20 October, 2017

UN Corruption Files: UN Knew Its Money Went To The LTTE But Hushed Up

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

A leaked UN email suggests that UN money went to LTTE.  Last May, Colombo Telegraph exposed how United Nations funds were paid to three Sri Lankan companies which were physically not contactable.  US$ 1.57 million ( Approximately RS 167,000,000.00 – valuation 2008) was paid to supply companies which the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations could not contact.

This is the level of UN transparency and accountability. This in fact undermines the UN’s system of independent investigations.

The FAO in Sri Lanka purchased project deliveries for the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka to a value exceeding US$ 1.5 million from three suppliers, namely, Dev Trades, A. F. Associates and YCO Farm. These suppliers could not be found at their given registered addresses. Two FAO staff members Niranjala Gunaraj, Finance Assistant, and Thevarajah Vaigunthan, National Project Officer, both attached to the FAO Emergency Unit, collected the payments on behalf of these three companies.

We asked the UN to publish the report of the investigation it claimed to have carried out.  We wrote to the FAO Country Representative, Patrick Evans and Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), Dihan Hettige, asking what happened to the inquiry findings but they have so far failed to send us the investigation report.

Instead of making the report public Patrick Evans maintains  “The issue has been thoroughly investigated and addressed in a proper manner.” Quoting The Rome-based UN FAO headquarters spokesperson The Italian Insider wrote;   “corrective action was taken” as soon as the problem was brought to light.

We wrote, ‘’Interestingly, Patrick has never denied they paid US$ 1.57 million to “ghost” companies. We can categorically state that the UN FAO Country Representative is in a cover-up game’.  We asked more questions form Patrick Evans in an open reply but UN FAO has so far failed to respond.

The issue was not addressed in a proper manner. Patrick says: 1.  no money was stolen or lost, 2.  all inputs were delivered to the beneficiaries and were of suitable quality,3.  no crime was committed, 4.  transparent procurement procedures were not properly followed and 5.  immediate action was taken to correct the situation including removal of the staff member involved and publication of an article in the local newspapers informing the public of the same.

Let us examine these responses one by one; 

He accepts transparent procurement procedures were not properly followed. Why did the UN FAO organization fail to follow transparent procurement procedures? This is in itself a crime. He says, ‘no money was stolen or lost’. When you purchase goods from “Ghost” companies where has the money gone? Today we can expose part of this corrupt deal. It shows where the money went. Bank details of one of these “ghost” companies, A. F. Associates shows that millions of rupees had been transferred to the personal accounts employees of the UNFAO.

Bank details showcasing transfers of monies from A.F Associates prove that millions of rupees were transferred to two employees’ personnel accounts. In 2008 September and October alone A.F Associates transferred Rs.  4.1 million to A. Sivanandan’s personnel account in Jaffna and C.R. Moses’s personnel account in Batticaloa.

Evans says,  ‘all inputs were delivered to the beneficiaries and were of suitable quality’. How can “Ghost” companies deliver goods to beneficiaries? Where is the proof? Patrick’s own files which were obtained by us shows low quality inputs were delivered to the beneficiaries; effectively cheating Sri Lanka’s poor – the farmers – by supplying low quality seed and agricultural products.

An email dated October 1, 2008 from Benziger, from the FAO office in Trincomalee says;  “I regret to inform you that there are long term pending issues with procurement system connected to inferior quality of inputs, in which we brought this issue to Colombo level is not at the first time now. Anyhow, it is very much worrying that such issues is keep on continuing in the FAO system and expanded to other UN agencies. ….Further we came to know that the price different is unreasonable and price difference were very high ( please check with Poultry purchase order).

The point however is this. Patrick Evans says no crime was committed.  Is purchasing from “Ghost” companies and paying for same not a fraud? Is fraud not a crime?

