Gunaratnam claims he was tortured

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The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) strongman Premkumar Gunaratnam who was abducted and released on Tuesday charged that a group connected to the defence sector seemingly well experienced in abductions took him away from his residence at Kiribathgoa on Saturday.

Mr. Gunaratnam who held a media conference via Skype from his residence in Australia yesterday alleged that he was subjected to sexual harassment from the time he came under the power of his abductors.

“My clothes were removed and I was blindfolded using own clothes,’ he said adding that his hands and legs were chained and was taken into a house where he was subjected heavy questioning.

Mr. Gunaratnam said he was asked various questions by his abductors and was held at gun point and several government officials also interrogated him.

He said he heard the voice of his colleague Dimuthu Attigala who was also abducted but did not see her.

Mr. Gunaratnam said things began to improve on the second day and he was treated better.

“I was even allowed to have a bath on the second day,” he said and felt that his situation had improved because his abductors may have been planning to release him.

Mr. Gunaratnam said he was able to experience the white van culture through this harrowing experience. “Let me tell you that the ‘white van culture really exists and everyone must get together to build a democratic society,” he told journalists.
 
Mr. Gunaratnam vehemently denied reports which said he had surrendered to police and said he was clearly abducted and said he was released because of the pressure mounted by the Australian Government and local political parties.

He confirmed that his real name is “Premkumar Gunaratnam” though he was referred to by many names and said he was compelled to use many names as it was necessary when one is engaged in a brand of politics which embraces a great ideology such as socialism.
Mr. Gunaratnam said he could not extend his visa and was finally deported because of that. But he said the authorities did not follow the regulations that should be followed when dealing with a person who is found overstaying his visa or violating immigration laws.

He said he would be fully engaged in the struggle to change society and reestablish democracy in Sri Lanka. (Yohan Perera)




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  • jacoobc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:13 AM

    Nothing wrong in having more than one passport .. it is quite leagal as long as you decalre it . However, with one passport , do you think you can survive in sri lanka if you want to engage in opposition politics ..

    jacoobc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:14 AM

    Is 'DEEN" your own name !! sucks!!!

    Ranil Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:23 AM

    If you are a Ausy, why don't you do politics in Australia. Thank SL govt.for not killing this terorrist.

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:18 AM

    welll well, may be he was a spy who worked for the OZ govt to gather info on Sl govt.... Who talks aboutthe wrong he did by using alias's and also working while on atourist visa.... double standards...

    VIDANE Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:12 AM

    govenment intelligence unit may have consider security of country

    kawda boy Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:31 AM

    List of Lucky persons abducted by white van

    1.sagara senarathna (kin of jeewan kumarathunga)

    2.kumar gunarathnam

    3.dimuthu artygala

    Shiran Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:26 AM

    Apinam piliwelakata adagenama nanawa neda.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:32 AM

    It is not a question of how many names he has, the moot point is why was he abducted by the now notorious abductors. If he had committed a crime, there are normal laws and regulations in the country to arrest and punish wrong doers. We have added just another black mark to our already tarnished name due to human rights violations.

    Wara Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:30 AM

    Once passport is expired, can we get the renewal to another name ??

    Helaya Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:32 AM

    i dont think Lasantha W had 3 passports and he was killed on similar fashion.

    Wara Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:52 AM

    Now they have forgotten that. They just dancing to the tune of Tamil Diaspora (Who never come to Sri Lanka and they are the most worried people about Sri Lanka !!)

    Don Wednesday, 11 April 2012 04:57 PM

    The only sensible comment in here.

    Wara Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:52 AM

    Is "jacoobc" is your name ?

    V. Thomson Thursday, 12 April 2012 12:09 PM

    Thank God, the blues are not taken in white vans.

    Sen Friday, 13 April 2012 04:54 PM

    Gunaratnam was deported to Australia by the govt. because he was an Australian citizen. Using the same logic: Gotabhaya Rajapakshe who is a US citizen,should also be deported to the USA because he has overstayed his visa in Sri Lanka.

    lankan Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:54 AM

    well said DEEN..!

    Kamal Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:35 AM

    Why not if an American Citizen can be the Defense Secretary in SL.

    Wara Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:54 AM

    Exactly ! Why you worry about Sri Lanka having Aussis PR ??

    jacoobc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:55 AM

    You might very soon get your turn !!

    jacoobc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:56 AM

    The way things are taking place in sl, the days are numbered!!

    jacoobc Wednesday, 11 April 2012 09:00 AM

    How come USA citizens doing politcs in sri lnaka ...

    Achari Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:52 AM

    well said Ameen.

    Dinithi Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:39 AM

    Whom to believe? A guy with multiple identities and passports who ganged up with JVP killers in late 80s or the government? I will give the benefit of the doubt to the government. This guy does not look like a genuine person.

    Dinithi Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:44 AM

    SL has intelligence wings. Like CIA, RAW, MOZART. They do not follow normal rules. But nevertheless they are needed for national security. Preach your advice to US, INDIA, ISRAEL governments. Why do you always advice the SL government? When there are elements operating outside the rules you cannot operate 100% within the rules to circumvent.

    azath Thursday, 12 April 2012 02:59 AM

    and also the minister of economy

    buwa Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:08 AM

    if you are here for good reason why did you hide at first instance and why did you use different names, why did your family denied your existance. if you have not done any thing wrong you should have come to bublic at the begining and then this could avoided.

    Dalu banda Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:30 AM

    "sexually tortured during his three day detention" ; This is a shame. Good that he survived to tell the horror.

