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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

“The bizarre double life of Charles Gnanakone” and his links

[b]“The bizarre double life of Charles Gnanakone” and his links with the LTTE and Ranil Wickremesinghe[/b]

From our Australian Correspondent

[b]Melbourne, 14 October, ( [/b]60-year-old Charles Gnanakone first shot in to the limelight when the Weekend Liberal in Australia exposed his 60-million deal to develop Dubbo – a rural town between Sydney and Melbourne. Gnanakone with his Singaporean partner lodged a 60-million dollar property development plan which includes residential houses, golf course and other facilities. It was the biggest ever development plan ever lodged with the Dubbo City Council.

At the end of five months of investigations, Kathy Stone - the investigative reporter of Weekend Liberal in Dubbo, revealed “the bizarre double life” of the “Captain Charles Gnanakone” in its issue of December 21, 2002. After this expose the deal never took off. In fact, his Singaporean partner was chased by the Immigration authorities for carrying a forged passport. He fled Australia never to return. Gnanakone too was questioned by the authorities for his role in the shady dealings of the Singaporean partner.

But the story of Gnanakone brothers – Charles in Mt. Eliza, a residential area near Melbourne, Australia and Jayantha in California – have twists other than “the bizarre double life” in Dubbo as Director of Pioneer Spirit Developers. The investigations by Kathy Stone revealed his connections to Ranil Wickremesinghe and the LTTE.

She wrote: “Evidence of Captain Gnanakone’s other role as a go-between for Tigers and Sri Lankan government emerged during the 5-month investigations by the Daily Liberal. He refused to name anyone who could support his connection of a behind-the-scenes peace role or clarify the nature of relationship with the Tamil Tigers.” So if his claim of being a peace-broker between the Tamil Tigers and Ranil Wickremesinghe is correct then he would have been more than a giver of medicine and other aid to the destitute Tamils. He would have had direct dealings with the Tamil Tigers and would have also been dabbling in Tamil politics.

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