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BUDDHIST MONK TELLS KEITH VAZ THAT HANDFUL OF POLITICIANS BETRAY THE TRUTH DESPITE SRILANKAN BELIEF THAT BRITISHERS ARE FOR FAIRPLAY

By Walter Jayawardhana

Immediately after hundreds of  strong anti-Vaz demonstration of Sri Lankans in front of the political office of Member of Parliament Keith Vaz  was held,  Venerable Handupelpola Mahinda Thero told him in his office  despite the impression that Sri Lankans got that Britishers are for fair play and justice a handful of British politicians merely betray the truth for the sake of  few votes.

Venerable Mahinda, made the blunt statement, after leaders of the demonstration, were allowed inside Mr. Vaz’s political office for negotiations  after  more than 300 strong demonstrators  were charging the UK parliamentarian of “misguiding” the United Kingdom on Sri Lanka by “misrepresentation of facts”  during about a four hour demonstration in front of No. 144 Upmine Road, Leicester in the constituency of the ruling Labour Party MP. 

In response to the allegations by the demonstrators Mr. Vaz said he was representing the views of thousands of Tamils in his electorate and  no opposing view had been conveyed to him before. He said he had never been allowed inside the country for him to witness for himself.

When the noisy slogan shouting demonstration started in noon some Indian supporters of Vaz attempted to persuade the organizers to stop it on the way with the promise of getting an audience with Vaz, who virtually has become allegedly an immitator  of allegations by the British Tamil Forum , a front of the banned LTTE in London. The organizers refused the request of the turbaned supporters of the politician and continued with the demonstration. Meanwhile eight vehicles of the British Tamil Forum  were parading the streets with banners on their sides with anti-Sri Lanka slogans and disturbing the demonstration. Later, the police officers of Lester Constabulary stopped the “disturbing” vehicles.

“Listen listen Keith Vaz- Dont help suicide bombers, Listen listen Mr. Vaz-All Tamils are no Tigers” the demonstrators shouted in a chorus. “Mr. Vaz listen to us- terrorists are not for kisses”, they advised the politician. They held placards that read, “Genocide is propaganda that only Tamil terrorists see”, “Mr.Vaz stop betraying Tamil civilians” “Mr. Vaz ,no ceasefire for Tamil Tigers until they surrender”, “London Police beware- they already killed Paris policeman”, “More than 50 percent Tamils live amongst Sinhalese-How come genocide?” and “Investigate Keith Vaz for his terrorist connections.” The demonstration was organized by the Sri Lankans Against Terrorism (SLAT-UK).

One after the other of the leaders of the demonstration confronted Vaz during the discussions in his office. Venerable Handupelpola Mahinda Thero said during 133 years of British colonial rule the impression created in the minds of the Sri Lankans was that the Britishers are for fairplay and justice. He said it is disappointing to see a handful of British politicians are betraying the truth for the sake of few votes. The Buddhist monk told Vaz, a naturalized immigrant from Goa, that Sri Lanka is no racist state as some wanted to indicate where the majority of Tamils live amongst the majority  Sinhalese. Chrishantha Peiris , a Lester organizer of the demonstration questioned Vaz why he quotes every conceivable individual to attack Sri Lanka but did not want toquote John Holmes of the United Nations who saw the atrocities done by the Tamil Tigers to the fleeing Tamils, or Pranab Mukherjee of India who saw the real ground situation in Sri Lanka. Peiris charged that Vaz was so one sided frightfully unbecoming of a parliamentarian. He said it is ridiculous of someone to talk of Tamil genocide when the LTTE has so far killed more than sixty leaders of the Tamils. Yohan Perera said on the face of Vaz that he is so unbalanced in his statements supportive of the LTTE . “We came here to tell you and the people misguided by you  that you are spoiling the good name of my country in an outrageous manner,” he said. He added by questioning Vaz, “How dare you call an outfit that have done 350 suicide bombings and done thousands of other civilian killings in buses, trains and temples, involved in mass murdering, a bunch of freedom fighters ?”

Ranee Bulathwela told Keith Vaz that it was wrong for him to tell Tamils are discriminated when LTTE killed great Tamils like Laxman kadirgamar. Mr. Justic Sharvanandan Attorney Generals Shiva Pasupathy and Kanagasabesan were all Tamils she said. She said Tamils who held good positions had been terminated by the LTTE.

