exposure of the TRO titled "British Charities Fund Terrorists"
was published in the Island on 4th October 2000. In the evening
of the same day, SBS television in Australia also ran an
in-depth investigation into the TRO. Simultaneous exposure of
the TRO in Sri Lanka and Australia, led the LTTE to suspect that
an orchestrated offensive against its overseas fund raising
operations was underway.
Three months previously on a hot summer’s day in
July 2000, I was contacted by a British national from London who
congratulated me on an investigative article I had written about
the LTTE and its manipulation of human rights, including an
attempt to gain UN accreditation. He then stated "Dushy, we
would like you to look at the TRO". I told him that I will look
into it, and get back to him.
A Terrorism expert from the University of St
Andrews in Scotland had also suggested that I look at the TRO a
few months before. Now this second request from another source,
made me curious.
I was aware that the TRO was the LTTE’s premire
fund raising vehicle. TRO was to the LTTE, what NORAID was to
the IRA. Later Lord Avebury informed me that terrorist
organizations registering charities to fund their terrorist
activities is an old game and that even the Iranians used
registered charities to fund the Ayatollah’s revolt against the
Shah of Iran. TRO headquarters was in Australia and the TRO
operation in Australia had links to KP’s arms procurement
The investigation into the TRO was daunting and
took almost three months. At the end of three months, I was
truly knee deep in various financial documentation, security
reports, photocopies, articles, newspapers, magazines, published
financial accounts etc from four continents of the world,
relating to the TRO and other LTTE fronts. At least 100 hours of
overseas telephone calls had been made to various contacts,
diplomats, and law enforcement agencies of several countries
including RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), in Toronto,
The British Charity Commission was particularly
helpful in providing, free of charge, photocopies of entire
files relating to various British registered charities.
In late September I telephoned the British
gentleman in London who had wanted me to look at the TRO and
faxed him, over ten pages of my findings. A few days later we
met at a London restaurant for lunch and discussed the report. I
informed them of my intention to publish the report and that I
will be giving a copy to the British Charity Commission. After
lunch, I walked over to the Charity Commission and hand
delivered a copy of the report as requested by them.
A few days later on 4th October 2000 it made
front page headlines in The Island and was serialized over
several days. The Island immediately recognized the importance
of the report, and as far as I am aware, it was the only front
page headline article to be serialized making it quite
Three weeks later on 26th October 2000 the
British Charity Commission raided the TRO and seized their bank
The exposure hit the LTTE hard. The LTTE was
particularly nervous because London was formulating its
terrorist list as per the Terrorism Act at the time. A month
later, during the hero’s day speech at the London Arena, Anton
Balasingham digressed from his hero’s day speech and began
attacking me. He told the thousands of Tamils at the London
Arena that this writer may be hiding in the London Arena and
that Tamils should be vigilant. He stated that the writer had
caused great damage to the Tamils etc. This was broadcast live
over London via their radio. Balasinhgam was aware that I had
attended LTTE conferences in London, Ottawa and Geneva and
expected me to be at the London Arena.
When I attended the "peace conference" in Ottawa
organized and attended by LTTE fronts and sympathizers, I
witnessed young Arjun Ethirweerasingham speaking at the event.
He is now at the TRO in Colombo trying to uplift its image.
A few weeks after the Hero’s day speech, a
photograph of this writer was published in an LTTE newspaper in
London insinuating that this writer was a Sri Lankan government
spy and that Tamils should be vigilant.
The photograph was taken at Portcullis House,
near the British Parliament. The organizer of the Portcullis
House event, Jayadevan, has now turned against the LTTE after
the LTTE abducted him and detained him in the Wanni.
Four months later the British Government listed
the LTTE as a terrorist organization. Representations were made
from Sri Lanka and India requesting the British Government to
list the LTTE under the Terrorism Act.
On the day that the LTTE was listed as a
terrorist organization, the writer attended a dinner party in
London and among the guests were the head of DII (Directorate of
Internal Intelligence) and the head of DFI (Directorate of
Foreign Intelligence). Before dinner, during drinks, Sri Lanka’s
head of DFI leaned over and softly inquired "Dushy, whom do you
work for?" Suppressing my inclination to laugh out loudly, I
whispered back to Sri Lanka’s top spy, "The LTTE thinks I work