23rd  May, 2004  Volume 10, Issue 45

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"We will pay you Rs. 20 million"

Following last week's revelations in The Sunday Leader on the Head of State having masterminded a sex, lies and video tape tale to oust the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Rauf Hakeem, the state media went into panic mode.

By doing so they implicated themselves proving beyond doubt that indeed the government had been involved in a 

conspiracy befitting a television soap, to character-assassinate the SLMC Chief. 

Rauf Hakeem, Najeeb and Reshad

The airing of a video by state television last Sunday night showing Kumari Cooray, the lady of the hour, confessing to having had an intimate relationship with Rauf Hakeem only cemented the article in The Sunday Leader, which reiterated that President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her government had stooped to playing dirty.

 At the time they rushed to expose themselves by playing the taped confession, they were unaware Cooray had already spilt the beans on their dirty deed in another taped recording.

With burning issues as negotiating a political settlement with the Tigers and knitting together a frayed alliance, Kumaratunga yet had the time to spare, to not only hatch a plan involving Hakeem of indulging in wine and women, but sat two hours with the lady in question and traded "personal stories."

Kumari Cooray may no doubt one day be able to trade in those stories for a few millions, for after all in this day and age of kiss and tell, the nation would certainly be agog to know the ups and downs of the President's love life.

Favouring Kumari as a local Lewinsky, Kumaratunga was certain her plan would bear fruit sufficient to permanently destroy Rauf Hakeem, the present bug in her life to gathering a few more seats that will secure her political future.

However, fortunately for Hakeem and unfortunately for the President there were others a step ahead who made certain that Kumari's trysts with the government and rebel SLMC MPs would not go unrecorded.

The SLMC's Wanni District MP, Reshad Badurdeen and Trincomalee District MP, M. Najeeb can now deny till blue in the face that it is not they who were snapped inside a hotel room at the Continental coaching Kumari Cooray to do the dirty on Hakeem. But the camera does not lie.

And as one denial followed another last week, Kumaratunga so far has held her tongue. Having stirred the pot, Kumaratunga is only too willing to allow the Brutuses in Hakeem's party to jump from the frying pan into the fire. As for her, she will hardly blink.

Today we reproduce the conversation that took place inside room 625 at the Continental between Cooray, Badurdeen and Najeeb. The two MPS did not know they were walking into a trap set by Cooray and played right into her hands talking of multi million rupee pay offs.

And to follow this is another audio recording of Najeeb who together with his counterparts willingly played sidekick to ensure the head of his Leader, Rauf Hakeem, would roll.

Following is the transcript of the conversation that took place between Badurdeen, Najeeb and Kumari Cooray in room no. 625 of the Continental Hotel, Colombo. We have left blank spaces in places where the voices are inaudible. (K - Kumari, N - Najeeb, R - Reshad)

(Sound of knocking)

(The sound of a woman walking towards the door to open it is heard)

K:    Can't you be on time?

(Another knock is heard. The door is opened and "N" walks in)

N:    Has he come yet?

K:    He came and went to the bathroom.

N: Have you eaten?

K:  Only breakfast so far.

("R" arrives)

R:  Assalam alleikum

N: Alleikum salam

R:    There is a person downstairs, I will talk to him and come

N:    Who is it?

K:    You people are never on time.

R:    Do you know Ruwan? Mangala's...

K:    Why, is he here?

R:    He's downstairs

N:    Ruwan, why did he come?

R: Party  . . . Just, for some party work

N:    Will there be a problem if I am seen?

R:    Miss, now this is how it is..

R: I spoke to Faizal Kasith and Amir Aliyodar. They said they will expose this problem.

N:    What's more, the UNP is hoping to do something about another election. Whatever happens, we should not go together. When you look at the Trincomalee District, there is nothing more foolish than going in for another election.

K:    Now what do I have to do?

R:    You didn't meet Madam, did you?

N:    Have you bathed?

R:    Did you meet Minister Mangala? Did you speak to him?

K:    Yes, I did.

R:    What is he saying?

K:    He says we have to make a police entry and then file a case

R:    Are you in agreement?

K:    What?

R:    Are you in agreement?

K:    Me? Yes

R:    How much money did he say we are going to demand?

K:    I don't know. You had better ask.

R:    Poor thing. She thinks...

R:    Sin for her.

K:    That's the thing.

K:    Now what were you saying... filing the case.