Evans also maintains that immediate action was taken to correct the situation including removal of the staff member involved and publication of an article in the local newspapers informing the public of the same.  Patrick is again misleading the public. If there was no crime committed why was the staff member removed from the organization and his contract not renewed? Why was there a delay in the publishing of such notice in a local newspaper and informing the public of the same? If he was involved in a fraud, why was he not reported to the Police or CID in Sri Lanka?

Immediate action was not taken. According to UN files, whistleblowers within the organisation kept raising these irregularities from 2006 onwards, but no action was taken until the end of 2008. In 2008, an inquiry was initiated through the FAO Headquarters Audit Department, where three officials, namely, Ms. Maria Carbone, Ms. Georgina Costello and Mr. Dennis Richards came to Sri Lanka to conduct the inquiry.

On May 10, 2009 UN FAO placed an advertisement in the Sunday Observer business page with a photograph of Thevarajah Vaigunathan and said “This serves to inform the general public that Mr. Thevarajah Vaigunathan former National Project Officer of the Food and Agricultural Oraganisation (FAO) of the United Nations, is no longer employed by FAO, and FAO is not liable for any of his transactions/actions.”

So, is this enough? Was it only Vaigunathan who was involved in this fraud? Who are the others? Why did not the UN hand over the investigations to the police?

With FAO denying there was no crime committed, and with all the other staff both in the office and in the field intact how could the FAO played a major role in supporting the re-settlement process in the north and east of Sri Lanka assisting returning IDPs to resume productive livelihoods? What is the assurance of the quality of the assistance provided and that there was no further fraud?

This issue is about accountability for the funds received for the development of Sri Lanka. Evans says, “the FAO continues to assist the Government to addressing priority needs in the agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry sectors.” Why was the Government not informed of the said fraud when it was clear that there were many staff members both local and foreign involved?

This is the level of UN transparency and accountability. This in fact undermines the UN’s system of independent investigations.

We managed to find one reason why the UN FAO is covering up the whole corruption saga.

This week we can revel another ‘Confidential’ email sent to FAO Country Representative, Patrick Evans by  Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), Dihan Hettige. On October 4, 2008 Dihan Hettige wrote “We have confidentially checked with our personal contacts from the main commercial Banks to find that Mr. Thevarajah VAIGUNATHAN (National Identity Card No 723580277) in one of the 2 partners of M/S Dev Traders. All of the above establishments are formed after Vaigunathan was transferred to Colombo in 2006. On the whole apart from the tsunami rehabilitation, more than 1/3 of the total procurement has been done through this handful of suppliers mentioned above. As per the recent confidential information received the other companies are run by his family members/close relatives. As per our investigations these companies do not exist in reality. The phone numbers quoted are unanswered and the addresses quoted are bogus. When I had inquired about the suppliers sometime back, his reply was that the suppliers do not want to reveal their identity due to security reasons (including that the mentioned suppliers are directly connected to LTTE). I too have sufficient information to believe that Vaigunathan is directly connected to the LTTE, with his capabilities of operating in the LTTE controlled areas easily.”

“I believe if an investigation is sensed by him or the connected individuals, they might disappear suddenly and FAO might not be able to operate in the uncleared areas thereafter. Also not ruling out the danger of having the details exposed to the Government of Sri Lanka, which could bring long term bad reputation to FAO.”

The FAO Country Representative, Patrick Evans replied within two minutes; Thanks Dihan, let’s keep this to ourselves for the present and consider our options. Patrick

It is clear Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), Dihan Hettige, encouraged FAO headquarters to bury this incident. Was it only this LTTE connection or to protect FAO reputation? We can categorically say the FAO investigation team has not investigated the bank accounts of its employees and bank accounts of the “Ghost” companies. If you investigate those bank accounts you will definitely find that the money not only went to LTTE but to high profile employees as well.

uvindu@journalist.com

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    @Uvindu. There is no proof that 167 million rupees went to the LTTE. There is no proof if at all any money reached LTTE, other than some donation or big gift to the LTTE from the FAO or the employee and family.

