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LLRC Pussyfoots Around Iniya Bharathi- TNA

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 29 January 2012 12:20 No Comment]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says there is clear evidence of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Iniya Bharathi being involved in human rights violations.

In its 70 page response to the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the TNA had said that many witnesses in fact identify Iniya Bharathi as responsible for human rights abuses.

The Sunday Leader in December 2011, carried an exposé on Iniya Bharathi.  The article highlighted the fact that he is a man who has been accused of war crimes by the United Nations for giving forced arms training to children.

Furthermore that he is a man who is accused by the public for playing a key role in the abductions and disappearances of several people in Poththuvil, Akkaraippattu, Thirukkovil and Vinaayakapuram in the Ampara district of the Eastern Province.

Iniya Bharathi is a lead operative of the paramilitary group led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna who currently holds a Deputy Minister’s post in the Rajapaksa government. Iniya Bharathi is at present the Ampara District Coordinator for President Rajapaksa.

According to past news reports about ninety percent of affected families that gave evidence before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) at its sittings in Ampara on March 26, 2011 alleged that Iniya Bharathi was responsible for the abductions and disappearances of their husbands, wives and children.

Iniya Bharathi is also accused of intimidating voters, issuing death threats and of election fraud during the last presidential election, parliamentary election and during the recently held local government elections. The Kalmunai court had sentenced Iniya Bharathi to a ten year suspended jail term, when he was found guilty in some criminal cases.

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