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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

I am No LTTE member. All I do for the Tamils is perfectly open and legal – Ivan Pedropillai

London, 23 April, (Asiantribune.com): In a letter addressed to The Editor, Asian Tribune, Mr. Ivan Pedropillai, of Surrey, London, writes that he is not a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He writes, "Therefore, I cannot possibly be a senior figure of the LTTE as claimed. I am not a fundraiser for the LTTE and have not contributed a single penny to them since it was outlawed some 5 years ago." He further states, "I am involved in absolutely permissible democratic political activity in this country, where the law does not take away our rights to aspire for freedom and democracy for the oppressed Tamils of Eelam. All that I do for the Tamils is perfectly open and legal."

Mr Pedropillai's denial was in connection with the Asian Tribune report dated 16 April where it was reported that at a protest rally organized by the LTTE outside the Slovakian Embassy in London, "A letter was handed over to Slovakian Diplomatic staff by Mr. Ivan Pedropillai a senior figure within the LTTE hierarchy in the UK and one of the LTTE's main fundraisers who has generously funded if not all of the meetings organized by the British Tamil Forum (BTF)."

Mr. Ivan Pedropillai by his letter to Asian Tribune, denies that he is not a member of the LTTE and he has not participated in the rally and he was not involved in the handing over the a protest letter to the diplomatic staff of the Slovakian Embassy in London.

He adds “I am a retired senior executive from one of the world’s leading multi-national groups and my reputation and integrity are well established in the UK. I am involved in absolutely permissible democratic political activity in this country, where the law does not take away our rights to aspire for freedom and democracy for the oppressed Tamils of Eelam. All that I do for the Tamils is perfectly open and legal. But I must be doing something good for the Tamil community, as the paid mouthpieces of racism in Sri Lanka have started to notice me and defame me in this fashion.

Mr. Ivan Pedropillai further adds in his letter that “Every one involved as a Tamil activist knows that being a member of the LTTE or giving funds or raising funds for the LTTE or its associates is illegal in this country. I have not done any of these and your attempt to defame me is an utterly contemptible lie. An unreserved apology published in your online newspaper in a prominent position is the least you could do to safeguard my honor and my reputation and to redeem what little is left of yours.

Editor’s Note: Though we publish the denial of Mr. Ivan Pedropillai, our Correspondent in London maintains that what he reported to the Asian Tribune was correct. However we have decided to carry the above denial of Mr. Ivan Pedropillai who has written "I am not a member of the LTTE." We trust that we have done justice to Mr. Ivan Pedropillai by publishing his denial. Also I wish to bring to the notice of Mr. Ivan Pedropillai, I am a proud Sri Lankan and wish to state very emphatically that Asian Tribune is not under anybody’s payroll.

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