Sri Lankan Trio for War Crimes in Western Courts
TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2009 (ID. 2009-08-01)
LTTE - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
PTK - Puthukudiyiruppu
SLM - Sri Lankan military
The three decade long war between the majority Sinhalese spearheaded by the Sri Lankan military (SLM) and the minority Tamils spearheaded by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came to an end with the defeat of the latter on the early hours of May 17, 2009 in the battle of Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) in northeastern Sri Lanka. All Tamil civilians who lived in LTTE-controlled areas were either killed in the war or now kept involuntarily in camps surrounded by two-meter high barbed wire fences. A dark curtain was pulled around the camps with very little access to media and human rights organizations. Voices of the few Sinhalese and Tamils questioning the Sri Lankan government and military are silenced by harassment, intimidation, arrests and about a dozen cold-blooded murders.
Now the Sri Lankan government has turned its attention again towards the Tamil Diaspora in western democracies. It has asked western democracies to arrest known or alleged LTTE activists. It is reported that the Sri Lankan government would provide these western governments with documents captured during the war from LTTE offices.
This writer is all for law and justice. Yes, anyone living in western democracies who broke local, national or international laws should be prosecuted. No one is above the law for whatever reason. At the same time Sri Lankan government and military officials responsible for alleged war crimes should also be asked to stand trial before an impartial court. This writer, and likely most Tamils, believe in the fairness of the judicial system in western democracies.
The principal executioners of the 2006-2009 war, Mahinda Rajapaksa (President), Gotabaya Rajapaksa (President's brother and defense secretary) and General Sarath Fonseka (Arny Chief) must be required to come in front of the courts trying LTTE activists and testify if civilians and surrendering LTTE fighters were killed under their orders. Let those who are guilty be punished and let the punishment fit the crimes.
It is unfair, and in fact unjust, to try and send someone to prison for buying ammunition for LTTE fighters, when those who ordered the indiscriminate shelling of areas crowded with civilians are living in luxury (and are presiding over victory celebrations). It is unfair and unjust to try and jail someone for attempting to buy anti-aircraft guns, when those who dispatched bombers to rain death over thousands of civilians live free and are parading in front of adoring crowds as war heroes.
Let there be justice for all!
(Different spelling used: Nalankilli - Nalangkilli)
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