykkaal between 18 and 19 May 2009. The father told TamilNet that the LTTE combatants could not have been arrested in April 2009 as it was reported earlier as he had met his son on 11 May in 2009. A mother and her daughter have earlier identified another victim in the photo as 40-year-old Thuraichamy Harikrishanan, a native of Vavuniyaa, an ex-member of LTTE. Meanwhile, close relatives living in the diaspora of another LTTE member also claimed the same person as their relative. Efforts are under way to clarify the identity of the victim, a Tamil group working on genocide documentation told TamilNet Friday.



The photo shows Sri Lanka Army soldiers keeping a group of unarmed people, LTTE members and possibly also civilians, inside a bunker. Unless the Sri Lankan state is able to confirm that those shown in the photo are alive, the photo will be a crucial evidence of proof documenting war crimes and Tamil genocide, the group working on documentation told TamilNet.

Channel-4 had released photos of persons who had been denuded after arrest and held in a bunker by SLA in Vanni. Many of the persons are said to be LTTE members.

The father told TamilNet that his son met him on 11 May 2009 and entreated him to get out of the war-zone.

Commenting on the media report that the victims in the photos had been arrested in April 2009 he said that it was improbable as he had met his son on 11 May 2009. He suspects that SLA must have arrested his son on 18 or 19 May 2009.

He did not wish to inform the media about this because he was concerned about his and his son’s safety, the father said.

After moving out of Vanni he had been held in one of the SLA detention camps in Vavuniyaa and later allowed to join his family in Jaffna where he lives now.


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