Anura Medagedera, Nethsiri Wijeratne, Chanaka Dissanayaka, Ajantha Haloluwage and Krishantha Bulathsinhala are the others who joined the discussion with the Keith Vaz. Anura Medagedera said he wanted keith Vaz to visit Sri Lanka and see for himself the ground reality there to which he responded positively. (EOM)

 

 

 

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A senior Labour MP in UK has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised, The Sunday Telegraph (UK) has learnt.

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To Keith Vazz, Hon MP in UK from Asoka Weerasinghe (Canada) on 30 December 2007 - Dear Keith Vaz: In my last letter to you of December 28, I said, *“Thanks for making an effort to respond to my queries to “help me to know Keith Vaz ‘better’, and also to understand your psyche regarding your affection for the ruthless bunch of killers, the Tamil Tigers.”* **I concluded my letter by saying, *“You may want to know, after all this civilized dialogue with you whether I now know, British Labour MP Keith Vaz better? Of course I do.* *“I believe that Keith Vaz cared more about enhancing his own power and political position within his British Labour party and wants to usher Peace in Sri Lanka by supporting Tamil Tiger terrorism, a mind-set that is well entrenched in him, as it is in other Rogue-Parliamentarians around the world who think that Sri Lanka is their business. Keith Vaz is a sly politician and quite a slimy one at that who will do anything to wriggle out of a situation if he has to target the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization. (read full letter).

To Keith Vazz, Hon MP in UK from Asoka Weerasinghe (Canada) on 28 December 2007 - Dear Keith Vaz: Thanks for making an effort to respond to my queries to *“help me to know Keith Vaz* *better*”, and also to understand your psyche regarding your affection for the ruthless bunch of killers, the Tamil Tigers. I was also curious why you seemingly have that wishy-washy attitude towards Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorism and want to wriggle out the pat of tribal dung which you had slid into and now entrenched well in it. Unfortunately, this ‘wishy-washy’ political stance has left you as a pariah in the eyes of all non-Tamil Sri Lankans around the world, including myself. So you kept telling me that “UK is a parliamentary democracy”. And I kept reminding the parliamentarian in you that, that was why the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (aka Tamil Tigers) which you have given a lease of life to, by not mentioning them in your spiels about “terrorism”, were banned as a terrorist organization in your country. And that is why I reminded you again as to why you have been probed by the Anti-Terrorist Police for speaking at the Tamil Tiger Heroes Day celebration which was praising the banned Tamil Tigers. And now you tell me that, “There is no probe that I am aware of.” Yet, the whole world was flashed with this news item through the international media and the whole world was agog, and some of us saying, “Good, get the bastard!” (read full letter)

To Keith Vazz, Hon MP in UK from Asoka Weerasinghe (Canada) on 27 December 2007 - Dear Keith Vaz: Thanks for the courtesy for responding to my post of Boxing Day. It is quite obvious that you believe that you are a victim of bad journalism. If this is so, I hope you have made a request to The Sunday Telegraph editorial board for a correction, as you are now a pariah in the eyes of all Sri Lankans around the world sans the Tamil Tigers and their supporters. If I do get over to the UK, I hope you will give me an opportunity to meet with you. As for meeting with your Tamil group, I will certainly entertain meeting them at a staged public debate and I as a panel member. As for "UK is a Parliamentary democracy", that is the only reason why the Tamil Tigers have ben banned as a terrorist organization, and your democracy would not want to accept any part of it. Surely Keith, isn't it why the Anti-terrorist Police is now probing into your participating in your group rally where they publicly praised the Tamil Tiger terrorists? Let us not be naive about it. Isn't it why the Anti-terrorist Police is probing into your attendance? (read full letter).

