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New Evidence:The Death Of Colonel Ramesh – Warning Disturbing Images

By Gordon Weiss –

Gordon Weiss

New evidence of the murder of one man is key to revealing a conspiracy behind mass murder. This evidence, shown and told in The Global Mail’s story, is graphic and confronting. The issue is now being debated by the United Nations. 

There’s an intriguing video that’s been available online for a little less than a year. When properly considered, along with fresh pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, it might ensure the passage this week of a resolution being considered by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The resolution is being furiously opposed by the Sri Lankan government.

The video shows a man in the custody of the Sri Lankan armed forces, excerpts from his interrogation and preparations to conceal his impending execution. It’s important because, together with a batch of newly discovered photographs, it is evidence of a chain of events that places this man consistently in the custody of authorities until his murder and the disposal of his body.

This single murder, insignificant of itself, suggest the systematic, large-scale killing of prisoners – civilians and fighters – by the Sri Lankan authorities. These are the murders that the government has long denied, and which, when asked, they say didn’t happen, or if they did were committed by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) themselves. When pressed, they ask for the evidence, assert that the recorded images are fakes, or request the names of witnesses, such as several Sinhalese troops who already have come forward to provide secret testimony of war crimes.

Like all the other electronically recorded images that have emerged since the end of the war, there is nothing particularly furtive about these sequences. They were recorded by young men with mobile telephones, as trophy videos or as intelligence records. There are many fellow soldiers around, and they are relaxed and often smiling and joking as they go about their work. This is not a secret after all: they are responding to orders, issued by their commanders.

RAMESH INTERROGATED IN AN ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER. | Supplied photo.

The context

In the final months of the war, Sri Lanka’s army had surrounded the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and some 330,000 Tamil civilians on a small sandy strip on the island’s coastline. Although beaten, the Tigers refused to surrender, and they used the civilians with them as a shield against an all-out assault by the army.

Nevertheless, the Sri Lankan army did attack, with bombardment, commando raids and assault teams, which combined to breach the thin Tiger defences. The army managed to release tens of thousands of terrified civilians, who streamed across a low lagoon while the battle raged behind them. Many civilians died, and many Tiger fighters discarded their weapons, and escaped with them. The final shots were fired on or around May 18, 2009.

One who escaped was T. Thurairajasingham, whose call sign was Romeo Sierra, and nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh. He was a senior commander in the Tamil Tigers. He is the man in the video linked to above. A witness statement places Ramesh at the lagoon on May 17, dressed in a white shirt and sarong, crossing with his family, with one of his children in his arms. Sensibly, knowing the battle lost, he had discarded his weapon and hoped to blend into the civilian columns, in order to preserve the lives of his family as well as his own. Once on the other side, he was recognized by the military and arrested. He was taken like almost 300,000 others to one of the detention camps in the town of Vavuniya. Another witness saw him in the camp wearing a white shirt and blue-checked sarong, separated off with other Tamil Tigers who had been similarly recognised. As we can now surmise, he was eventually taken from the camp on May 22.

The interrogation

The first frames in the video sequence show Ramesh lying on his back on the floor of a crude armoured personnel carrier (APC). He is clean and dry and wearing a fresh sarong and shirt. He shows no sign of the filth and sweat of the battlefield or the months-long siege. Indeed, he is wearing precisely the same civilian clothes worn by many men in the detention camps at the end of the war. His clothes alone narrow him to a time and place. His captor is standing at his feet, filming him.

Next, a shirtless Ramesh has been given a pair of clean camouflaged Tamil Tiger trousers to wear (see gallery). He is now sitting in the APC. At various stages, some six to eight uniformed soldiers can been seen or heard questioning him and examining him. The soldiers’ white, cotton-thread wristbands denote that they are Buddhists, the religion of the island’s predominant Sinhalese population.

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Because the interrogators are Sri Lankan soldiers and the prisoner is Tamil, and neither understands the native language of the other, the interrogation is conducted in patchy English. Occasionally, as the interview unfolds, the surrounding few troops exchange remarks between each other in Sinhala, the language of the army and police of Sri Lanka.

Ramesh has a freshly applied and clean dressing on his back. An off-camera soldier lifts the dressing to reveal a very old wound, which Ramesh says dates from 1988, and a fresh, suppurating wound that has been plugged with gauze. The dressing also places Ramesh in time and context. The dressing is as clean as he is. His battle wound has been dressed in the detention camp. We know this because after months of siege, there were no more dressings to be had and in the Nandikadal lagoon, if they were available to a senior commander at all, they would have been quickly dirtied in the siege and battle zone.

At one stage, one of the soldiers says in Sinhala to his comrades, “When you hear what you want, let’s do it, let’s do it.”

The videoed interrogation now moves between two locations. The APC, where the engine can be heard running, and the second location, which is a mud brick and thatch building. The condition of this second location – rubble from a broken wall, detritus of cloth, and a hole in another wall – suggests that he has been taken back to the site of a battle. By the time he has reached this second location, he has been changed again. Gone are his Tiger stripes, and instead he has been instructed to change into the ordinary fatigues of a soldier of the army of Sri Lanka.

By now Ramesh is more clearly frightened. Earlier, Ramesh had been told, “Don’t be afraid,” by the interrogating officer. “We want information only. Okay, now you are safe. Here is the army personnel, we are not going to harass you, you just tell the truth.” But Ramesh knows that as a senior Tamil Tiger commander, he is unlikely to receive mercy from his captors. He licks his dry lips, and at one point raises his hands in fear when the leading interrogator becomes angry, stands over him and threatens him in some way we cannot see because he is off camera.

