The UNP engineered the defection of Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman from the LTTE to weaken the Tamil Tigers for political gain, former UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said yesterday.
Prof. Marasinghe said this in response to a question raised by journalists. “It was true that the UNP Government engineered the defection of Karuna from the LTTE, but we did not appoint him to Parliament. We never gave him the ticket to contest from the UNP,” he said.
“We broke Karuna off for political gain at that time but we never associated with him thereafter,” he added.
Asked to comment about the critical remarks that have been made by former Minister Harin Fernando, Prof. Marasinghe said there was no point in wasting time to talk of a person who has no character at all. (Yohan Perera)