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Nediyavan: On A Mission For LTTE

By Camelia Nathaniel

After the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran and the dismantling of the LTTE in Sri Lanka in May 2009, the leadership of the foreign wing of the LTTE clashed with Kumaran Pathmanathan. The chief of LTTE procurement and shipping Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP was sidelined by Prabhakaran from 2003 to 2008, but when the LTTE leader realized the end was near, he entrusted KP with the mantle of the external leadership on January 1, 2009. Perinbananayakam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan, the Norway based international coordinator of the International Secretariat of the LTTE, did not honour Prabhakaran’s request. Led by Weerakulasingham Manivannan alias Castro, Nediyavan managed LTTE fronts and LTTE branches worldwide. In addition to directing political and economic activity and limited procurement, Nediyavan carried out demonstrations with LTTE flags all over the world to protest against Sri Lanka. Nediyavan was the leading organiser of the LTTE’s demonstrations in Oslo, and even authorised attacks against Sri Lankan diplomatic missions and Sinhalese communities. Other LTTE front, cover and sympathetic organisations collaborated and worked with the foreign wing led by Nediyavan reporting to Castro.

The leadership of this Faction is particularly strong in Scandinavia. During the peace process, the LTTE built a very strong network throughout Scandinavia. To evade government scrutiny, they operate through LTTE front, cover and sympathetic organisations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. Initially based in Oslo, Norway, this Faction is also known as the Nediyavan Faction. Although Castro is dead, Nediyavan Faction operates all over the world through the offices of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), one of the oldest LTTE front organisations. This Faction is also strong in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The faction maintains active projects to engage with Tamil Nadu politicians and activities in India. TamilNet, the LTTE’s propaganda website, is led by Jeyachandran in Oslo, Norway and Sreetharan in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Aligned to the Faction, they not only attack the Sri Lankan state, but also other Tamil groups that oppose them.

After Castro’s death at home and the arrest of K.P. overseas, Nediyavan became the de facto chief of not only the LTTE overseas branches and fronts but also of the entire LTTE. Born on the 28th of August 1976 in Vadukkodai, Jaffna, Nediyavan alias Nedi alias November India is 6 Feet tall, lean, and fair. A student of Jaffna Hindu College, Nediyavan joined the LTTE in 1994. After his training, he was transferred to work under Castro considering his educational background, English knowledge and abilities. After a period of study at the Kittu Political College, he served in the International Co-coordinating Centre (ICC) under Castro. He became an active member in the ICC and was entrusted with the responsibilities of handling financial assets held by the LTTE and its front organization abroad. While in Vanni, he investigated foreign nationals of Tamil ethnicity abroad.

Working with the LTTE intelligence wing, he imprisoned a board member of a London Hindu temple over a financial dispute. Rajasingham Jayadevan who is a UK citizen and trustee of a Kovil in London is a victim of Nediyavan. He was detained in the Wanni for 60 days by Nediyavan to seize ownership of the Kovil to the LTTE in 2005. Nediyavan was busy dealing with Tamil expatriates who were visiting Sri Lanka during 2002 – 2005. He mainly ran their activities and the network of Tamils through satellite phone, fax and e-mails. It is a known fact that he has rendered his fully assistance to Castro to coerce the Tamil expatriates to contribute funds or face punishment. Nediyavan was constantly moving with Castro and the leading members in this unit.

Nediyavan wedded in the Wanni on 30.10.2005 and a few days later left the Island and continued to reside overseas. His wife is Sivagowri Shanthamohan, who is a close relative of the LTTE leader Lala Ranjan of Koyathotam, Jaffna. Lala Ranjan was considered a prominent member of the terrorist outfit, who had committed suicide by swallowing cyanide when the army had attempted to arrest him. After a period of study in Russia, he moved to Oslo as the in charge of overseas LTTE branches and fronts.

Before creating the councils, he ran the LTTE through the offices of the Tamil Coordinating Committees which handles millions of dollars from Tamil expatriates, and earned through illegitimate and black market businesses. He later took control of a majority of the LTTE’s overseas dealings and institutions. This was done after he was appointed the chief of the branches and fronts of the Organization. Nediyavan had travelled abroad with the LTTE peace delegation on 30.10.2002, 28.07.2004, 10.03.2005 and 08.11.2005. Nediyavan participated at the 4th round (Phase IV) Peace talks with former LTTE political leader Thamilchelvan.

He was also included in the 14 member LTTE delegation which visited the European countries from 29 September to 2 November 2004.