Open Letter to Honourable Prime Minister UK, Mr.Gorden Brown - By Dimuth Gunawardena, Colombo, Sri Lanka - Honourable Prime Minister, The death of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto should act as an eye opener to all democratic institutions in the world, the serious problems South Asian countries which are grappling with “Suicide Terrorism”. This menace was first propagated and fine tuned in the South Asian region by the LTTE in Sri Lanka and now widely used by various Islamic extremists groups such as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban mainly operating from Pakistan and Afghanistan, who by the way took inspiration from the LTTE success and methodology. I write as a citizen of Sri Lanka, to appeal to you as the Honourable Prime Minster of UK, to take immediate measures to stop this scourge of “Suicide Terrorism” which has destroyed the lives of many great South Asian Leader of our times. First it was the President of Sri Lanka Honourable Ranasinghe Premadasa, then the Indian Prime Minster Honourable Rajiv Gandhi, and now former Pakistani Prime Minister Mrs. Benazir Bhutto. All three of whom are widely respected and great Commonwealth leaders of South Asia. These scourge of “suicide terrorism” also wiped out the entire Democratic Tamil Political leadership of Sri Lanka such Mr Neelan Theruchelvam, and thus now the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are left without any democratic political leadership other than that of Mr Anandasangaree and Mr Douglas Denvananda. The Tamil people living in LTTE controlled areas are forcibly kept under the LTTE reign of terror who in turn abuse their human rights, basic democratic rights such as freedom of speech and expression, and also abuse their children by forced conscription. The same goes for the other extremist groups like the Taliban under whose rule peoples human rights and democratic rights are abused.This has to stop. The West paying lip service to eradicate the menace of terrorism is just not enough (read full letter in SPUR).

A Letter to Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, MP by L Jayasuriya - Dear Mr. Keith Vaz, In reply to my open letter addressed to you, you have replied to me in private by name excluding the others in the e-mail list and you have also addressed me as Dear Sir or Madam in the text avoiding my name indicating that you seem to have other problems as well but they do not concern us. What concerns us is what you have stated in your reply to me which I reproduce below: "However I do hope very much that the peace process in re-started in Sri Lanka and that all parties return to the negotiating table. I and all those in the All Party Group condemn all forms of terrorism". Mr. Vas, please understand that negotiations take place only among equals. These ruthless murderers are never the equals of a humane sovereign government that has for over 20 years supplied the needs of the civilians in areas under their control enabling them to rob the supplies sent to the civilians. Peace will automatically dawn as soon as the terrorists are liquidated and that is what our patriotic leader Mahinda Rajapakse is now trying to bring about. There will be no negotiations as instructed to us by the so-called "International Community" and there will be nothing to negotiate. How hypocritical can you get when you say that your All Party Group condemn all forms of terrorism and at the same time support the terrorists in Sri Lanka just to get the Tamil vote in UK? Now who are these Tamils? These are the Tamils that the British people welcomed to protect them from the murderous Singhalese and they are also the same people that the Canadians in the Eastern coast of Newfoundland welcomed in Canada with warm clothing and food after they have waded ashore through the icy waters having been dropped there by LTTE vessels (Read full letter)

A Letter to Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, MP by Lt Col. A. S. Amarasekera - Boxing Day, 2007 Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, MP Labour Party MP for Leicester East British Parliament London, UK Dear Keith Vaz, My attention was drawn recently to a Sunday Telegraph news item that said, “A Senior Labour MP in UK has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised.” I made further inquiries and was made to understand that it was you that the said article had referred to. It is very evident that some Tamils in your constituency who support you have completely misled you. You have therefore very unfortunately got hold of the wrong end of the stick. Though you are an Englishman you may perhaps be unaware how this age old English saying, ‘Got hold of the wrong end of the stick’ was introduced to your English language by your ancestors. Let me therefore educate you in this regard (read full letter)

Keith Vaz probed by anti-terrorism police - By Asoka Weerasinghe - Christmas Day, 2007 Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, MP Labour Party MP for Leicester East British Parliament London, UK Dear Keith Vaz: I just happened to read The Sunday Telegraph news item which said – *A Senior Labour MP in UK has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised.* Curiosity took a hold of me and I wondered who this fool was. For a moment’s breath did I expect to thread your name into this news item. And then lo and behold, sure enough it was Keith Vaz, the maverick Goanese-Britisher of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils who is supporting the Tamil Tiger terrorists cause in Sri Lanka. I should have known it. When it comes to *‘suicide bombers (Tamil Tigers) being praised’*in th UK; it is clear as the Ding-dong of the Big Ben that it would be Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East (Read full letter in SPUR).

