MP Sritharan glorifies Prabhakaran

2013-11-26 11:50:39

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian S. Sritharan today read out a prepared statement in Parliament glorifying and romanticizing the acts of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary also fell today. Mr. Sritharan, who justified the cause fostered by the LTTE called it a freedom struggle and stressed the need to commemorate the slain LTTE leaders and cadres on Mahaveer day.

However, hisspeech drew widespread condemnation from government benchers. Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake hit back at Mr. Sritharan saying Prabhakaran was responsible for the killing of so many leaders of both communities.

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara was also opposed the statement made by the TNA MP.

Meanwhile, Government MP Hunais Farook asked that the controversial sections in Mr. Sritharan speech be expunged from the Hansard. Murugesu Chandrakumar, the Deputy Chairman of Committees, gave an order to that effect. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 79

  • Ind Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:03

    Must sack from the parliament.

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    kumar Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:31

    there is no freedom of speech in sri lanka
    you say democratic country do you know meaning of that.

    Your governments couldn't fight with the small Tamil army for a long time at last you got help from 20 countries won the war

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    JTown Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:02

    He was elected by north east Tamils and he have the right to speak

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    nalaka Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:10

    please suspend him from parliment

    Reply : 3       12

    Cobra Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:31

    So go ahead and arrest him, he's broken the law, hasn't he?

    Reply : 1       12

    Silva de Mervin Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:20

    he knows that he can't be arrested for what he says in praliment

    Reply : 1       0

    Rubert Vanderkoon Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:05

    Man, it is the legislative council, what happens inside the parliament will not breach any law.

    Reply : 1       1

    RanjithT Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:04

    Is this the way tamil community see as reconciliation? What will happen if Hitler is glorified in Germany/UK/USA??????SHAME!!!!!!

    Reply : 1       13

    Raj Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:39

    Is there really a reconciliation from both sides?

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    truth Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:40

    i dont agree with what this man has done.. But going back to your statement, Of course Hitler is glorified in Sri Lanka, Sadam Hussain is Glorified in Sri Lanka, Gadaffi is Glorified in Sri Lanka, Idi Amin is Glorified in Sri Lanka. Watch ITN and Rupavahini then you will see how all of these notorious guys have characterized into one person on our land.

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    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:09

    Hi Mr. Sritharan, it is important that we express our opinion freely and we have the much talked about freedom of expression and right to affiliate with anyone/belief/values etc. But it is also important to note that the very person you are trying to glorify today deprived you and your community and all others in Sri Lanka democratic right for over 30 years. Hence, please, think of your own people, whom are also Sri Lankans who were killed by this glorified person to fulfil his own selfish the name of freedom

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    satha Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:40


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    an s !!!kith udugama Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:33

    You are pushing your luck too much .Repercussions will be far too harsh than you think.

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    an s !!!kith udugama Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:34

    If you come this way we will get you arrested,very soon.

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    an s !!!kith udugama Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:36

    He must have given a BJ to Praba several times Yuk

    Reply : 1       1

    Piyumi Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:20

    Surely he must have made this statement after few shots of "Pelmyrah Special"!!!!!!

    Reply : 3       2

    Ajith-k Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:22

    What Can they do other than this..... Now he is dead.

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    zorro Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:28

    If the TNA and others try to remember Prabaharan they can do it freely, then please not hiding his blood and power thursty killing spree without any sense other than keeping his myth alive. Prabaharan has hijacked abolished every hope of a political future for the Tamil race just for his own megalomania. On the otherhand the GOSL and other Singhala and Tamil politikers could not say that they were helpless before this terrorism, they used this mad act to make the maxim profit out of it for themselves.

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    Sanaboy Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:32

    TNA is trying their level best to re-start LTTE activities in Sri lanka again.Sinhalese,Tamils, Muslims and other peace loving communities should clearly understand this and need to reject these politician from our motherland

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    Prometheus Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:36

    Out of curiosity, do you get Indian MPs glorifying "Lashkar-e-Taiba", "Jaish-e-Mohammed" or US congressmen glorifying "Al-Qaeda", "Al-Shabaab" and their leadership? Even George Galloway condemned Al-Qaeda for 7/7 suicide bombings.

