The Sunday Leader

Tamils Opting Out Of Sri Lanka?

By Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Economic and Political Rights

Sri Lankan Ambassador to America, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, has described the paramount service the nation expects: to share the correct story about the motherland.
I am therefore trying to portray the true Tamil lot – zero. Development is skewed, with a view to colonizing our homelands. Government thinking towards Tamils is flawed: that in recent elections, we Tamils were being offered political rights by the TNA and economic rights by the UPFA, and that we chose the former.
Wrong! The reality is that we want both, like the Sinhalese have. The UPFA, if it really wants to win over Tamils, must have the greatness to let us choose. If we do not vote for the UPFA, the government must still treat us as citizens and gracefully give us our economic rights through our chosen representatives. Then one day, perhaps, Tamils may feel moved to vote for it.

Tamil Political Rights

In suppressing Tamil political rights, government terror was launched against the TNA and its candidates – throwing severed dog heads, wreaths from cemeteries and garbage sewer dirt into their compounds and wells, and old engine oil on supporters.
The detained Jaffna University students have been taken to the rehabilitation centre at Welikande, which with others like it was conceived of in the late 1990s when the Police arrested people whom they had no charges on. Indeed none of those detained can be charged and there are no bombings in Jaffna. The reasons for detaining them are purely political. The student who was beaten up in May and recently arrested is a TNA youth-wing leader. The University Teachers’ Association President, Parameswaran Thamodaran, says students are already leaving the country – opting out of Sri Lanka.
With zero Tamil political rights, 109 women have been recruited to the army without Gazetting, promising civilian jobs at Rs. 30,000 p.m. The army denies it but the recruits are refused visitors and telephones. Thirteen have since been admitted to Vavuniya Hospital with psychiatric disorders. The fear is that they have been sexually exploited.

Examining Female Bodies

The kind of incident burgeoning in the North involves one in Pallai. Womenfolk come here to meet their dear ones and are harassed.  Investigating a beautiful (about 32) Tiger widow with a minor facial injury, this person has reportedly told her “I need to ensure that you have no gunshot wounds. Remove your clothes so that I may examine you”. More than once she has escaped dissembling hysterics.
This woman has gone into hiding after unwittingly complaining to a human rights organization that has been bought over with a Jaffna University Council seat, dinners with the governor and exclusive trading rights to Milko (Leader, December 2). It is now rumoured that one of the bribes is the French Chevalier title through government recommendations. If confirmed it would show how our politics taints even prestigious international awards.
After this NGO gave cover to a former LTTE-er codenamed Valluthi working for the army, a disturbed senior staffer has tendered her resignation. Would the NGO act, though late, on the Tiger widow’s complaint? Or would repayment for favors include covering up her story?

All Rights through Political Rights

Only a narrow vision can dichotomize rights into the political and other. The right to the Milko agency flowed from Tamils lacking political rights. So also bus routes, sand and jobs sold by the EPDP.  The TNA has alleged at a press conference (Dececember 11) that funds have been plundered from the Jaffna Municipal Council by the EPDP and that the Mayor, Her Worship Yogeswari Patkunarajah has not accounted for huge sums while burdening the people with taxes. Other reports allege that she has charged Rs. 40 lakhs for repairs to her luxury vehicle which her husband crashed running personal errands. Reports also allude to a further Rs. 24 lakhs following another accident and Rs. 7 lakhs for car rental while her vehicle was being repaired.
Like our economic rights, our education rights also hinge on our political rights. For example, the university is closed because an army that we do not control has run amok. (The Medics are set to reopen because their student has been released – divided and conquered. In surrendering the student to the TID the Dean fearing an army attack asked him to travel separately rather than in his car).

Everything on Sale: Chief Justiceship?

