This was sent to me by Sabir Hussein in response to my post “The Sunday Leader + Ranil the Corrupt + Sabir Hussein the Criminal + Yellow Journalism”
Malik Samarawickrama has himself stated that donations were mainly given to the Leader and or its Fund Raising Committee and that these donations were almost exclusively anonymous and that no records are available save for a note of the expenses incurred by the party.
That in itself is proof indeed that monies were received by the Leader of the UNP from time to time and that it was in fact the status quo to donate money, in cash anonymously to the Leader of the party. Mr Wickremesinghe’s intransigence and reluctance to merely acknowledge that I was a donor is manifestly galling and in my opinion reflects the true nature of the persona. Wickremesinghe by quoting a legal matter within a foreign jurisdiction attempts to cast aspersions on my integrity. Wickremesinghe being a lawyer will understand the notion that a person is not guilty until the legal process has been exhausted.
In the 2 years leading to the General Elections of 2002 I have remitted quite legally approx USD 1.6 Million to my accounts in Sri Lanka. In this same period I have spent less than 60 days in Sri Lanka, staying always at a Colombo hotel. Even if I had spent the equivalent of USD 1,000 per night of my stays, I would have spent not more than Rs 6 Million on my personal expenses. In this same period I have withdrawn approximately Rs 50 Million in cash from my accounts from which my various expenses have been met. In the run up to the elections in 2005, I transferred even more money – an additional approx US$ 1.4 Million and withdrew over Rs 110 Million in cash for my use in Sri Lanka. My personal expenses in this additional period was approx Rs 5 Million making a total of Rs 11 Million. A simple calculation will reveal that I had over Rs 90 Million in cash “left over”. It is from these funds that donations were given to the Leader of the UNP.
Documentary evidence is available of the transactions referred to above and I would be willing to engage Wickremesinghe for a LIVE debate perhaps on a channel over which he has some family control. Unlike Wickremesinghe, despite the fact that I am not a “public” figure, I am being open about my finances in order that a reasonable person, can make his own mind up whether I had the financial means to make these donations;
On the contrary Wickremesinghe despite being a “public” persona, has chosen not to provide a fair and reasonable explanation to clear the air if nothing else. Even his Asset declaration made to parliament remains under these archaic rules, closed off for the public to read of his wealth and financial interests. Patently he could solve much of the speculation if he resorts to being far more transparent and releases by his own free will, a copy of his latest Asset declaration. Indeed, I may as well say, “Need I say more”.
Mr Wickremesinghe calls for an end to the “Rajapaksa Dictatorship” when in fact, it is Wickremesinghe who is perpetuating a virtual dictatorship within the United National Party. Presidnt Rajapaksa remains where he is because he has the luxury of having the people’s mandate.
Electronic Mail circulated among Global Tamil Forum circles
We are reliably informed that Rajapakshe has refused to give interviews with main TV stations and broadsheet news papers in the UK. It is also likely that Rajapakshe is leaving the UK a day earlier than originally planned like his Foreign Minister had to, a few weeks ago from London.
Oxford Mail is also carrying a news item as a leading story in its next edition highlighting the criminality of Rajapakshe Regime. Like I informed Channel 4 tonight and tomorrow night will be carrying some ‘interesting’ material on its air waves. UK Guardian, Aljazeera have already being reporting on what a criminal Rajapakshe is. Tomorrow’s Independent and Daily Telegraph will be breaking news on alleged war crimes committed by government of Sri Lanka with credible new evidence.
The legal team that worked hard in ensuring the possibility of an arrest of some of the members of Rajapakshe’s entourage should also take credit and our gratitude goes out to some of those people from the Sinhala community in Sri Lanka and outside who helped us to obtain very credible evidence against the Rajapakshe and his crew.
We are as always very grateful to the British Media organisations for lending support in bringing out the crimes committed by the Rajapakshes and their regime. We are particularly grateful to Channel 4, Independent, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Aljazeera English, Times, BBC etc. who have been instrumental for many months now in exposing the Rajapakshe regime’s crimes. Not to mention the Tamil media (TV, Radio, news papers and websites) which has been a great source to share information.
Above all, we are genuinely grateful for all the efforts made in many ways by many of you both in mainland Britain and overseas in ensuring that this programme gets called off and the so called President runs with his tails between his legs!
I am sure that all of you have now seen the statement that Government of Sri Lanka has released which was drafted for them by none other than Bell Portinger. I am sure if he has any senses, Liam Fox will try his best to keep a distance from these types of criminals in future without bringing disrepute to Her Majesty’s Government.
Well done and keep up the pressure.
You know what makes me really angry? These fucks, who now talks about the crimes Rajapakse government and his army committed, were blind to pretty much all the crimes Prabakaran and his merry men committed while the war was going on. I’ve said many times before that I support a war crimes probe. I do believe that the SL Army committed war crimes, and that the culprits should be punished. But I’m mad at those who pretended they are blind when the LTTE bombed civilians, shot pilgrims, bombed religious places, slaughtered families.