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    kumar Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:40

    As a middle class Jaffna Hindu Tamil who supports the TNA as the only true representives of Sri Lankan Tamils I am very disappointed to hear Prabaharan is being praised by one of its MPs. Prabakaran hated the Vellala Hindu Tamils morethan anything and that hatered is shared by all the LTTE supporters.

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    Raj Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:46

    Didn't Vellala Hindus hate the other caste? haven't you forgotten how you discriminate the other caste? You are no worse than your haters.

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    sinhala modaya Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:50

    Now they have guts in sinhala land to talk of their murderer savior thanks to balu cameran gon talk using parliamentary privilege. Challenge him to have a public meeting in colombo & repeat the same message, he can go with his vetti on his head

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    Ajithkumar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:11

    Sinhala Land....? You are not different from Sritharan..

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    Nodrog Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:58

    Shame on him. Has he forgotten the LTTE also killed Tamils, conscripted tamil children and forced other young adults to give up their lives unnecessarily?

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    an s !!!kith udugama Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:57

    He is a fruit cake a cute poofster

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    Fayad Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:59

    No one should get carried-away by this kind of speech,these are political motivated speeches are to consolidated his position as a leader among tamils.

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    Chugum Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:02

    One man's food is another's poison. That is it. We are a country that enjoys parsing war criminals.

    Reply : 0       1

    Chugum Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:04

    Where is the white van? Oh no now it may be Benz or Lamborghini.

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    lal Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:12

    Let's not forget VP did Lanka favour by eliminating Raja Gandhi, the man who backstabbed Sri Lanka. Let's thank the brave soldier who blow a hole in VP's fore head.

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    Sumathy M Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:35

    Sritharan is the one who recruited the students to the Tigers when he was principal in Kilinochchi.He must take responsibility for the loss of lives of the students and be tried in international criminal court.Glorifying Prapakaran is a business to the tamil leaders .

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    Mari Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:48

    People, we need to understand that MAJORITY of the Tamil people supported LTTE and respected may be. So, can't just force, It will take time, better do some quality reconciliation.

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    Nalla Thambi Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:54

    He want to be a hero. he should learn a lesson.

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    carlion Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:58

    So who are the real racists and extremists in Sri Lanka? This fellow and others of his clan always denounce the Sinhalese with these same accusations just to hide theirs. What an affront for him to deliver that message in parliament. He should have been expelled from the House.
    How could we hope for reconciliation with this type of characters. Reconciliation will truly start on the day the Tamil leaders stop asking for separation from Sri Lanka.

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    N. Bandara Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:59

    Remove him from Parliament. Try him for sedition.

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    Brian Fernando Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:04

    He is making this statement almost 5 years after Praphaharan's death. This means Tamil people are tired of promises from GOSL. Their rights has not been restored as promised. They consider the situation now is worst than LTTE atrocities.

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    Don Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:07

    What can you expect from a low bred Terrorist who pretends to be a gentleman by wearing a Tie. He cannot give a speach without looking at a paper. A terrorist is always a terrorist and they will only understand their own language called terrorism with which the Giovernment must address them.

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    Nathan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:22

    Please refer back to one of the interview given by our Hon Rajabuka in broken English to BBC. This is a democratic country and anyone could speak anything.

    Reply : 0       0

    kumar Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:37

    all sri lankan papers scared to the government
    no freedom for the press
    what a shame

    Reply : 0       0

    hari Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:38

    He should have been expelled from TNA by it's leadership if the TNA is serious about reconciliation.

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    Prasanna Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:40

    Not really due to "Dutch courage", but pretend to be drunk on the glory of "Navi Pillai courage" blended with "David Cameron courage"!!!!!

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    Anjosh Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:54

    Mr Sritharan is using his parliamentary privilege to express the sentiments of the people elected him. As a democratic country we have to tolerate this act. If he did not reflect his electorate, he will not be elected in the next election. This is democracy.

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    Be Fair Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:59

    aha..........The glorious camareman has given some kinda motivation for the tigers....
    However, I feel they will rest in peace for the rest of our lives as enough is enough on this joke.......