As part of the peace delegation, he was able to travel freely with the delegation, he was assigned to head the recruitment of members of the Tamil Youth Organization members into the mainstream LTTE organization, by bringing them to Vanni to undergo arms training and then sending them back to Europe to work as full time LTTE members holding foreign passports. For example, the LTTE’s International Secretary Castro’s TYO coordinator for Oslo, Southy, who is working for Telinor Group, a telecommunications company based in Norway, following Nediyavan’s instructions, bought a flight ticket, for the Norwegian national, Sounthararajan Thambirajah.
Thambirajah came to Sri Lanka and during his stay, he received military training with the LTTE and later carried out many covert operations in the South, as he carried a Norwegian passport, he was able to move freely in Sri Lanka. He went missing in 2007. There are dozens of TYO members recruited by Nediyavan brought back to Vanni jungle, and given training and sent back to their countries to conduct LTTE operations and activities.

Nediyavan faced many challenges while living in Norway. Due to corruption with the LTTE, Nediyawan together with Castro questioned “TRO Regie” over the TRO funds problem in Australia and Switzerland. After an assault of both ordinary Tamils and former LTTE supporters in Scandinavia, he came to the attention of the government. He is known to have connections with a number of Tamil gangs operating in Norway, Sweden and Denmark as well. Nediyavan was summoned to the Malde police station in Norway on 14 August, to inquire on the complaint made by Nadarajah Sethu Ruban that a group of LTTE persons were attempting to kill him. A clash between the members of the Nediyavan faction and a rival faction was reported at a Kovil festival in Oslo on 07 August 2010.

Six personnel were injured in the clash and three personnel of the Nediyawan faction had been arrested by the Norwegian police.
Nediyavan was not ready to accept the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran as announced by KP in May 2009. Nediyavan said that no Tamil would contribute money to the LTTE if an announcement was made that Prabhakaran was dead. Over this dispute and declaration of TGTE by KP and V. Rudrakumaran, a disagreement arose between Nediyavan and KP and Nediyavan and Rudrakumaran. To challenge them, Nediyavan formed the “democratic PTGT” against Rudrakumarn and managed to reduce the strength of TGTE.

To meet the changing reality, Nediyavan made some cosmetic changes. For example, the “Voice of Tamil” is now functioning by the name of “Voice of Tigers” having the same logo that was used by the LTTE when it was functioning in Sri Lanka. After May 2009, the Tamil expatriates distanced themselves from the LTTE and Nediyavan struggled to rally the leaders, cadres, supporters and sympathizers of the LTTE in foreign countries, as effectively as he anticipated. Although he fought with Rudrakumaran faction, he managed to win the support of Fr Emmanuel of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) at present and enjoys influence over its constituents. Nediyavan’s faction is known as the Tamil Eelam Peoples Alliance (TEPA).

To create a global impact, Nediyavan established the International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) (www.iceelamtamils.info). The constituent members of ICET are:
National Council of Canadian Tamils
Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils
Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils
Maison du Tamil Eelam, France
Country Council of Eelam Tamils, Germany
Italy Council of Eelam Tamils
Dutch Tamil Forum
Danish Tamils Forum
Tamil Cultural Organisation – Belgium
British Tamils Forum
Tamil Youth Organisation – New Zealand

The Nediyawan faction’s Canadian and Norwegian branches are the most active. The Canadian branch is known as the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT). The President of NCCT Ranjan Sri Ranjan also visited Geneva in March 2014 to lobby to have support of the western governments, international organizations and Human rights NGOs. Ranjan Sri Ranjan was previously the President of another designated terrorist front, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC).The CTC communications Director Sahilal Sabaratnam is now in US jail after his arrest in the US for arms procurement.

After working with CTC, Ranjan Sri Ranjan moved to NCCT as its president, controlled by Nediyawan faction, the LTTE faction determined to revive violence. When in Geneva, Ranjan Sri Ranjan was careful not to divulge that he was from NCCT. He addressed events together with M. K. Shivajilingam, a TNA MP who is a relative of Prabhakaran and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam ofTamil National People’s Front (TNPF), a LTTE nominee to the TNA. Among others who participated in an event at the Geneva Club were Krishna Saravanamuttu, National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT); Dr. Andrew Higginbottom, Kingston University, UK; Bashana Abeywardane, journalist in exile, former editor, Hiru; Luxcy Alex Lambert, ICET, Germany.

While ICET co-chair is Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Krisna Saravanamuttu is the spokesperson of ICET. Thus, the ICET has the same leadership as the NCCT. Other LTTE activists from CTC, NCCT and Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), another front controlled by Nediyawan faction, were present. Ten country councils and the TYO from New Zealand convened at Oslo from 27 to 29 July, 2012 calling for a referendum among the Eezham Tamils to ascertain their political future. Nediyavan Faction works closely with United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC). NCCT organized a protest with USTPAC in front of the UN Consulate in New York in September 2010 against the Sri Lankan state. Nediyavan faction also works with lankai Tamil Sangam and Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) to pursue criminal and civil litigation against Sri Lankan officials.

