24 October, 2021

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In The Cross-Hairs Of Sri Lankan Death Sqauds

By A Political Activist

Maneenthiran also known as Parathi was shot dead on the night of the 8th of November as he exited the offices of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) at 341 Rue Des Pyrenees in Paris. The timing of his execution was not coincidental. It was the evening on which diaspora organisations were hosting a banquet for members of parliament, including senior members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who had travelled from all around the world to attend the World Tamil Conference; which, had just passed a resolution calling for an independent international investigation into war crimes and crimes and crimes against humanity committed by all parties to the conflict during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Maneenthiran also known as Parathi

Despite sources close to the Sri Lankan government attributing his death to internecine fighting between various factions, the TCC has been unequivocal in who lay behind Parathi’s murder, i.e. a Sri Lankan death squad. They key to this lies behind the change in stance of the TCC itself. For the first time in four years the annual event which it organises on the 27th of November will be commemorated as “marveerar thinam” or great heroes’ day rather than “Tamil remembrance day”. Furthermore, the TCC and Parathi were instrumental in organising the demonstrations against Rajapakse when he visited the United Kingdom to attend the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations in June this year resulting in his humiliating retreat. Parathi not only helped coordinate the demonstration but also arranged several busloads of demonstrators to travel from France and Switzerland. Fed up with three and a half of years of inaction the Tamils diaspora are getting restive. Parathi and the TCC, which has its finger on the pulse of exiled Tamils, were responding to this by adopting a more aggressive posture. The reorganisation which the TCC subject itself to is designed to counter the Sri Lankan state in every spectra.

Rivalries have simmered within the diaspora with some on rare occasion bubbling over into violent confrontation. Scores are settled with staves and knives but have never been fatal. Even during the bitter fratricidal orgy in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam eliminated its rivals, not one was subject to a professional assassination of the type Parathi fell victim to in a western capital city. The other alarming feature of Parathi’s assassination is that it has come at a time when the two major protagonists in Paris were shedding their differences and seeking to unite and confront the Sri Lankan state.

The disturbing aspect of Parathi’s assassination is the manner in which it was executed. The assassins took every measure to conceal their identity, wearing helmets and scarves. Diaspora sources also believe that Parathi had been under observation for some time to establish a pattern of behaviour. The first shot which debilitated Parathi was discharged by the assassins from a handgun while in motion on a motorcycle. They then executed him with a double-tap -two consecutive shots discharged at close range in the area of largest body mass- and only fled the scene after confirming his death.

The first thing which crossed the mind of many was its similarity to that of the assassinations of Lasantha Wickremetunge and Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament Nadarajah Raviraj. Visiting dignitaries at the World Tamil Conference were of the unanimous view that this was the work of a Sri Lankan death squad and that Paris had been chosen because it provided a historical context for rivalry and ease of get away. One activist said that the “Sri Lankan politico-military establishment, after failing to counter the political activism of diaspora organisations through their diplomatic posts in western capital cities are now resorting to using terror an attempt to cow us into silence”. Another said that “exporting this strategy to the United Kingdom, where the threshold for such killings is set at zero, is bound to have severe repercussions for Sri Lanka”. Indeed, to do so would be to cross the Rubicon, and, reinforce the perception that is fomenting in the corridors of power in western liberal democracies that Sri Lanka is a failed state; and, that failed states inevitably regress to become rogue states.

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    It’s asinine to blame on so-called Sri Lankan death squads ,while this is just an outcome from rivalries between rival LTTE factions on how to divide the kitty

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      Patience: Await the CCTV images which are all over Paris and it would be taken from there.

      The west is smarter than you think especially after 9/11.

      Duty come down- Try the new Benz with the gull wings.

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    :-) Nice try. Lasantha’s murderers came on motorbikes so Parathi’s murderers must be the same as Lasantha’s. You deserve the Nobel prize for logic!

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      “The first thing which crossed the mind of many was its similarity to that of the assassinations of Lasantha Wickremetunge and Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament Nadarajah Raviraj.”