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    citizenJ Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:23

    Kotiya Kotiyamai; Now it is proven TNA is nothing but a group of LTTE terrorists and their followers living in Colombo with all luxury and privileges accorded to decent peace loving Sri Lankans. We need to mindful about these rogues.

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    daniel roth Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:29

    It's unfortunate that their is still such hate !! These are the the die hards who had been brain washed by P , The Govt should rehabilitate these people for in any other country a person making such an announcement will end up in jail! This is a clear violation of ethics ! A cure in a psychiatric clinic is the best remedy for him !. But let's judge him for what he is and not our fellow Tamil brothers and sisters who I am certain knows what united future can bring them !

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    Raj Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:29

    No one objects when Rohana wijeyaweera is glorified and his birthday etc are celebrated. He is also a terrorist. Why there are different rules for different terrorists.?
    I hope that DM will publish this comment

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    Fawzan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:30

    No one ever should be allowed to glorify any criminals including LTTE or war criminals.

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    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:31

    The guy gets a salary from Sri Lanka tax payers, Swearing to the SL constitution and hiding behind parliamentary privileges. He should be sacked.
    These bad elements must be nipped in their bud, Take their MP posts and ask them to do these in their free time.

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    ashok Thangavelu Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:54

    Peace loving Jaffna people.please be aware of this selfish man.He is only thinking about him self wanting to please the Diaspora agenda .If there is disharmony again then he will run to the south leaving the innocent people in the North to fight their own battles while blaming the security forces..The sooner he starts talking about ONE SRI LANKA and concentrate about reconciliation we all can do so much to enhance the lives of Tamil people who has gone through so much.Please don,t Poison young minds.

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    EJP Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:23

    Had the majority community had been very accommodative of
    the minorities, the later would have never gone into an arms
    fight with the majority government. Had the then govt of SL offered equal rights and self determination to the minorities, the birth of LTTE would never have occured. SL in a way is responsible for the creation of the LTTE. No one likes to endorse what the LTTE did was right, it will be completely inhuman. But the formers actions were also not credible in having complete harmony of all religions,sects, linguistics people getting bonded together. No one admires their children or fight against a well equipped whole army, unless their heart and minds have been wounded deeply by the past. What is important here is to see how the SL Govt progresses in devolving federal powers to the north and the east Tamil dominated areas

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    Kato Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:30

    This is a deliberate attempt to antagonise the Sinhalese majority and carry on the campaign for a separate state. This is no different to the strategy that has been adapted by various Tamil terror outfits and mastered by the LTTE. IF TNA want genuine reconciliation, they would not resort to abuse of parliamentary privileges in this fashion.

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    Shehan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:53

    Vermin such as Sritharan wouldn't dare pull off a stunt like this in countries where their are similar proportional Tamil populations such as Malaysia or Singapore. Only in SL is he pushing the envelope.

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    tomsamusa Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:34

    Every Tamil house hold remembers and offer Thanks giving for this martyr.
    All the shouting and promulgation of laws are nothing but exercise in futility.

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    gayaramya Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:09

    Mr MP - You have done a sin by glorifying this massive murderer Prabakaran who has killed thousands of innocents.

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    Mother Lanka Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:14

    TNA, shame on you that you are glorifying a terrorist one who brutally killed tens and thousands of innocent people!!! You interpret it as freedom of expression...????

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    Gamarala Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:52

    He could talk like this in Parliament because his hero Prabakaran is dead If the LTTE leader had his way there would never have been any democratic institutions. The TNA is in fact a hidden supporter of the defunct LTTE. These guys are divisive , & ethnocentric, they do not want a cohesive single country at all.

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    ram Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:10

    Real Thamilanda.

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    k.J.Mohan Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:03

    Good comment, Sritharan is a real Thamilan, D.Devananda is a Rosam Illatha Thamilan

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    Victim Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:13

    Whats happening to conditions politicians did agree before entering in to the parliament? If they violate the basic agreements suspend them. They dangerous to our country.

