Ex-LTTE members cannot be investigated: Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 22:37 GMT]
The Sri Lankan State and the members of the international community, who were complicit in the genocide of Eezham Tamils in the name of waging a war against ‘terrorism’ cannot demand any further investigation on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after subjecting the members of the movement to cold-blooded summary executions at the hands of the Sri Lankan State and its military, Mr Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam has said. After the end of war, the SL State punished even those who had left the movement several years ago by subjecting them for the so-called rehabilitation in imprisonment. Even those who had left the LTTE several years ago were subjected to military interrogations and punishment by the State, which claims itself as the victor of the war, he said.

One of the parties to the war, the GoSL, has already meted out the ‘punishment’ to the LTTE.

Except the former LTTE members who are with the government, all other surviving former members of the LTTE have been punished by the Sri Lankan State, the president of the TNPF said.

Therefore, the argument of investigating the LTTE members once again, under the pretext of one of the two parties to the war no long valid, Mr Gajendrakumar said at a press conference held in Jaffna on Saturday.

The official position of the TNPF is that the LTTE cannot be investigated by anyone anymore citing impartiality or neutrality, he said.

As far as the Eezham Tamils are concerned, they would strongly object any truth and reconciliation commission being set-up before the Sri Lankan State has been subjected to judicial investigations by an international court, he further stated.

Those who promote the non-judicial approach of setting up truth commissions as part of a domestic exercise before judicial investigations are held at international level are in fact seeking to protect the Sri Lankan State from the crime of genocide, Gajendrakumar said.

The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) has already denounced the domestic investigations being promoted by the new Sri Lankan regime and its external masters, he further said.

In the meantime, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is being systematically misled by a group of deviators in Colombo, a prominent leader in the TNA told TamilNet on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

“The deviating group is being backed and funded by former Co-Chair countries and India,” he said adding that such moves will be exposed to the public if the TNA fails to contain the deviators.

“We don't want to break up this alliance by exposing everything that we know. At this juncture I can only tell that it is the external powers that are controlling the TNA,” he said.

 

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