Sri Lanka offers little. Almost anything can be bought with government connivance. MPs (in whom it is claimed our sovereignty is vested) jump sides for millions. So our sovereignty too has a price. Milko dealerships. Jobs. The list is endless. Though a few manage to keep up standards, questions arose recently about the price for the Chief Justiceship after Justice Shirani Tilakawardene gave evidence against Chief Justice Bandaranayake and “greatly assisted the select committee to reach a correct decision relating to the first charge”.
Those of substance and most social justice organizations agree that the impeachment process is flawed and politicized.  So why did Justice Tilakawardene participate in such a vile process and dignify it? Even if summoned she could have declined until the process was put right.
I know Justice Tilakawardene well. We served together on the highest administrative bodies of the Church of Ceylon. Although a law college product rather than the university, she made a name as a feminist and was awarded honorary degrees by reputed US institutions: Williams College and the women’s Smith College.
She was elevated from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court when the latter’s reputation was going downhill. Responsible lawyers told me that a Justice regularly exposed his genitals to the lady cleaning the Justices’ toilet and another supplied his home with toilette paper, carefully removing new rolls and replacing them in their dispensers with the left-over cardboard for accounting.
Chief Justice Sarath Silva had been caught without trousers in a car in Battaramulla with a young lawyer at night – the Sunday Leader reported. He was asserting his frayed authority at the time and, according to sources I believe, called Bandaranayake a “balli” (bitch) during JSC deliberations.
The respected human rights lawyer Elmore Perera challenged Silva, filing a fundamental rights petition over what Perera judged were improper appointments to the JSC of Tilakawardana and another following the resignations of Bandaranayake and Justice T. B. Weerasuriya. Strangely Silva made Tilakawardana the presiding judge in that case involving herself. The disagreements led to Perera being prohibited from appearing in any law court.
Perera is a seasoned lay-preacher in the Methodist Church and it was painful to see an Anglican lay official act vindictively against him. As a church administrator Tilakawardana needed to be an impeccable role model. Many are puzzled by her appearance against Bandaranayake and pray that speculations as to her motive are wrong, although normally I would be overjoyed to see a fellow Anglican made Chief Justice.

Opting out of Sri Lanka

Our Ambassador to France, Dayan Jaytilleke, indirectly summed up at his farewell the government’s failure in being the government only of the majority: that it would go against the spirit of his job to identify himself with or serve one political party, or one faction or one family, or one religious denomination, or one linguistic community.
As such, the Bishop of Jaffna is on record that the government is dishonest. The Bishop of Mannar feels that refugees are unsafe in Sri Lanka. Are these not voices of our eminent leaders opting out of Sri Lanka?
Yet there is hope. R. Sampanthan, stated during the budget speech that he never requested the government to withdraw military personnel from the Northern Province. On the same page as his leader, but clarifying, M. Sumanthiran added, “We don’t want military rule in any part of the country, be it LTTE rule or Sri Lankan Army rule. We want civilian rule”.
These may be the last Tamil voices of reason and moderation.

30 Comments for “Tamils Opting Out Of Sri Lanka?”

  1. MAHASEN

    NOT ONLY TAMILS BUT ALL SRI LANKANS WANT TO RUN-A-WAY FROM

    SRILANKA …….. THATS THE TRUTH ……….

  2. The likes of Prof Ratnajeevan want to worship the sun after going blind! During the war years, he with his brother and another fellow traveller never missed a chance to demonize the LTTE while turning a blind eye to the horrendous human rights violations by the government. It is for that reason he was rewarded with the post of Chancellor of the University of Jaffna. Mercifully that did not pass muster. Now like a tilted lover is going after the government. There is no comparison with an armed group like the LTTE and the government committed to good governance, rule of law and other basic democratic principles. Now the Thamils are yawning for the return of the LTTE to confront oppress by military thugs in uniform like Major General Hathurasinghe. In the past the so-called Thamil intellectuals, barring a few, failed the ordinary Thamils by their biased or misplaced loyalty to the Sinhalese government.
    Thanga

  3. Psycho

    tamils will never opt into Sri Lanka. How can they leave western creature comforts? Opting out is an economically sound decision.
    Then they can jump up and down on behalf of eelam.