R:    Why? Is there no evidence?

K:    I don't know if my father will allow it. Now what is this case you're talking about?

R:      Jamiyathil Ulma. They will say that and refuse to file the case. They will take away all the good things. That's all.

R:    What did Kalil Moulavi say?

N:    I am going to the village today. Have to talk after getting there.

R:    If you go today, when will you return?

N:    I will talk to you about it

R:    ......

N:    About how the cornerstone of the school was placed

R:    Where did that money come from? Was it from the AGA office?

N:    Prize giving . No, some other way. There was a prize giving. I didn't go to the village since the day came.

K:    Now tell me what we're doing. You two also.

R:    We going at 9:30 tomorrow.

R:    How many days will you stay in the village?

N:    We'll talk when I come back

R:    Are you going in that vehicle?

N:    Yes. What else can I do? I will inform the CID after six months.

R:    Did you meet Kasan Mouliya?

N:    No, I didn't

R:    I will go there and tell how it is being done and that I am not involved.

N:    It is not good for us to go and tell.

R:    Can you tell Kalil Moulavi?

N:    I will go and talk tomorrow.

R:    What are the villagers saying?

N:    T. N. A. That they will assault and chase Rauf Hakeem away if he comes. The villagers are very angry. The Muslim Congress has done nothing for the Northern Province.

R:    . .  . .  . . Stay and talk to this woman for a while

(Rishard stands up)

R:    I'll be back in 10 minutes. Wait, I will send  .......... and come

N:    Are you going far?

R:    To Kaduwela.

N:    Meet him in the night

R:    Whom?

N:      ................ 

K:    I'll come at 9:30

R:    Where are you going at 9:30?

K:    One of my friends is going.

R:    Where are you going?

K:    I'm going out. With Madavan.

R:    Come for dinner

R:      ........................

K:    I'm going for lunch.

K:    Not that. Now tell me what we're doing first.

R:    What's the problem with filing a case the way Minister Mangala says?

N:    Yes, if a case is filed it's easy.

K:    It's bad for the children. And for another thing it is expensive. What happens to my children then?

K:    Can't we do what you two suggested?

R:    That's what we're doing. We have already sent messages to the north and east.

K:    Saying what?

R:    Saying that there are problems like this.

K:    Oh. What about what you said about telling some religious leaders?

R:    He has gone to India.

N:    He hasn't come back yet. I called yesterday and today.

R:    Shall we talk to Minister Mangala and see?

(R makes a phone call)

K:    If you two had just voted for the government that day, this would have been over by now.

R:    It's good that it wasn't put today. That means they have not spoken.

N:    That's what politics is.

R:    High Command............

N:      ..................

K:    No. After the case is filed and everything what happens to me?

( Sounds of K's laughter heard)

K:    Is he there?

R:    (On the phone with Mangala Samaraweera) Sir, I am Rishard Badurdeen. I was in Vavuniya, to visit my seat. Today. I came back today. I was visiting my seat, sir. In Vavuniya. Ah. Met once after that. We're meeting again day after tomorrow. Called this morning also. Sir about this Kumari issue, what do we do? Yes... she's here all alone, poor thing. Ah. Where are you today sir? We are also in Colombo.

R:    Ah. Okay.okay.okay.

(voice of person on the other side of the line is heard)

R:    What's the use of calling for tenders, Sir? ..okay..okay.Rauf Hakeem  .Okay.Sir, she is waiting.Okay. No, not like that sir, not like that at all sir. No, she's very sincere, Sir. Yes. No sir, it's not like that. I am also upset about all this. Mahindananda asked me to talk to you about this and let him know as well.

("N" receives a phone call on his mobile. He stands up and walks away)

R:    No, sir. Okay, okay, okay sir, you want to talk to that one? I'll ask that one to call you sir. Okay, sir, I'll tell. Thanks, sir.

K:    What is he saying?

R:    He says he hasn't spoken to you at all.

K:      Nonsense. I spoke to him yesterday also.

R:      ......................

K:    I couldn't get at him yesterday. I left a message. When I called home later he was asleep. I left a message.

R:      ...................... is it okay?

K:    Now what do we do.

R:    Give him a call.

K:    I left a message for him yesterday.

R:    He said he wasn't sure about you.

K:    He spoke to me. So many times.

R:      ....................

K:    I called home also. Ah, here it is. Now what is he saying? What is he saying?  What is he saying?

