Gota slams Australia

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Defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaking on the alleged abduction of Kumar Gunarathnam said that the Australian High Commission did not furnish him with any information regarding Gunarathnam when he requested for them a few months ago.

“When the JVP split there were a lot of stories being circulated about the group, there were stories to the effect that they were joining hands with the rehabilitated LTTE cadres, that they were ready for an armed struggle and various other stories. So obviously as the defense establishment of the country we were on alert. At that time I requested the Australian High Commission to give me all the details of this man in writing, because he is a citizen of that country. I wanted to know the date of arrival, his passport number, what name he uses among other details but the never got back to me with the details until two days ago” he said.

Participating in ‘Doramadalawa’ programme of the state owned ITN, Mr. Rajapaksa also said that the Australian High Commission upon request after the alleged abduction gave him details of a man named Noel Mudalige. “They wanted to know of a man by the name of Noel Mudalige who has disappeared, they gave me his passport number. In that letter they sent me the High commission had said that this man had arrived on the 3rd of September. Now all these details were given only after this incident” he said.

Rajapskha went on to state that the most shocking side of this story is the fact that there were two different people who were missing. “The general public in Sri Lanka was told that it was a man named Kumaran Gunarathnam who was abducted whereas the Australian High Commission said that it was a man named Noel Mudalige. The fact that they figured out that this was one and the same person is a problem to us. So if in fact this was Noel Gunarathnam we could never ever find Kumar Gunarathnam he will always be missing. I have informed a lot of embassies about a situation of this kind including the Canadian and Australian embassies that LTTE’rs would use a different name and get citizenship of another country. At the same time the previous name that he used in Sri Lanka would fall into the missing category obviously. Now a lot of people talk about accountability how can we be accountable in a situation like this?” he asked.

He also said that organizations talking about Human Rights should look into matters of this nature. “Without criticizing the government always, matters such as this that should be looked into by these organizations. How could we be accountable when there are people like this? How many people who claim to be missing must be in Canada and Australia under different names?. This incident is the best example to prove this point. Is this what good governance is that we are being preached about? The Australian government knew very well that this man is using a different identity and has taken citizenship in Australia; they knew very well that he came to this country under this false name and was to be a leader of a political party of this country. Is this what they call good governance?”
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  • Dayan Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:24 AM

    This is the most hyppocratic comment here.

    nayana Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:56 PM

    This is a Sri Lanken he love to his mother land Thanks

    Reader Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:12 PM

    The fact is that there was someone who was white van abducted. This statement perhaps confirms the links to the abduction.

    TMA Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:21 AM

    Dream on mate. Unlike SL, Australia is concerned ab't its citizens

    samosa Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:15 PM

    Well said. But it would take years for our people to realize.

    Jarapakshe Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:19 PM

    Gotgha,, Just because of a person has two names does it give you permission to abduct him???? Shame on you!!!.. You are making the whole country shameful in front of the whole world..

    Nodrog Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:02 AM

    Well said Gota...time somebody gave it back to the hypocritical Int'l community and Human rights groups.

    deva Wednesday, 11 April 2012 03:12 AM

    jawfer do not dream about fair solutions here.

    Jawfer Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:40 AM

    Gota well said. Gone is gone . We forgive everything and we all get together and find a lasting solution for ethnic issues . Then no one bark.

    junta Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:52 PM

    Human Rights...

    Where is Human responsibilities?

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:14 AM

    You are using a single incident of a person with duel names and passports to show a non existent picture of LTTE connection, diaspora and human rights. Can you answer the main question in this issue i.e. who abducted him? who are his abductors? what is his revelation in this abduction? How long are you going to trick the public and the IC?

    The Old Man Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:46 AM

    "How many people who claim to be missing must be in Canada and Australia under different names?"
    WoW.. Mr. Rajapaksha also thinking like a wise man now.

    Ravana Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:03 AM

    well said sir !!! may triple gems bless you !!

    Sampath Perera Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:11 AM

    Well Said Sir....this could be the new face of terrorism

    Anul ronni Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:06 AM

    you absolutely correct..