    There was no reciprocity from the LTTE to the FAO.

    Looks like high and lower rank officials have connived to rip off the people of the North East and pocket the money. It was easy to blame the LTTE that they accepted the money, via third parties. But absolutely no proof.

    Incredible stories..

    As suggested it the article, the FAO should have gone to the Police and a complaint of fraud should have been filed. Where is this employee now and the others?

    There were many NGO’s in Colombo also did the same thing and profitted heavily, blaming they had give it secretly to the LTTE and there will be no receipts, affidavits or evidence that the cash or products was delivered. When public or UN or INGO funds are used, cash transactions should have been avoided and only materials and products should have been delivered.

    Anyway, most of the cash was carefully packed, covered in rolls of plastic and buried by the LTTE and many billions of rupees, dollars and gold coins/jewellery. So were the money and gold of 400,000 Tamils. (300,000 plus the 100,000 who died). The army acknowledged finding them but no accurate accounting was provided. The central bank and treasury received some of it and the army guys pocketed huge amounts. “They said -Finders Keepers”. That is also why the demining took so long. two reasons. Searching for gold and money. Covering of the war crimes, bodies and bones, destroying all evidence.

    The Colombo based NGO’s had a great day from the Tsunami time like the Hambantota Horas… It is the poor people who finally suffered and the living beneficiaries are the GOSL and army… Check their bank balances, assets both personal and NGO’s, and values of their vehicles running into hundreds of millions. What services did the perform? They all steal from the poor and live rich. None of them were rich when they started small NGO’s many years ago.

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      Donald, There is no proof that you funded and raised funds for the LTTE either but we all know the truth. There is no proof the LTTE killed anybody because they were terrorists, didn’t leave receits. There is no proof the LTTE robbed banks because they bombed the banks after wiping out the staff. There is no proof the LTTE existed, because the Army had fun. But any sane person knows the LTTE were drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorist paedophiles who proscribed children and who went on a killing spree of innocent people for fun for 30 years at the behest of the diaspora. There is no point in denying their (or yours) terrorist related activities.

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    A factual report as to how the UN HAS BEEN EXPOSED AS AN UNETHICAL AND FRAUDULENT ORGANISATION. What right has it therefore to blame SRI LANKA by illegally appointing a team of prejudiced members to accuse her of committing acts of genocide during the last stages of the defeat of the murderous LTTE? The Western world’s hypocrisy on the war on terror, is clearly exposed by the action of their lap dog organisation paying out funds to the most brutal terrorist Organisation IN THE WORLD according to the FBI!

    It is time that the truth be exposed to the world. Our island Nation is being inundated with false propaganda and a determination to effect a regime change so that we can once again be brought to heel.Please endeavour to spread this article to the far corners of this world, so that decent people can see the hypocrisy of those who commit greater crimes than Adolph Hitler but are determined to crush our independent will. We must never be the children of a lesser God.

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    Sri Lanka can leave the UN and UNHRC if it does not like them. They can even leave the commonwealth!!!!
    As for mad comments, I do not respond.
    Let the mad rabid dogs bar, the caravan rolls on.
    The UN-FAO was subject to a fraud by the employees. They are trying to put the blame on the LTTE. If the LTTE was alive, then they won’t say all these things. lol.
    The missing money is the responsibility of the FAO…
    They have not followed UN rules and had no permission.

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      I absolutely agree with Donald. The fraud that was carried out by the FAO staff in no ways or means guarantees that the funds were given to or received by the LTTE. It is therefore of serious offence to publish an article, tarnishing the reputation of the UN for corruption involving some of it’s staff. As in any large organization, corruptions CAN and may arise by employees that work for it. It doesn’t necessarily make the organization Corrupt. There is a significance difference. PS: I do not understand what the Image of the Secretary General represents in relation to the article. It would seem like people WANT the UN to appear on these negative propagandas.

