9 August, 2020

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UK Worked With Sri Lankan Security Forces During The Final Stages Of The War – Report

“Two senior PSNI officers were deployed as ‘critical friends’ of the Sri Lankan regime around the time of a civilian massacre by government forces in 2009. Documents reveal how the UK worked with Sri Lankan security forces during the final stages of the bloody civil war which devastated the country.” Belfast Telegraph reports.

British police secretly advised the Sri Lankans since the Thatcher era, with visits to the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s headquarters during the Troubles and early guidance from an ex-MI5 director on counter-insurgency strategy.

It was previously revealed how 3,500 Sri Lankan police officers – including some senior commanders – received training from the Scottish Police College since 2007.

It has now emerged UK police training in Sri Lanka continued even during the bloodiest months of the war.

The links to Northern Ireland were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the PSNI by Corporate Watch, a not-for-profit research group.

Meanwhile the corporatewatch.org yesterday said; “In February 2009, Sri Lanka was an island at war. After nearly three decades of conflict, the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels were being cornered by government forces, in what has become known as the ‘killing fields’. 300,000 ethnic Tamil civilians fled the fighting, only to be rounded up and ‘screened’ for militant sympathies in squalid barbed-wire internment camps. By August 2009, Amnesty International warned that this system of indefinite and arbitrary detention included some 50,000 children.

“It may come as a surprise, then, that this was precisely the six-month period when White and McCausland were seconded from the PSNI and deployed to Sri Lanka by the FCO. The pair were ordered ‘to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Sri Lankan Police” and provide ‘hands-on assistance’, Corporate Watch has discovered through a Freedom of Information request to the PSNI. The itinerary for their first visit included ‘high level meetings with [the] Inspector General of Police’ (IGP), Sri Lanka’s top cop Jayantha Wickramaratne, who incidentally had himself trained in Scotland and Northern Ireland during 2007. As IGP, Wickramaratne was part of the ‘Task Force’ responsible for the administration of the internment camps.

“Our previous investigation found that 3,500 Sri Lankan Police were trained by the Scottish Police College before and after 2009. Crucially, this new evidence reveals that senior UK police officers continued to advise their Sri Lankan counterparts even during the bloodiest months of the conflict. The FCO are refusing to disclose its documents relating to this liaison, citing national security exemptions. Ineqe, White and McCausland were unavailable for comment. However, does Ineqe’s CEO, Jim Gamble, know what advice these men gave in Sri Lanka? Gamble’s judgement matters – he is Independent Chair of the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board.

“Although the global outsourcing of UK policing is alarming, it is nothing new. For example, British police have secretly advised the Sri Lankans since Thatcher, with visits to the Royal Ulster Constabulary HQ during the Troubles and early guidance from an ex-MI5 director on counter-insurgency strategy.

“An FCO file from 1983, obtained by Corporate Watch, titled ‘UK Assistance to Sri Lankan Police’, shows that two senior police officers from Sri Lanka visited Trouble-stricken Belfast in June 1983 to observe RUC operations. Senior Deputy Inspector-General H W H Weerasinghe and assistant Superintendent K S Padiwita were ‘to visit Belfast to see at first hand the roles of the police and army in counter-terrorist operations’. This visit took place a month before the ‘Black July‘ pogrom of Tamils, which is widely regarded as a turning point in escalating the conflict and catalysed the creation of a para-military ‘Special Task Force’ within the Sri Lankan police.

“Notably, the Sri Lankan police had requested UK help with ‘para-military [training] for counter-insurgency operations’ and ‘commando operations training’ in 1983. The FCO replied ‘we should like to help the Sri Lankan Government (discreetly) as much as we can with these courses’. Parts of the file, marked ‘Secret – UK EYES’, reveal that an ex-MI5 Director Jack Morton had also visited Sri Lanka in 1979 and produced a report for Sri Lanka with ‘practical recommendations for the total reorganisation of the intelligence apparatus’ which was ‘at heart of any discussion on Special Branch’. Morton had been Director of Intelligence in Malaya during Britain’s brutal war against Maoist rebels, and helped re-organised the RUC Special Branch in 1973 to set up an MI5/Army database on terrorists, according to the Powerbase encyclopedia.”

