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WikiLeaks: Karuna And Local Criminal Gangs Had Taken Over The Business

By Colombo Telegraph

“‘We have had trouble with other Tamil groups,’ Rajapaksa explained, naming Douglas Devananda’s Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Karuna Faction who ‘might have weapons.’” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Rajapaksa explained, naming Douglas Devananda's EPDP and the Karuna Faction who ‘might have weapons.’"

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” and recounts details of a meeting US Ambassador to Colombo has had with President’s advisor and his brother Basil Rajapaksa on October 04, 2006. The cable was written by the US Ambassador to Colombo, Robert O. Blake.

Under the subheading “Douglas and Karuna, control your cadres.” the ambassador wrote “Basil addressed the September 29 arrest of a Karuna cadre for the kidnapping-for-ransom of a Colombo businessman. He said that arrest had led to the arrest of 13 other Karuna cadres with the help of a newly appointed 100-officer police division to investigate abductions. He speculated that the LTTE has long run an extortion ring targeting Tamil businessmen, but that now Karuna and local criminal gangs had taken over the business.”

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Read the relevant part of the cable below for further details;

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PP RUEHBI
DE RUEHLM #1622/01 2771153
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 041153Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4404
INFO RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 9478
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 6378
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU 4423
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 3225
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0024
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 3316
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 0393
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 2395
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI 6934
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI 4776
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1397
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 001622

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/04/2016
TAGS: PREL PTER PHUM PREF MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR BASIL RAJAPAKSA
SPEAKS FRANKLY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND KARUNA FACTION

REF: A. COLOMBO 1617 AND PREVIOUS
     ¶B. COLOMBO 1604 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: Ambassador Robert O. Blake for reasons 1.4(b,d).

"Douglas and Karuna, control your cadres."
-----------------------------------------

¶8. (C) Basil addressed the September 29 arrest of a Karuna
cadre for the kidnapping-for-ransom of a Colombo businessman.
 He said that arrest had led to the arrest of 13 other Karuna
cadres with the help of a newly appointed 100-officer police
division to investigate abductions. He speculated that the
LTTE has long run an extortion ring targeting Tamil
businessmen, but that now Karuna and local criminal gangs had
taken over the business.

¶9. (C) "We have had trouble with other Tamil groups,"
Rajapaksa explained, naming Douglas Devananda's Eelam
People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Karuna Faction who
"might have weapons."  Rajapaksa said that the Government of
Sri Lanka (GSL) has requested Devananda and the Tamil Mukkal
Vidutalai Pulikal (TMVP - Tamil People's Liberation Tigers,
a.k.a. the Karuna faction) to control their members and in
the case of the TMVP to "go back to Batticaloa."  "We have
clearly instructed Douglas and Karuna that they are
personally responsible for the actions of their members."  He
added that it "looked like" EPDP cadres, along with the SLN,
had perpetrated the mid-August burning of the pro-LTTE
Uthayan newspaper office in Jaffna.

"Winning Hearts and Minds in Jaffna"
------------------------------------

¶10. (C) Rajapaksa spoke proudly of the GSL's efforts to
improve the humanitarian situation in Jaffna, where fighting
since August 11 has cut off the supply line by land.  He said
that in Jaffna "the Tamils feel we are trying to look after
them by sending supplies.  They know that the LTTE refused to
allow the ICRC supply chain but that we have never stopped
supplying food despite the cost."

Comment
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¶11. (C) The Ambassador's first meeting with Basil Rajapaksa
sparked a candid response from the Presidential Advisor and
laid the foundation for a pragmatic relationship with the
embassy.  Rajapaksa's frank discussion of the GSL's human
rights struggles with its security forces and request for
international assistance in human rights capacity building is
welcome.
BLAKE
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Latest comments

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    This is a well know fact baby. Or LTTE will kill them both “toku anala” Is this really news? And a 2006 dated letter ? Things have changed past 6 years. Very soon Sri Lanka will not need of weapons at all.

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      No no no… Sri Lanka needs weapons to control the sinhala population that is already rebelling against the rising cost of living and undemocratic acts of the government. The tamils have been subdued and now it is the turn of the sinhalese.

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        no , no. you are making this up. still we do not have jobs for everybody in sri lanka. if you can climb a co co nut tree, you can make 2500 per day and take one thabili wallak home. if you can clear a garden you can make 1500 per day. there are lot of potentials but i see blind dumb people spend time sitting on a computer screen. go and work in a garage you get 1000 per day. not all the cunt trees have this opportunity.

        • 0
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          Dobinayaka, are all cunt trees idling without making babies?

    • 0
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      BODINAYAKA !
      YOU ARE DUMB! Rs 1500 PER DAY FOR CLEANING GARDEN…. MY A**SE!

      • 0
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        yes, three gardens. I said three but this idiot type one. soy for the bistake.

        • 0
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          One cannot clean 3 gardens a day fool. Or is it Rs.1500/= an acre?

      • 0
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        There are plenty of jobs in SL for who have learnt a skill or two. Not just to type. After getting total free education graduates are asking for jobs! Those are the students who did politics in the university rather than studying. Now they have a 3rd class pity degree and have no self confident to start a venture or find a job by themselves.

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    There is no real proof anyway of this happening today. In 2006 Devananda and Karuna had to be armed because every shop keeper in the North and East was armed. Let us not forget that Devananda’s and Karuna’s opponents were the LTTE, not the UNP or the JVP. As journalists we were aware of this fact and that was the reason many “journalists” like Iqbal Athas and Keith Noyar had to getb their information from Sriram who in turn got his information from the LTTE. Neither of these two “gentlemen” had ever left the boundaries of the Western Province.

    • 0
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      Peter, I think you and me have similar thoughts. I think we should have babies together.

      • 0
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        And you can call babies,
        DUMB SHIT! Ha ha ha

      • 0
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        Yea, stinky browny dumplings with Nando’s peri peri.

  • 0
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    I’m planing to make Karuna or Devananda our Prime Minister and kick Rathnasiri out. Your thoughts on this?

  • 0
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    It looks Basil is a traitor, who leaks state secrets to Americans. MARA please hang your brother for betraying our motherland.

  • 0
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    Adiyo,

    ANy body knows from 1983 to 2008 Ltte has killed 100,000 Inncocent sinhalese, lets also ask a war crime don’t we?

  • 0
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    excellent put up, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must proceed your writing. I am confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

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