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        Ha ha, birds of a feather, flock together. True, the FAO staff’s actions do not prove the funds went to the LTTE, because there is no receipt. Neither is there any proof the LTTE had funds from the diaspora, bought weapons, trafficked drugs, laundered money, proscribed children, murdered innocent civilians in thousands, trained suicide bombers who blasted their balls off killing innocent people etc. LTTE’s only crime appears to be that none of their members demands to know what happened to the chief maniac’s body. It is always good to affiliate two criminal accomplices together as well, as in this case the LTTE and the UN. The UN has aided and abetted directly or indirectly all the crimes the world has seen in the past several decades including bombing Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and crimes committed by the LTTE . Still for the diaspora, the UN is corrupt-free because they are partner’s in LTTE’s crimes.

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          Rupert you are a confused Dude. You have confused the USA with the UN. There is no records in history that the UN bombed any nation. Get your facts right eh?

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          Janith Perera, You are totally confused!!First read carefully if you want to criticise. Did I say the UN bombed your head off? I said, the UN either directly or indirectly had a hand in most atrocities. For example, directly, when they approved some attacks like Afghanistan and Libya and indirectly, because the bloody organisation ignored the US arrogance in cases like Iraq.

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          Isn’t it time we look out for a replacement for the corrupt UNO and all its subsidiaries?

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          Janith, the Korean War was a UN operation. All the troops that fought against North Korea and China were under a UN flag. So were the air forces that carried out bombing missions.

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        I am amazed as to why you feel that the writer has unjustly tarnished the reputation of the UN.

        The reputation of the UN has been tarnished by their very own actions in dealing with fraudulent and corrupted staff who were/are a part of the organization.

        If the organization is accountable, why has it failed to submit the so called report and make an official statement regarding the articles in question?

        Keep up the good work Uvindu, we need more people like you who are unafraid to report.

        By the way Allison are you hired by the organization?

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          @ Patrick :- should Allison be working for the Organization to be defending the truth?

          FAO has provided Sri Lankan farmers with unlimited resources and assistance in the past for years. Is that so easily forgotten by a negative publicity?

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    There is no doubt that Ban Ki Moon is having a hidden agenda to develop terrorism in Sri Lanka and lead this country as another failing country. Therefore we should act against this Yankee forces and irradiate those things from our mother Lanka. In fact Wimal Weerawansha is a hero. He showed that Sri Lankans are against Darusman report and Yankee puppet Monkey Moon.

    This is a crucial time to act against bloody Tamil Diaspora and their supporters like USA, Canada, Australia and other European, Scandinavian countries. We can survive without having your so called donations.

    You F**** go to hell. Tamil Tigers mess with the best and die like the rest.

    Mother Sri Lanka – If someone trying to harass you we will screw those suckers.

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      Dear Channel, It doesn’t take one a long time to Judge your IQ based on the choice of profane vocabulary you have used.

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      Channel says:

      “Mother Sri Lanka – If someone trying to harass you we will screw those suckers.”

      Whose Mother Sri Lanka are you talking about?

      Both the Sinhalese and Tamils have been screwing my ancestral island for 2,500 years since the arrival of kallathonies.

      When are you going to screw the Tamils and Sinhalese suckers who never stopped screwing the land and my people?

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    Ya Allison, may be. My profane language is immaterial when compared with damage done by ruthless Tamil Tigers to our mother Sri Lanka. You may be another typical NGO fellow who done not have any idea about the values of this country. Your ultimate aim is to mess this country and support LTTE cadres. Now LTTE is just only four English letters to this country. But be careful. I’m warning you. Those fellows will give you a bloody headache in the near future. (to the Europe, Scandinavians and Americans) After that please consult our Government to learn how to destroy them. We did it and we are still enjoying the benefits of it. We are really happy to see those Tamil Diaspora spoil Europe, Scandinavians and Americans. Coz they will never ever able to even touch this country.