To read the CorporateWatch’s Freedom of Information request to the PSNI click here

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    Thanks UK. Your help for winding up the bloody war is greatly appreciated.

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      This is SHOCKING : “Senior Deputy Inspector-General H W H Weerasinghe and assistant Superintendent K S Padiwita were ‘to visit Belfast to see at first hand the roles of the police and army in counter-terrorist operations’. This visit took place a month before the ‘Black July‘ pogrom of Tamils, which is widely regarded as a turning point in escalating the conflict and catalysed the creation of a para-military ‘Special Task Force’ within the Sri Lankan police”

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    So-called military and policing “trainings” in the name of British ODA are a joke – part of the British arms industry’s Public Relations exercise. This is how the international arms trade of the western countries that talk Human Rights from one side and sell arms to rights violators from the other, works..

    Hypocrites and humbugs!

    The worst atrocities are often a committed by those with lots of “international training”!

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      Silence!!!
      Democracy is only in the dict.
      Right and wrong are relative terms in the real world.

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    Good work in the right direction.
    Truth is now unstoppable.

    Its shocking to see Mahinda Balasuriya now lecturing the world on Homeland Security. Balasuriya has serious questions to answer on why twelve STF fall guys were arrested for Navi Pillay visit when it should be him. Instead he is lecturing to Indian police now.

    Ruwan Wanigasuriya is quick to deny to Hiru that this most important help in stabilization field ever happened. All this started in Basra with Tony Blair. What Tony Blair told Mahinda Rajapaksa is partly known to Mangala Samaraweera. That protects Mangala Samaraweera a little but best for him if he speaks up.

    People like Peter Wilson and Andrew Rathmell need to be investigated against the story that it was China who did it and David Miliband tried to stop it.
    Many UK soldiers refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some even went to jail. It is only Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is threatening Great Britain to expose their role in anti terrorist operations. Great Britain is scared of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as he can bring down the Conservative government there with many bloody secrets. Same with Labour government too if David Miliband was leading it.

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      uuraawatch
      “It is only Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is threatening Great Britain to expose their role in anti terrorist operations. Great Britain is scared of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as he can bring down the Conservative government there with many bloody secrets.”

      cMoron would be gone soon. As you know the largest export item is arms and ammunition.

      No fear N Mody is the one man who would castrate ape shit gota.
      Unfortunately the Dravidians live in the “mysticism” of the north. Basil uses free mason Parsee choksy (who did our CJ at the outset) to tame congress and the Cambridge club. Feroez Gandhi was hen pecked Parsee late Indira’s hubby. Sun god.TATA. VP.etc Sure the refugees speak Guju but its marathi rule rss.

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    Thank you Uk, for helping to annhilate the most racist, barbaric, genocidal outfit. By doing so SL forces have liberated 350,000 captives and brought peace to the nation.

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      This is the reason we need War Crime inquiry to hear the trust, so the Victims can get justice, Both parties must be investigated.

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    Great, so our anti terror ops actually met with British standards :D

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      Thats exactly how they did the lightning raid of Libya moron.Dead men tell no tales.

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        I never imagined putting random words one after the other in some sort of quasi-sentences could constitute a ‘response’ , but here you are :-)

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          sssm,
          “some sort of quasi-sentences could constitute a ‘response’ , but here you are”

          Count Quackula, try combing your hair with a paper bag.

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    Everyone was complicit in this massacre, from the United Nations to India.

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      Who is going to bell the cat?
      Well Iraq and WMD the expert Kelly just slit his hand while going jogging Amen.

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      That is the truth.

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      “massacre”.

      LTTE asked for it.

      They got it.

      That is what TGTE, BTF, GTF and all those wanted.

      Be happy, they had what they wanted.

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        If the whole world did not believe the lies of these Sinhala racist Monkeys and not supported them, these monkeys in military uniforms would have been wiped out by the LTTE. These cowards the so called SL Army managed to cry and beg the whole world and gained the world support by twisting the stories up. Not for long, very soon these Sinhala monkeys will pay for everything. Srilankan Army is good for washing their local MP’s jangis and chase flies.