From the interrogation at these two locations, we learn a number of things. His name, his birth date, his rank and the date he joined the Tigers. He is persistently asked for the whereabouts of a Tiger commander from Batticaloa, a town on the east of the island, who evidently has evaded capture. He names his own wife and three children, a boy aged seven, and two girls aged nine and two. He confirms that they are now in one of the detention camps in Vavuniya. An off-camera soldier pats him soothingly on the back.

More prosaically, we know also that, for so long as we live, we live in hope. This tough, ruthless, highly disciplined, professional fighter – like the birds we can hear in the trees, also recorded – begins to sing in the small hope that by cooperating he might save his life. He provides the names of his comrades, the men who were probably at that stage still in Batticaloa running the remnants of the underground Tiger movement, despite the town’s earlier capture by the army; Kumaran, who is apparently still in charge of military affairs, and Tayamohan, who is the political cadre.

We learn also that the prisoner was at Nandikadal lagoon; “At Nandikadal, did you see the leader’s wife?” he is asked. There is only one leader superior to Colonel Ramesh, and it is The Leader, a.k.a. Velupillai Prabhakaran, the founder and commander of the Tamil Tigers.

Another marker of time and place is revealed when he is asked, “Where is your leader’s daughter?” So we know that the army is trying to account for the family of Prabhakaran, which we also know from a variety of evidence, could only have happened on or after May 18, when the final patch of land held by the Tigers was captured.

On or around that date, the last of the family were being rounded up. Parts of another video used in the latest Channel 4 video, illustrates the fate of The Leader’s son, 12-year-old Balichandran, captured and executed at close range, probably on May 18. The difference between the evidence of the boy’s killing and the interrogation and death of Ramesh is that while the former shows the aftermath of an appalling murder, the latter shows a murder, from custody to death and disposal of the corpse by the Sri Lankan military.

Before his death, the prisoner and the interrogator share a moment, when it is confirmed that they were both present at the 2006 battle of Thoppigala in eastern Sri Lanka. “I know that you participated in the Thoppigala battle, because I was also there…” says his captor. However it is not enough for the two men to bond, because shortly the interrogator becomes angry. “Don’t tell a lie!” he shouts, while Ramesh cowers, raises his hands, and says “I understand, I understand,” in an effort to placate. But the two men don’t understand each other very well, which is what makes this interview so awkward and crude but ultimately so revealing.

For example, in the course of the exchange, as each misunderstands the other, we learn that the date is May 22. “When you going back refugees camp [sic]?” ask the interrogator in his broken English, when he actually means to ask “When did you reach the refugee camp?” knowing that Ramesh had entered the detention camp in Vavuniya at 4.30am on May 17, five days earlier. Thus, we have another series of time and location markers, which coincide with the metadata of the video that shows it was transferred from recording device to computer on May 22, later the same day of the interrogation.

RAMESH ON FLOOR OF APC. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, being interrogated, and his old and new wounds being examined, on 22 May 2009 by Sri Lankan army personnel in the back of an APC (possibly an armoured Humvee), an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

Death, and disposal

May 22, 2009 also coincides with the existing metadata on a series of newly revealed photos. These photos were apparently taken by other soldiers using mobile telephones, or were lifted as stills from the video footage under consideration. The images record the passage of time from the interrogation of Ramesh, to his various changes of clothes and locations. They do not show the actual point of death, but they do show his corpse moments after he has been shot through the side of the head by a large calibre bullet. It shows Sri Lankan troops (their faces and military insignia clear) as they pose for trophy shots next to the burning corpse.

The Global Mail has examined these images with lawyers and senior police investigators. In the words of one investigator, a former police officer, these images leave “no doubt” and are prima facie evidence that a crime has been committed, showing victim, place, time and overwhelming evidence of perpetrators at the crime scene and engaged in the concealment of the death. Of course, in case you’d missed it, it made better sense for the body to be dressed in a Sri Lankan army uniform, leaving no messy traces of Tiger stripes.

Photos of the corpse of The Leader’s daughter, Duvarika, have since emerged. Evidently, she met a violent end, too. Prabhakaran’s eldest son, Charles Anthony, aged 22, apparently died in the final days of the war. There are literally hundreds of photos and videos of corpses that have been bound, mutilated, systematically executed and sexuall violated by persons unknown – but then disposed of by soldiers of the army of Sri Lanka.

United Nations panel of expertsdetermined in April last year that enough credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity — the systematic bombarding of areas of civilian concentration, starvation tactics, hostage-taking, the illegal executions of prisoners, the targeting of schools and hospitals — exists to warrant a proper investigation. A subsequent investigationinstigated under international pressure by the Sri Lankan government found that while there may have been aberrations committed by Sri Lanka’s military, determining criminal responsibility was impossible for lack of evidence.

The international context

Peace between two peoples is of primary importance in Sri Lanka, as in any conflict, once the dust has settled. But the persistent, dogged denial of any wrong-doing by the government of Sri Lanka has frustrated the UN as well as the United States and European Union. Today the Australian Senate passed a resolution in support of a US-proposed resolution that would tie the government of Sri Lanka to a specific accountability process. It is due to be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week.

