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Where Were UK Experts In Our Hour Of Need?

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

The British High Commission in Colombo has confirmed staff from Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in UK has been training members of CIABOC and FCID staff in “enhancing investigator’s capability to engage in international cases through legal advice, exchanges and English language training”.

Recent news reports indicate UK has offered a team of experts to work with Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and specialized police training for those in the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). The offer has been confirmed by the spokesperson of the British High Commission. According to news reports, discussions are currently underway between the Head of the British Diplomatic Service and Secretary of the UK Department of International Development with CIABC Chief and Additional Solicitor General of Sri Lanka. The offer primarily concerns investigations involving the corrupt deals during the Rajapaksa administration and unearthing the billions of rupees supposedly siphoned off by members of the Rajapaksa family and their minions. GoUK has supposedly indicated its willingness to spend a princely sum of Rs 15 million over the next three years improving working methods of our detectives.

Sri Lankans no doubt must be grateful to our former colonial masters for coming forward in assisting the present government. Their offer no doubt is praise worthy. All it will now require is for members of the UNP who claimed to possess hundreds of files on corrupt deals of the Rajapaksa administration to hand them over to the ‘experts’ from UK and we should be able to get our money back.

That said, this writer is intrigued by the sudden desire of GoUK to assist Sri Lanka in recovering lost wealth of this country. Is it due to its magnanimity or does it entail an ulterior motive?

Sri Lanka endured an armed conflict with the LTTE, one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world, which lasted 26 years. Its objective was a separate state and hence must be classified not only as terrorists but also as a separatist group.

GoUK imposed an arms embargo against Sri Lanka along with many western governments, early in the armed conflict. Despite Sri Lanka being a member of the Commonwealth headed by UK’s sovereign, hardly any training opportunities were offered by GoUK for members of our armed forces. In fact, GoUK did absolutely nothing to assist Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism. By way of its inaction, GoUK in fact offered what could be termed as passive assistance to the terrorist organization and its members living in UK. In short, GoUK adopted a ‘Nelsonian’ attitude in turning a blind eye to Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism and the separatist group.

My mind goes back to one spring day in April 1997 (long before terrorism came knocking on the doors of UK) when the erstwhile Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka’s one time renowned Foreign Minister, assassinated by the very same LTTE in 2005, delivered a speech at the London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House near Regent street. In his address, Kadirgamar stated “when I say that the terrorism in my country is financed to a very large extent by activities which take place by a certain organisation in the country where I am discussing this question, I met with the answer “well, we don’t have much evidence, if you can find the evidence we might be able to do something about it,” to which my reply has been, well how can I possibly find evidence of preparations to commit terrorist activities in my country which are taking place in your country which is thousands and thousands of miles away from my country.”

In the light of Kadirgamar’s assertion, this writer requests the Queen’s representative in Colombo to explain to us Sri Lankans, despite all the sophisticated technology and hundreds if not thousands of ‘experts’ in UK, it was not able to investigate and prevent LTTE from raising funds and its use for terrorist activities in Sri Lanka due to what it termed ‘lack of evidence’ in its own home turf. Under the circumstances, how would these ‘experts’ now find evidence in a country, in the words of Kadirgamar, ‘thousands and thousands of miles away’ from their home turf and bring back billions supposedly plundered by members of the Rajapaksa clan and their minions?

It is indeed ironical, Sri Lankan leaders who thought the separatists could not be defeated and were prepared to give away parts of the country in various forms to the terrorist leader now accept the offer of these ‘experts’ from UK to nail the one leader who believed the LTTE could be defeated and proceeded to do so. Nevertheless, defeating terrorism is not a reason to exempt him from investigation, prosecution and conviction in case his misdeeds are proved.

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    Hello Rajeewa Jayaweera
    You remember asking me to finance you if you were to divulge the names of the six individual and I wrote back to say I will talk to some legal people here. I was try to do that and came across someone who knows you very well and his advice was not to trust you. You have lots of friends in the previous government whom you have advised as to how to swindle and you are wealthy like Rajapaksas. I was going to write to you now I see that he is right, thank God I didnot agree to finance you. From this article it is clear how close you are to rajapaksas and like thm you must have stashed lot of loot somewhere. So if you want to fight the court case do it by yourself good bye.