  4. Kiri Gamarala

    Ambassador JW and Prof RH are two sides of the same coin. Both are crying for the true story and given their political affiliations the people of Sri Lanka will always get two stories until “truly Sri Lankans” form a Truth Commission (opposite of LLRC) and compile the “true story”. Unfortunately it is very difficult to find at least a handful of “truly Sri Lankans” at present because “His Majesty the King of Rajapakistan” has skillfully divided the remaining small number of truly Sri Lankans by making them advisers or offering them laptops.

  5. Iqbal

    The author reveals truthful but sad news in this article. Those persecuted and hunted live in unrealistic hope extrapolated from the destinies of regimes under Hitler (Germany), Milosevic (Yugoslavia), Pic Botha (South Africa) etc.

  6. Ashley Hermon Wijesinha

    Prof. Hoole,

    Don’t talk that bullshit about homelands.
    Please see my comments copied from my Facebook profile and pasted below.

    Political Views • My views
    Sympathy for the underdog or the underprivileged but NOT for those who imagine they are underprivileged, such as the Jaffna Tamils who believe they are underprivileged NOW after running the administration of the country, dominating the public and private sectors, along with Sinhalese Christians like me under the British and even after the grant of Independence in 1948 and NOW want the status quo ante to prevail.
    If you disagree with what I have said here, please consult Ferguson’s Directories of Ceylon of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in any good research library or at the Colombo National Museum at Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.

  7. I’m surprised you are surprised by the missing Tamil rights. Do you think the military offensive was launched to bring peace and prosperity to the Tamil unfairly held by the Tigers?

  8. anjosh

    i appreciate the writer. Well done.

  9. Duminda N Jayatileke

    The LTTE will rise up again and this time it will be so lethal that this genocidal colonial Govt of SL and the country will be decimated.

  10. Nesan

    Mr Hoole is right but will the government listen? never happens while this regime is in power.

  11. dagggy

    Its the Tamil thinking towards the GOSL that is flawed.
    Tamils do have political & economic rights in abundance. The South is infested with Tamils who has a share in education & economics & land ownership.

    Ratnajeevan Hoole is attempting to fool the world again.

    The Catholic church is the prime cause for the division & unrest in Sri Lanka.
    Savendranayakam & Rayappu are Mercenaries and Missionaried of the Holy Roman Empire.
    Rayappy, Savundra are going to be deciples along with sarath Iddamalgoda, Chickera & Shelton Ried, Illangasingham and host of others pillar of the Church of Velupillai and the Pope will be S.J.Emmanuel.

    Sumanthiran, when you people & TNA terrorists stop interfereing wiyth the Tamil people, & stop misleading them, then Tamils cam have civillian rule and not otherwise.l

  12. TomsamUsa

    Well written and thanks to “leader “for publishing the article.
    It’s very obvious the parting ways are in the making for Eelam to be born.

  13. jay pathbey

    The writer seemed to be adept at grouping a collection of gossip and presenting unconnected pieces of mumbo-jumbo news. Must be crying because of sour grapes or else wonder what his story is?.

    The writer uses his title as a professor. Wonder what kind of professor that might be. The write also seems to assume that Sri Lanka is not a sovereign state and has assumed that there is another state in Sri Lanka that is not known to others.

    TNA declared LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the writer probably is ignorant of that piece of news. Sounds as if he/she, whoever the writer is, is another mouth-piece for Tamilnet.

    JP

  14. Yogaseelan.R

    You Sir, you dearly lack practical application. You are the replica of G.L.P. He too looks as if a clown. With all y our qualification don”t go to the level of Dug-Lass, who is hated by every Tamil. Besides, you are a good christian , I suppose! As such I don’t like to see any article of yours in this paper please!

  15. Raju

    All this big talk do not solve the problem. You guys are only complaining without corporating. Do not suggest how to improve relationship asnd participate and wider Sri Lanka. Mr. Hoole you stayed in the LTTE controlled land for a long time. But have you ever cautioned the authorities that LTTE is breaking the law. How did they amassed the weapons and build defences against the government. How did they masacare innocent civilians. How did they kill politicians and high officers at will. Has LTTE got anything worthwhile to show that helped the Tamils except giving them an opportunity to settle in the West by bogus claims.