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    UK after suppressing a probe on War Crimes against Sri Lanka now boasting of their involvement. Will they not attend CHOGM? their partners in War Crimes.

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      Ha ha Ha -Rudra’s government ministers got caught in child molestation in Sudan

      What you expect from this barbaric terrorist where ever they live

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        Please an you clarify what is this about Sudan?

        Who is Rudra?

        Who are Rudra’s government ministers?

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          Rudra is your priminister in your mythical government in air (TGE)

          go and read the articles in T news then you will find out what has happened in Sudan and who are the miniters

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            kris

            Do you mean Peelum? Rudra is a dreamer. Keep dreaming blood suckers. That is all you Peelamists can do.

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    Just got confirmation who N.Modi is.

    Narendra Modi is running Gujarat police as a future model for India.
    War criminal Mahinda Balasuriya is teaching Gujarat based police tricks of the trade.

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      “uuraawatch”
      “Narendra Modi is running Gujarat police as a future model for India”-Tujhya gaandit adaklay vit (brick up yours boooruuuwa-watch)

      Camembert secessionist what makes you think you are right??

      When you have the answer to that please watch the following 2.43 min video link:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9gjso8qodQ

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        This is confusing.

        Narendra Modi is a Hindutva fanatic and the top most police officers in Gujarat are accused of serious orchestrated crimes in three biggest cities in Gujarat. Refer to 2002 race riots.
        Once head of state police is in remand for two years now for a brutal murder with all evidence pointing to state collusion delaying verdict in the case. False flag terrorist incidents staged in 2004 has landed other top police officers and even Intelligence Bureau on the dock with charges leveled by Central Bureau of Investigation.
        There are many more incidents.
        There is also a pattern here unlike the rest of India where Police corruption is endemic but not orchestrated from the top.
        Narendra Modi is clearly seen to be untouchable like a mafia boss.
        Homeland Security is the buzz word and the latest marketing trick is after fasting for nine days, Narendra Modi performing ‘Shastra Puja’ (worship of weapons) at his home today on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi giving the Homeland Security industry a mythical twist that George Bush Jr will be jealous of.
        War criminal Mahinda Balasuriya lectures in aspects of Homeland Security at a leading Baroda University as a visiting lecturer.

        Now tell me whats in the YT video? Any information thats relevant?

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          “Narendra Modi is a Hindutva fanatic”
          The question asked in Maharashtra (chaddie walas ) even today is “ when the muzzies bomb us what do you expect us to do??
          Incident at Gujarat was started by muzzies on pilgrimage. So when they slaughtered the immediate response was 10 times over (they remember the 1.5 million unwilling and unarmed Hindus slaughtered by the muzzies with the partition till the naked fakir was shot at centre point Nagpur martawada; vidarbha) – western media deflected to suit their purpose. However, the truth is known but not in the media (like shock and awe of gulf war 2 &1) So NM was absolved of all wrong doings on top of it the IC visited NM since they need trade more than HR (HR is for the west like kangaroo courts is for Africa only) Low class GTF felicitated Shusima and on return she felicitated King Kong – Shiva rules Baharat from time immemorial. So that’s JT’s problem- to be or not to be. To do kal thuki padinar…squeeze gotas balls they are the only ones because of bad record of Rajiv.
          SL state machinery will move towards Modi even in their dream and JT’s will lose the only opportunity – you don’t get a second chance to make the first impression at vidharba the second capital of Maharashtra the flower of resistance for independence. This is public space go find out opposition to congress has always been at marthawada.
          Guju is partitioned land (you get patels who are muzzies and hindus) most of the mosques in the north have been constructed with the very stone of hindu temples during the days of conquest so they got to come south on pilgrimage and now to SL kathragama.
          “why the video” when you copy a pseudo nymph but unable to get the icon that’s already on the same thread we call it cheap chandhi chalk imitation by dharuwala.

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    Paw Da.

    Stupid and Stupid Tamils get screwed up every where.