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    rajeewa
    I was referring to my comments on June 12th communication in CT your article “”In The Name Of Good Governance”

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    rajeewa
    I was referring to my comments on June 12th communication in CT your article “”In The Name Of Good Governance” What he said actually was I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw a barge pole;

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    “Is it due to its magnanimity or does it entail an ulterior motive?”

    Indeed a good question but not a clever one. This only demonstrates how paranoid or ignorant you are as is common among the little islanders. So there is not much change among the conspiracy theorist nor among public racists.

    FYI UK proscribed LTTE in early 2001.

    Were you the earliest settler on Mars, it seems you have been away for so long that you seem not to know what happened between mid 1990s and now. It was Ranil who set the trap which weakened the LTTE and divide it into two, and it was the Hinidians who persuaded Chandrika to go the whole hog and prepared the Sri Lankan state for the final push.

    Regarding financial investigation, where were you when the previous regime kept looting the coffers? ..

    On Mars or on Earth?

    I am not sure whether you are aware of paper trails. If you do know I do not need to explain it to you. If you are unaware of it, then there is no point explaining it to you either.

  • 8
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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    is another with Sinhala racist views: Instead of finding the reasons for the failure of the Sinhala governments and the society within themselves they try to blame others:

    Usually the failures find somebody or something else to put the blame for their failures.

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    Indeed, this writer has asked some very pertinent questions.
    We can also ask why the British Government, which is so keen on accountability, has not taken any action against Adele Balasinghama who is on record in her own book as having trained young Tamil girls (child soliders) to become Tiger Suicide killers as they grew up under her tutelage.
    The Muslims (and indeed the Sinhalese) were ejected from Jaffna by the Tigers, and further more, muslims in Prayer in their Mosques and Buddhists taking Sil in Mahamevna Gardens, Anuradhapura were massacred by the Tigers, and the TNA acted in cllusion with them
    The British, and the Norweigiens, as well as the NGOs funded by them colluded with the Tigers.
    If Britain is serious about accountability, it should begin by indicting Adele Balasinghama, Father Emmanuel and a whole host of LTTE people who have taken refuge on British soil.
    Let them prove their innocence, or face their crimes, in front of the law.

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      Bodin

      “Indeed, this writer has asked some very pertinent questions.”

      Do you think these are pertinent questions when NATO is preparing for Cyberspace war?

      Read:

      Cyberspace is officially a war zone – NATO
      By Catherine Hardy15/06 10:23

      Cyberspace is the new front in global war – according to NATO.

      The declaration was made after a meeting of defence ministers from the organisation’s member nations.

      “We agreed that we will recognise cyberspace as an operational domain, just like air, sea and land”

      Cyber-warfare
      NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says it has become clear that dangerous attacks can be launched on the internet and among computer networks just as easily as they can on the battlefield.

      “Most crises and conflicts today have a cyber dimension,” Stoltenberg said, “So treating cyber as an operational domain would enable us to better protect our missions and operations.”

      What does this mean in practical terms?
      Making cyberspace an official war zone means attacks carried out in this context could trigger an Article 5 response.

      This is collective action by the 28-member organisation against the perpetrator of an incident aimed at any NATO-protected state.

      Previously, only actions in traditional theatres of war – land, sea or air, had that potential.

      The last time an Article 5 response was deployed was after the 9-11 attacks in 2001.

      Are cyber attacks becoming more of a threat, then?
      Yes, according to intelligence officials.

      The US government says it has been the victim of multiple attacks in recent years.

      Intelligence officials also think ISIL is developing its cyber attack capabilities.

      Did the NATO defence ministers discuss anything else?
      Yes.

      Leaders say the geopolitical landscape in Europe is evolving.

      They have agreed to establish four reinforced battalions in the Baltics and Poland.

      There are also plans to boost the organisation’s presence in Romania.

      NATO’s rapid response force will be doubled in size.

      What they are saying

      “Today, we met in the Nuclear Planning Group to consider the safety, security and effectiveness of NATO’s nuclear deterrent. We also turned our attention to cyberspace. We agreed that we will recognise cyberspace as an operational domain, just like air, sea and land,” – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      By Catherine Hardy

      http://www.euronews.com/
      2016/06/15/cyberspace-is-
      officially-a-war-zone-nato/

      Bodin

      Please let this silly boy Rajeewa Jayaweera look at this island from outside.

