Opinion
"General Prabhakaran"

After viewing for two hours the press conference given by Balasingham and Prabhakaran, I shut off my T.V. wondering whether now it was not Anton Balasingham who was the Leader of the LTTE with perhaps Adele as the Prime Minister and General Prabhakaran his Commander-in-Chief of LTTE! Of course TNA would be the Political Arm. Anyway with the whole of India vociferously calling for the extradition of Prabhakaran for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi, and our police seeking to indict General Anuruddha Ratwatta and his two sons for aiding and abetting the murder of five Muslim youths, can our police avoid indicting Prabhakaran for the following offences:

1. The murder by shooting Alfred Duraiappa the Mayor of Jaffna in 1972, an offence punishable under Section 296 of the Penal Code.

2. Aiding and abetting the murders of A. Amirthalingam, Alalasunderam, Dharmalingam, and more recently Neelam Thiruchelvam, all prominent leaders of the TULF offences punishable under Sec. 296/102 of the Penal Code.

3. Aiding and abetting the murder of Mahatthaya (date unknown) his able lieutenant and devoted friend, an offence punishable under Section 296 read with Sec. 102 of the Penal Code.

4. Aiding and abetting the murder of Sam Thambimuttu an offence under Sec. 296/102. of the Penal Code.

5. Aiding and abetting the murders of President Premadasa, Gamani Dissanayake the leader of the UNP, Athulathmudali, Wijeratne Defence Minister of the UNP, 800 unarmed soldiers of the Security Forces who surrendered to Prabhakaran on the orders of President Premadasa, 60 odd Novices Bhikku Theras all Buddhist monks at Arantalawa, all those innocent inhabitants of Kent and Dollar Farms, innumerable peasants of other villages in the Eastern Province, the Buddhist worshippers at Sri Maha Bohdiya, the Muslims at their prayers at Mosques, the innocent 150 odd people who died at the Pettah bomb side and hundreds who died at the bomb blast at the Central Bank, all offences punishable under Section 296 read with Section 102 of the Penal Code.

6. The attempted murder of M. Sivasithamperam and our President Chandrika Kumaranatunga offences punishable under Section 300 read with Section 102 of the Penal Code.

Can the Attorney General absolve Prabhakaran, if he says "All these are very tragic and regrettable, but that is all past history", for there is no provision in the Penal Code for doing so.

In addition, if a Congress Government comes into power in India, the Government might rake up the murders of Sri Sabaratnam, in 1986, and twenty leaders of the Eleam People’s Revolutionary Front all one time friends and comrades in arms of Prabhakaran, in Madras.

If all the murders are raked up one day Police may have to file about two-thousand cases or more.

We only hope that no more of our leaders will meet with this fate.
Hubert E. Weerasooriya
Galle


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