  16. anonymous

    Tamils are leaving the country because of the heinous crimes unleashed by the forces against them.The goverment and the sinhalese are intonxicated by the victory over LTTE but they forget onething that by their actions they are making even a moderate tamil to come to the conclusion that now not at all possible to coexist with the sinhalese.Very soon a day will come when the sinhalese will regret for the atrocities that they are doing at present. Sinhalese must remember very well that there are over hundred millions tamils allover the world who are behind the srilankan tamils.

  17. True justice is possible only when the people who rule and those under their power, have a common and genuine goal of seeking and finding the truth. Then, the people become rational beings, with a will to reason, with truth and justice.

    Is the government of Sri Lanka(GOSL), truthful to its citizens, the International Community(IC) and the UN about LTTE funds?

    The LTTE was running the de facto state of Tamil Eelam(TE), incurring expenses such as paying public servants, running hospitals, caring for the orphans, promoting agriculture and development etc; which are the normal activities of any state.

    This required money. The LTTE members in exile and other well wishers contributed financially to do these tasks and to defend the territory of the de facto state.

    Mostly, the weapons the LTTE used were captured or bought from the army of SL.

    The GOSL knew all these things and signed a Ceasefire Agreement with LTTE and held “Peace Talks” with it.

    And this is the absolute truth.

    But, the GOSL lied to the IC, the UN and to the citizens of SL that the LTTE funds were used only to buy weapons for “terrorist” purpose. This helped the GOSL to shut voices, commit war crimes and Tamil genocide.

    The truth and justice from the rulers of SL is only mouth deep, does not exist in their hearts and certainly not in the work of their hands. This scourge should be eradicated once and for all.

  18. Vis8

    Hey terrorist: go “colonize” the suburbs of Toronto and build up your hallucinated eelam there. Never gonna happen in Sri Lanka.

    Keep whining, moron.

    • vis9

      Hello,
      The so called majority.
      Time is now stated for you also in Sri Lanka.
      Mass grave, burn human bodies in city, missing people- white Van , attack on media & judges are not only for Tamil, you also stated to feel it
      Welcome to the reality

    • Gota the hero

      What a clown you are. Everytime someone criticize the government, you have to bring the bloody LTTE in there. Why don’t you go somewhere and build your JVP dreamland? who is a moron? it must be you little fool.

    • TomsamUsa

      Hey pis vis get your ass holes who claimed bogus assylum and screwing the welfare systems in western world before advising what Eelam tamils should do.

    • Richard

      As Vis8 has so eloquently written, the Sinhala nationalists want Sri Lanka only for the Sinhalese. So, Tamils opting out of the country suits them fine. The Tamil homeland will be stolen just like Tamil belongings were stolen in the pogroms of the 70s and 80s, history re-written and Tamils will be a distant memory in Sri Lanka. The attention is already turning to the successful Muslim community. They are the next target. That is what the regime wants.