  • 4
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    The Yahapalana pot of misfits are too incompetent to get anything done. One of them believed kissing Queens hand without gloves is the biggest achievement of this country and his second in command thought saying “Yes Sir” to all will bring in Billions of Dollars in foreign aid. Now we can see how naive that assertion is. Well he was dubbed “Naluwek Nevai Moloyak”. All I can say now “Molayak Nevey Ala Gediyak”. So if anyone is holding their breath until this UK funded Rs.15m brings in billions of Dollars it will be spent by few favorite NGO’s on travel and project fees. Sadly for those who still have hope Ranil has lost the plot and has turned into an embarrassment to the office he holds. It is sad he has become the single most divisive figure in contemporary politics foolishly egged on by Sira and his close coterie of young men. The repercussions of this will be seen in the next election in what ever form it is held.

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    “Recent news reports indicate UK has offered a team of experts to work with Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and specialized police training for those in the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).”
    This was a request made by the GOSL when President Sirisena was first in UK and not what you make out that UK barged in on this issue. A similar request was also made to India by Sirisena, for which Indian government obviously acknowledged positively. A follow up request was made to both UK and USA by PM Ranil Wickremasinghe when he met Ambassadors of these nations in February of this year. This is because, it is these nations that have the facilities, intelligence, professionalism and most important knowledge of international law to approach and make a successful kill on the complex manner of financial hidden assets. Proof is when SL went alone and filed action in Dubai to freeze and recover the money of a VVIP son amounting to US$ 3 billion, where the courts simply overturned and threw out the request making us look like Montessori kids. Remember, once upon a time, SL was a nation consisting of well educated professional persons and was a typical country that any other nation would want to emulate. Gradually the yakkos from the village infiltrated, manipulated and moved into all positions including political and today we see the repercussions. Today we have senior politicians who are fit to be three wheeler drivers and nothing more, doctors who have entered medical college not through merit but through standardization thus the boy in the north who gets 3A’s and 1B still get denied medical college and his place is taken by a Yakko fellow from the south with just 2B’s and 2C’s.
    Lakshman Kadirgamar. If you listen to a song by Eagles “lying eyes” where their is a line “every kind of refuse has its price”. This simply summarizes the manner in which the GOSL is successful in “buying” professionals to sing their song. We saw them in the form of Kohona, Wijesinghe, Mahinda Samarasinghe who even made personal remarks on UNHCR chief, Sarath N Silva who even admitted mistake on helping Hambantota and many more. These professionals simply shat their ethics, principles and values to make dishonest statements to manipulate actual human suffering of their own countrymen at international forums with single remorse to the actual truth. It begs to understand whether these fellows are from good parentage, family, children to earn a living on this path. Lakshman Kadirgamar being a Tamil himself was a jack pot for the GOSL. He was educated and was known internationally but alas was a similar sucker. This is not surprise for a man who is not respected by his own Jaffna community leave alone his own children with a questionable family life and finally he was supposedly killed by the LTTE now with a suspicion emerging that he was done away by his new found masters similar in manner to Athulathmudali.
    LTTE were a group of rag tag youth numbering not more than 25 persons who used terrorism as their main method and tactic (however terrorism is not justified) If the LTTE was to use civilized methods such as Satyaraha to fight for rights, they would not have lasted a few days, their are historical records of how southern Politicians and the Sinhalese have responded with sheer violence, savagery and illegality. Amirthalingam conducted satyagraha in front of Parliament was beaten up by Sinhalese goons arranged and authorized by Sinhalese Politicians (none were arrested or charged) and thereafter torching of the Jaffna Library are just 1% of the criminality with complete state backing used by southern politicians against peaceful protests. Then came the 1977 riots and the pogrom in 1983. Within few days after 1983, the LTTE numbers rose to 5,000. Today, within one week of Salawa Army Camp Blast, the Sinhalese residents whose homes have been damaged have already received Rs. 50,000 x 3 months from GOSL as rent to stay elsewhere until the homes are repaired free of charge within three months by the Government. But Sinhalese racism of 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 pogroms where thousands of innocent Tamils fell victim, houses burnt, businesses destroyed all of this done by ordinary Sinhalese, did any of those Tamils receive a morsel of compensation from the Government? At least one days rent money to hide from savage Sinhalese looking for “demalu”?
    Funding of the LTTE. True the LTTE funds were mainly from the Diapora.
    Did you ever try to find out who created the Tamil diaspora? Look up the earlier paragraph and the picture is clear. You harvest what you sow, similar to the natural justice that happened in Salawa.

