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VOL. 5, NO. 230

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Mafia link to Lanka judge murder, Monday, November 22 2004 . Press Trust of India COLOMBO, Nov. 21. — Investigators today issued a picture of a man they believed assassinated a high profile judge here as the probe centred on the involvement of a powerful underworld gang. “It looks more like the work of a local organised crime group,” a senior police officer said. “The next target could be a senior police officer engaged in the anti-crime and anti-narcotics operations.” However, the authorities had not ruled out the possible involvement of Tamil Tiger rebels too because Judge Sarath Ambepitiya had in absentia, handed down a 200-year jail sentence to LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2002. More...
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Bomb destroyed LTTE's Political office in Batticaloa
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, November 21, 2004. LTTE's political office in Kaluvanchikudy town was completely destroyed by a powerful bomb. No one was inside the building when the bomb went off, and there were no reported injures. LTTE's political offices in the area were closed for a long time, and this particular office was re-opened recently. It is believed that Karuna loyalists carried out this attack. Violence in the eastern Batticalo district had claimed the lives of more than 65 people in the last two months alone.
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LTTE implicated in the VVT shootings.
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, November 21, 2004. On the 19th November unidentified gunmen fired at youths playing football in the Chidampara college grounds in Velvettithurai, and killed two Tamil youths. According to people in the area, the intended target was a 32 year old youth named Ponniah Theivendran, a resident of Valvettithurai (VVT). Theivendran is a member of the EPDP. Three days before the killings, LTTE men went to Mr. Theivendran's house located at Aathikovilady in VVT and searched for him, and warned those at the house that he will be killed if he returns to VVT. A complaint was filed with the SLMM in Jaffna, but they did not take any action. On the 19th, two gunmen came a red motorcycle and fired at Mr. Theivendran. But he escaped with injures, while two other bystanders were killed. Residents in the area identified the two gunmen as Poopalan, a member of LTTE's intelligence wing and Yarl Eelavan, a sea tiger.

Fearing an uprising from the public, LTTE quickly organized a general strike in Jaffna. While VVT area remained calm, as residents in the area knew who is behind the killings, LTTE managed to energize public in towns outside the vadamarachchi areas. LTTE youths burnt tires in the streets in Chunnakam and Mallakam areas.
Published: Sun Nov 21 21:46:34 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's peace process, some worry, could be slipping toward a no-win situation
Associated Press, Sat November 20, 2004 19:09 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than two years ago, a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels brought a semblance of peace to this tropical island nation savaged by nearly two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killings escalate despite US pressure, November 22. COLOMBO: Suspected Tamil rebels have escalated killings despite fresh pressure from the United States on Sri Lanka’s warring parties to end a 19-month deadlock in peace talks, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to execute rape, murder and drug convicts
Associated Press, Sat November 20, 2004 09:13 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Saturday that Sri Lanka - will lift a 28-year moratorium on the death penalty after a High Court judge was gunned down at his home... Back to the top

More violence reported in Sri Lanka s east, November 21, 2004, 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- More violence has been reported from Sri Lanka's eastern province, defense officials said Sunday. An informant of the military was shot dead by suspected Tamil Tigers rebels at around 7:30 p... Back to the top

Investors fights over Sri Lanka Telecom, Monday 22 November 2004. By Jackie Horne 22 November 2004 Tight pricing and large order book fuel success... Back to the top

Norway putting pressure for peace talks: Lanka, November 21, 2004, 09:00 EDT. Colombo, Nov 21 (PTI) Sri Lanka has complained to the United States that peace broker Norway was putting undue pressure on it while sparing Tamil Tiger rebels, a media report said... Back to the top

Pakistani prime minister meets Sri Lankan president, to meet Tuesday with Indian leaders
Associated Press, Sun November 21, 2004 07:18 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz met with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday as part of a South Asia tour that will also take him to India for talks on the Kashmir dispute... Back to the top

Jaffna tense after two youth die in crossfire
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 20, 2004, 5.21 p.m.. A tense situation prevailed in Jaffna town area today following the death of two youth caught in a crossfire when LTTE men allegedly opened fire at an EPDP member in Velvetithurai last evening... Back to the top

Sri Lanka town protests killings
Associated Press, Sat November 20, 2004 06:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops closed and public transportation came to a standstill in Sri Lanka - 's Jaffna city on Saturday to protest the killing of two young men by unidentified assailants... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up security after assassination of judge, 20 November 2004 1921 hrs. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka has stepped up security in the capital Colombo as police launched an investigation into the slaying of a judge and his bodyguard... Back to the top

PM Shaukat Due In Colombo On Sunday, Nov 20. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shaukat Aziz will arrive Colombo on November 21 on a two-day visit... Back to the top

High court judge shot dead in Sri Lanka 's capital
Associated Press, Fri November 19, 2004 19:17 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A high court judge who took a tough stand against Tamil Tiger rebels was fatally shot outside his home in Sri Lanka - 's capital, as the government questioned the guerrillas' commitment to efforts to end the island's civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Casinos Hit with Tax Increase, 19 November 2004. SRI LANKA – As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Sri Lanka slapped sin taxes on casinos, alcohol and luxury goods and increased fines while granting a 40 percent salary increase to state employees despite a ballooning budget deficit... Back to the top

Singhalese monopolise Sri Lanka s national wealth, November 20, 2004. “This budget has been made to look after the interests of the Sinhala people... Back to the top

SLA responsible for VVT killings - LTTE, November 20, 2004. Mr.C.Ilamparithi, LTTE Jaffna district political head in a statement issued Saturday said that the Sri Lanka Army should be held responsible for the brutal killing of two innocent Tamil youths in Valvettithurai on Friday evening as this dastardly crime had taken place in an area which is surrounded by several sentries and mini-camps of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA). Back to the top

Muralitharan to seek all clear for New Zealand series from Australian surgeon
Associated Press, Sat November 20, 2004 07:44 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan will meet his surgeon in Australia next week to discuss the possibility of playing on the tour of New Zealand next month, his manager said Saturday... Back to the top

Teenager escapes from LTTE custody
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 20, 2004, 5.20 p.m.. A 17-year-old youth from Periyapillumalai in Batticaloa, allegedly abducted and detained in an LTTE camp for days in want of his brother who is said to have deserted the group, has managed to escape from LTTE custody... Back to the top

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