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    Well,UNO,Norway, UK, USA and all are culprits, they all support and promote terrorism, anything to destroy a country, in the end they boasts of human rights.

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    Hey Donald,the LTTE hasn’t bought any goodies to get a receipt from the UNO. Best if you get your facts right.

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    A “Gunaraj”, “Vaigunthan”, “Sivanandan” and “CR Moses” in the middle of another massive fraud? I’m shocked sir, truly.

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      Robbery of resources sent to support the brothern of the North and Eastern parts of Mother Lanka?

      Where are all these employees “Evans”, “Hettige”, “Benziger”, “Gunaraj”, “Vaigunthan”, “Sivanandan” and “CR Moses” ?????

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      The Govt. of SL why not check on UN FAO’s accountability for the funds received for development assistance?

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      Ponniah Mahalingam says:

      “A “Gunaraj”, “Vaigunthan”, “Sivanandan” and “CR Moses” in the middle of another massive fraud? I’m shocked sir, truly.”

      You would be wouldn’t you?

      Aren’t you angry not because these people stole it from UN but because perhaps they refused to share the loot with you?

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        Whoooosh!
        I see even obvious sarcasm is a little too much for our Vedda’s noodle to process. I would say I’m shocked it went over your head, but then it’ll just happen once again.

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          Ponniah Mahalingam

          When did you wake up from your deep deep deep sleep. Go back to your normal self. Carry on snoring. I hope one day you will be kicked out of your home.

          Did my comment hurt you? If it did that was the whole purpose of my response. Please don’t expect an apology from me.

          If it didn’t you are rest assured more in store. Further installment depends on confirmation of your stupidity.

          Nothing personal.

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          Try not to blow a gasket Vedda. What would we do without your idle self posting these dull comments in seemingly every article and boring people to death with your played out ‘vedda’ act? Wouldn’t want things to get too interesting now would we.

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    As for FAO in Sri Lanka, they have erred if they are unable to account for 167 million rupees in half or one year. The whole of NE was not under the control of the NE and the UN operated in LTTE controlled areas. Gordon Weiss has documented such presence and they were all asked to leave by the GOSL by September 2008 before the massacres took place.

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    No UN or UNICEF spent a single penny during the trouble time. They only constructed the Road with the assistance of World Bank but they bribed the politician to keep their presence in Sri Lanka.
    The only sole players were TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation). I totally agree with Donald, he him self a good example, he was a millioner in Sri Lanka but the government took all his property and burnt down their business and wealth during 1983.

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    Thanks, Uvindu, for reporting on this corruption in the FAO and UN. It is something many of us suspected; now we have the proof, thanks to Colombo Telegraph.

    Donald Gnanakone…your comments are showing how deeply involved you have been with the LTTE. How else could you know what you wrote in your first comment? Of course the genocide of Tamils you speak of was orchestrated, not by the Government of Sri Lanka or its armed forces, but by foreign governments and extremist Tamil Nationalists, many of whom regarded themselves as “Christian Tamils”. I should know, being born into such a family.

    My own investigations in Australia confirm what Rupert Vanderkoon has written. Please see the information about the LTTE overseas operations that I have posted on Scribd.

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    Also there is no proof that Gnanakoons were responsible for the assassination of Lakshman Kardiragamar…..LOL because there was no smoking gun found with them.

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    Janith Perera says:

    “There is no records in history that the UN bombed any nation. Get your facts right eh?”

    Don’t mislead, Korean War of 1950s was fought by United Nations Command which included troops from:

    Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Turkey, The Union of South Africa, Denmark, India, Norway.

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    Before Your madness came into the conversation Romesh, I remarked that “Let the mad rabid dogs bark, but the caravan rolls on”.

    The governments of SL knows who I am personally for the past 40 years. I have been in and out of Sri Lanka, since the CFA, although I was forced to leave the country in July 1983. In fairness to the Rajapakses they were in the wilderness until 1989 or really 1994. I was at Lakshman’s funeral as well. But I have to confess, did not shed a tear.

