Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Prabhakaran's son's killing 'war crime': Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa spoke a day after a section the media carried photographs of 12-year-old son Balachandran seated in a Sri Lankan military bunker just before he was killed allegedly at close range


Prabhakaran's son's killing 'war crime': Jayalalithaa (© Reuters)

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa described as "a war crime" the alleged cold-blooded killing of the son of the late Tamil Tigers' chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

"The killing of Balachandran (Prabhakaran) is a war crime," the chief minister told the media here, and urged India to work with the US to pass a resolution in the UN denouncing rights violations in Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa spoke a day after a section the media carried photographs of 12-year-old son Balachandran seated in a Sri Lankan military bunker just before he was killed allegedly at close range.

The pictures are part of a film, "No Fire Zone", which seeks to document the widespread rights abuses during the final phase of Sri Lanka's war when the military crushed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. Sri Lanka has denied that Prabhakaran's son was killed in cold blood, and maintained that he died in crossfire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The chief minister said the young boy's killing was "unforgivable".

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