Throughout the war and since, Sri Lanka’s leaders have insisted that their war was “bloodless” in terms of civilians killed. Sri Lanka has seemed so unconcerned by international criticism that it has appointed military men with command responsibility over alleged war crimes to diplomatic posts, even sending them to represent Sri Lanka at the UN. As a result it is likely that even her ally India will vote against Sri Lanka in the current resolution.

Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s envoy to India, said, “We’re very surprised on the US trying to force our hand on what we’re doing naturally. This kind of pressure, the public will see as not helpful. It will delay our reconciliation process.”

Of the video of the murder of 12-year-old Balachandran, Mr. Kariyawasam dismissed it as “not corroborated”. Last month, Sri Lanka’s minister for human rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, told the UN Human Rights Council that the government was engaged in reconciliation and that outside pressure would spoil its efforts.

Writing to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has called for the UN resolution to be passed, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister, G.L. Peiris, said that UN action “would only lead to derailing the ongoing reconciliation process that has been put in place by the government”. Yet there are almost no detectable signs of any such process. Sri Lanka’s judiciary and police force remain crippled by a residual culture from 30 years of war. In November 2011 the UN Committee Against Torture published a damning report on Sri Lanka, revealing the extent of allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by the state.

Sri Lanka has been an astute manipulator of international processes. In June 2009, a first resolution put by western nations to the UN Human Rights Council, which criticized Sri Lanka’s conduct of the war, was deftly transformed by Sri Lankan diplomats into a resolution of praise.

Of the mass of available evidence, the most compelling trail is that of Colonel Ramesh. His death provides a crack of light that illuminates the deaths of thousands of others, and the motives of the probable perpetrators.

SOLDIER WITH RAMESH’S CREMATION PYRE. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, after being shot with a high calibre weapon on 22 May 2009, is burned on a pyre. A Sri Lankan army soldier poses for a ‘trophy’ photo, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo

RAMESH ON CREMATION PYRE. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, after being shot with a high calibre weapon on 22 May 2009, now placed on a stack of wood for burning, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

SOLDIER VIEWS RAMESH’S BODY. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, after being shot with a high calibre weapon on 22 May 2009 lies outside a mud wall house, viewed by a Sri Lankan army soldier, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

RAMESH MOMENTS AFTER EXECUTION. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, moments after being shot with a high calibre weapon on 22 May 2009 lies on the floor of a mud wall house, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

RAMESH INTERROGATED IN MUD HOUSE. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, being interrogated on 22 May 2009 by Sri Lankan army personnel in a mud wall house, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo

RAMESH CHANGES TO MILITARY FATIGUES. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, changing into Sri Lankan army fatigues on 22 May 2009, watched by Sri Lankan army personnel in the back of an APC (possibly an armoured Humvee), an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

RAMESH INTERROGATED IN AN APC. T. Thurairajasingham, whose nom de guerre was Colonel Ramesh, being interrogated on 22 May 2009 by Sri Lankan army personnel in the back of an APC (possibly an armoured Humvee), an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo

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    I wonder what David BlockHead has to say about this… :D

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      raja hora , underworld kuddu gota, basil commission king , namal baby play boy all these underworld criminals are behind these crimes first they must be arrested and charge.

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      Why have the faces of the perpetrators of the crime being hidden? is it for their security and safety?

      This is where it really gets to me.

      The righteous criers for justice want to protect the people who committed the crimes and the closest witnesses thereof.

      why are these people, supposedly with evidence want to play a cat and mouse game?

      This appears to be cold blooded murder (culpable homicide) under the penal code, and a war crime, if Col Ramesh had indeed surrendered to the Military

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    That’s a great piece of ball by ball commentary on the final hours of Ramesh the Butcher.Hey,Gordon Weiss,don’t you have any such ball by ball commentaries on the death of Princess Diana who was bumped off by the Yankees and the Brits in a joint operation?But then why should Gordon care about the princess when his future is secured by courtesy of the Tamil Tiger terrorists who have an abundance of dough to take care of the likes of Gordon Weiss through money coming from drug trafficking and credit card fraud etc!

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      Hey Chris silva Gota’s photographer at the Studio Times, bring out your images of the last days of May 2009 when you hung out with Shavindra Silva and took photographs of naked LTTE women! Lets find more evidence of the war from Chris Silva’s show at the Studio Times!

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    The original maxim, ‘Two wrongs never doth a right’. Although Liberation Fighters or call them TERRORISTS, resort to gruesome murder, does not allow established Govts to act the same way. There is no point in shooting the messenger now. Those who desrve punishment will have to be punished for their crimes. Max are you wearing clothes by any chance?

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      Gamini,
      I totally agree with you.Those who deserve punishment should be punished.For starters how about your new allies,Uncle Sam facing the music for the millions of murders committed and still continuing?If i am wearing clothes i wouldn’t be wasting my time in talking with defeated sobbing Tamil Tigers like you.Anyway i have good news for you.Now that the success of the US resolution a foregone conclusion,how about finding employment at Governor Paki’s HRC office in Colombo?Make sure that the message is sent through to your partner in crime the esteemed the Observer.I am sure that you will be provided star class comfort in Colombo.Don’t worry you won’t have to visit the dreary north.You could do an armchair job in Governor Paki’s office.Some guys are so lucky,eh!