    Beyond that I would not dignify anyone’s comment. It does not deserve it. But Sri Lanka as a country does not belong to one corrupt family. Things will change although the wheels of justice turns slowly. Some of the war criminals will certainly be brought to justice, and others will have to deal with their own Karma.

    Well, LTTE money went to the army and treasury/central bank. By the billions in currency and gold. So was the 400,000 Tamil civilians gold and cash. Romesh, reread what I wrote first about this 167 million rupees, which the FAO officials and employees defrauded and want to put the blame on the LTTE. May be they gave some to the Police and GOSL/first family so that they are let go free. I bet none of them or their assets are in Sri Lanka.

    Thanks Allison, that you have the intelligence to understand how organizations like the UN/FAO works. I have experience in Sri Lanka and world wide for decades at various levels.

    BTW, Lakshman and one other family clashed and fought to be Prime Minister. So there were many interested parties whether Lakshman lives or dies. 99% Tamils did not give a damn about Lakshman. That is why I was the only Tamil, other than some of the Kadirgamar family was at the funeral, and I would not write what we spoke. Lakshman never even saw his own grand son in his whole life. That says a mouthful.

    The issue is whatever happened to the FAO money of 167 million rupees, and nothing else. Stick to the damn article, and not about the writer or anyone who makes a comment.

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      “..others will have to deal with their own Karma..”

      Why did Prabha lie near the lagoon? Was that karma for killing thousands of innocent civilians over 30 years or putting his innocent family in danger?

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        Rubert Vanderkoon asks:

        “Why did Prabha lie near the lagoon?”

        That was the accumulated Karma from his previous births. I suspect he was the “reincarnation” of Vijaya, Dutta Gamini, Kassapa I, Anagarika Dharmapala, …etc.

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    @Romesh. -This is what Romesh wrote”
    Of course the genocide of Tamils you speak of was orchestrated, not by the Government of Sri Lanka or its armed forces, but by foreign governments and extremist Tamil Nationalists, many of whom regarded themselves as “Christian Tamils”. I should know, being born into such a family. Unquote”

    Romesh can only talk about his dysfunctional family and issues at the mental hospital.

    He cannot drag the other Tamil christian Tamil families into the same mess. Furthermore, I never speak or write about Genocide….
    I always talk about War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.

    It is Romesh’s father, Rudrakumar and TAG who talk about Genocide.

    Although genocidal intent was always there, which the Rajapakse family has to take the blame and the Rump of the War Criminals.

    I do not intend to discuss any further, as the subject matter is the article and FAO money which has gone missing. Others, and GOSL might have misappropriated the funds and put the blame on the LTTE…

    Even NGO’s like Seva Lanka and Harsha Navaratne (Nephew of Ariyaratne of Sarvodaya fame) operated in and out of the LTTE areas.

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      Donny, man you are nuts! We know your past LTTE affiliation but why do you want to be associated with a dead organisation whose record when alive has been as murky as perhaps Prabha’s dung? GOSL might have misappropriated but do you have the LTTE’s account books to clear the rutheless terrorists’ name? When they bought suicide kits, did they pay in cheques? War crimes definitely were committed by the terrorist lotr but they are no more. We have to discuss war crimes no more.

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        This man Rubert Banderkoon accuses every Tamil as an LTTE supporter. The truth is, had Rubert Banderkoon being born as a Tamil, he too would have definitely helped the LTTE as all others have done, which is only natural. Even I would have done the same, when you are at the receiving end from another group who intimidates and try to make one lot as second class citizens in the country they are born and bred for centuries. Rubert Banderkoon please tell me who would not have helped when bullied?