      Really? Parata was shot by men on a bike, Raviraj was shot in church, and Lasantha was bludgeoned by men on bikes. So because in all three events someone was killed by someone else, you see a similarity? Are you one of the guys helping to find evidence of crimes against humanity in SL?

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        David you are wrong. Raviraj was killed near the RMV opposite the Army Camp and not in a Church.

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          Ok, my mistake. The similarities seem rather superficial though.

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    @ Political Activist,
    Some glaring errors and outright lies in your article.

    “Scores are settled with staves and knives but have never been fatal.
    A Big Lie: Sabaratnam Sabalingam, dissident journalist (ex TELO member and founder member of the LTTE) was murdered by LTTE hitmen in 1994. It was a ‘professional’ hit.

    “Visiting dignitaries at the World Tamil Conference were of the unanimous view that this was the work of a Sri Lankan death squad”
    Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? :) :)

    “..executed him with a double-tap -two consecutive shots [at the head] … and only fled the scene after confirming his death.”
    The ‘double tap’ is standard procedure for assassinations. The LTTE’s own hit squads were well-known practitioners of this method.

    This hit is win-win for GoSL. If it was a result of inter-LTTE infighting, it will cause fear and dissension in their ranks. If it was a GoSL hit, it will cause more fear and dissension in their ranks. The French police are always happy when criminals kill each other and will carry out a half-hearted investigation.

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      Yesterday a Tamil boy was murdered,apparently a “gang fight”, so its all going well for GoSL, creating fear among tamils.Hopefully sinhalese here in UK do not get killed in retialition..If they do,it may become a “friendly casualty” for GOSL.

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        “A man was battered to death in a clash between rival gangs in Lewisham at the weekend. Police were called to reports of a disturbance involving Tamil groups in Lewisham High Street at 9.20pm on Saturday.”

        So Tamil gangs were fighting each other? I wonder why? Was it a disagreement over the best way to make Watalappam? Or maybe over a girl? Or on sharing the cash from the local kovil? What a waste of a young life.

        http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-killed-in-lewisham-after-rival-gangs-clash-8306697.html

        If a Tamil boy is killed in an inter-Tamil gang fight, how is it GoSL’s fault?

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          So Tamil gangs were fighting each other? I wonder why? Was it a disagreement over the best way to make Watalappam?

          ha ha ha made my day mango !!

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        Jegath

        What are you talking about?

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    Mango Quote”Attention Wuliangguobinjiu, Mental Health Patient No. 3358198765- you’re being transferred from Angoda Mental Hospital to Welikada Prison”

    Sucide bomber mombo bombo para demala from splinter group of ltte

    Like the bard Wuliangguobinjiu does not repeat- period.

    It’s the higher challenges of life that matter to me not trying to beat an imbesile para demala from madakalapuva

    Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese- period

    Namo namo matha ape Sri Lanka; Namo namo ….. Virayo Surayo

    Bolo Hindustan Ki Jai- IPKF ;)

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      Wuliangguobinjiu, mad as a box of frogs. :) :)

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        Biscuit Buffon Go sit on a box of razor blades like the gas gemba you are – there is no place for you- SL is for the Singhalese.
        Talk like a pervert having been given refugee status in the UK in the outskirts of London. That’s the problem with Tamils they never change just suicide bombers
        Have self-respect then display it and I respond that’s how cinnamon gardens folk think.

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        Mad, just Mad.

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          Poor guy’s completely, and utterly bonkers. I feel a little bit guilty about laughing at the insane, so I won’t do it anymore. :)

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          Barney:Quote “Mad, just Mad.”Unquote

          The Offshot Embalmed Barney Mulagatani blade runner take care you poor sod, the same line viewed from different sides.

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          Mango:Quote”Poor guy’s completely, and utterly bonkers. I feel a little bit guilty about laughing at the insane.” Unquote

          It’s insane but it is a great insane because you are obsessed to the extent of sending your followers after me. Laughing.

