Thaksin's Secret Deals with Sri Lankan President
( Last edit 2010-05-24 )
Thaksin Shinawatra, Terrorist Prabhakaran and Mahinda Rajapakse
from Live Trading News by Shayne Heffernan on Apr 12, 2010
The Leader of the JVP Somawansa Amarasinghe challenges President Mahinda Rajapakse to reveal the secret deals he is having with Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister of Thailand, who was deposed from the post but has been brought to Sri Lanka secretly. Mr. Amarasinghe said Shinawatra had come with five others in his private plane to Sri Lanka on the 12th and has had discussions with Mahinda Rajapakse at Anuradhapura and in Colombo.
Mr. Amarasinghe said there is a suspicion that Shinawatra’s money is being used for the election campaign of UPFA presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse. He pointed out that when Cambodia attempted to have connections with Thaksin Shinawatra Thailand took measures to stop diplomatic relations with that country.
Mr. Amarasinghe addressing a press conference held yesterday (19th) further said, “There is suspicion whether LTTE money is being used for the election. KP is being held in the country. Why isn’t he produced before a court of law? Where is he kept? The President should reveal this to the country."
When Prabhakaran and his partners in terrorism met their waterloo in a swamp in May, people found themselves dancing in the streets. Celebrations lasted for days on end to the point of riling some members of the international community reeling from their failure to save the LTTE leaders. But, intriguingly, euphoric ebullience was noticeable by its absence when the self-appointed new LTTE leader KP was captured and brought to Colombo last week. People were no more excited than they were when Anamalu Imtiaz breathed his last. Why? A diehard Diasporic Tiger, in an e-mail floated around the world sarcastically poses the same question.
There seem to be several reasons for this kind of lukewarm reaction to KP`s arrest. Protracted celebrations over Prabhakaran`s death left people fatigued: They ate tons of milk rice, drank bowsers of milk and lit truckloads of firecrackers. Thus was released pressure that had built up for thirty long years.
Prabhakaran was the LTTE and the LTTE Prabhakaran. KP, a glorified racketeer, became the leader of the LTTE for want of a better alternative. How he was tracked down, arrested and brought to Colombo will enter history books as essential reading for future military strategists. What we have been witnessing for the past three years or so is history in the making. Anti-terror Sri Lankans, jubilant as they were, did not go to the extent of painting the town red over KP`s capture, which came like an impressive win in the final match of an ODI series which is already clinched by Sri Lanka.
Thailand is a place where KP has been accepted. It is when Thaksin Shinawatra was the prime minister that KP carried out mass scale arm deals in that region. This was done with the knowledge of Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin is a very rich man. There could be LTTE money with him.
There are very friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand. This secret deal would have an effect on this. What Rajapakse is having with Thaksin are not diplomatic deals but secret deals. Now all exchange regulations have been relaxed. Anyone can take any amount of money from the country. Hence, suspicious money dealings are taking place.
If such things are allowed to take place our country would become a rogue country. It would be a blemish on the reputation of our country. Mr. Rajapakse has no right to drag this country towards such a status,” pointed out Mr. Amarasinghe.
JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said, “All LTTE ships that were destroyed by our Navy sailed from the Thailand – Indonesia sea area. KP used this region for his arm dealings. Most of these dealings were carried out when Thaksin Shinawatra was the prime minister.
Thaksin Shinawatra came to Sri Lanka in his private plane. He did not come here in a regular plane illegally. It is necessary to get permission for a private plane to land at Katunayake International Airport. There hasn’t been any request for such a landing by the Embassy of Thailand. Hence, we ask whether this request was made by Chamal Rajapakse, the brother of the President who is also the Minister of Aviation or was it President’s relative who is the Chairman of the Aviation Services Company.
Also Thaksin Shinawatra doesn’t have a diplomatic passport. Any person who doesn’t have a diplomatic passport is not allowed to enter the country through the VIP lounge. Then who reserved this area for him?
Also, a large amount of money has to be paid to park a plane in the airport. However, no such fee has been charged for this plane.
As a result of the secret dealings with Thaksin Shinawatra, who is a personal friend of KP, the officials of our Embassy in Thailand have been inconvenienced. According to very reliable sources the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka has apologized to the Foreign Minister of Thailand by phone.”
Details revealed to the media regarding Thaksin Shinawatra’s stay in Sri Lanka:
The date & time of arrival: 1.40 p.m. on 12.12.2009.
The day of departure: 8.00 a.m. on 13.12.2009
Passport No. L38RB3695
The No. of the plane:N300BZ
Arrived from: United Arab Emirates
The nos. of vehicles used to travel from the Airport: JD 6565, JG 6565
Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006, when he was deposed and convicted in absentia for several malpractices including corruption. Shinawatra’s government faced allegations of corruption, authoritarianism, treason, conflicts of interest, acting non-diplomatically, and repressing the media. Thaksin was accused of tax evasion, and selling national assets to international investors
Ronayos' comment: Is this money laundering, personal banking, personal advices for electoral frauds or black market arms dealing? Perhaps the military weapons appear on streets of Bangkok in red-shirt rallies of April and May 2010, came from Sri Lanka.