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Fox Hunting – Dr. Fox And Mr. Hyde

By Uvindu Kurukulsauriya –

It was Margaret Thatcher’s son, Mark Thatcher who has done business in Sri Lanka with his local front man, an arms dealer Ravi Wettesinghe in the late 1980s. His business dealings at the time his mother was the Prime Minister, was the subject of much press attention.
Both Ravi Wettesinghe and Mark Thatcher were investigated for running shady operations by South African and Sri Lankan authorities in 1998. According to “Thatcher’s Fortunes: The Life and Times of Mark Thatcher” both Mark and Ravi Wettasinghe met President D.B. Wijetunga in Sri Lanka. Ravi Wettesinghe fled the country and never returned to Sri Lanka.  Now Dr. Liam Fox and his controversial partner Adam Werritty are in the centre of a scandal.
In early 2010, I was asked to meet with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to brief him on the situation in Sri Lanka on media suppression. When I contacted one of my colleagues and informed him about my meeting, he told me that there was no point in meeting politicians as they are playing with the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. He further said the Sri Lankan government had even bribed British opposition parliamentarians. He also said that one of his close friends when visiting Sri Lanka recalled seeing Liam Fox and some other man embracing two girls and they were acting like lovers at the Hilton night club, but added that certain identification with the exception of Fox was impossible. He said it looks as if the Sri Lankan government was supplying prostitutes to influential foreigners in order to white wash their atrocities.
Later that story was largely circulated within the Sri Lankan community living in London. Subsequently when I discussed the Fox scandal with the Guardian and Sunday Mail journalists I told them about this story. However, some of them dismissed it saying Fox’s sexual orientation was different.

Dr. Liam Fox calls on President: Shadow Defence Secretary of UK, Dr. Liam Fox called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President’s House on August 28, 2009. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Central Bank Governor Ajith Cabraal and Shenuka Seneviratne are in the picture. At this meeting Adam Werrity was also present although he is not visible in this photograph.

“Gossip is certainly circulating” Chris Grayling, the employment minister and a friend of Fox told the BBC when asked if Dr. Fox was gay. On the eve of his marriage in 2005, Dr. Fox addressed what he described as “smears” that he was “either a playboy” or “wild man, or gay”.  Chris Grayling, under pressure from the media, stressed that Fox was a “happily married” man. He said, “If you look around the Westminster village, you will find all kinds of wild gossip about all kinds of individuals in all parties. That does not mean they are not good at their jobs. I have known Liam for many years, I have known Liam and his wife, and they have always struck me as being a very happily married couple. The reality is that the gossip is certainly circulating.

Today pictures have emerged in the Telegraph of Liam Fox caught in an embrace with a porn actress.
On Friday October 14,the Guardian reported, “With political officers in London telling Sri Lanka that Labour was almost certain to lose the coming elections, Fox was seen in Colombo as a major potential asset. Researchers working for human rights

Ravi Wettasinghe

organisations during this period were so concerned by indications that the Sri Lankan government might be seeking to enlist Fox’s support to ease restrictions on arms imports from the UK to the island nation, they raised their worries with the Foreign Office in London. Sources say now that they received specific information that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the feared Defence Secretary and the brother of the president, had asked Fox to lobby for more access to British weapons.
The Guardian, The Sunday Leader and Colombo Telegraph joint investigating team found that there is a relation between the owner of Bell Pottinger, Dr. Fox and his controversial partner Adam Werritty.
The Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s friend for 30 years Lord Bell, whose PR firm Bell Pottinger was employed by the Sri Lankan government until last year to improve the country’s reputation abroad, said the deal had been struck between Fox and the head of the Sri Lankan bank: “In order for these funds to operate they would need an agreement with the country. The financial interests of Sri Lanka come under the Governor of the Central Bank”.
The Defence Secretary Liam Fox was intimately involved in negotiations with the Sri Lankan regime as recently as last summer, according to Lord Bell, agreeing on a deal that allows the Sri Lankan Development Trust to operate in the country in the same period in which he now says he withdrew his involvement. The Trust was a venture designed to rebuild the country’s infrastructure using private finance with a sideline in charitable projects for Tamil communities.
In June 2010, Fox met the Sri Lankan foreign minister in Singapore, along with Werritty and Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials. “The purpose of the meeting was to make it clear that although I would no longer be able to participate in the project, the others involved would continue to do so,” he said on Monday. But Bell told the Guardian on Thursday that discussions took place last summer in which Fox agreed with the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka that the Trust would invest in road building and other infrastructure projects using private investment.
Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal confirmed to BBC on October 22, 2010 that the government had hired a few PR companies. But he refused to reveal the amounts paid. “So many people are spending huge sums of money to tarnish our country’s image. Media institutions are also involved in this. We will do everything possible to boost that image and I believe it is our duty,” he told the BBC.