  19. KUMAR

    THIS IS THE CALIBER OF SAME TAMILS WHO OPT OF SRI LANKA DOES
    24 Canadian Tamils Arrested in Massive Fraud Bust
    November 28th, 2012
    By Amit Gossai, Toronto
    24 Tamils are among 26 people facing fraud-related charges in connection with a debit card forgery ring that garnered “tens of thousands” of dollars.
    The Durham Regional Police investigation, dubbed Project Off-Guard, concluded last week with tens of thousands of dollars confiscated and debt card forging equipment dismantled and seized, police said.
    Last November, Major Crime Fraud Unit investigators received a tip from the OPP indicating a group of people was involved in fraud-related activities concerning debit cards at a local gas station in Whitby.
    Surveillance was conducted and initially, 12 people were arrested. Police said they received more information in January that the group was about to engage in further illegal activity.
    A warrant was executed at a Scarborough address and a debit card lab was dismantled. Numerous safes, hundreds of forged debit cards and $10,000 in cash was seized, police said, adding they made four additional arrests as well. Last week, two more suspects were arrested in Vaughan, and more goods seized, including $35,000 in cash.
    Nirmalarasan Kanagalingam, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 16 counts of fraud over $5,000, 16 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, four counts of breach of probation, two counts of breach of recognizance, possessing a credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.
    Vinotha Rajasrikumar, 26, of Brampton is charged with breach of recognizance – aid & abet.
    Fazilath Omer, 25, of Brampton is charged with breach of recognizance.
    Pirakalathan Sithamparanathan, 20, of Toronto is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Mithun Indrakumaran, 19, of Vaughan, is charged with 15 counts fraud over $5,000, 15 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, three counts of theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization and six counts of breach of undertaking.
    Krishnajith Ramesha, 21, of Toronto, is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.
    Nishanth Ganeshamoorthy, 19, of Toronto is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, theft under $5,000 and participation in a criminal organization.
    Aruncumar Ravindran, 21, of Woodbridge, is charged with 15 counts of fraud over $5,000, 15 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, three counts of theft under $5,000, participation in a criminal organization, six counts of breach of recognizance, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of proceeds of crime.
    Maheswary Vijayakumar, 45, of Toronto, is charged with perjury and obstruct justice.
    Sothilingam Vijayakumar, 43, of Toronto, is charged with perjury and obstruct justice.
    Kayanthini Vijayakumar, 20, of Toronto, is charged with breach of recognizance – aid & abet.
    Srimylan Srivigneswaran, 20, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of traffic in credit card data, possess credit card obtained by crime, possess proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Prasad Thiruchelvam, 28, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, four counts of unlawful use of credit card data, four counts of use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Nijanthan Nagendiran, 23, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Nirojan Kulasakaran, 22, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Pratheeb Krishnapillai, 26, of Ottawa, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Sujan Sivakumaru, 21, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, unlawful use of credit card data, use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Chandrakumaran Tharamarathnam, 30, of Whitby, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.
    Kajenthiran Vijayakumar, 39, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization, two counts of breach of probation and five counts breach of recognizance.
    Sajevan Sivakumaru, 18, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization, two counts of breach of recognizance, two counts of obstruct police, and two counts of personation with intent.
    Pararajasingam Ampalayanar, 38, of Toronto, is charged with five counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, forgery of a credit card, possession of a credit card obtained by crime, possess credit card forgery device, possession of property obtained by crime, participation in a criminal organization and five counts of breach of recognizance.
    Janarthanan Ratnasingham, 27, of Markham, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, four counts of unlawful use of credit card data, four counts of use credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal organization.
    Arthick Antonito, 26, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.
    Andrew Jesudasan, 21, of Thornhill, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime, theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device and participation in a criminal organization.
    Arjan Mahendrarajah, 20, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 16 counts of fraud over $5,000, 16 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, possess credit card forgery device, participation in a criminal organization and breach of probation.
    Vigitharan Selvaraj, 22, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, 21 counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime, four counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of possess credit card forgery device, 21 counts of unlawful possession of credit card data, forgery of a credit card, possession of a credit card obtained by crime, participation in a criminal organization and instruct commission of offence for a criminal organization.

  20. KUMAR

    Supreme Court upholds Canada’s anti-terror law in 7-0 ruling
    12/14/2012 | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