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        TO MAX SILVA ,
        I AM A CARPENTER WORKING IN MIDDLE EAST, AND NOT AN EDUCATED PERSON LIKE YOU.
        BUT, AS A BUDDHIST AND A TRUE SINHALESE, WE DO NOT APPROVE THESE TYPE OF KILLINGS. TERRORIST KILLED MANY INNOCENTS,
        DID YOU SUFFER IN THIS WAR, I DONT THINK SO,
        BUT IN THE EASTERN SRI LANKA, WE SUFFERED AND LOST MANY OF OUR LOVED ONES ALSO,
        I ESCAPED KITHULUTHUWA MASECARE AT KANTHALE HABRANA ROAD. BUT SHOULD WE TAKE THE SAME PATH AS WHAT TERRORIST DID..
        AS BUDDHIST, WE DON’T APPROVE KILLING OF PRABHAKARAN’S 12 YEAR OLD SON, OR ANY INNOCENTS.
        SYMPATHY, AFFECTION, THAT SHOULD COME FROM TRUE BUDDHIST SINHALESE UPBRINGINGS, THAT IS WHAT WE LEARNED FROM LORD BUDDHA’S PREACHING S, I THINK YOU ARE NOT A BUDDHIST AND A IMPOSER WRITING FOR SOMEBODY.
        ANY WAY IT IS UP TO YOU TO PUBLISH YOUR COMMENTS.
        SINNERS WILL and HAVE TO PAY FOR THE CRIMES THEY COMMITTED IN THIS LIFE or NEXT.
        ONLY LUNATICS, MANIACS, Inferiority COMPLEXED PERSONS WILL APPROVE THESE TYPE OF KILLINGS,I WISH NO BODY SHOULD GO THROUGH THAT AGONY AGAIN.

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        Seruwila Senarath,
        Where the hell is this Seruwila?Somewhere in Geneva?You claim to be a carpenter.My gosh!you ought to be teaching English at Oxford University or may be to a royal Sulthan.Your Bana sermons is quite in order.We tried preaching Bana to the Tamil Tiger terrorists for thirty years,but unfortunately they understood Bana coming through bullets and guns only.
        You claim that i am an impostor writing for somebody else.Of course i am not writing for myself but on behalf of all peace loving people in Srilanka.THAT YARN OF YOU BEING A CARPENTER IS TICKLING!
        We have Doctors,Professors,Priests,Journalists appearing on behalf of the Tamil Tiger terrorists.A carpenter is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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        LEARNED PROFESSOR MAX SILVA.
        DON’T THINK THAT YOU COLOMBO EDUCATED SHOULD ONLY KNOW ENGLISH, YOU ASKED.Where the hell is this Seruwila?Somewhere in Geneva?You claim to be a carpenter.My gosh!you ought to be teaching English at Oxford University or may be to a royal Sulthan.I DONT WANT TO GIVE YOU AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.BUT I HAVE TO ANSWER THAT BECAUSE,I KNOW FAIR ENGLISH, BECAUSE I LEARNED IT FROM MY GURU MR JEEWANDARA AND VENERABLE DARAMITIPOLA RATHNASARA TERO.I PASSED MY O/L AT MAHAVELIGAMA MAHA VIDYALAYA,LAKAPATUNA. SERUVILA. WE DID CHEANA CULTIVATION AT MAAVIL AARU AND SITTHARU.
        DID YOU EVER HEARD OF THAT AREA.OUR HOUSE AT PACHCHANOOR< THOPPUR WAS DESTROYED BY LTTE TERRORISTS,MY UNCLE WAS TORTURED AND KILLED BY THEM. WE SUFFERED SINCE 1978 FROM THIS FILTHY WAR.
        I DON'T GO BEHIND POLITICAS ASKING ANY HELP, AND I WANT TO GET UP MY OWN FOOT.PRESENTLY I LIVE IN SAUDIARABIA RIYADH, PLACE CALLED DARIHIYAH.
        I HOPE YOU MAY NOT TAKE PEOPLE AS JOKERS.
        YOU NEVER EXPERIENCED SUFFERING IN A WAR LIKE THAT

        FURTHER MORE WE ARE BEND TOWARDS OUR RELIGION.
        I AM VERY VERY PROUD TO BE A BUDDHIST AND SINHALESE.AT THE SAME TIME VERY ASHAMED IF SOME BODY CLAIMING A BUDDHIST AND HATE OTHERS IF YOU ARE A BUDDHIST PLS CHECK ://groups.google.com/group/amadamgagula
        WE DON'T WANT ARGUE ABOUT WHO IS RIGHT WHO IS WRONG, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO PROCEED.

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        I wish if i had been lucky enough to be a professor in which case i would have been be drowning myself in Champagne in five star comfort along with the likes of governor Paki,Sunanda,Nimalka,Sunila etc with plenty of $$$$ in my suitcase.

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        Hi Maxi Sweetie,

        A SL middle carmenter understood much more than you ever tried to understand from Buddhism and SL. Learn something from him. Today Dayan is dismissed, Tomorrow G.L.Peiris, Day after tomorrow our political depressive nanny Tamara. You all can not fullfill the requirements of sinhalese chauvinists. Nobody is good enough. You will be a target once because of your portugese name. Wait and see

        Hugs & Kisses

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      A very intelligent & decent comment. I can see that you are a Gentleman.

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    Ch.4 please expose as much as you can to bring this Rajapakse thugs to justice. The most corrupt regime in the Lankan history.