Margaret Thatcher and Mark Thatcher

According to informed sources the Sri Lankan government had paid the British PR firm about £3m ($4.7m) last year to try to enhance the country’s post-war image. Bell Pottinger’s motto displayed on its website is “Better reputations, better results.”
When a request was made under the Freedom of Information Act, the Chairman of Bell Pottinger’s parent company, Chime Communications, told the BBC Sinhala service that the Act only covers UK government departments and certain contractors. “Further I must tell you all our client contracts are commercially confidential – consequently we cannot supply the information you seek,” Lord Bell said last year.
“Liam Fox told the house about the Trust on Monday. It is clearly not a full explanation. If he was still striking deals with the Sri Lankans last summer, how does that fit with official UK foreign policy? He has to explain these negotiations. You cannot have a situation where a government minister is appearing to run a completely separate foreign policy from that of the government,” Kevan Jones, shadow defence minister, said. Labour urged the government to come clean on Fox’s work in Sri Lanka and whether it might have contravened the government’s official policy, while a senior Whitehall source said the minister had been operating a “maverick foreign policy” and it is this that will ultimately decide his political fate.
Dr. Fox has been a long standing friend of the Sri Lankan government and relations go back nearly 15 years. His name became familiar to Sri Lankan people after the Liam Fox agreement between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe. Contributions to the cost of the trips were also received from the Sri Lankan government via its London embassy.
In fact, Opposition MP Ravi Karunanayake, told The Sunday Leader last week that in 2010 he together with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had a breakfast meeting with Liam Fox and Adama Werritty. This was not the first time Karunanayake met the duo as a photograph published in The Sunday Leader in 2009 also showed Karunanayake posing with Fox and Werritty. “Adam was introduced to us as Fox’s personal aide,” Karunanayake said.
Ravi Karunanayake and Ranil Wickremesinghe were not the only members of the main opposition UNP Fox and Werritty met with. The pair also had a meeting with Presidents Counsel and 0pposition MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa at the Hilton Bar last year.
David Cameron said at Prime Minister’s question time, that he was waiting for the O’Donnell inquiry before deciding whether to sack Fox. “I ask people to have a little patience and wait for the facts to be established,” he said.
uvindu@journalist.com

Courtesy  http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/10/16/fox-hunting-dr-fox-and-mr-hyde/

“Pictures have emerged Liam Fox caught in an embrace with a porn actress. The 1997 pictures with Cathy Barry were taken at a charity event in Bristol.”

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    Excellent work!

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      How much did the Sri Lanka Govt. pay the shell company that funded Fox’s and his friend Wentry’s visits to Lanka to bring him to Colombo?
      The GoSL also payed BEll Potinger the Public relations company which was also linked to Fox and Wentry’s shell game.. The Sri Lanka people should demand transparency from the Rajapakse regime regarding all their defense and PR deals and tax payers money spent (for foreign PR companies to save Rajapakse from a likely war crimes trial). What are the other dirty deals that the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense (with its Kudu Karaya Duminda Silva monitoring it) involved with in Russia and China from which they are buying unnecessary military equipment for military businesses in exchange for support against a UNHRC resolution?
      Sri Lanka citizens GET UP, STAND UP, FOR YOUR RIGHTS to information as Bob Marley sang!

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    Democracy in Srilanka has long been disappeared. Elections were won by intimidating the public and bribing the officials. The media has been silenced by killing of journalists. People who were talking against the government were abducted and killed. Government was elected but it runs a military rule. Rajapksha is not wearing a military uniform but he is running the government as a military government. Even the worst military governments haven’t managed to terrorise it’s own people.
    The attitude of this government won’t change unless some one shake them hard. The government is on the verge of turning into a dictatorship in the southeast asian region.
    It is a real disgrace to be a citizen of srilanka.
    shame on you Dr FOX

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      Dr Fox provided a fig-leaf of respectability for a regime increasingly regarded as pariah. This may be just a small incident but an actual indicator of how the pariah regimes thrives in this country of ignorant Sinhalese people who have no knowledge of anything other than their blind faith on a religion, which does not practice anything good and a language, which does not help the people to progress. It is a shame that it has taken such a long time for the international community to understand what has happened and what is happening all along! This is just a drop in the ocean. Even Harper has come to his senses. Why don’t others fall in line to save this small island?

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    What I don’t get is why the free world reporters from BBC, AFP, AP and Reuters still carry without verifying what the gouvernment says, knowing well that there is no free press in Srilanka ? when Fox visits SL all the time they publish what they said, no investigation ?

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    Why so few comments on this article (at least, so far)?

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      Dr Fox has created shadow structures to overcome state bureaucracy in order to serve the interests of the British arms industry. While the UK government levels charges of war crimes against the SL government its Defence Minister seems to have played a complicite role in such crimes. Dr Fox’s while Shadow Minister laid the groundwork for his shadowy business in Sri Lanka in playing the role of an intermediary between the UNP and the SLFP which culminated in the Memorandum of Understanding between Ranil & Chandrika and his portrayal as friend of Sri Lanka. This is the contradiction of rhetoric and reality between the UK government’s advocacy of ‘good governance’ and human rights in other countries and the need to sell arms.