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    Nims Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:38

    this bastard doesn't deserve to live at Sri Lanka taxpayers cost. Put him in jail send the bastard to TN

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    Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:45

    What is wrong with that? He is being glorified all over the world, so why not SL?

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    Kumar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:57

    Velu is a hero for all tamils living all over the world!

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    jiji Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:00

    Its going to be extremely difficult for reconciliation to happen with such characters. They will continue to stir hatred among the communities. We all should think as Sri Lankans first and not sinhalese, tamils & muslims. For those who supports this fools speech, you are terrorist to me. Prabhakaran = Terrorism (Even Channel 4 agrees :P)

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    Ajithkumar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:25

    Ha..ha...He has done it under Parliament Privilege I guess , which all of our other MP's use....I don't like glorifying LTTE, but this guy is smart...

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    Rohana Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:51

    Is this is the way that they are going to make peace with other communities and promised to respect the independence of our country. Is Indian Government respect the versions of his speech and also countries who band this brutal terrorist organization. United Nations and so called Cameron who described as impartial ruler accepts the version told by this parliamentarian in a parliament. If anybody speaks that Al Qaieda is a organization relating freedom fighters and praise their leader and activities in one of their parliament, what action they will take against that individual.

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    Sammy Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:10

    These LTTE proxy goons would never learn and need to be closely watched. Freedom fighters do not terrorize and even their own innocents were killed by the LTTE.

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    nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:14

    Question is why mass murderers and their supporters being entertained in name of parliamentary privilege and also as members of parliament? Is the country has lost its soul and decency to have this type of blood thirsty ruthless murderer among us? Where is our law and our (majority's) fundamental and human rights can maintained by his speech. This guy is lunatic and pure vulgar what he has disseminated in the august assembly. Bring the penal punishment for treachery.

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    jamalji Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:24

    For evicting 25,000 Muslims from Jaffna, making thier life miserable even todate at makeshift refugee camps in Outtalam, removing thier valueable to India and sharing the loot with Vaiko and Nedumaran

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    John Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:21

    Proud of you!!

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    Unknown Dude Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:02

    Wow you guys are something else. You will sacrifice thousands of your kin for your cause. This seems like some kind of psychosis you all are suffering from. Maybe the heads of all in Jaffna need to be investigated first before war crimes. Cameron where are you?

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    Yehiya Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:58

    There are lot of things behind his speech, tamils can separated,from LTTE if kindly attend to Tamils needs.There are lot of things behind north issue.

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    james bond Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:07

    it is not surprise many killer minded people support sri lanka,many praise wijeweera,who responsible for nearly 200,000 deaths,prabakaran,also nearly 200,000 rusia communist leader stalin,around 20 million deaths,in germany hitler was responsible for nearly 20 million deaths,cambodian polpot killed 3 million,ho chi ming of vietnam around killed 3 million,idi amin is around 300,000,milton obote around 300,000.among of all killers,china"s mao setung come number one,as he killed 40 million plus,now more findings are comming up as indicating mao"s total number might exceed 50 million deaths.

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    mike Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:50

    He only spoke but the Rajapakses Regime have caused various and serious crimes against innocent in all communities and still continue to Rob the wealth of public so as the Government owned assets ...come on guys open your eyes and there is No Law and order No press freedom in Sri Lanka
    The thugs are the rulers ..god help all of us

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    Roy Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:46

    I am with you Mike your are right.

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    Vihanga Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:05

    The SL government should learn to respect opinion. Learn to allow the followers of ITS "enemies" to have opinion. Bringing in Draconian Laws to arrest people's sentiments is a losing cause.

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    peter Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:01

    Hon Sritharan may be asking for something!

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    Kalusena Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:07

    He is only trying to get a quick visa to Canada or Australia for himself and his family.

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    Unknown Dude Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:34

    How does Cameron expect the Sri Lanka govt to take any solid action against war crimes when these Northern jokers act like this. The LTTE killed many civilians on purpose, not during a crossfire or because they were human shields. Mahinda should not give way to these attitudes.

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    mohamed asfar Thursday, 28 November 2013 10:39

    another azath sally. no brain but shooting mouth.

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