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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

LTTE killed journalist Sivaram, Kumar Ponnambalam...........

[b]LTTE killed journalist Sivaram, Kumar Ponnambalam and Kadirgamar -- Col. Karuna reveals in an exclusive to “Asian Tribune” [/b]

Colombo, 25 November, ( In a startling revelation Colonel Karuna told the "Asian Tribune" that it is Velupillai Prabhakaran, his former commander-in-chief, who had ordered the killing of Sivaram Dharmaratnam, the editor of the pro-LTTE TamilNet in 2002. Sivaram, a former member of the PLOTE -- another Tamil militant group -- was better known by his pen name "Taraki". Dismissing the allegations that he was behind the killing of "Taraki" he asked: “What do I benefit by killing Sivaram? It was I who almost shaped his life and made him take up journalism full time and also introduced him to the Tiger movement. I never found any need to kill him, but I can reveal to you now that it was Prabakaran who wanted him killed and he even ordered me to arrange the killing immediately in 2002.”

Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan , alias Colonel Karuna., the leader of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal and one of the former leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, was asked about his role in the abduction and killing of Sivaram Dharmaratnam on 28 April 2005.

He replied that this question should have been raised soon after his death and not five or six months after the murder of Sivaram. He told Asian Tribune: “You people should have asked soon after the news of the death of Sivaram. Though it is late I must make use of this opportunity to clear the suspicions and the rumours alleging that I and my organization have some connections with the murder of Sivaram.

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