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera,

    “Despite Sri Lanka being a member of the Commonwealth headed by UK’s sovereign, hardly any training opportunities were offered by GoUK for members of our armed forces. In fact, GoUK did absolutely nothing to assist Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism.”

    Here’s a list of army commanders trained in the UK.

    Let’s start with Bull Weeratunga since he was the army commander when the war began in 1983.

    Bull Weeratunga – Graduate of Staff College, Camberley. He received his basic officer training at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

    Nalin Seneviratne – Basic training at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He underwent further training at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Kent.

    Ham Wanasinghe – Sandhurst.

    Cecil Waidyaratne – Sandhurst.

    Gerry de Silva – Sandhurst.

    Rohan Daluwatte – Sandhurst.

    Srilal Weerasooriya – This chap graduated from the Assembly of God at Kirimandala Mawatha!

    Daya Ratnayake – Cranfield University

    Crishantha de Silva – Staff College, Camberley.

    Even Yoshitha was trained in the UK at the Britannia Royal Naval College.

    In 2007, the then IGP Jayantha Wickramaratna went to Scotland to attend a training on community policing, which is a euphemism for all manner of intelligence activities. Staff from the Scottish Police College eventually traveled to Sri Lanka to continue the work with Wickramaratna and his colleagues. Please see exposé at:
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/sri-lanka-british-police-training-phil-miller

    Then there is the case of Sir John Sawers, the UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, stopping Security Council discussions about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. Please see exposé at:
    https://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=37129

    The UK allowed ex-SAS officers to train Sri Lankans. Please see:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/former-sas-officers-training-sri-lanka

    Even the Special Task Force was created after intensive advice from British diplomats about UK counter-insurgency policy in Northern Ireland. Until today, the STF’s camouflage has been the Woodlands Green, which the British Army uses. Please see Exporting police death squads – From Armagh to Trincomalee vailable at:
    http://www.ptsrilanka.org/images/documents/exporting_police_death_squads_web.pdf

    Kapila Jayasekara, the commander of the STF unit suspected to be behind the killing of 5 students in Trincomalee in 2006, is also reported to have been trained by British security company KMS Ltd, which employed retired SAS soldiers, some of whom were deployed in the Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

  • 10
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    Rajeewa Jayaweera,

    MAKE LANKA ANOTHER PAKISTAN AND MONEY WILL FLOW FROM us AND uk.

    you article is a Musharraf Card.

    Musharraf said the same to Tony Blair at the height of Iraq while keeping Bin Larden protected near an Army camp at Pakistan.

    Then when his term came to an end he asked UK for asylum.
    He was housed close to a mosque at Edgeware Road Westminster costing the London tax payer £1 million per month for just his security- he was there for 2 years and denied knowledge of Bin Larden.

    The Sinhalese created the stupid LTTE and they are there as ministers in the government.

    UK has always accepted pirates to the house of Lords.

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera,,

    Your hide and squeak house: Chatham House St James Street off Piccadilly,
    (regent st is oxford circus nowhere near)

    “”In the light of Kadirgamar’s assertion, this writer requests the Queen’s representative in Colombo to explain to us Sri Lankans, despite all the sophisticated technology and hundreds if not thousands of ‘experts’ in UK, it was not able to investigate and prevent LTTE from raising funds and its use for terrorist activities in Sri Lanka due to what it termed ‘lack of evidence’ in its own home turf. Under the circumstances, how would these ‘experts’ now find evidence in a country, in the words of Kadirgamar, ‘thousands and thousands of miles away’ from their home turf and bring back billions supposedly plundered by members of the Rajapaksa clan and their minions?”

    Gotabaya knows the value of floating armory and the PM’s office knew the value of Drugs both are sisters and blood brothers tamils sinhalese purchasing in the same place and selling in the same place. Not UK but in the continent a larger area.

    Can you imagine collecting money(£50 per month) from a few refugees per month then buying floating armory to fight a war?

    pat comes a uk diplomats answer ‘lack of evidence’
    (in short stinker go find out)

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    Kaynes

    The generals you mentioned received overseas training as follows.