    The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa is pictured on Oct. 7, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
    The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the country’s controversial anti-terror law to be constitutional in a series of unanimous, precedent-setting rulings that affirmed how terrorism is defined in the Criminal Code.
    In a 7-0 ruling, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the court on Friday dismissed a series of charter appeals brought by three men, including terrorist Momin Khawaja, the first person ever charged under the anti-terror law that was passed in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.
    McLachlin said an Ottawa trial judge erred by giving Khawaja too light a sentence at 10 1/2 years in prison and said the life sentence later imposed by the Ontario Court of Appeal sent a “clear and unmistakable message that terrorism is reprehensible and those who choose to engage in it (in Canada) will pay a very heavy price”
    The rulings also upheld extradition orders against two other men, Suresh Sriskandarajah and Piratheepan Nadarajah, who can now be sent to the United States to face trial on charges of supporting the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist group.
    The court flatly rejected a series of constitutional challenges brought by the three men, dismissing their lawyers’ arguments that the new law was too broad, criminalized harmless activity and violated the charter guarantee of freedom of expression.
    The ruling essentially means the December 2001 anti-terror law, introduced by the then-Liberal government and supported by the two opposition parties that eventually became the present Conservative party, contains no rights violations and doesn’t have to be changed.
    For Khawaja, it means the end of the road in a long, legal saga that began with his arrest in 2004, ran through a hard-fought trial in an Ottawa courtroom and ended with his 2008 conviction.
    He was convicted of training at a remote camp in Pakistan, providing cash to a group of British extremists and building a remote-control detonator, known as the Hi-Fi Digimonster.
    The Supreme Court dismissed the argument that the law was overbroad in its definition of terrorism and could ensnare innocent people.
    “Social and professional contact with terrorists — for example, such as occurs in normal interactions with friends and family members — will not, absent the specific intent to enhance the abilities of a terrorist group, permit a conviction,” the ruling said.
    It also dismissed a claim that the law violated the rights of free expression.
    The court said threats of violence don’t deserve protection.
    “Threats of violence, like violence, undermine the rule of law,” the court wrote.
    “Threats of violence take away free choice and undermine freedom of action. They undermine the very values and social conditions that are necessary for the continued existence of freedom of expression.”
    The court also rejected the argument by Khawaja’s lawyer that the so-called motive clause would have a chilling effect on guarantees of freedom of expression of religious or ideological views.
    “In this case, it is impossible to infer, without evidence, that the motive clause will have a chilling effect on the exercise of … freedoms by people holding religious or ideological views similar to those held by some terrorists,” the ruling said.
    Khawaja also failed to persuade the court that his life-sentence was too harsh.
    “The appellant was a willing participant in a terrorist group,” McLachlin wrote. “He was committed to bringing death on all those opposed to his extremist ideology and took many steps to provide support to the group.
    “The bomb detonators he attempted to build would have killed many civilians had his plan succeeded. A sentence of 10 1/2 years does not approach an adequate sentence for such acts.”
    And the court also dismissed Khawaja’s claim that he was taking part in an armed conflict and should be exempt from being charged under international law.
    It rejected his contention that he didn’t recognize the threat posed by the British terrorist organization, the Khyam group.
    “There is no air of reality to the suggestion that the appellant believed that the Khyam group intended to act in compliance with international law, or that he cared if it did,” the ruling stated.
    Sriskandarajah and Nadarajah, meanwhile, failed in their bid to overturn their extradition to the U.S.
    The high court affirmed that Justice Minister Rob Nicholson didn’t err when he signed their extradition order.
    “The claim that the minister’s decision was unreasonable must be rejected.”
    U.S. prosecutors allege the two men tried to purchase $1-million worth of guns and rockets for the Tigers.
    Sriskandarajah is charged with acquiring aviation equipment, submarine and warship design software and other communications equipment for members of the Tamil Tigers. He is also charged with laundering money and counselling group members on how to smuggle goods.
    Nadarajah is charged with trying to buy surface-to-air missiles and AK-47s for the Tigers from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a black-market arms dealer.

  21. KUMAR

    Hello Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

    What are you talking about? Your homeland is in South India. Your clan is colonizing all over Sri Lanla. You must be thankful to Sinhalese in Sri Lanla for allowing you to colonize all over Sri Lanka. Thank you for your intellectual acheivements published in Canadian media.