    Asoka Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:46 AM

    Still Sri Lanka Police and Intelligent Authorities still blind? This man heavyly funded by LTTE and he still under LTTE pay list. This man now LTTE using to tarnish the image of the Sri Lanka. Our intelligent Authorities and Police can't understand. Sri Lankan Tamils are very secret type of people in this world. What they are doing they want tell to others and they have this tactics. Credit cards frauders, fake passports holders, bank robbers (R. Rajarathnam, used computer technology illegally to rob USA banks) fake education certificates holders, human smugglers and cocaine smugglers.

    dutugemunu Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:37 AM

    not white vans but real ranaweruwo

    Prof Wickramatillake Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:01 AM

    Come on guys...people can have two PPs if they are Dual Citizens. I have two passports, allowed legally. For fear of death, and to be involved in politics, this guy also has an a.k.a - a Sinhala named PP and its our Immigration Department who has issued this extra passport. So blame them for their weaknesses in doing that.

    goodnight Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:33 AM

    WHY DID NOT THE GOSL DO IT LEGALLY, AS THE LAW WAS BROKEN IN SRI LANKA ?

    goodnight Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:35 AM

    SRI LANKA WILL NEBER GET OUT OF THE CURRENT HELL, TILL THIS TYPE OF FOOLS EXIST.

    Raymond Punchisingho Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:41 AM

    More importantly, was he having small romantic fling, and this is is his way of explaining things to his real wife.

    Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:37 AM

    This is an organised act to discredit the Sri Lankan government.

    Nimal Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:23 AM

    Mate why do you three passpaorts. Please explain.

    Ami Wednesday, 11 April 2012 01:46 PM

    Even that is at its lowest level , I assume !

    NE Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:44 AM

    Instead of press conferences he should have been arrested by Ausiie authorities for using alias to get a passport.

    lal Wednesday, 11 April 2012 02:03 PM

    The racist, murderous, genocidal thugs were eliminated in 2009. We are free now. Thanks to our gallant forces.

    Achari Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:45 AM

    Very very lucky man. But what about the others who were abducted???????????

    DEEN Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:47 AM

    HOW MANY NAMES DO YOU HAVE?

    mohan Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:05 AM

    2 could be expired passports, don't buy this 3 passport story , if it true do you think they would let him go ?

    Amila. G Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:49 AM

    No smoke without fire.Why three Names. Give the devil it`s due. Hats off to Defense attachments ,National Security is prime Sri Lankan style . That`s why we Sri Lankans Now walk freely . No bombs no white flags on the streets, Only white vans.

    lal Wednesday, 11 April 2012 02:12 PM

    More Tamils in Colombo than Sinhalese. Tamils in Kandy, Negombo, Galle, Nuwara Eliya .... Tamils love Sinhalese.

    Achari Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:10 AM

    are you in sri lanka or in hell

    Real peaceR Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:57 AM

    Who kidnapped him? Have you GOT Any idea??!!

    Fayad Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:52 AM

    You have to do your politics in Australia not in Sri lanka
    Please do not disturb the peace what people are enjoying today. to what was three years back.

    mishra Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:53 AM

    By looking at the people comment, i got the feeling that, if you have 2/3 passports, you should be abducted and killed. As far as I know, in a democratic country, there is a legal system to handle these type of cases. Sri Lanka has passed that level and given the authority to Thugs.

    Shifan Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:13 AM

    Why our government let this man go? As we already knew he has used a fake passport to enter the country why wasn't he been produced to courts? IF someone holds a foreign residence permit means he can do wt ever they wish like our rulers? Wake up true patriotic sri lankans

    Ananda Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:44 AM

    Mohan don't make silly comments.

    Amen Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:13 AM

    In Aussie, a person has the right to use a "Preferred Name", and I don't see anything wrong with Premakumar Gunaratnam going as Noel. When he got his citizenship in Aussie, he would have become a Citizen using his preferred name.

    The issue here is not Premakumar Gunaratnam going as Noel.. the issue is him being abducted in Sri Lanka. He was abducted by an Armed group in Colombo, and if GOSL hasn't done it.. then we'll need to get all the Army in the North and East to set up camps in Colombo. There are bunch of terrorists running around with weapons in a white van abducting people. Serious issue..

    ravi Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:14 AM

    You can tell the truth because your in a safe country but we cannot do anything our mouth can be open to eat only.

    raja Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:17 AM

    Another coup to tarnish the Government.

    honest Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:22 AM

    This is how srilankans answer to claims of abuse.

    jana Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:09 AM

    If he was tortured and released why did he surrender himself to the CCD rather than go to the Aussi High Commission in Colombo? Why was his passport not with him but with the Australian High Commission? Why did he overstay his visa? Another drama by another fool.

    hello Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:53 AM

    How diiiiiid you find out?

    Kural Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:12 AM

    How do you know they were innocent and didnt deserve it. I dont think an average citizen lyk u and me will have to encounter white van. These white vans once helped us defeat LTTE. Rember that.

    malaysian Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:57 AM

    iits a fact Raja paksa gioverment killed thous of tamil eople during the war and keep killing of innocent civilian after war including singalish. No way tamil live together with singalish.

    Kolomba Kaka Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:08 AM

    Q: What happened to all others who were abducted earlier and no trace up to now?

    Modapala Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:58 AM

    only GOSL says he is having 3 passports .....hehehhe

    Lankeshwara Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:16 AM

    True face of FSP'a anti imperialism and socialism is unveiled! Now its Australia, not Geneva.!!!!

    Selva Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:12 AM

    Hi Nimal, three passports claim is made by Gota and that has not been verified. If that is true, why the Australian authority has not taken any leagal action against Gunaratnam? Be sensible


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