    Tissa (Bull) Weeratunga – Sandhurst – 1949
    Nalin Seneviratne – Sandhurst – 1951
    Hamilton Wanasinghe – Sandhurst – 1954
    Cecil Waidyaratne – Sandhurst – 1961
    Crisantha de Silva – Camberly – not available
    Rohan Daluwatte – Sandhurst – 1961
    Srilal Weerasooriya – National Def. College, India -not available
    Daya Ratnayake – Cranfield -not available

    You will agree, Training periods of those excluding Daya Ratnayake is not relevant to the article. They trained in UK prior to 1983. Cranfield not being a military academy, chances are GoSL paid for his graduate course as was the case with Yoshitha Rajapaksa.

    In years gone by, GoUK provided one or two slots annually for our army officers to train in Sandhurst and for two Overseas Service officers to train at their Foreign & Commonwealth Office. All that stopped many years ago.

    I can not comment on what Sir John Sawers did at UNSC. What I am can comment is, his boss David Milliband was in Colombo in April 2009 to demand GoSL permit LTTE hierarchy to escape.

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      Rajeewa Jayaweera,

      “Training periods of those excluding Daya Ratnayake is not relevant to the article. They trained in UK prior to 1983. Cranfield not being a military academy, chances are GoSL paid for his graduate course as was the case with Yoshitha Rajapaksa.”

      You mean to imply that Sandhurst and Britannia Royal Naval would have trained Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman if and only the Tamil Diaspora came up with the money?

      “I can not comment on what Sir John Sawers did at UNSC. What I am can comment is, his boss David Milliband was in Colombo in April 2009 to demand GoSL permit LTTE hierarchy to escape.”

      Escape to where?

      Even a non-military, commoner like me knew of the powerful RABS formation that was put in place in the Mullaitivu coast. I could easily get such information from the newspapers and TV. All what Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman had to do was to pour themselves a cup of tea and open the regular Sunday editions of newspapers in April and May 2009 to get first hand understanding of the naval presence in the Mullaitivu coast. Or perhaps, their English tutor Daya Master did not do his job properly? Or was it the Dilmah tea they had?

      Speaking of Daya Master the joker who surrendered in April 2009 with his chum George Master, the chap had the gall to claim that Prabhakaran had a submarine that he was going to use to escape! I would like to know how far his submarine would have traveled. Even a cat fish couldn’t have escaped the RABS formation that was there.

      I would also like to know as to how you came to the conclusion that Ed Miliband was here to save the LTTE hierarchy and not the civilians. After all, this joker is often ridiculed in the UK for his likeness to the bug-eyed Wallace from Wallace & Gromit. Why on earth would the British send a joker to save the LTTE?

      Please buy Baily tea whenever you can. Also, please recommend it to Miliband when you meet him next.

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      Rajeewa Jayaweera,

      Your Linked In profile states that you are based in London. Are you a British citizen? If not, are you aspiring to be British or a British citizen?

      Athuraliye Rathana Thero was one of the people who sat outside the British High Commission in protest when David Miliband visited in May 2009. There’s a photograph of him at this protest. Link at: http://www.gettyimages.com/pictures/demostrators-from-the-sri-lankan-monk-led-party-jathika-news-photo-86277273#demostrators-from-the-sri-lankan-monkled-party-jathika-hela-urumaya-picture-id86277273

      This very same Athuraliye is the one who is now in cahoot with Ranil Wickremasinghe, who signed the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. What have you to say about this?

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    The UK govt was hell bent to remove Rajapakses because the defence secretary refused to stop the war at its at the stages.This was at the behest of the LTTE supporting Tamil Diaspora and the British elections were near.

    Trust British to assist SL when they cant support themselves and also went on a rampage in Iraq as the poodle of The USA

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      Not only did the defence secretary(GR) refused to end the war but, told his British and French counterparts to get lost. True,the Brits were on a rampage in Iraq and Afg’tan killing and maiming innocents as much as their Tamil friends were doing in Sri Lanka and why else did those jokers come to Sri lanka other than to corner Tamil votes? Mr and GR have paid a heavy price for saving Sri Lanka from Tamil terrorism. But, they finished off the evil terrorists without leaving any doubt of victory. I can understand the anger of armchair terrorists in their comfortable homes in London, NY, Paris, Toronto but lets say it’s their
      priviledge.

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        lal loooooooooo

        “Not only did the defence secretary(GR) refused to end the war but, told his British and French counterparts to get lost.”