      However, in the UK the government and its Ministers are held to account for their actions whereas in SL they get away with daylight murder! The UK government take up SL human rights issues not on its own volition but because of pressure from the Tamil diaspora and the INGOs and it’s justifiable and right for them to continue to exert the pressure as long as the SL government refuses to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of war crimes committed by its armed forces and para-military groups.

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    The problem is in Srilanka NOT THE LTTE but the Geopolitics and Foolish Indian Foreign Policy based on ANTI-TAMILSM like ANTI-SEMETISM

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      can somebody tell me when MR takes photgraphs with leaders thos leaders are no more in Power
      Mubrack of Egypt
      Ghadafi of Libya
      Liam FOX

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        Mr. Nethan,Liam Fox has become less useful for the British establishment therefore media is allowed to hount him out of office.

        He was very unpopular with the armed forces and the defence establishment hence a witchunt.
        it is nothing to do with President Rajapaksa. he save our country. dont insult him.

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    As UN and the so called international Community WASTING time with SOUNDBITES and still failing to recognise Srilankan genocide of Tamils despite the Srilanka OPENLY JUSTIFY and ADMIT the Genocide of Tamils, ENcouraged Terrorist Srilanka CONTINUE to STARVE and BUTCHER Tamils either in the SLAUGHTER ZONES or in CONCENTRATION CAMPS of so called LIBERATED Tamils.
    Only Srilanka can LOCK THE SO CALLED LIBERATED TAMILS in CONCENTRATION CAMPS and UN FUND the Camps while Srilanka LOCKING EVEN UN STAFF inside the CAMPS.
    Those are the things these Foxes doing behind the scene.

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    The Liam Fox scandal, his trust fund run by defense contractors give us insight into the international war and peace industry and a clue to the reasons as to why the SL Human Rights community and their western backers are so silent about the current MILITARIZATION of Lanka while they keep talking about “war crimes”. Its all about money politics.
    The western countries that talk “Human Rights” are the biggest producers and exporters of arms and start and stoke wars and cultivate contacts with regimes like Gaddhafi in Libya and Rajapakse in Lanka to support their economies by selling military and surveillence equipment. HR discourse is really a fig leaf of the West to cover up its militarization of the planet – now taken over by the BRICS (China, India, Russia etc). Now the west is being beaten at its own game!
    It is hence that Sri Lanka citizens who really care about human right need to start a campaign for sanctions on arms sales to Lanka, and boycott military businesses (cafes on A9, the Helitours of the air force, the Navy dolfin tours etc), rather than continue running after western HR lobbies. The United Nationa’s, ban ki Moon’s and the West’s silence on MILITARIZATION and this model of “economic development” of Sri Lanka is because militarization is the economic back bone of the US and European economies that claim to be so concerted about HR..

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      The information regarding his reletionship with his friend was an open secret. The timing of his depature is important as the Conservative party’s popularity is all time low. The party needed a scapegoat and it found one in Fox. He is willing to put his neck on the firing line. Fox is thrown to the wolfs. This is democracy in action.

      Sri Lanka needs a lot of time may be another few millennia to catch up with western democracies albeit a shame ones as the Island is populated by born stupids.

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    If Werritty and whoever else has some foxy plans – poorly disguised under officialdom – to make a fast buck in the name of various “Trusts” Sri Lanka is the place to be in. There was always a suspicion some (or even many) of these
    Aid, Grants given by the richer countries to poorer and countries in difficulties
    are swindled from the donor side itself, this racket goes further to confirm it. What is surprising in this case is that the time-tested British Govt and system – that seeks to teach us yakkos how to run governments PROPERLY – seems to have been torn right at the seams. I remember an instance a security-guard in Iraq was paid $1,500 per day courtesy the Haliburton network.

    Cabral must be the most controversial and tainted senior CBSL official we have the misfortune to have in our system. What a pity! One of our most efficient and
    honourable institutions now prostitued – all for filthy lucre. Or will one of a Christian inclination substitute “for 20 (or 40?) pieces of silver”

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    “Liam Fox resigns because of his relations with Adam Werrity but our man who hobnobbed with Kudu Duminda stays put.”

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    In UK, if there is the slightest suspicion of impropriety agaist any politicion,
    he/she resigns. This why Fox resigned.
    PM Cameron has paid a glowing tribute to Liam Fox, after the latter tendered his resignation. So has his successor.
    Fox admits that he had unfortunately allowed his friend Werritty to misuse their association, and has paid the penalty

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    We have lost the one and only only UK and the west’s heavy weight! Sri Lanka lost a good friend. now Vass will find another one to supply girls. Vass is a pimpyya.

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