Open Letter to Honorable Prime Minister, Mr.Gorden Brown - Dear Sir, I wish to put forward the following facts for your consideration.Labour MP Keith Vaz, who attended a rally in the ExCel centre in East London, conveniently pretends to be ignorant, believing that he could escape from the inconvenient predicament that he has spoken into. Although he wants the authorities to believe that he has become an innocent pawn, the truth is, his appearance together with other Labour British MPs is well premeditated. Such an appearance by a prominent politician with a retinue of MPs gives the strength and encouragement to this banned organization in the UK a moral victory, further more this act endorses their activities as normal. On several earlier occasions we have educated MR. Keith Vaz and his retinue, that they are supporting a brutal terrorist group.The absurdity or the irony of his involvement with a terrorist group puts his position as the Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, a parliamentary body scrutinizing Britain’s counter-terrorism laws makes a mockery of the British Parliamentary system. He addressed a rally at which a plea for support for suicide bombers was broadcast, he was caught with his pants down, and there’s no way that he could escape the gravity of his open support to this terrorist group as an error of judgment, then is it the stubbornness or the double standards of the British Parliamentary system (Read full letter).

Probe Into Vaz Rally Launched - British police is investigating a rally attended by NRI Labour MP Mr Keith Vaz in which LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, through a televised address, called for supporting their demand for a separate Tamil state. Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Command is looking at the rally which took place last month in East London, police said. The rally was organised by the UK-based Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group banned by the Home Office. Mr Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the rally after a televised address by Prabhakaran. The LTTE is a banned organisation in the UK. The NRI MP confirmed that the investigation was taking place. He was joined by a fellow Labour MP, Mr Joan Ryan in the rally. Their presence drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan High Commission. Mr Vaz, whose Leicester East constituency has 7,000 Tamils said he had attended the rally at the request of constituents and that he had been “happy to do so”. He said he was unaware about the LTTE leader's speech at the function. Mr Vaz, whose committee scrutinises the Home Office, said “my position on Sri Lanka is very simple: you have to return to the negotiating table. I condemn all forms of terrorism.” (Full report in The Statesman).

Labour MP lands in LTTE soup - Asian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz has gotten himself into an embarrassing investigation by anti-terrorism police, after the Sri Lankan high commissioner, Kshenuka Senewiratne, wrote to prime minister Gordon Brown to express her "serious concerns" at Vaz's presence at a rally here in support of the Tamil Tigers. Vaz, who heads an all-party Home Affairs Select committee that scrutinises all anti-terrorism legislation, is said to be under pressure, to explain his decision to speak at the rally last month. No stranger to controversies and in riding them out, in this case the fact that Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the rally will put political pressure on Vaz. A source close to the inquiry was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying, "We have recovered some evidence, including video footage, which we are studying." At the rally attended by more than 10,000 Tamil Tigers' supporters on November 27 a video address by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist group officially banned in Britain, was screened. Prabhakaran, posing in uniform in front of a flag, hailed "the immeasurable dedication and sacrifice of our heroes (suicide bombers)". Vaz has said he was unaware the Prabhakaran recording was to be shown and defended his decision to speak at the event. "Parliament has to decide who chairs select committees — not foreign governments or Gordon Brown," he said. Under the Terrorism Act, the Tigers cannot operate in Britain, own property or raise funds. It is also an offence to glorify their activities or to incite support for them. Vaz, who has 7,000 Tamils in his Leicester East constituency, added he attended at the request of constituents and that he had been "happy to do so". He had also received a "lovely letter" from the Sri Lankan authorities asking him to attend a cultural event days later, he added. "My position on Sri Lanka is very simple: you have to return to the negotiating table. I condemn all forms of terrorism." (Full report in Hindustan Times).

British police launch probe into pro-LTTE rally - A rally organised by supporters of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London last month and attended by two Asian Labour MPs, Keith Vaz and Virendra Sharma, has become the subject of a police investigation following protests from the Sri Lankan High Commission over the presence of ruling party MPs. A spokesperson told The Hindu that material from the event was being "assessed" to ascertain whether any criminal offence was involved but declined to confirm a Sunday Telegraph report that Vaz had been "contacted by the police" as part of the investigation. "We don't discuss who we speak to in an investigation." The material includes speeches and video footage of LTTE chief Prabakaran's speech urging the "entire Tamil-speaking world's support". Vaz, who chairs an all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, said. These calls will only get louder and louder unless there is peace." Sharma was more vocal in his support for the LTTE's aims, reportedly saying he had "long supported the Tamils' demand for their rights" (Full report in Daily News).

