A bid to use docs to challenge LLRC revealed

AI in fresh bid to influence US


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Amnesty International USA has created an online petition on the White House petition site in support of the LTTE’s call for an international war crimes probe targeting Sri Lanka.

The AI made its move in the wake of ongoing attempts to influence at least one of the doctors who had been trapped on the Vanni east front during the final phase of the ground offensive. The LTTE collapsed on May 19, 2009.

Authoritative government sources told The Island that interested parties could be trying to influence one of the doctors now abroad to throw his weight behind the LTTE campaign. Responding to a query, sources alleged that those seeking an international investigation at the behest of the LTTE wanted the doctors to support ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ produced by Channel 4 News and the controversial ‘Darusman report.’

The doctors have declined to back the LTTE’s latest propaganda offensive aimed at undermining the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) ahead of the release of its much awaited report (on or before Nov. 15, 2011). The Sri Lankan government believes that the UK-based LTTE elements are behind the move to win over the doctors.

Amnesty International USA recently declared that it had received an assurance from the White House to respond to its call for an international war crimes inquiry against Sri Lanka if the petition created on the White House petition site could obtain 5,000 signatures.An intelligence official told The Island that Amnesty International had created the online petition after abandoning an attempt to obtain signatures to a normal petition.

Meanwhile, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) leader is believed to be planning to invite LTTE activists from various parts of the world to Australia for a conference to coincide with the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Perth. The official alleged the LTTE was making an attempt to cause trouble during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Perth.

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