The Lanka Academic

JUNE 24, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 80

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Legal action from both Government and Opposition over Ravi K. incident
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 11.33 p.m. . Amidst a decision by the United National Party (UNP) to prosecute a Senior Superintendent of Police who attempted to arrest MP Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday, the Government has also decided to take legal action against those (Opposition MPs and lawyer) who obstructed the duties of the police.

On Wednesday several police officers led by a SSP Wedasinghe tried to arrest MP Karunanayake on grounds of misappropriation of funds. However the police officers had arrived at the MPs house, without a court order or an arrest warrant. And Karunanayake lawyer and his other Parliamentarian colleagues did not allow the police officers to arrest him, because the lacked sufficient material or warrant for the arrest.

Mr. Karunanayake has been accused of misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 15.6 million when taking over a building on lease at Vauxhall Street in Colombo. It has been revealed that Ravi Karunanayake had purchased a building owned by former minister Abdul Cader at Vauxall Street in Colombo when it was about to be auctioned by the Hatton National Bank. The building was mortgaged to the bank by the former minister (Cader). According to reports, Karunanayake had used money of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) for the transaction, but the building has not been handed over to the CWE upto date.
Published: Thu Jun 24 13:34:16 EDT 2004

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LTTE intensifying its recruitment process, pays Rs. 8500/- to a cadre monthly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 11.36 p.m.. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has begun recruiting new cadres to its organisation, sources alleged. “The LTTE never openly recruited cadres, but during the past few weeks, they have made several public proclamations calling new recruits, specially youth to join its movement which they claim is for a national cause’” sources from the North said.

The LTTE has intensified its recruitment process, by openly saying it will pay a monthly salary of Rs.8500/- to a cadre. Meanwhile the Tiger rebels are also reported to be collecting information of their breakaway cadres, sources added.
Published: Thu Jun 24 13:39:39 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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S. Lanka govt accuses opposition of sabotaging peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 24, 2004 13:46 EDT . COLOMBO, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Thursday accused the main opposition United National Party (UNP) of attempting to sabotage the Norwegian-brokered peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels by helping renegade rebel leader.

The government spokesman and Minister of Media Mangala Samaraweera told reporters here that the incident had exposed the UNP's duplicity of advocating negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels whilst helping the renegade rebel eastern commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna. Samaraweera's accusations came after a UNP legislator resigned on Wednesday after being accused of ensuring safe passage to Karuna from eastern Batticaloa district to capital Colombo.

Samaraweera said the government would soon begin an investigation into any military support to the former eastern commander of the LTTE. Karuna, once powerful rebel eastern commander who led 6,000 combatants, broke ranks with LTTE in March and his team was crushed by the north-based main group in an attack one month later.

Ali Zaheer Moulana, the UNP MP, has admitted to having escorted Karuna to Colombo on humanitarian grounds. He resigned his parliament seat after the UNP issued a statement saying that they had no hand in Moulana's assistance to the renegade rebel leader. The LTTE has also accused the military of conniving with Karuna and warned it would endanger the Norwegian-brokered peace process.

The government has denied any involvement in the Karuna affair, which they said is the internal matter within the rebel group itself.

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Published: Thu Jun 24 22:45:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Building collapses in Colombo killing two
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. A partly constructed building in Pettah Collapsed today morning killing two and injuring sixteen others... Back to the top

Mob attacks Sri Lanka offices of demining charity, June 24 . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, June 24 (Reuters) A mob attacked the northern Sri Lanka offices of British-based demining organisation HALO Trust, setting fire to vehicles and wounding guards, officials from the charity said today... Back to the top

Armed group destroys NGO vehicles in Jaffna
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Norway's top peace envoy expected amid fears of war in Sri Lanka
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Three killed during ‘Road safety week’ in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.29 p.m.. Two students and a woman who were on the pedestrian crossing, was killed by a speeding bus at Polgahawela area in the Kurunegala district today morning... Back to the top

Computer snag halts trading at Colombo Stock Exchange
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.27 p.m.. Trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) came to a halt today morning, following a snag with its computer system... Back to the top

Postal voting begins but turnout very low
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.22 p.m. Several hundreds of unenthusiastic postal voters casted their postal vote today in view of the forthcoming Provincial Council Election, scheduled to be held on July 10... Back to the top

US not to remove LTTE from terror list
Manorama, june 23. Washington: The United States has said it would not remove the terrorist tag from the Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebel group, even though it had observed a ceasefire for more than two years and conducted informal peace talks with the government... Back to the top

World Bank Extends Support for Rebuilding Sri Lanka’s Conflict-affected Communities
World Bank, June 23. Colombo, 22 June, 2004 – The Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to rehabilitate and bring normalcy to conflict affected communities of North East Sri Lanka will be strengthened by a US$64.7 million credit approved by the World Bank today... Back to the top

Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to negotiate in Moscow
Pravda, June 23. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow with Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Lakshman Kadirgamar... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Pay Compensation for Victims of Alkhobar Attacks
Arab News, June 23. RIYADH, 23 June 2004 — Colombo will compensate the Sri Lankan victims of the Alkhobar terror attacks on May 29... Back to the top

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