R:    He asked you to call him. Talk to him and ask when you can meet him. I'll be back in 15 minutes. I have to do something. I can't just abandon you like this. I'm going miss..... here...

K:    You can't abandon me or you can't be left abandoned yourself?

R:    I'll make sure you don't get abandoned and I don't get abandoned either and come.

R:    Wait here and talk to her

N:      Someone speaks on a phone in Tamil

("R" leaves the room)

N:    How are you?

K:    Close that door. Close the door.

N:    Put the match on.

K:    What match? Talking about watching matches at this time.

N:    Let's talk while watching the match. Don't you know that after the election this time, it's like we have all gone mad.

K:    Can't you see that I am watching this song?

N:    Hmm.

K:    You can watch the match afterwards

K:    Now first of all, what are we supposed to do?

N:    That's the thing. Now we have told these two that we can't tell them at seat level.

K:    Told whom?

N:    Told Faizer Caseem in the Ampara District. To spread the word in the Batticaloa District.

K:    Spread the word about what?

N:    That the leader is not good with the people. A little bit like that.  Right...... I will also go there for a little while.

K:    When will you come back after you go?

N:    I will come back at the necessary time.

K:    If a case is filed I won't be able to walk on the roads. That's why I'm asking what can be done without filing a case.

N:    That's the thing. I also think that now.

K:    That's the thing. I don't think my father will allow it.

N:    No, that's right.

K:    On one hand, it's not good for the children.

N:    The other thing is...

K:    What can be done besides filing the case?

N:    Let's see. Let's try to do something. We have to decide to make that decision with the people. Whatever it is, the President is good.

K:    No, it's like this. Can't you do something else to remove him without using me and my case?

N:    No, that's why we're going.

K:    No, can't you find some other way?

N:    It's not possible to come up with a new plan just like that.

K:    Now what would you have done if you had not met me?

N:    But we did meet you.

K:    Tell me what you would have done if you hadn't met me?

N:    We can't let him do this. We'll even assault him and take it.

(sound of K's laughter)

K:    So you can assault him and take it now...

N:    That's the thing... Ask to talk inside a room and threaten to assault him if it is not given.

K:    So just assault him and take it without involving me. It's better than this.

N:    We'll do that also. We aren't going to just do nothing.

K:    I'll also come if you need to hit him.

N:    Who knows whether you will hit him or do something else.

K:    Can't say. No no, really, I'm not joking.

N:    No. This is madness. Now see Kumari, if we helped the People's Alliance and supported the government, the government can continue. The only opposition will be from Ferial Ashraff and Athaullah. That will not be a problem for him.

K:    But Madam says she will remove him anyway.

N:    Yes, yes.

K:    It seems that Madam does not like him.

(Unclear. Only the sound of the TV is heard)

K:    After this what's going to happen to me?

N:    Good, good, to start a ............... which will be good for you.

K:    Now Rauf Hakeem is of no use to me.

N:    If you stay with him, he will give you to somebody else, if he can get something out of it. Don't you know?

K:    Give me?

N:    That's the kind of person he is.

(conversation unclear)

N:      ............... He has taken 39-40 million.

K:    This house he is living in

N:    I heard recently that he was given five million. For money he is............

K:    We have to finish this off somehow. I can't continue like this.

N:    That's the thing. Madam asked us to give you  .................

K:    That's the thing. I don't feel right about being like this all the time. I don't like to live off them.

N:    I will see.

K:    We have to finish this off.

(Sound of the TV)

K:    Now where is Rishard?

N:    He went downstairs to talk about something. Did you have lunch?

K:    I didn't have lunch. I'll just have dinner in a while.  My friend just called me and asked me to go for dinner.

N:    Who's the friend?

K:      Madavan.

N:    Is Madavan a Tamil?

K:    Are you mad?

N:      ................

K:    How is Athaullah with you people?

N:    He's good. Don't you know, with politics you have to lie low sometimes.

K:      ................

N:      ................

N:    I have been in politics for 15 years.

K:    Is Athaullah someone like that?

N:    Don't you know, if an opportunity comes up .......... will stay.

K:    Ah, are you'll fighting because of me? Ferial ........... she has boys.

N:    I know. He was two years senior to me in school.

K:    Now did Madam say ................? Now the ministers have been appointed no. 

N:    That's a little.............

