No one can arrest me

BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN

Former militant and national list MP of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says he does not fear ‘arrest’ by the government, following the arrest of former Chief Minister of Eastern Province  Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, popularly known as Pillaiyan, because he has not committed any wrong or crime and there are ‘no allegations’ against him.

pillayanKaruna also accused the government for arresting Pillaiyan who was the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province during the former government where the present President was in that Cabinet.

Karuna told Ceylon Today over the phone that the United National Party encouraged the Tamil Tigers and in the year 1989 it was them who supplied 5,000 T56 rifles to the Tamil Tigers to fight against the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF).
“This political drama is pretty interesting because the very same governments that encouraged the LTTE are now digging the past to prove good governance,” Karuna added.

He said if the government wants to please foreign governments then he is ‘ready to give evidence’ on his ‘role’ in the past government.
He said the entire US resolution is to probe the human rights violations during the last days of the war and not from 1983 to 2008 and added that during the last days of the war he was in India.
“If they want to probe from 1983 onwards then the entire country will have to be taken for inquiry,” he added.
He said “Karuna’s group” was mentioned in the US Resolution and ‘not his name’ and he reiterated that some persons had used his name in vain to commit crimes.
“I was in India during the last phase of the war in Mullivaikkal and I can prove it if I am called for an inquiry,” he noted.

He went on to say that the US resolution earlier called for a Hybrid Court and he welcomes that.

He also pointed out the local mechanism as per the US resolution wants to investigate atrocities committed by the Government Forces and the LTTE.

” LTTE is wiped out and there isn’t anyone from the LTTE to be probed and the local mechanism the government is going to implement will only have to probe the former UPFA regime and added that a local mechanism cannot find its own government’s faults and welcomed a ‘hybrid court’ as initiated by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Karuna says he is peacefully living with his mother in Batticaloa doing nothing. “I can travel to any part of the world but I will remain in Sri Lanka with my mother,” he added.