    We appreciate your effort to on this matter. despite the presure put to you by socalled media and NGO's.

    Please keep it up..

    raj Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:08 AM

    How would you know if they with the living and not with the dead?

    raj Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:08 AM

    This like the pot calling the kettle black!

    Katmai Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:15 PM

    Please realize that you can't forgive on someone else's behalf. The forgiveness must come from the people who have been wronged.

    Arachchi Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:25 PM

    you can find realy hypocritism if you gone to Welikada prison,where SF is jailed

    DeSilva Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:20 PM

    Don't you feel shame for kidnapping people? Now every one knows who is behind the illegal kidnapping, randsome collection and killing taking place in Sri Lanka.

    Thakshila Hettiaratc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:58 AM

    Well said Sir.

    Suranjith Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:54 AM

    why are you so excited ? he saved his life because deplomats timely action. answer the questions buffaloa citizen asked whole country and IC is watching this

    Sinhala Baudda Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:38 AM

    All what you said is correct. He has had 4 names already . Having known that he had overstayed for several months we could have arrested him legally. Otherwise these kind of acts are always welcome by LTTE sympathizers here and overseas for their propaganda work.

    Supun S Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:09 AM

    Excellent. Very well said sir!

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:04 PM

    A rose in any name is just as sweet. What has a name got to do with an abduction? He may be called A, B or C, the point here is a man went missing.

    VD Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:53 AM

    Sir, didn't u also know the link between the 2 names when he was abducted? Otherwise why on earth was he abducted?

    Ben Hurling Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:02 PM

    For once, I agree with Gota.

    Australia is in no position to preach to us after eagerly taking part in Bush/Blair organized, illeagal Gulf War 2. Where 500 000 million Iraqi civilians perished accordign Iraqi Body Count.

    But, Gota the point is this. Forget Aussies or the West. We Sri Lankans must set an example to these countries.

    Arrest people in a transparent, leagal manner. Ensure ruel of law.

    It is not about sucking up to the West. It is about what kind Sri Lanka we want to build. Good luck.

    kappa Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:04 PM

    don't ask questions for which the answers are very obvious!!! :D

    Rata Godda Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:53 AM

    You and your statement...no use now

    Paul Cunt Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:02 AM

    Boru show !!!!!

    Nandana Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:24 PM

    What about Dimuthu Atigala Sir ?

    Russell Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:29 PM

    We are proud of u...Without u and other persons who are loving their Motherland we would not have a peaceful now.Most of them need to make a big mess in Sri Lanka.Be vigilant who loves their Motherland.The 3 Armed forces did excellent job to eradicate the rerrorisam from Sri lanka.They are many traitors in the country who wish to live under the shoes of whites.they can learn if they have a brain to know that what is going on Countries Like Libya,Iraq,Afghanistan,Yemen and many more countries.

    leaon Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:20 AM

    world is coming to an end...hypocrites from the west will try to spread there virus....to us very soon ..this is the time to unite...and set free the jaild rasis nigger.sarath at least to satisfy the country men and lets unite..

    Shai Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:37 AM

    What the hell is trible jem. I want to buy it.

    dude Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:26 PM

    so, for secutiry reason they hav abducted him. now we know who did it

    kumar Tuesday, 10 April 2012 06:35 PM

    even wimal weerawansa has two names. his actual name is not weerawansa....what are you going to do with him?

    hello Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:15 PM

    I just wonder if USA will raise the matter if Gota was abducted? Just wonder!

    Upul Gunawardena Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:04 PM

    Mr. Defense secretary, you know the exact truth behind these abductions in Sri Lanka. Why do you try to hide that with some petty excuses? If a person does something wrong there is Police and judiciary system to take care of it. What SL need is to eradicate the political influence in those Law maintaining institutions.

    kukdepra paris Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:09 PM

    this is silly,when you are in another country and when you apply for the citizenship , you can always have your new name,its not a false name.and now we have shown the whole world,we have white van problem and it is under our government control.this is what the world is worry about ! abduction of civilians,no rule of law!!!! jayawewa!!

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:34 PM

    So in simple terms, the politicians are the perpetrators.


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