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    I have seen Gang warfare in North America. They kill each other and police just keep on watching until everything is over. They involve only innocent civilians are killed.

    Any this man was a wanted terrorist in Sri Lanka for crimes that he did. So, he got what he deserved. All the terrorist supporters are crying out loud.

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      In 2004, during the so-called “peace time”, Parithi went to Sri Lanka. He was threatened and followed by the Sri Lanka intelligence service on his arrival at Colombo Airport until he went to the French embassy in Colombo and made a complaint. The French embassy in Colombo is well aware of this incident.WERE YOU SLEEPING???

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    Er, guys, guy, what do you make of the detailed report on Paridi’s demise by DBS Jeyaraj, who has long established his reputation as perhaps the best informed and most respected investigative journo on matters relating to Tamil politics and military affairs?

    And is it or ain’t it true that the dear departed was an active participant in that scintillating military feat of butchering overa hundred worshippers in Anuradhapura in 1985?

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      I wish I knew!

      Every thing is called “His”story for a good reason.Truth 50% by seeing, 75% touch;100% taste tea or rusty nail. Author author ;)

      Nothing is scientific- has SL produced any one with an IQ over 150- Genius No not ANS Kulasingha or Cyril Ponnamperuma. over and out.

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        Hey Chinkie

        As Dayan said this terror bastard was complicit in crimes against humanity namely massacre of unarmed civillians in Anuradhapaura 1985
        So dear Chinkie , this might be karmic forces or God ,call what you may at work making this puerile terrorist to get killed by his own people
        Good riddance

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          Ho, SMALL ‘UN…and a smaller ‘un.

          In the west that’s what is called uncivilized. A crime is a crime the past is never taken into account by the jury and they are not supposed to know(Sri Lanka says Buddhism where is the compassion like the Christians).
          Right now all this talk and imagination of crime scene is pure bullocks. Even Dayan quite rightly admitted that the “matter is under investigation” so it would be pre judicial to think of anything else.
          Now he has turned round to have some fun but then in his capacity if it turns wrong it can draw a stink in the deepan pukka lokkata circles. Of course he has immunity and knows how feeble it can be too. The French are built on existentialism not like the Brits on tragedy.

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        @ Wulliangguobinju, you seem to have lots of time in your hands to keep typing in your mediocre thoughts. No job? , living on welfare in a Western country , are you? If you are employed, do that job diligently without spending work hours surfing the Internet and writing “weird stuff” .

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      Oh yeah , we all remember how you introduced your famous journo David Blacker to the main stream media as an independent/unbiased defense analyst ,indeed he has done a great justice to you and for the independent media , when enquired DB has repeatedly said , it was not his problem and that question should be directed to you !!

      PS . i have great respect for DBS , but his recent writings and certain actions are some what troubling !

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        Can you quote DJ ever introducing me as a journalist? I know you’re my greatest fan, “Srilal” or whatever you are, since you never make an appearance unless it is to talk about me :D but this sort of slavish behaviour is embarrassing.

        As for DBSJ, is it the fact that his writing is inconveniently true the reason you are troubled?

        Do remember to take your medication before replying so that CT doesn’t have to censor your profanity ;)

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          Hi Blacker ,

          How many times do i have to repeat the same thing over and over?
          i have told you numerous times that i’m not educated like you and have an IQ level of below 35 , on the medication part , yes I’m a mentally retard person and do administer pills day & night.
          now will you be able to get over of my disabilities and concentrate on your INDEPENDENT/UNBIASED in depth yet critical defense analysis as before , let me take this opportunity to nominate you as the “defense analyst of the year “ for your courageous , fearless ,thoughtful volunteer fact finding mission on behalf of the whole repress SL population.
          yes you are dead right David , i’m your greatest fan , that’s why when ever there is a defense related article , i volunteer myself of finding out who the next Lewis Hamilton is (of course after the Ausi Mark Webber ).please forgive me David i couldn’t do this all the time as i have other important things to attend i.e regular visits to my GP.