        This was a decision imposed by New Delhi and implemented by Hindians in their war room at the theatre of war in Vanni.

        The Hindians took care of diplomatic fallout since then.

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      asanka

      “The UK govt was hell bent to remove Rajapakses”

      Did the UK government rig ballot at the Jan 2016 elections to bring Sirisena? How did they manage it?

      Please bear with me I am bit thick.

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    Figures taken from the Government’s own database show how the authorities in Colombo have gone on a buying spree of British small arms and weaponry worth at least £3m.

    Some of the items sold to Sri Lanka include pistols, rifles, assault rifles, body armour and combat shotguns – despite the Foreign Office still classifying the South Asian nation as a “country of concern” for rights abuses. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-uk-sells-arms-to-sri-lankas-brutal-regime-8498768.html

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    Mr. Rajeew Jayaweera,few weeks ago I read an article in the RAVAYA by one Rohitha Bhashana Abeywardena, his response to the same question posed by you now, but posed by politicians in the opposition. In that article he deals with the assistance offered by the British. In fact I was surprised to read that some members of the UK armed forces or retired men of the UK armed forces, had participated in the war and many books had been authored by some of them. In one of them one author boasts how he bombed LTTE positions.In fact according to him, the participation of British in the battle seems to have had the blessings of the UK govt.

    Many seems to have helped the SL govt throughout – from JRJ regime to MR’s regime including the UK.

    If you get at the past copies of the RAVAYA you can read the article and collect the details.

    I do hope that answers your question.

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      No, I could hardly believe in Ravaya fabrications. Brits might have provided some remote training, but combat operations ….. no, very unlikely. They would have complained about the mosquitoes. If they did and, if Tamil diaspora in UK got to find out, how many Brit MPs in Tamil-enclaved constituencies would have lost their seats or seats changed hands.

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    Mr Upali Wickramasinghe

    Retired SAS personnel assisted in the setting up of STF. They belonged to a private company and not GoUK. GoSL paid for the services of the company providing retired SAS personnel.

    Battalions were trained by Pakistan for decades. Some officers received training in India after assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

    GoUK sold light defensive weapons such as pistols, body armour which were useless for example during siege of Jaffna. Never offensive weapons. MBRLs used to relieve siege of Jaffna were initially rushed to SL by China and then Pakistan who released stocks from their own defense stockpiles whilst USA, UK and India were advising to negotiate a truce !

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      How much does GoUK donate every year?
      Why not stop exports and imports to GoUK?
      Why not stop Aid from GoUK like India has done.
      Now don’t keep you foot in the mouth like most radicals.

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      “Battalions were trained by Pakistan for decades.”

      Pakistani’s returned the favour.

      In 1971 during Bangladesh’s National Liberation Struggle, Siri Mao aided and abetted the Pakistani armed forces to commit genocide in East Pakistan, by allowing Pakistani warplanes to transit via Colombo.

      It must be a good deal.

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      Mr.Jayaweera, It is only in the story books that private companies can perpetuate war in other countries without the consent of the parent govt.The consent may be overt or covert.

      According to Abeywardena, a Gentleman called Tim Smith in his book mention that by 1986, he had killed 152 members of the LTTE, from that point onwards he had lost count Re his book “Reluctant Mercenary”.Robin Hosfaul had written a book called” Fighting Scared”

      Mr. Jayaweera I think that we should be more balanced in our criticism.

      May I pose a question to you about the LTTE.Did the LTTE commit all the bombings that they are accused of, especially in the South? If so how did they achieve it?With all the civilians around the Salawa camp, why did they not attempt to cause the mayhem that took place few days ago?

      A more rational explanation is called for, not explanations based on one’s prejudices.

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    “Some officers received training in India after assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.”

    Please let us have a detailed list of members of SL armed forces who were being trained abroad, by each country and the ranks of each person, shall we say since 1948.

    “Retired SAS personnel assisted in the setting up of STF. They belonged to a private company and not GoUK. GoSL paid for the services of the company providing retired SAS personnel.”

    In any unpopular, secret, undemocratic, … operation each government needs to maintain a distance between the operative and itself. This is what the states call “plausible deniability”, in case if anything goes wrong.

    In the case of Keenie Meenie Services UK government refused to comment on its activities in foreign soil.

