by Zacki Jabbar
The government said yesterday that the Opposition group led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was criticising it for the steps taken to address post war issues and forge permanent peace, but the Rajapaksas had even released members of the LTTE’s dreaded suicide and intelligence units.
Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, addressing a news conference in Colombo, recalled that in early 2010 the then UPFA government had freed 95 LTTE cadres including some who belonged to the dreaded Tiger suicide and intelligence units despite serious charges against them. “Obviously some deal had been struck. Otherwise LTTE members accused of grave crimes would not have been released in that manner.”
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had bribed the LTTE to win elections and been in constant touch with it and Tamil diaspora groups, was now criticising the current government which had nothing to hide, the Minister said.
Having been booted out of power by the people who were fed up with the double games that the corrupt Rajapaksa’s had played, a small group of opposition parliamentarians headed by them and described as the ‘Joint Opposition’ was repeating their hackneyed slogans with a view to creating a fear psychosis that the LTTE was regrouping when almost its entire leadership was dead and even the Tamil National Alliance did not call for a separate state, the Cabinet Spokesman said.
He said that there were fewer than 300 LTTEers in state custody. Of them some had been indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act while investigations were continuing with regard to some others. Some of the 52 suspects against whom there was no evidence had been released while others would be freed in due course, the minister added.