SL asks: Can a banned terror group move judiciary in US? MR meets Indian PM, UN Chief and US Congress
The Sri Lankan government yesterday said that in spite of accusing its military of massacring as many as 40,000 civilians, the LTTE had had to depend on an LTTE cadre, Vatsala Devi to move the US judiciary against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ambassador Shavendra Silva, former General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the celebrated 58 Division, over war crimes relating to the death of a hardcore terrorist, Thambirajah Ramesh. The LTTE couldn’t still find an ordinary family to pursue its destabilisation project, the Defence Ministry said.
The LTTE is a proscribed organisation in 32 countries, including the US.
Ramesh’s wife, Devi, now based in South Africa, figured in both civil cases. In the first case, Devi filed a case through one-time LTTE negotiator US citizen Visvanathan Rudrakumaran, a New York based attorney-at-law against President Rajapaksa, while she teamed up with Seetharam Sivam, described as the legal representative of his father believed to have been killed in an SLA artillery strike on Puthukudirippu in 2009, to move court against Maj. Gen. Silva.
Army headquarters said that Devi had been an active LTTE cadre when she married Thambirajah Ramesh, who later rose to the rank of ‘Colonel’ in the LTTE. Ramesh was the brother-in-law of Sea Tiger commander Thillayampalan Sivaneshan alias ‘Colonel’ Soosai. Government sources said they would reveal atrocities committed by Ramesh and the involvement of his wife, Devi in terrorism.
Following the LTTE split engineered by Karuna Amman in early 2004, Ramesh sided with the Vanni faction and returned to the East as the senior man in charge of the outfit.
Sri Lanka’s No 2 at the UN Ambassador Silva told The Island yesterday that two civil cases had been filed in New York on Friday (Sept. 23) targeting President Rajapaksa and him. The soldier turned diplomat said that summons had been served on him at his residence in the afternoon shortly after he left along with President Rajapaksa and his entourage. Silva declined to comment further. He said the government was having legal consultations.
The External Affairs Ministry said that President Rajapaksa had kept to his schedule in the US, though the LTTE and those backing the eelam project believed the Sri Lankan leader would cut short his visit following the filing of the cases.
President Rajapaksa met UNSG Ban Ki-moon at the UN on Saturday. It was preceded by another meet with US Congresswoman, Caroline B. Maloney and US Congressman, Robert Aderholf at breakfast in New York on Saturday. External Affairs Minister, Prof. G. L. Peiris, President’s Secretary, Lalith Weeratunga and US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Jaliya Wickramasooriya, were also present.
President Rajapaksa met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for bilateral talks in the wake of the LTTE moving court in New York.
In a 19-page plaint against Ambassador Silva, Devi acknowledged that she hadn’t been even in Sri Lanka at the time Ramesh was killed on the Vanni east front. Devi said that she had left Batticaloa in late April 2009 and reached South Africa and last spoke to Ramesh on May 15, 2009. She said that there hadn’t been any subsequent contacts with Ramesh and there was no way of knowing about his whereabouts.
Devi also claimed that her husband had planned for a conditional surrender to the 58 Division.
Responding to a query by The Island, the Defence Ministry said that the former US Defence Attache, who had been based in Colombo during eelam war IV was on record as having said that the LTTE fighting cadre made no attempt to work out an organised surrender on the Vanni east front. This statement was made in Colombo a few months ago responding to a query by a retired Indian Army officer at a defence forum.
Authoritative sources said that both President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had vowed to meet the legal challenge. President Rajapaksa was quoted as having emphasised that he wouldn’t run away in the face of unsubstantiated allegations made by the LTTE and its sympathizers.
The LTTE has based both cases on the controversial Darusman report.
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Vathsala Devi, a daughter of Tamil Ealam, is more powerful than “all the kings horses and all the kings men” in the south.
Can’t you see how she has made a whole democratically elected Government of eminent Sihala leaders and stray LTTE’rs, jump up and down?
Who cares vathsala devi or your bullshit pro LTTE , US and west mafia all of them making allegation against GOSL using your illegal activities income euro and US$, when the LTTE butchering Singhalese and Muslims in north all NGO ,US and west leaders sleep now talking bullshit if terrorist can file a case against any government who Will file case against killing Binladen after capturing him in Pakistan, there was no civilians die during the finale war who ever die all of them are LTTE not a civilians There was in casual dress with weapon of cause after death they will say there civilian once a remove weapon the person will be ordinary civilian, u a team will go to hell.
u tamils will get nothing from sri lanka in any means,so its better to move all of u to south africa,TNA should organize this rather than conducting meetings with gov over power devolution coz TNA will get nothing at the end,idiots,,,
Didn’t you notice that the daughter of a stinky tamil bitch Vathsala Devi had to jump up and down to run for cover first and to hide in South Africa before she could do anything else? And, yet you think she is powerful ha!, how funny!
I challenge you to get her come back to Sri Lanka to show her power if she has any.
Watsala muu devi may jumps up & down to find a big bit for her.
But the earth won’t move a bit….!
Ranjith and Amden,
Vathsala Devi is stronger than all the rajapaksas put together and 20m Sinhalese population of Sri Lanka.
I do not understand why you guys get excited about Vathsala.
When she filed her case, the Blue Brothers jumped up and down and the Retd general in the UN also jumped up and down and refused immunity and wanted to challenge the case.
Now Uncle GL has apparently decided against it and is claiming diplomatic immunity for the Retired Chicken General who has been given summons.
When your guys don’t have a gun in their hands, you guys are chicken. You are easily bullied by Vathsala and you guys already began running away.
Demala Chelvan certainly has a good point. Sure we are scared of Vathsala; also we are scared of Big Mama. Bring the emergency back; we need more guns and jet fighters to protect ourselves from Vathsala. And also earn a bit of commission from the Russian arms dealers.