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      I agree. Rajapaksha brothers are terrorists themselves. Whoever can do something in Geneva is doing good for all Sri lankans

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    The Deputy Leader of the United National Party Sajith Premadasa said he was, “against any form of war crimes? This is what that fellow Sajith Premadasa said. This is coming from another product of one of the tyrants who ruled the country murdering 80,000 Sinhalese during the JVP uprising. Like father like son.

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      It seems that regime change will make matters worse for the terrorists.

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    Bravo! All the reason why one hopes the UNHRC read this article at this critical time. The truth shall make us ALL free and freed from Dante’s Inferno.

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    This will prevent torture and deaths in police custody.If the suspect is indigent, the state should provide one. This happens in many countries.

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    ramesh previous photoes fixed with death body photo and made the crime story to make some dollers.gorden weiss will learn about srilankan business soon.

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      Suzie 1,50,000 civilians killed by Ltte since 1970 to 2008, and British Army in Ceylon killed my great great grandfather, raped our female servants looted our family gold treasure and took 500 + acres given by the kings of Kandy.Can I appeal to war crimes in UN for justice?

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    How about 1, 50,000 civilians killed by LTTE, They deserve war crime panel aren’t they?

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      Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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    Gordon Weiss the hired hoodlum,
    Don’t you have any videos of the murder of unarmed Osama bin larden?We would much appreciate if you could provide videos of NATO forces butchering millions of Iraqi civilians.How about the video of the recent massacre of Afghan civilians by a disciplined US soldier?Gordon,if you need to get your stinking toes licked,just call the Tigers or contact Raja,Gamini or Observer who are professional toe suckers.

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      Who is licking toes, man. Only the girls from the villages are licking the toes of Arabs, because Mahinda is too stupid to create jobs in Sri Lanka. And people like you are barking for Mahinda night and day. What is the logic?

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        Observer,
        Hey don’t get mad observer.I was only trying to emphasis the advantages of licking Gordon’s toes.By the way if you have any free time why don’t you drop by,i would like to obtain your services of toe licking.I am afraid i will have to pay you in Ealam rupees,no luck for me to pay you in $$.Earlier i requested you to send me some Ealam flags cause we are running out of toilet paper here.Pl bring them along when you come to lick my toes.The professional toe lickers,the liberation Hyenas of Tamil Ealam!

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    Hay Tamils you cowards, why you take Sinhala names and do postings .gamini , raja hi hi coward people, ashame man make it democratic intelectual way.

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      Ravana,
      These buggers are a bunch of coward sissies,hence using Sinhalese names.True to form The Liberation Hyenas of Tamil Ealam!

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    Gamini, Raja and observer…The tamils in Tamil Nadu are with you… Its just a matter of time. arakka parambarai dhaana ivanunga… madiyuvaargal seekiramay…

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      @ Uprising,

      India is producing millions of engineers and other educated people every year. If Sri Lanka becomes another Indian state, I have no problem with that. It would solve a lot of problems. The low-country Sinhalese who were fishing and climbing coconut trees before the British gave them “yes sir” jobs, have show then they are incapable of managing the island properly.

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        {edited out]Observer,you Kandians gave your daughters tot white man.Your families are products of [Edited out]

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    This is obviously a war crime. The important point is that it will be associated with the name of “Mahinda Rajapakse” until that individual draws his last breath. Unfortunately, it will also be associated with the name “Sri Lanka” in all manner of diplomatic circles spanning the two ends of the globe, until said individual is no longer in office. If Sri Lanka wants to save its reputation, then Rajapakse has to step down. The alternative is to beg at the doorstep of China, as is the case now.

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      Observer,
      When were you appointed as lord of the judges?Or may be “Velu”s Kangaroo court.Did you start that toe job on Gordon Weiss?

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        You talk a lot of BS. But you have no response to my comment that because of Mahinda’s stupidity, Sinhalese girls are being abused by Arabs. At least Velu did not sell his people to the highest bidder!

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        How about MIA?

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      Yes, it is a war crime, but not a very significant one, and I doubt anyone will lose much sleep over a Tiger leader getting a bullet in his head. We don’t lose sleep over VP, we don’t lose sleep over Wijeweera, and we don’t lose sleep over Bin Laden. The world is a better place without them.

      As for Sinhalese housemaids being abused by Arabs, it’s not just Sinhalese housemaids, nor is the abuse any worse than what they get in SL, nor did the abuse start in 2009.

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        Hey Blacker, this is your Tamil Man/LTTE supporter, Sympathizer/NGO Kaakka/ Traitor come Moron speaking to you again. ( I saved your time , so that you don’t need to call me all that names all over again )

        Ah, at last you have admitted, bravo ………..as usual there is a big BUT , !
        did not i say it was a prima facie Blacker , don’t change the subject by highlighting the nature of the deceased one , we all know Ramesh was a big time terrorist , is government of Sri lanka a terrorist state? Oh this is just an isolated incident, since it came up with convincing evidence?
        Had not there been any of these evidences, would you or any of the human right violation supporters agree that Ramesh was executed while he was in SL custody ? The answer would be a definite denial ,spin doctors of your ilk would say , he was killed during a fire exchange , simple as that , nothing else , thanks To our soldiers they have done a tremendous job by exposing the unthinkable .
        i was bit surprised , you did not come up with Rajiv Wijesinhe theories ? Remember rubber slippers, dead body movement, doctored video footages etc ?
        May I ask you to get some advice from Prof Rajiva on this doctored video clip and photos , before you comment blacker ?