K:    The media says that five are being kept without being handed out.

N:    What?

K:    I said five deputy minister posts are still being held back.  Now when are you going to be given one?

N:    Now I have to get a cabinet post. There's no point in becoming just a deputy minister.

K:    What do you plan to ask for?

N:    It's doesn't matter what I get. Must try and take Women's Affairs.

K:      Women's Affairs is perfect for you. That's good.

N:    The minister is a friend of mine.

K:    Get him removed and you ask for it. Who is he?

(Conversation unclear because of the sound of the television)

K:    Don't you ................

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:      ................

K:    Didn't you meet Madam after that?

N:      ................

K:    What did you come in?

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:    Seems diabetic. Those days Mr. Hakeem...

K:    Even now you can't say.

N:      ................

K:    Can't you find a way of doing this without involving me?

N:    Let's try to do that.

K:    This is the thing ........ there is a problem with filing this case.

N:    Is there some problem?

K:    If so, what are you going to do?

N:    Let's see what can be done.

K:    Didn't you meet Rauf Hakeem after that?

N:    No. I called him. He didn't answer.

K:      ............ now ......... you ............

N:    Let's see, if I go home ...........

K:    Now .......... you ......... no ............

N:    I also thought that he would be a good leader. Finally when you look at it .........

K:    What's the reason?

N:    No. I think he ............ will for money or something, appoint two MPs for one seat. That way if one falls out, there is always one left. That's what he is trying to do now.

K:    Isn't Baseer there anymore?

N:    Baseer is around. Baseer is his biggest problem.

K:    What district does he represent?

N:      Batticaloa.

K:    Ah, did he lose?

N:      ................

K:    Did Baseer lose this time?

N:    Yes. Ali won.

K:    Ah, Ali.

N:      ................

K:    Ah. ............ Crossing over to the PA? Crossing over today?

N:    Not yet .......

K:    Now if you can't remove him what will you do?

N:      There's one way ....... let's see.

K:    You told him you'll were coming didn't you? If you'll had just voted for him this would all be over.

N:    If we had voted for him we would have been sacked by now.

K:    How can they do that? Now after Hakeem is removed, then what?

N:    No. We can.

K:    Will the next leader be willing to support the PA?

N:    No. We will appoint co-leaders. I will be given money.

K:    So will the three new leaders be willing to join? Isn't there a polit-bureau or something?

N:    Polit-bureau .............

K:    So everyone needs to be in agreement before you can cross over.

N:      ................

K:    First talk about this with everybody. If by chance they are not in agreement then all of you will be in a lot of trouble.

N:    Polit-bureau ............ if all of Athaullah's crowd had joined.

K:    Ah ....... they are also joining.

N:    In the party they ................

K:    They will rejoin the congress from the PA

N:    Who says they are in the PA? They are still ................

K:    But it's their party

N:    Yes ........... it's their party but it has good relations with the Congress

K:    Now they are all going to join? After that ............. conversation unclear because of sound from television)

K:      ................ going?

N:      ................ tomorrow. At 10 day after tomorrow.

K:    (news) what's the time?

N:    ................ is that good?

K:    I went and got a massage also. I took Panadol there.

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:    What did you say?

K:    I didn't say anything. I just stayed in the car. Yesterday I went downstairs ................ he must have thought father.

N:      Talking ................ don't know how it is ................ staying right? In Panadura? The Catholic one?

K:    yes, yes

N:    Now see the Kalutara electorate

K:    No, not Kalutara.

N:      Somehow we must try to stay in the permanent government. If there are elections in a year, there will be problems.

K:    Yes, there will be problems

N:    Did your father contest this time?

K:    Can you keep contesting the elections all your life?

N:    Yes, something has to be done.

K:    They say the ones crossing over will be given money. So those in the PA won't get any money? Have they already paid you? How many lakhs did you get?

N:    Not a cent.

K:    Give me also some money.

N:    We can give you something. ................

K:    You must have taken about 50 million right?

N:    50 million?

K:    No, if so you will have to give me at least 25 million

N:    I can give you 20 million.

K:    You must really have got about 50 million right?

N:      ................

K:    You'll have to give me 25 million as soon as you are given a ministry.

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:    This one ................

K:    Who?

N:      ................ it was only after that that they gave them their votes. They would never have voted for them otherwise.

K:      ................

N:      Kesbewa ................ Mangala

K:    Yes, yes.