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    Sri Lanka was never at WAR with the LTTE Terrorist, but Sri Lankan Forces used their FULL Force to eliminate a Northern Terrorist Group using the name LTTE to separate the country for 30 odd years. This was once started by the Tamil Politicians and then taken over by the ‘boys’. The Ch 4 killing fields was base on the No Fire Zone, which was opened by the then Army Commander General Sarath Fonseca to facilitate the Tamil Civilians to escape from the clutches of Murderous LTTE , but as President Mahinda Rajapakasa, on pressure excreted by India, ordered the FORCES to stop their forward march, and this delay was used by the LTTE to install major guns and other artillery in the vicinity of the No Fire Zone, and commenced firing at Army points. The rapid. Fire guns with computer assisted tracing facilities directed fire at those gun and artillery points. Not for MR intervention No Fire Zone should have established without loosing any lives according to a very reliable source. British and Americans and on certain occasions as requested by USA Israel helped SL forces to locate the LTTE terror groups, even though some people accuse them, says the same source.

    It is high time SL government get the help of former Army Commander and all other senior forces officers sacked by DS GR, to help the SLOG to overcome all these accusations without any true evidence, and save the name of Sri Lanka, and to assure the Tamils most of their. Relations, sons and brothers were executed. By the LTTE as they wanted to save their own lives. As Terrorist are not covered under any Geneva treaties they are not responsible for the killing they executed, but as a Legitimate government SL is due to bound to prove, and establish the ACCOUNTABILITY every one is pressing for.

    If we are not GUILTY why we hide behind China and Russia and accuse USA and other Western countries for our own bad decisions to be in power. It is my personal opinion former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka is the only person who can shed some light on this. Grave matter and not the man who ran to USA for 16 years and parachuted to the DS post. What we are facing is a critical issue for Tamils, Muslims as well as all Sinhalese as Sri Lankans to clear our name as well as the names of all other Western countries help SL to overcome the. 30 year Terror.

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      It is not just you the entire island people do not want to go to China or Vietnam unless of course they are fringe politicians. I get asked every day by someone or the other when in Sri Lanka to be get break to get to a western country. No one ever asks us to go to an eastern country.
      For that the Sri lanka passport needs to get a clean bill of health and with people like Army Commander General Sarath Fonseca or Gotabhaya Rajaaksa with their families and themselves well settled in the western countries and doing everything possible to tarnish the little good name left for Sri Lanka, forget about it.
      Tamil Terrorists are very weak with what they can do in western countries. You have misplaced the blame. The problem is in Sri Lanka with the few making lots of money out of militarisation.
      Where is Sarath Fonseca’s son in law who was once trying to sell arms in mid sea? He is living luxuriously in Oaklahoma.

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        I think you mis-read what I wrote uunawatch. Sri Lankan passport was a very serious security check at most countries due to the Terrist. Gang LTTE. The people who are doing business in exchanging weapons in mid-sea is the Gotabayas private.Army known as Rakshna Lanka. Check facts before you directly accusing others.Some facts you have given are correct but not 100 percent correct.

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    Well now you all can see who is the bad man here,all these bull shit about Human Rights is run by the people who actually helped Sri Lanka to win the war and now same people complain us about the Human Rights……

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    No big deal in this Belfast story.

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      Not just that its all boring for us in the industry.
      But please remember the average person thinks Chinese helped eradicate Tamil terrorists and the western nations helped Tamil terrorists. For this view this story is a U-Turn.

      I am now told that Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered a veiled threat in Sinhalese at independence day in Trincomalee to expose how Great Britain has played the crucial covert role since 1977.

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    The ‘telegraph’ still hallucinating, and yakking about the war and “unspeakable genocide”…. if the insane and cowardly tamil terrorists did not take refuge inside civilian areas, this would be a different story, eh? //

    By the way, ‘writer’, the great ‘democratic’ USA and its allies use things called ‘drones’ to bomb areas where terrorists are hiding….amongst innocents….. who cares, eh? Only the terrorists get killed by the drones…yak yak….

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      “By the way, ‘writer’, the great ‘democratic’ USA and its allies use things called ‘drones’ to bomb areas where terrorists are hiding….amongst innocents….. who cares, eh? Only the terrorists get killed by the drones…yak yak….

      If you bite the hand that feeds you what would you expect??
      Mottapala pala beeta danda bariwehy. Take care.

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