  22. Mickey Cooke

    In response to the article, in all justice – it is not only the Tamils that opt out of Sri Lanka. The 50′s, 60′s and 70′s saw the depature of another race of people. Never highlighted or with fanfare – just a silent departure from the shores. These are the “Burghers” – descendants of a colonial past. At one time this community numbered a few hundred thousand, now – there may be as few as ten thousand. The country needed it’s identity and the Sinhalese being the majority – the country had to follow the majority race on the island. Sadly one didn’t conform and follow – there was no alternative. The Tamil minority as a result – even though concessions were made to them ( apparently not enough ) – took up arms in the early 80′s and the rest is history. I feel they alienated themselves – and now will have a hard time ever being accepted into the countries fold. The distrust will be felt for many generations, never to be repaired. There will further be settling of more Sinhalese into the North and East – and the Tamil will now sadly be a second class citizen – much due to the armed struggle. Suggestion – if you don’t mind leaving – leave. There are many other countries that will appreciate your talent – and – just remember that when you are accepted some place else, conform to that countries laws and culture. If you cling to your introvert culture – you will find that you are alienating yourself in your new country too.
    In defense of the majority – it is after all majority rule. There are other cultures in the country and they have always tried to accomodate. Still – when another community has constantly been asking for concessions – the armed struggle has further ended the reception. The Government is trying it’s hardest to accomodate the needs of the North! There is an appalling amount of negativity reported by the Tamil diaspora. Members of my family travelled to the North, North West, North East and East of the Island recently. Since the last visit – being 1985 – the progress of developement in a war torn region is quite amazing. The infrastructure being updated and improved is amazing. I am told since 1990 – not much was maintained – just detioration and distruction due to the civil war. It is green again, even the scares of war on buildings seems to be being repaired.
    My thoughts – everyone wants all the pie – but how much can one eat of it – before one is full?

  23. In Canada, once you get your citizenship, you are treated like a human being, with no discrimination and given freedom and equal rights. The same goes in Britain, Australia, USA and in many civilized nations. The problem in Sri Lanka is the people are not civilized yet and still living with a Mahawamsa mentality, just like Iranians wanting to go back to 3000 years old nomadic life. The ‘credit’ goes to racist, greedy politicians who poisoned the minds of the people. So in Toronto or anywhere in Canada no one has to colonize or hallucinate about anything else. Tamils, who have the most ancient Indus civilization, the worlds very oldest, and still spoken language, with abundantly rich culture, mainly following a simple and peaceful religion and who are living in Ceylon even before a race called Sinhalese came into existence. Just because they are majority in number now, they want to destroy and finish every Tamil in the country. This is how kingdoms, ruthless rulers dug their own grave and perished with their people. History repeats itself and one has to reap what he sow. What a great nation, now has become so barbaric, inhumane and murderous.The funniest thing is the majority of the people call themselves “Buddhists” and they want people to believe it . But Tamils will never ask them to go back, from wherever they came here, but ask them only to get civilized and behave like human and respect fellow human beings, rule of law etc.,..

  24. Priya

    I am sure the dream of an independent Tamil homeland will be a reality soon with the world wide strong LTTE networks and dispora.

  25. The act of suicide bombing during war is an act of war. It was recorded in history when Japanese suicide bombers attempted to destroy Queen Mary, the British war ship, by falling into the chimney of the ship during the second world war.

    This act is neither referred in history nor spoken of as “terrorist” because it was an act of war.

    Sadly, suicide bombings cause “Colateral damage” to civilians.

    The LTTE was and is not a separatist but a liberation movement. The main objective of it was and is to liberate Tamil Eelam(TE), as mandated by the people, democratically, in 1977.

    It was running the de facto state of TE for about 20 years till 2009, defending it against the most inhuman and ruthless soldiers and GOSL, that committed crime against humanity and killed more than 70,000 Tamil civilians.

    The LTTE carried out suicide bombings against these terrible soldiers and the GOSL as acts of war. These acts therefore are not “terrorist”.

    The GOSL was too racist to recognise the liberation aspect of the LTTE and it never told this truth to its citizens, the International Community(IC) and the UN.

    Today, the Consular General of SL in Australia, in response to an article titled “Battle for our borders” in “The Australian”, even lies openly that there was no civil war in SL. He covers up the war crimes and genocide and praises the soldiers and wrongly brands the suicide bombings done by the LTTE as “terrorist”. Foolishness abounds.

    Lies, more lies and abundaant lies, propagated by SL missions abroad, made the IC and the UN to fail to bring an end to the conflict between SL and TE.

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