When problems occurred in Norway, Nediyavan had questioned Norway Murali to get the truth on the issue on 22.09.2005. He is said to be a violent character and Norwegian Police had made inquires over an assault case in connection with Sethru Ruban, a Tamil journalist in Norway. He was accused of illegally detaining rival group members and running number of criminal gangs in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, too. There was another incident which was reported to the Norwegian police involving Nediyavan. He had tried to kidnap an Australian citizen in Oslo, who was running a global TV station known as GTV. Nediyavan had met him in Oslo and asked him to hand in millions of dollars turnover made by GTV and in addition to property he owned in Australia.

It is revealed that it operated under Nediyavan from Norway and is broadcasting through a satellite owned by an Israeli company. A New Television channel too has been started by Nediyavan on 3rd July 2010 i.e. “Tamil 24th” through Belgium satellite services.
He is reported to have been arrested by the Oslo authority via information provided by the Netherland police in May 2011.The Dutch investigation judge at the district court in the Hague (Netherland) was conducting a magisterial investigation into the arrest of LTTE financial controller Sana Chanran who had handled finance assets world wide.

Recent developments:

After Nediyavan was advised by the Norwegian Government against attempts to use Oslo as a base to revive the LTTE, Nediyavan handed a portion of his responsibilities to Arivu, a former LTTE leader who had worked with Castro in the Wanni. However after Arivu travelled from a Southeast Asian country to Canada on board, MV Sun Sea, the mantle of leadership was transferred to New Zealand based Irumporai, another former member of the LTTE’s International Secretariat under Castro.

Another of Castro’s deputies, Nanthagopan, served as an advisor to Irumporai and others. In March 2014, Nanthagopan was arrested overseas and deported to Sri Lanka. With Sri Lankan authorities collaborating with their foreign counterparts, it is very likely that both Nediyavan and Irumporai too will be arrested and deported to Sri Lanka in the coming months.

7 Comments for “Nediyavan: On A Mission For LTTE”

  1. Thinesh

    Great news!!! that they will be arrested soon.

  2. zzzzzz how boring to read this since this is in public domain do you cut and paste? any 6th grader can do it I have great respect for this paper but I am having my doubts

    Nathen

  3. Jayamaha

    People like Chandrika Kumaratunga is getting funded by LTTE front organization.

  4. Manori

    The numerous LTTE fronts freely functioning in western countries, engaged in criminal and disruptive activities and promoting terrorism and its revival in Sri Lanka is horrifying. The Government of Sri Lanka is being hounded by these same countries on baseless charges of human rights violations whilst allowing agencies with terrorist agendas to flourish in their own back-yard. The GoSL needs to do whatever in its power to safeguard its citizens from revival of terrorism on its soil and proscribing the LTTE fronts is a good step towards gaining control over the menace of terrorism.

  5. gamarala

    Nediyavan is a “superman” !!!!!!
    Now he has infiltrated LTTE cadres again in the north.
    Three have been kllled though they were working for the army.
    Wives and children of ‘suspected’ LTTErs must be arrested.
    Therefore the army in the north must be increased.
    How very convenient for this Military Regime!
    P.S
    Where are the reluctant tamil females recruited and trained by the army?
    Are they providing ‘comfort’ for the top brass?

  6. The Rajapaksas can only survive by bringing the LTTE fear factor. Otherwise they have no grounds to survive after the UN’s war crimes investigation. Nevertheless, the world is too smart, and it won’t fall into their small brain dramas.

  7. The Rajapaksas can only survive by bringing back the LTTE fear factor. Otherwise they have no grounds to survive after the UN’s war crimes investigation. Nevertheless, the world is too smart, and it won’t fall into the Rajapaksas’ dramas. According to Gota’s drama, Gobi managed to hide himself for five years, but came into the action just a week before the voting of the UNHRC. If you believe that you would believe anything. We all know that Gota orchestrated the drama to arrest the human rights activists to hide the truth and trying hard to fool the international community; however, his action won’t give that much leverage for the Rajapaksas to manoeuvre internationally in the future. Now the Gota’s drama concludes with lives have been lost. The regime has no remorse for killing thousands of innocent people; killing few more people is nothing to them. The most dangerous regime can fool Sinhalese, but not the world. The Rajapaksa regime fails to understand the difference between the well informed world citizens and fooled Sri Lankan citizens who have been fighting since 1948. The regime can win local votes by fooling its own people, but not the world. The country’s international credibility will continue to go backward, and place the country in a disaster. The worse is yet to come for Sri Lankans. It will get ugly for the Rajapaksa brothers; if the regime initiates its own domestic enquiry or international mechanism to investigate charges of war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the regime will not investigate the war crimes at all, but will take the North Korea’s path to keep their power. The foolish regime didn’t plan wisely to addresses the issues during and after the war. Inability to deal with the Tamils’ issues and India were the main reasons for the war, yet the regime has not addressed those main issues since the end of war in 2009. Therefore, the worse is yet to come for Sri Lankans. I have written a detail letter to the Indian government why the Rajapaksa regime must be removed sooner than later. I will forward the letter to the newly elected government after the India’s election.

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