Tamil star TV Presenter Issipriya: raped, tortured and killed by Sri Lankan government forces. Sri Lankas’s ministry of defense claim she was a member of the Tamil Tigers given the rank of Lt.Col, although she did not participate in combat.
The distressing execution video footage, screened by Channel 4 News ,shows a number of incidents of soldiers in uniform shooting in the head people who appear to be unarmed – described as “cold-blooded killing” by an international expert. The video also shows the bodies of other men and women lying on the ground.
Leading war crimes lawyer Julian Knowles, from Matrix Chambers, told Channel 4 News the video was “astonishing evidence” of a type he had only seen “a handful of times” showing the mass killing of civilians or unarmed combatants, a serious war crime.
The video was shot towards the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009, between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group, known as the Tamil Tigers.
Identity of the victim
One of the women shown in the video has been identified by a close colleague and friend, speaking to Channel 4 News, as the Tamil journalist, Isaipriya (pictured above).
Isaipriya was part of the Tamil Tigers, her former colleague told us. She identified that Isaipriya’s body appears in the “war crimes” video, partially covered by a sheet, with cuts to the face.
She said: “Isaipriya joined the LTTE. Because of her physical condition, she was deployed to the media unit. She was in the production team. She did some acting. She was a TV presenter. She was a dancer.
“She never carried a gun and her physical condition did not permit her to go to the battlefield. She always had either a camera, a pen or a notepad.”
Isaippiriyaa appearing as anchor in O’liveechchu, LTTE’s video magazine in February 2001
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