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          Mad Gamini, I do know many a tamil speaking people who is not an LTTE sympathiser. We also know who funded the mad dog LTTE ranks.Quite right, you may have joined the LTTE, were you a Tamil judging by your comments (it is an IQ thing) but those who went to school with us, who are life long friends are not LTTE proxies, nor they are militant minded. Was Thiruchelvam an LTTE? No, half of Colombo speak Tamil for your information.

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          Let sanity prevail on Rubert banderkoon at least after reading this post.
          To quote him,’I do know many a tamil speaking people who is not an LTTE sympathiser.’Was Thiruchelvam an LTTE? No, half of Colombo speak Tamil for your information.

          Is that why, the Tamils living in Colombo were packed in to buses and forcibly sent to the North? After the World Body intervened Gota (Pig Shit Eater) had to put his tail between his legs. Yes Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam was one genuinely trying to bring reconcilliation but would he have succeeded with a hoax as MR. Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam was killed at the behest of the Americans by the LTTE just like how Rajiv Gandhi was killed as the world powers prefer to deal with the mediocre corrupt let they be JVP or LTTE. Rubert, with your Pea Brain do not bother, this is Greek to you.

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          Gamini, Outsiders living in Colombo may have been send back, probably because the government wanted room to build a psychiatric hospital for nutcases like you, in case you returned. Mind you, nutz like you did return after the war ended. Tiruchelvem was killed on American order? What an idiot you are! For your tiny peanut brain, LTTE didn’t seek anybody’s advice when they killed tamils working in harmnony with the government. You are a sycophantic lunatic. You pretend to know everything but shows a brain of an idiot who hasn’t been to school at least to take cover from rain. By the way, are you jealous of Gota’s plate? Just ask him, he will be happy to share it, if that is what he eats. By the way are you the supplier to know it that well? Quite possible.

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          “Gamini”, there was no “World Body” (what exactly is that?) that intervened. It was the SL Supreme Court that intervened.

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    I am ashamed to be a sinhalese and a Srilankan at instances like these. Even on an article like this all people can do is bring up racism? shame on you all! Uvindu, great article but definitely misleading. Money robbed from an agency by a staff happens everywhere. This particular staff or staffs could have been members of the LTTE but to blame that on the UN is utterly ignorant and shameful.

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      I think you should read the article again, why UN should be blamed is clearly stated in the article by the writer. It’s not misleading at all. all are clearly established with the fact. I really appreciate Uvindu’s courage to expose this massive corruption and UN hipocrisy.

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      Anusha Mendis, You can be ashamed if you wish but this is clear-cut investigative journalism. The message is as clear as a bell. the article says “We asked the UN to publish the report of the investigation it claimed to have carried out. We wrote to the FAO Country Representative,…..”
      The writer has done a quality job! Well done.

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      You bloody b***h, are you ashamed to be a sinhalese. Don’ worrd dear. [Edited out]. so dont worry sweety

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    quite an interesting read,indeed. I appreciate the freedom of opinion and expressions but quite honestly to blame an entity for what its staff can get up to is point blatantly ignorant.

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      Sri Lankan government is blamed for what Army personnels has done, why is that? Is was unable to prevent them and again they are in a cover up game. So the same rule applied for UN as well. Interestingly UN is demanding an independent enquiry re the Sri Lanka’s war crimes, I’m fully support for that, but we need an independent inquiry too for this issue and also why UN couldn’t prevent this happened . As Uvindu says this is ; This is the level of UN transparency and accountability. This in fact undermines the UN’s system of independent investigations.

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    As a member country Sri lankan Governement should take all possible steps to attack in full scale at UN officials.

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    Ponniah Mahalingam says:

    “boring people to death with your played out ‘vedda’ act?”

    Thanks for your help I will try my best. You have suggested an alternative to your mindless violence.

    Please pass my comments to all your mates including the clan.

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    The GoSL, can you please carry out an investigation and let all the inquisitive readers and commentors know what happened at FAO?

    Let it not be another closed chapter of corruption.

