Tamils call for Rajapaksa's arrest

Activists accuse Sri Lankan president of being a war criminal as new footage of a massacre is aired during his UK visit.



    Tamil activists are calling for an international arrest warrant for Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan president who is currently visiting the United Kingdom.

    Many Tamils have dubbed Rajapaksa a war criminal and, as commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan forces, they hold him responsible for the deaths of thousands of Tamil civilians in a civil war that ended in May 2009.

    Rajapaksa was greeted by Tamil protestors as he arrived in London on Monday night, a day before a British TV channel broadcast video footage of an alleged massacre by Sri Lankan forces of civilians, which could inflame Tamil anger further.

    Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from London.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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