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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

Rajnikanth, Vaiko, Ramdoss received Tigers' money says a SL Minister

[caption id="attachment_4337" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Ageing Superstar- earlier Robot and now Enthiran "]Ageing Superstar- earlier Robot and now Enthiran [/caption]

Colombo, 19 Aug (Asiantribune.com): Did Rajnikanth, Vaiko and Ramdoss benefit from LTTE money? Yes, they did, alleges Sri Lanka Minister for Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen, who also claims that the Tigers funded business ventures and set up Tamil radio and TV stations in the West and Far East.

In a freewheeling interview with Asian Tribune, the minister was economical on facts. He did not elaborate on his allegations, probably as he appeared to making the allegation as a passing ‘disclosure’ with his focus more on rump LTTE and their tirade against Colombo.

‘Instead of making wild allegations against the Sri Lanka government, these radio and TV channels should call the ‘rump’ leadership to explain where and how they had spent the blood money of our Tamil brethren?’, he thundered.

They (Tamil TV and Radio stations) were launched with the blood money of diaspora. Not only that. Many web sites have been set up with the blood money of our diaspora. All of them owe it to their brethren to find out the details and donate the monies to meet humanitarian needs of 300 thousand IDPs’.

Rishad Bathiudeen M.P His ‘disclosures’ relating to Tamil Nadu are sensational, to say the least, Thols Thirumavalavan’s Viduthalaich Chiruththaikal, V. Gopalaswamy’s (Vaiko’s) Marumalarchchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Dr. S. Ramadoss’s Pattali Makkal Kadchchi, and P. Nedumaran’s President of the Tamil Nationalist Movement and Tamil Eelam Supporters Co-ordination Committee received the LTTE money right from the very beginning, according to Minister Risath Bathiyutheen.

Turning to the Tamil film industry, the minister was categorical that the LTTE funded production of some Tamil films.

‘The money was not directly sent. Millions and millions of US dollars were given to a London based Tamilian. He was asked to produce Tamil films in Chennai with top stars like Rajnikanth’ ( in Kuselar and in the beginning with Robot later it changed hands and renamed as Enthiran,) he claimed and said ‘the aging super star received the blood money’. The minister did not say how much money was paid to Rajni. But merely said he was paid ‘lavishly’.

Risath Bathiyutheen added that many ‘individuals’ in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and even India were given huge money to invest in business ventures, real estate business, and international shipping. LTTE money also found its way into the stock markets. ‘Most of these transactions were done in benami names’.

Speaking on how the Tigers tried to subvert the system, he said the LTTE tried to pump in money into the SL stock exchange through an American hedge fund company. ‘The objective was to bring collapse of the corporate business sector in Sri Lanka. It did not succeed’.

Answering a question, the Minister said he was not raising these allegations to settle scores with the Tiger remnants. ‘My concern is not what had happened in the past, I only want the money that the LTTE took overseas for business ventures to come back. It can come back only if the LTTE remnants work towards that goal. I only want to prick their conscience. I hope my words will stir them into a course correction’.

‘If this blood money that is going around is returned to Sri Lanka, it will be a humanitarian gesture towards 300,000 Tamil Internally Displaced persons living in transit camps. Remember these people have become IDPs because of Tigers; because Prabhakaran took them as his human shield till he himself was killed, because the Wanni Tiger leadership made these people move like nomads with’.

He went on to say: ‘by giving just two hour notice, Prabhakaran chased away more than 10,000 Tamil speaking Muslim families from the North to the refugee camps in the Puttalam district. These families were uprooted from their traditional homeland in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar. Me and my family is one of them.’

Asian Tribune asked: Does the government have no responsibility for the plight of IDPs?

The Minister replied: ‘because we have responsibility towards these people, who are our people, our government fought with Prabhakaran and saved them from distress and death’

What about the relief effort?

Minister Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen said: ‘My Ministry has already compiled details of 15,000 families in the IDP camps who are from the Jaffna Peninsula; their details are now sent to Superintendent of Police in Jaffna and to Government Agent for verification.

Once we hear from Jaffna, these 15000 families will be resettled in their homes in the Peninsula. In terms of numbers, these families are more than 50,000 IDPs.

- Asian Tribune -

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