        P.S how is your half brother Wimal W doing after the Geneva Circus ?

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        I have never denied that there were war crimes, Srilal. I have also never called you any of the things you claim. I have called you a liar, and I still think you are one.

        The above pictures do constitute evidence of a war crime (again, I never denied it). But it is not evidence of genocide or other crimes against humanity. We all know that POWs were killed. They were killed during ’87-’89 by both sides, and they were killed in the NE by both sides too.

        If you cannot differentiate between different crimes and accusations, you really shouldn’t be allowed out without adult supervision.

        Once more you end your rambling “comment” with a personal attack on my family, confirming that you have nothing to argue and have to feel good about yourself by attempting to insult me. That’s OK, I’m sure you need to compensate ;)

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        Also who is this “Rajiv Wijesinhe” you mention? And why must I follow your example of parroting things that I haven’t thought through for myself?

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        i got two more additional honorary titles now courtesy of Blacker, i.e liar and a mental case , i do not mind , in fact I quite enjoy them, no hard feelings blacker.
        Why do you keep changing the topic, who said genocide, that’s your attempt to divert the attention of the prima facie evidence?
        Did not you ask me to give a single war crime evidence in an earlier occasion? The truth of the matter is , your bosses are corned domestically and internationally ( Athuleth Gini – pitath Gini or Antho Jata Bahi Jata )
        by the way how was C4 no 2 movie , all western & LTTE propaganda , right Blacker ? Since Geneva Nadagama is over, back to square one, will wait and see the continuing tragic drama.
        Since you seem/pretend to forget who Prof Rajiv is , here is a clue , remember your Guru/Mentor ( Dayan J ) who introduced you to your current boss as a defense analyst , his bosom pal is MP Rajiv , ring any bells , if not please tell me ,next time I will post one of his photographs for you.

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        “i got two more additional honorary titles now courtesy of Blacker, i.e liar and a mental case”

        Oh, I think your mental status was clear to everyone from the start :D

        “no hard feelings blacker.”

        That too maybe one of the reasons you need to overcompensate ;)

        “Why do you keep changing the topic, who said genocide, that’s your attempt to divert the attention of the prima facie evidence?”

        But the topic is the crimes SL is accused of in the Darusman Report, and other documents — crimes against humanity. In the previous thread you refer to (where you brought up the Ramesh case originally, and where I told you it was irrelevant) we were discussing these charges. There is similar prima facie evidence (if indeed it is that) against every nation engaged, or ever engaged in war. But those crimes do not necessarily indicate crimes against humanity.

        Eg: here’s a picture of US troops close to Kandahar with the body of a 15-year-old child they have just murdered: http://rajivawijesinha.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/3.jpg Will you agree that the nudity of the corpse and the blood on its legs are far more evidentiary of violent rape or sexual attack than any of the pictures used as evidence against the SL Army? Yet I do not believe charges of a sexual nature have been made against these troops, nor charges of crimes against humanity.

        “Did not you ask me to give a single war crime evidence in an earlier occasion?”

        Indeed, I assumed you were aware of the accusations against SL under IHL, and therefore didn’t expect you to point to evidence of lesser crimes. I apologize for overestimating your intelligence, Srilal.

        “The truth of the matter is , your bosses are corned domestically and internationally”

        I have yet to see a can labeled “CORNED BOSS” anywhere. Perhaps they are serving this to you in your padded cell?

        “by the way how was C4 no 2 movie , all western & LTTE propaganda”

        If you say so.

        “Since you seem/pretend to forget who Prof Rajiv is , here is a clue , remember your Guru/Mentor ( Dayan J ) who introduced you to your current boss as a defense analyst , his bosom pal is MP Rajiv”

        I do know Dayan Jayatillake, but have never hear of a professor or member of parliament with the name “Rajiv”. Please do post a picture of this mysterious “Rajiv” you speak of. Have you not had your medication today?

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        Hey Blacker ,

        You are spot on, i forgot to take my medication, let me grab it.. i just had it , happy now , Blacker , I’m back to normalcy , cheers pal

        you know what , people like you ,DJ paid actors are there to white wash all the dirty deeds/crimes perpetrated by this junta , in doing so , you guys are very keen on nit picking on very ignisificant things ( i.e spelling mistakes , Grammar mistakes etc ) on those who dissent your bosses views. classic example is this Rajiv stooge , you go on endlessly asking me who this Rajiv stooge is , in reality you know very well whom i’m referring to , but pretending that you don’t know , so that you think you can ridicule me , you are mistaken Blacker , it shows how dumb you are !

        on the prima facie evidence, it is again weerewansa style endless argument going on and on shifting the goal post, for heaven’s sake i was referring to war crimes, don’t try to drag in to your fantasies adding more than what i stated, this is what you have been asked to do so, but for me, that is not the case blacker.

        P.S

        This Rajiva stooge’s name was a genuine spelling mistake , but next time I will do some deliberate Grammar/spelling mistakes , so that you can go on scoffing at my English Language comprehension , believe me your superior education/English knowledge will not persuade others to incline with your dumb arguments.

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        Lol, Srilal, looks like you need a stronger dose :D

        You keep attacking me personally, accusing me of being paid by the government (as if that is somehow an insult, or a legitimate reason for dismissing my argument), etc, but you are unable to actually oppose my arguments. You say that I pick at details; but the devil is in the details, Srilal. It is people who think details are unimportant that lose arguments, court cases, and many other things in life. It is convenient for the lazy to overlook these details, thinking that all that is needed is a loud voice in place of intelligence.

