Sri Lanka is truly living up to its reputation as the ‘Miracle of Asia’ these days. Firstly it was the former CJ admitting to the fact that he released someone accused of embezzlement in the hope that he would eventually become a champion of human rights, and now we hear of how an internationally wanted terrorist being declared innocent of any crimes!
Late last evening there was a news update on the Daily Mirror website (http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/22778-no-evidence-against-kp-govt.html) that claimed the Media Center for National Security had said they have no evidence nor any complaints against Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP), the former chief fund raiser and arms procurer for the LTTE.
Now please bear with me as I try really hard to get to grips with this latest development. To my knowledge (and I may be quite wrong here) KP is an individual who was openly known to be the main gun runner, fund raiser for the LTTE and afterwards the de facto leader following the death of the LTTE leader in 2009. He is still wanted in connection with the assassination of former Indian PM Rajive Gandhi and probably holds a huge responsibility for the thousands of deaths which occurred during the 3 decade long war in Sri Lanka.
Now how an individual with such a notorious reputation can be considered to be free of any complaints or that there is no evidence against him seems incredulous. If there is no evidence or complaints against him then why did the Government of this Miracle of Asia issue an international arrest warrant on him? Why was he virtually kidnapped from another Asian country and brought to Colombo under armed escort? Maybe it was because the powers that be in their infinite wisdom felt he deserved to have a guided tour of the country he planned and helped to virtually destroy.
I wonder what is going through the minds of the thousands of parents, wives, husbands and children of those who lost their lives in the 30 long years of warfare as they hear of the latest miracle to happen in this land of miracles? It must be really satisfying for them to know they will never have the comfort of knowing one of the chief people behind the death of their loved ones was brought to justice, rather it seems he too has been rewarded with afresh new start in life as a champion of human rights, heading his very own NGO.
And what about the thousands of armed forces personnel who lost a comrade and friend? The hundreds of maimed, blinded and crippled ex-forces personnel? Maybe they will agree that all is forgiven and flash him a smart salute as they see him strolling the streets of Jaffna as a free and ‘innocent’ man.
I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds for this Miracle Isle of Asia, maybe we’ll see water turned to wine and people walking on water next. Exciting times these are!