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          “I’m a mentally retard person and do administer pills day & night”

          Really? They let you administer medication?

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      Er, Dayan – I’m by no means holding a brief for this deceased guy, but what do you have to say about the top LTTE henchmen Karuna, KP and the others now being mollycoddled by the regime? Weren’t they also killers, abductors of children and also responsible for other horrendous crimes against citizens of this country?

      I’m sure DBSJ will have reams of stuff about these guys as well – for reference, just in case you need to look for more…

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      DBS Jeyaraj is the person who wrote about the so called abduction of KP from Malaysia in minute detail as if he was there himself but living thousands of miles away. Obviously the story was given to DBSJ by the Play Writes. However the whole hoax has been exposed that KP was never abducted but was escorted with full protection from the Sri Lankan Forces and is yet looked after under MR’s patronage. Here agin DBSJ has written about Paridi’s murder, not being a witness, but according to the script given to him by the perpetrators and people like [Edited out] Dayan Jayathilake believe it is the Gospel Truth and wants the others also to believe.

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        The root cause of their thinking and believing the reported speech is due to the fact that Buddhism know to Lankans was written 400 years after the death of the Gautama. Here we hardly know how much our granddads knew even with scripts while the belivers are supposed to have memorized it for 6 generations.

        The Chinese got the script right first time because they were civilized and had their own language. The Mahayana permits marriage so there are no pedophiles.Om mani pemi hung.

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      Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      “And is it or ain’t it true that the dear departed was an active participant in that scintillating military feat of butchering overa hundred worshippers in Anuradhapura in 1985?”

      I know Anuradhapura massacre was carried out by LTTE on the instigation of Indian RAW.

      I know for sure Sinhala and Tamil innocent people were butchered while you were canoodling with Premadasa and MR, advocating more war mongering.

      You were in bed with EPRLF while IPKF was raping, killing, stealing,….. the Tamil speaking people in the North East. You said you only served 6 months in the EPRLF run Provincial Council.

      Have you ever apologised to the Tamil speaking people for your support to EPRLF and IPKF? Or for that matter have you ever apologised to the Sinhala speaking people for your support to Premadasa?

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    Dear Editor

    Why you have removed the article of S. V. Kirubaharan – Sri Lankan State Terrorism Spreads To Paris, France?

    It is very informative and created a real momentum.

    @Ponuthurai, not removed, look around! – CT

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    Kalmunai Mango,

    There is story going around the Tamil Circles in Paris, that the whole incident was captured on a mobile phone and the motorcycle is the same make as the ones used by the MOD.

    So you better hold your horses.

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      Really? you mean instead of buying or hiring a bike in Paris, the MoD transported a bike from SL and registered it in France so that their men could use it? Why didn’t they send a trishaw instead? Don’t forget to write down this theory when you apply to Interpol or MI5.

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        David Blacker says:

        “I’m a mentally retard person and do administer pills day & night”

        Are you?

        How sad?

        When did you find out?

        How can I help you?

        Was it a defect at birth or did you pick it up while serving tea at the army head quarters?

        I must congratulate you for being a honest person.

        Don’t worry we can find you treatment.

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          Lol, looks like it’s spreading. It was “Srilal” who claimed to be retarded not I.Is lying the only way you can win a few points, Jungle Boy?

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          Native V, learn to read comments properly, ha ha ha!!!!
          David. Blacker was not speaking about himself, ha ha ha

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      Really? Tamil Circles are claiming saying that the operators were drinking Lion Lager and shouting “Ado Machan” as they sped off on their numberplate-less trial bikes.

      The same Tamil Circles are saying that one of the operators was dressed like the motorcycle cop from “The Village People”.

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    Mango

    Where is Pottu Amman?

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      Native no idea, but might be with KP. Pottu’s wife, MR is safe keeping her for Pottu. Please keep it out of wife Shirani’s ears. Thanks!