        If you are too lazy or stupid to correctly spell the names of the people you are referring to, why should I encourage such laziness or stupidity by overlooking it? At least now you have managed to spell Rajiva’s name correctly. I’m afraid spellcheck will not help you in this matter.

        In reference to your earlier accusation about the professor being my boss, I can assure you that he and I have never met, spoken, corresponded, or been introduced by anyone, including Dayan J. Both of them are paid employees of the GoSL. I am neither paid nor employed by the GoSL.

        As for your suggestion that argument is a Weerawanse tactic, I’m afraid that bullying is actually his tactic, and yours. You have no argument, you cannot oppose my argument, so instead you attack me for being in the pay of the GoSL or Rajiva or Dayan or Gotabhaya or whoever your addled brain can come up with. I will not apologize for arguing, and it is a pity that you think that your absurd theories must be allowed to pass unchallenged if you are not to start calling me names or insulting my family in retaliation. I have never shifted the goalposts; it is you that has misunderstood the debate and gone barking up the wrong tree. How is that my fault? I already apologized for overestimating your intelligence.

        The discussion in that previous thread (go back and check if you’re interested) was about the crimes SL is accused of under IHL. Individual killings or other crimes such as the alleged execution of Ramesh, do not fall under what bodies such as the ICC are interested in, unless they are indicative of a wider practice of crimes against humanity. That is why the Ramesh case is irrelevant, and pointing that out isn’t shifting the goalposts; it is simply pointing out the goalposts to someone who can’t see very well.

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    so ashamed to call myself a srilankan, no human being deserved to be treated this way! and all those goons who comment here supporting our government, shame on you! SL army behave no difference from a ruthless murderers!

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      Hey Anjali,
      Why are you so worked up?Just take it easy.I am with you in this time of sorrow.What a shame that wonderful human being”Velu”departed so early leaving all of us in a sea of sadness.Don’t cry Anjali.Pl wipe your Crocodile tears with a piece of Ealam flag.

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    Ramesh hacked Sri Lankan women and children with knives to save bullets. would you like to see the pictures? We sri lankans believe what you does comes around.

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      Exactly Bodinayaka, what goes around comes around, that’s what we believe as Lnkans, true. I think you mean UNHRC – US backed resolution tomorrow . :(

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        You cowards expect foreigners to do your dirty work?Stop day dreaming and start what you are told to do.That is licking Uncle Sam’s filth boots!

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      So did Karuna. Why is he a politician now? The thing to do now is not look at the event emotionally. SL needs Western investment to move forward. Bank loans, foreign subsidiaries, GSP concessions, etc. But it will be difficult, if not impossible, for those things to materialize until Mahinda is either convicted or steps down and a more liberal person steps forward. The West is not interested in doing business with Eastern dictators, that much is very clear.

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        We always needed all of those things, and foreign investment isn’t really under threat. Just take a trip to the East and have a look at the massive hotel projects going over there.

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    “Photos of the corpse of The Leader’s daughter, Duvarika, have since emerged. Evidently, she met a violent end, too. “

    What it says, if her death is true, VP and his family were at the custody of SLA before their violent end.

    People who’re familiar with VP say VP would never surrender. As it appears, we won’t hear for long long time how VP was dead.

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    “This single murder, insignificant of itself, suggest the systematic, large-scale killing of prisoners – civilians and fighters – by the Sri Lankan authorities.”
    How? If so, can we take the recent killing of civilians by a US soldier in Afghnistan to suggest similar other acts taking place there as well?
    “In the final months of the war, Sri Lanka’s army had surrounded the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and some 330,000 Tamil civilians on a small sandy strip on the island’s coastline. Although beaten, the Tigers refused to surrender, and they used the civilians with them as a shield against an all-out assault by the army.”
    An important comment. They used some 330,000 (how did he arrive at this figure?) Tamil civilians as a human shield. The brave tigers hide behind some 330,000 civilians.
    “Nevertheless, the Sri Lankan army did attack, with bombardment, commando raids and assault teams, which combined to breach the thin Tiger defences. The army managed to release tens of thousands of terrified civilians, who streamed across a low lagoon while the battle raged behind them. Many civilians died, and many Tiger fighters discarded their weapons, and escaped with them. The final shots were fired on or around May 18, 2009.”

    That would leave some 320,000 or less civilians behind with the Tigers.

    “He was taken like almost 300,000 others to one of the detention camps in the town of Vavuniya. Another witness saw him in the camp wearing a white shirt and blue-checked sarong, separated off with other Tamil Tigers who had been similarly recognised. As we can now surmise, he was eventually taken from the camp on May 22.”