N:    From the Trade Ministry?

K:    Yes, yes.

N:    I called him yesterday. But he says I didn't call him.

K:    Who? Mangala Samaraweera says I didn't call him.

N:      ................

K:      Yesterday ...... Today I didn't call. Yesterday I called and left a message for him to call me back. Today of course I didn't call. I'll call him ................

N:      ................

K:    Was he downstairs?

N:    Who?

K:    Ruwan. Did Ruwan go downstairs? ................ How did he come?

N:      ................

K:      Something will happen right?

N:      ................

K:    Now my case ...........

N:    By now your case should be hurting him.

K:      ................ not for me, but for my children. Can't you do this without involving me and this court case?

N:      ......... must be opened ................

K:    Must be opened? Then what will happen to me?

N:      ................

K:    This case

N:      ................

N:    Then

N:    We absolutely have to do something.

K:    What will happen to me?

N:      ................

K:    Even I won't be able to walk on the road after that.

N:      ................

K:    I won't be able to marry anybody else either.

N:      ................

K:      ................ can you? Ah?

N:    The children know right?

K:      ................ because they go to school.

N:    No, not like that.

K:    Then what are you planning to do?

N:      ................

K:    Then what will you do?

N:    Is your son 16 years old? Isn't that the son's daughter?

K:    My son is 16.

N:      ................

K:    So what will you do?

N:      ................

K:      Madavan asked what you are doing? What do I say? ............. my problem.

N:    Are you going with him?

K:    Yes, yes. He asked what you'll were saying.

N:    Is he the one downstairs?

K:    No, that is not him.

N:      ................ Madavan ................ person close to ................ age

K:    40. Why ask the age?

N:    No.

K:    How can Rauf Hakeem be angry about going with him? Even if I am with 10 men, he knows that I am good.

N:      ................

K:      ................ he knows.

N:      ................

K:    He knows I am ................ he trusts me ................ I haven't broken that trust yet.

N:      ................ break up?

K:    I have no intention of breaking it up. ................ to love. ................ All these things that have happened to me are more than enough. You know what ................ the shocking thing is with all these things that have happened ................

N:      ................ must clean it out.

K:    It's already clean.

N:    Can I see?

K:    Oh no. You can't see that. Go home and look at your wife's.

N:      ................

K:    So look at it when you need to.

N:    What has happened to your mind?      

K:    My mind is fine. Let my mind be the way it is ................ he must not know  ................ that the rebellion will take place on ................

N:      ................

K:      ................ that the others are planning it.

N:    He is looking at ................

K:    He must not be thinking about it at all. Otherwise wouldn't he be suspicious?

N:    He could be suspecting something.

K:    Now he thinks that you are doing anything ....... after it happens ........

N:    Yes.

K:    So he must be thinking that they have abandoned the idea.

(Sound of the television)

K:    9:20

N:      ................

K:    Tell me what will happen now? In that case how many days more will I have to stay here?

N:    Can't do nothing.

K:    Yes. I think I will go home.

N:      ................

K:    Yes ................ why? There's no problem there. Now they think that the problem is over.

N:      ................

K:      ................

N:    No ................

K:    No ............ Now because I have spoken to my father, they think the problem is over. That's the thing........

N:    Did your father tell you to go home?

K:    Yes, he asked me to go. He said to let this issue go. I said I will consider it .......... There's no problem with me going to Ja-Ela. After I go home, you can just call me when you need to. That's not right ................ like today, that is better, isn't it?

N:    Right, let's see ................ talk about it ................

K:    We have talked about it. How much longer do I have to stay like this? You are the people who dragged me into all this trouble.

N:    Who, us?

K:    Yes.

N:    Don't act like a fool.

K:    What do you mean, don't act like a fool? I would have just waited there and gone off. You people poisoned it, created anger and hatred ................

N:      ................

K:    You are the people who increased the anger in my mind and taught me to tell lies.

N:      ................

K:    Gods showed you ........... gods do things like that. The gods will do these things to you. ................. In the future ................ isn't there ................ Gods also do funny things. Good thing you people met me ................ must be your good fortune.

N:      Hakeem's good fortune ................

K:      Hakeem's good fortune ................ are Hakeem and you the same age?

N:      Airport?

K:    Is it the airport?

N:      ................ I ................ he ................

K:    But he is good man, isn't he?

N:      ................


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