British police launch probe into pro-LTTE rally LONDON: A rally organised by supporters of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) here last month and attended by two Asian Labour MPs, Keith Vaz and Virendra Sharma, has become the subject of a police investigation following protests from the Sri Lankan High Commission over the presence of ruling party MPs. Hindu that material from the event was being?A spokesperson told The "assessed" to ascertain whether any criminal offence was involved but declined to confirm a Sunday Telegraph report that Mr. Vaz had been "contacted by the police" as part of the investigation. "We don’t discuss who we speak to in an investigation." The material includes speeches and video footage of LTTE chief Prabakaran’s "Heroes’ Day" address urging the "entire Tamil-speaking world to rise up." Mr Vaz, who chairs an all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, said at the rally: "I can totally understand the demand of some Tamils for an independent state. These calls will only get louder and louder unless there is just peace." Mr. Sharma was more vocal in his support for the LTTE’s aims, reportedly saying he had "long supported the Tamils’ demand for their rights". A third Labour MP, Joan Ryan, supported the Sri Lankan Tamils’ "struggle" for an independent homeland. The Sri Lankan High Commission accused the MPs of being "partisan to a proscribed terrorist group." (Full report in Island).

British police launch probe into pro-LTTE rally - A rally organised by supporters of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) here last month and attended by two Asian Labour MPs, Keith Vaz and Virendra Sharma, has become the subject of a police investigation following protests from the Sri Lankan High Commission over the presence of ruling party MPs. Material - A spokesperson told The Hindu that material from the event was being “assessed” to ascertain whether any criminal offence was involved but declined to confirm a Sunday Telegraph report that Mr. Vaz had been “contacted by the police” as part of the investigation. “We don’t discuss who we speak to in an investigation.” The material includes speeches and video footage of LTTE chief Prabakaran’s “Heroes’ Day” address urging the “entire Tamil-speaking world to rise up.” Mr Vaz, who chairs an all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, said at the rally: “I can totally understand the demand of some Tamils for an independent state. These calls will only get louder and louder unless there is just peace.” Mr. Sharma was more vocal in his support for the LTTE’s aims, reportedly saying he had “long supported the Tamils’ demand for their rights”. A third Labour MP, Joan Ryan, supported the Sri Lankan Tamils’ “struggle” for an independent homeland. The Sri Lankan High Commission accused the MPs of being “partisan to a proscribed terrorist group.” (Full report in Hindu).

Labour's Pro – LTTE Keith Vaz is no stranger to trouble - Keith Vaz has been dogged by controversy almost from day one of his political career. Once regarded as one of Labour's rising stars, Mr Vaz did indeed begin to scale the ministerial heights - but trouble was never far behind. A solicitor, Mr Vaz, 51, was elected to parliament in 1987 as MP for Leicester East. He was promoted to the front bench five years later as junior environment spokesman.  In 1999, he became the first Asian minister in British history when Tony Blair made him minister for Europe. Born in Yemen to Goan parents, Mr Vaz was soon describing himself as "a leading member, if not the leading member, of the Asian community in this country". Lord Irvine, the former Lord Chancellor, called him "the most incredible networker I have ever known". However, the networking came at a price. He was suspended from the Commons for a month in February 2002 after the standards and privileges committee found that he had committed serious breaches of the MPs' code of conduct by not fully declaring his financial links to the wealthy Hinduja brothers, whose passport applications caused the storm that saw Peter Mandelson resign from government. Mr Vaz has always been outspoken. In 1989, he accused the Thatcher government of a "conspiracy with muggers and rapists" because it had failed to boost police numbers in Leicester. A Roman Catholic, he was also active in Muslim protests against Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses and, in 1990, wrote a piece in The Guardian newspaper urging Rushdie not to publish the book in paperback because "there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech". Ten years later, the strong pro-European came under fire after threatening to hound Eurosceptics out of the Labour Party (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Friendship of Keith Vaz and LTTE - The MP who heads the parliamentary body scrutinising Britain’s counter-terrorism laws addressed a rally at which a plea for support for suicide bombers was broadcast, The Times has learnt. Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the annual Tamil rally in the ExCel centre in East London. He spoke after partipants watched a televised address by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organisation banned by the Home Office. Mr Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, was joined by a fellow Labour MP, Joan Ryan. Their presence drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan High Commission, which released a statement claiming that the event was a “clear violation of the UK terrorism laws”. The rally was organised by British-based Tamils on the birthday of the Tamil Tiger leader. In his address, Mr Vaz told an audience of more than 10,000 people: “I understand the demands made by some for an independent Tamil state. They will grow, unless there is justice.” Ms Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, told the rally: “I am sorry to have to remember the 70,000 innocent Tamils who lost their lives in the struggle. We must pursue the aims and values for which they lost their lives.” Earlier in the day, Mr Prabhakaran, in full military dress and in front of the LTTE flag, appeared on six giant screens calling for “the entire Tamil-speaking world to rise up for the liberation of Tamil Eelam”. In a reference to the LTTE’s use of suicide bombers, he said: “The immeasurable dedication and sacrifice of our heroes is delivering a message to the Sinhala nation.” The Sri Lankan High Commission accused Mr Vaz yesterday of being “partisan to a proscribed terrorist group” and claimed that the event was organised by apologists for terrorists. “This event was organised by a front organisation of a terrorist group for fundraising and propaganda purposes,” a spokesman said. When told of the contents of the LTTE leader’s speech and of the criticisms of the Sri Lankan Government, Mr Vaz, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, responded: “I’m not really interested in [the contents of Mr Prabhakaran's speech]. “I was there to deliver a message from the all-party group, which is what I do. I was there to deliver a message from my constituents. I have many Tamil people in my constituency.” Mr Vaz said he was unaware that the Tamil leader was going to speak. Under the UK Terrorism Act, the Tigers are banned from raising funds, holding property or operating in any form. It is an offence to glorify their activities, or incite others to support them. Ms Ryan also said that she did not realise that Mr Prabhakaran had spoken. “I told the meeting that we need to find peace through peaceful means and, as is the case in all such conflicts, a negotiated settlement needs to be found urgently,” she said (Full report in blogspot).