    Here Mr.Weiss writes of almost 300,000 others taken to detention camps. So that would leave only about 20,000 unaccounted for from the claim of some 40,000 missing being popularly touted around. Whether 20 or 40,000, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians cannot be condoned. But, it was done in the bombing of Dresden by the British and continuously occurring in Afghanistan in US drone attacks. It is just not right! That I believe is what Mr.Weiss is trying to get at. It is a noble sentiment to be agreed with by any right thinking person.
    What Mr.Weiss seem to forget is that Sri Lankans irrespective of whether they were Tamils, Sinhalese or Muslims, suffered for 30 years from the deliberate targeting of civilians by the LTTE. Not only Sri Lankans, there was Rajiv Ghandi of India and some 21 foreigners including British, German, French, Japanese, Pakistani and Maldivian who were blown up in the Air Lanka blast in 1986. There was an `Aussie’ too, from Perth who was stabbed to death when he refused to pay extortion money to the LTTE.
    The fact is that the LTTE brutalised an otherwise peaceful populace. The end result is that they paid for it and in the process made other innocent Tamils pay for it.The people of Sri Lanka needed an ending to the senseless conflict.And the government of Sri Lanka which has a right to protect its citizens provided it.

    Mr.Weiss, I believe has noble sentiments. I take my hat off to him for that and his right to express it. But I suggest he study the Sri Lankan conflict in detail before trying to pass judgement. I would like to add that the UN and all those holier than thou country representatives also consider the number of civilians killed in violence in Sri Lanka prior to the decimation of the LTTE and after. The rest of Sri Lanka has human rights too!

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    ” Not only Sri Lankans, there was Rajiv Ghandi of India and some 21 foreigners including British, German, French, Japanese, Pakistani and Maldivian who were blown up in the Air Lanka blast in 1986.”

    Another cooked-up story by ones who justify the killing and rapings of unarmed people.

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    No wonder SL govt did this. SL govt is better than the racist Sinhala People who comment here.

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    It is so horrible and upsetting to read the comments made by the extremists. One is mystified about the oft quoted Sri Lankan term “manussa-kama”.

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    I think Gordon Weiss is being very selective and vindictive in his approach. His “ball by ball” commentary on Colonel Ramesh’s death seems designed to infer his meticulous attention to detail, but the underlying reality is that his racist superiority complex and obvious contempt for Sri Lanka are showing through his enthusiasm to point to one instance of abuse of military power on hapless enemies.

    Hollywood is full of stories like Weiss’s and he loses whatever credibility he might have gained among the Tamil diaspora when he singles out this killing within the context of a largely fair war in which the Sinhala people have been compassionate towards ‘enemies’ with less blood on their hands than Colonel Ramesh.

    Weiss should learn to temper his analysis with proportion and perspective rather than make mountains out of molehills, especially considering that mates of his (white cousins from US/UK) have routinely massacred tons upon tons of Third World civilians with impunity over the last century and continue to do so, brazenly, to this day!

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    Fake photos to insult our soldiers. Dismissed!

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    So Ramesh disguised himself and mixed up with civilians, NOT SURRENDERED ?

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    Some of the photos could possibly be fake. I’m referring to the two photos where the men have pot bellies. Usually soldiers are expected to remain in shape (for obvious reasons). But just because these two photos are fake, doesn’t mean all the others are. It could also be the case that the Sri Lankan Army has extremely lax training standards, in which case the two said photos are real.

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    hmm funny we saw all these footage but didnt see the killing.. now i remember ch4 showed this last year.. but then stated this was a old clips and later put together.. ok i am taking the USA.. western stand on this.. ALL terrorist WANTED DEAD.. that good old western maxim.. and there are ignorant fools here talking about buddhist teachings.. well if we had observed these as a principles of war.. then there would not have been a sri-lanka thousand years ago.. no buddhist, no HABRANA ROADs nothing.. sometimes we have to fight to protect.

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    In the wordls of ONE EX LTTE FIGHTER.. WE MARCHED INTO THE SINHALA, MUSLIM VILLAGES AND tOWNS.. WE KILLED THE CIVILIANS.. STARNGLED THE WOMEN, BURNT THE CHILDREN… EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT WE BRING… ONE DAY THEY WILL COME LOOKING FOR US FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE…..

    THE LTTE.. SUPPORTED by INT LTTE DIASPORA.. now re fromed as NGos, GTfs, and Transinational Governments..

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    Why is the so called interogator wearing a colored Hindu protective sacred thread? One inside the cab with Ramesh was also seen in early pictures wearing the same Hindu sacred thread.The picture of all those There is nothing wrong with in the cab are not shown in these pictures.WHy not give an excuse?

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    The problem for GoSL is that it simply didn’t have the funds for long range “bloodless” assassinations and execution with drones and cruise missiles. So it has to do it the old-fashioned way, close up, bloody and the results are too easily available due to the perpetrator’s carelessness.

    I do however feel sorry for Col Ramesh’s plight. From having being a powerful area commander able to dispense death at a moment’s notice….. to this.

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      No wonder Mango feels sorry for Ramesh the murderer.We are sorry for the victims who was murdered by this butcher.Let the butcher suffer in hell.

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    This is the famous Gordon Weiss,who gave the civilians died during the last stages of the conflict as 40,000. When he was requested to show evidence of the figures killed he slowly changed the subject. He was star of Channel 4 and who holds candle for the LTTE thugs in the Diaspora. Initially UN gave the figure who died during the end of the conflict as 7,000 and thereafter the london Journo Jeremy page changed it to 20,000 and then comes the sage Gordon Weiss and states that it is 40,000.But when called to submit the evidence he changes the subject. The best person to answer this is the UN, ICRC and WPF as they were till the end of the conflict in the war zone. I do not trust this guys writings as he sings for his supper.

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    Hey David, who is your ‘current boss’ I supposedly introduced you to as a defence analyst? When and where? And by the way, who was your previous boss?

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      I think he means Rajiva. Hard to really understand what he’s said.

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