    Here is what the Prime Minister Thatcher’s response was:

    “It has been the practice of successive Governments not to answer questions about the details of discussions which may have taken place with foreign Governments”

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    Most likely the former dictator’s and their extended families’ stolen assets are stashed away in the UK; the UK with a dire need for investments from abroad does not care how it gets the money as long as it can be shown on paper that it entered the country legitimately.

    But in reality, how did the money get there? Remember all those mortgages and bank loans that BoC London Branch was offering to Sri Lankans living in UK, over the years prior to 9th Jan 2015. to buy second or third or the Nth home in UK,as if it had some slush funds at a time when UK Banks and Mortgage Companies were pulling down their portcullis to would be borrowers. It was the time when MR’s brother in law was the Chairman of the BoC. Who actually owned these homes and who actually live in them today, and who actually funded them: what were the connections between these 3-parties and what were their deals? Such information may hold an interesting insight to how politicians and big guns in business in Sri Lanka invested their black money in UK as a future nest of eggs.

    UK may have an interest to get close to such insider information of FCID etc in order to either protect those assets residing in UK, or to keep them locked up on the claim that they are black moneys. Either way getting close to the source of investigation and information can be very useful. Does n’t it say somewhere, beware of those that lurk as friends in one’s shadow.

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    Isn’t Tiger Queen Mrs Balasingham still in London?,,,

    Poor Kadiragarmer….

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Isn’t Tiger Queen Mrs Balasingham still in London?,,,”

      Are looking for Balasingam’s safety locker number?

      “Poor Kadiragarmer….”

      Yes, a heart broken man who committed suicide.

      By the way, why didn’t SLFP under Chandrika appoint you as the next Prime Minister?

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    Mr Jayaweera, I am afraid you have asked a question that has been answered many times over.

    Where Were UK Experts In Our Hour Of Need?

    When?

    In 1971, when Madame B asked for help she was promptly rewarded by the UK and others to ‘put down’ a threat to a democratically elected government.

    In 1989, Again, same threat, different government, same support from the UK and others.

    I suspect that the ‘Hour of Need’ you refer to is the rise of the Tamil resistance from the early 80’s and onwards. Mr Jayaweera, if your memory is short, or selective, (or both) then allow me to recap what I remember.

    The gokkola leaves in Independence Square had hardly dried before our ‘brightest and best’ young politicians (SWRD, JR and many others) were jostling hard for the hearts and minds of the Bauddha-Sinhala voter. It set the scene for the indignities that were visited on our Tamil brethren in 1958, 1977 and in 1983. Many decent people wrung their hands in anguish and asked how long before our Tamil citizens would be driven to resistance. Many warned of the day that the hot-headed young turks of the Tamil community would say ‘enough’, ‘no more’. All water under the bridge now. When the faecal matter hit the punkah, the rest of Sri Lanka started to smell badly.

    Well Mr Jayaweera, why do we suddenly need the Old Colonial Master’s help? We sent them away with a flurry of ‘grobr’s’ with, mostly, little thanks for anything they did for us during their 150 year sojourn. When our devious politicians screwed matters up big-time, people like you keep expecting them to help.

    How many times when they did offer help, we sent them away with a flea in their ear. Remember the Gota outburst?

    When will learn to manage our own affairs? We have an international reputation for talking big, but all the time looking for ‘aid’ to do things that we should, if only our politicians stopped screwing us, and emptying the national coffers into their oversize pockets.

    Leave the UK (and others) be; let us try to manage our own affairs for a change.

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    Spring Koha

    “Well Mr Jayaweera, why do we suddenly need the Old Colonial Master’s help?”

    Probably he wants the suddhas to come back and grope our women folks then make a song and dance about it.

    Its never been our fault but always other’s fault that we are in a state we are in now.

    One wise teenager said in despair, “Oh god save me from myself I can take care of my enemies”.

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      “Probably he wants the suddhas to come back and grope our women folks then make a song and dance about it.”

      Oh yes ladies man, forget the enemies but save yourself from the ladies and the world is yours.

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        Dragos

        “Oh yes ladies man, forget the enemies but save yourself from the ladies and the world is yours”

        Do you want all the ladies for yourself? Go find at least one then we can talk about the rest.

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          “”Do you want all the ladies for yourself? Go find at least one then we can talk about the rest. “”

          , [Edited out]the peace signs;))))

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