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    Niranjala Gunaraj and Thevarajah Vaigunthan were very strong LTTE representatives. They were appointed by FAO due to LTTE’s request. One James Breen, FAO emrgency coordinator and former FAO representative (Thai person) supported both of those guys to access to LTTE area. Vaigunthan was a very close friend of Karikalan, Daya master and the very top of LTTE. he threatened FAO officlas those days, if FAO did not distribute as his will, will be given maximum punishment through LTTE. so all supported him adn collectively misused UN funds. He collected the funds on behalf of LTTE. Vaigunthan joined LTTE top every time they sucessful in defeating Sri Lankan forces. no one beleive if FAO says all these craps now. there are so many still working at FAO who knows all these.

    top of all these. LTTE distributed FAO assistance only for the people under LTTE list. other people were chased away from any support.

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    This revalation is an eye opener to all nations that have faced the wrath of the so called redeemers ie:USA,UK,and the rest of the SO CALLED developed world..What they are doing to countries like iraq,Afganistan, Libiya, Syriya by supporting the rebels and funding and supplying arms to rebels is not democracy.It is a means of planting a govt to feed their interests. WHY are they not taking any action against Isreal ,Saudi, Bharain etc for their repressive regimes its the might of the mighty. When will their be justice in the world.My view is never.We have to stop these might bullying the weak

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    First Banking Moon was attacking us then suddenly stoped. PR Company would have met him to feel his Palm. Now looks like he is Blind.

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    I am happy that BSR has communicated awareness of these individual’s activities and their connections with the LTTE.

    Don’t hesitate even if you are an employee of the FAO. Bring the information to the GoSL. Give the names of all local and foreign officials and let them be interrogated/investigated and the culprits punished.

    This is a crime against the people of the world not only srilankan.

    Be brave!

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    The Global Economy ceased to be controlled by a basket of currencies when the scums at wall street did their diddle while the saints in the Eurozone stroked their fiddles !! Make no mistake …it is a basket of CORRUPTION that controls the economy of the world and your guess is as good as mine as to who is in it !! SS

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    Why not the GoSL ask the UN to be accountable to their member countries before they (the UN) ask the GoSL to do the same?

    Are SL’s a bunch of idiots to be dictated upon?

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    How is this any different from other acts of fraud and financial impropriety. Coincidentally all the alleged culprits are Tamil. We all know how NGOs based in Colombo rips off money from the UN and other organizations.What did Rupavahini do with money collected for the Tsunami?

    All the names are Tamil in this. Tamil cheating Tamil. Ironic.. Who knows if they were LTTE fronts. LTTE was the best most well organized and devious organization in the world. Where are these fellas who committed this crime?

    it is easy to create front companies and cheat money when controls are lax. It is not a surprise; it happens in a lot of places. As for the LTTE I am so glad they bit dust in to-to. Vanquished and erased. Scum of earth fascists who recruited children and sent them to blow themselves up for a SunGod who met his match at Nanthikadal.

    Getting back to the point, investigate, and hunt down these people if possible. But the chances are with that sort of money, a lot of bookkeepers in FAO or where ever the hell also made some “Baksheesh” or commissions. It is how the game is played. Look how well those UN and FAO buggers live in third world nations. Most of these buggers are hired through a corrupt system and through nepotism and not really because they are professionals. But once they get into the UN system they have a bloody good life with vehicles, nannies, houses whenever they go to third world assignments. often these buggers are also other third world people feeding off the trough of Western generosity. The US provides bulk of the money for UN operations. I wish the US tax payers know how some of these third world buggers live in the UN system. Padded expense accounts for example. Also white fellas in the third world on UN pay.. So I am not surprised at this at all. Helping Hambantota and Helping Tiger Tamils…same principle different set of scoundrels.

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    Hettige wants a cover up for different reasons. Evans is the scoundrel(white christian bureaucrat ?) who needs to be questioned. This is typical of bureaucratic payoffs. Did Evans get a cut?

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