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        gamini

        Where is VP’s wife?

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    Bad news from Paris. The French cops have arrested two Tamil youths as suspects in Mathinthiran’s murder.

    “.. in custody, the suspects denied any involvement in the murder. According to investigators, a dispute between two opposing groups of the Tamil community in Paris could be the cause of this crime.

    Even more bad news is that the investigation also covers “illegal entry and stay in France.” Hmmmm.. now, who is that is continually being found guilty of illegal entry and overstaying?

    http://tinyurl.com/cw5qwv3

    If GoSL had ordered this hit (always unlikely), they would’ve evacuated the operators out of France immediately. The fact that these two idiots were arrested in the Barbès area of Paris, only 5km from the hit suggests the hitmen were locals who didn’t have anywhere else to go.

    The French public’s on-line commentary to this story is fascinating. Over 90% of the suddhas are saying “now that the war’s over, send them back”. Not much sympathy in France.

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      Why do we even bother to argue about the claims made by the “LTTE loving” sections of the Tamil diaspora?
      They always lie! Especially to try and get the SL govt and people to look bad.
      They always lie! There is no exception to that rule.
      They are also love to believe in the unbelievable! There is no exception to the rule.
      They also believe that the end will justify the means, even though the means may included supporting a group of psychotic murderers for 30 odd years to kill and maim thousands and thousands of innocent civilians of Sri Lanka.
      We will never forget how the Tamils in Sri Lanka were informed about any planned bombings on a particular day in the Colombo city or elsewhere and asked to keep away from work that day. This was done so, only the Sinhalese and Muslims and other non-Tamils wold get caught in the bomb blast and die.
      What cruelity, all around.
      It is not just the manic prabakaran who was guilty of such crimes, but the Tamils (especially the diapora) are guilty of those crimes. Sometimes they knew of impending bomb blasts, but kept silently, quietly waiting for it to happen, and always rejoicing when civilians died in SL. Those civilians died while going to work, going to schools and just bein at the wrong place at the wrong time. When Tamils die in the midst of a battle in the Wanni (put in danger by their own manic leader) , then these diaspora can cry about “civilian death”.
      What a bunch of hypocrites.

      The violent ways some sections of the diaspora espoused will come back to bite them , it has already started.
      GOSL doesn’t have to be given credit for that!

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    “Two Sri Lankans aged 33 years arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of Nadarajah Mathinthiran, head of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), shot and killed Thursday night in Paris (XIX) were referred to the prosecutor, said on Tuesday judicial source. This has opened a criminal investigation for “murder” and “illegal entry and stay in France.” He requested the remand of two suspects.”

    Unless GoSL is blundering to the point of incompetent, they would have used one of the two likely options postulated by several TNA MPs:

    1. TMVP cadres, or,
    2. Turned LTTE cadres running around with Sri Lankan MI

    who illegally entered France. Any alleged rivals to Parathi within Paris are likely to be residents of France.

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      Does that mean they are new arrivals or had been in hiding??

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      P. Activist: Wakey, wakey,

      The CCTV coverage would have given them the clue but the question- are they the ones seen on camera? The reason I say this is because the cops generally don’t go into that area- it’s like no go because of constant knifing- is it still the same?

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      Good point. Unless GoSL are really, really, incredibly incompetent, if they’ve used those cadres, they would’ve had (and should’ve) planned a post-hit exit. You can drive to the Belgian border from Paris in 3hrs and the border crossings are barely manned. Why would they use known, possibly illegally resident ex-cadres without a fast exit plan?

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      As long as the job is done has rajapakistan cared about the well being? NO, He has a track record from capture of Batti onwards; look at some of the best in his army and the commanders of that operation.Eurostar would have been their fastest exit to Brussels but then it was a contract killing; payment on completion because one does not give a gun and cash to a hit man then it would be leave and run not hit and run.

      The assassins were awaiting payment and forged docs to move out of France but were apprehended thanks to the CCTV. Time will tell.

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