MP in charge of anti-terrorism scrutiny speaks at event linked to Tamil bombers - The MP who heads the parliamentary body scrutinising Britain’s counter-terrorism laws addressed a rally at which a plea for support for suicide bombers was broadcast, The Times has learnt. Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the annual Tamil rally in the ExCel centre in East London. He spoke after partipants watched a televised address by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organisation banned by the Home Office. Mr Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, was joined by a fellow Labour MP, Joan Ryan. Their presence drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan High Commission, which released a statement claiming that the event was a “clear violation of the UK terrorism laws”. The rally was organised by British-based Tamils on the birthday of the Tamil Tiger leader. In his address, Mr Vaz told an audience of more than 10,000 people: “I understand the demands made by some for an independent Tamil state. They will grow, unless there is justice.” Ms Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, told the rally: “I am sorry to have to remember the 70,000 innocent Tamils who lost their lives in the struggle. We must pursue the aims and values for which they lost their lives.” Earlier in the day, Mr Prabhakaran, in full military dress and in front of the LTTE flag, appeared on six giant screens calling for “the entire Tamil-speaking world to rise up for the liberation of Tamil Eelam”. In a reference to the LTTE’s use of suicide bombers, he said: “The immeasurable dedication and sacrifice of our heroes is delivering a message to the Sinhala nation.” The Sri Lankan High Commission accused Mr Vaz yesterday of being “partisan to a proscribed terrorist group” and claimed that the event was organised by apologists for terrorists. “This event was organised by a front organisation of a terrorist group for fundraising and propaganda purposes,” a spokesman said. When told of the contents of the LTTE leader’s speech and of the criticisms of the Sri Lankan Government, Mr Vaz, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, responded: “I’m not really interested in [the contents of Mr Prabhakaran's speech]. (Full report in Times on Line on 08 December 2007)

Friendship of Keith Vaz and LTTE - The MP who heads the parliamentary body scrutinising Britain’s counter-terrorism laws addressed a rally at which a plea for support for suicide bombers was broadcast, The Times has learnt. Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the annual Tamil rally in the ExCel centre in East London. He spoke after partipants watched a televised address by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organisation banned by the Home Office. Mr Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, was joined by a fellow Labour MP, Joan Ryan. Their presence drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan High Commission, which released a statement claiming that the event was a “clear violation of the UK terrorism laws”. The rally was organised by British-based Tamils on the birthday of the Tamil Tiger leader. In his address, Mr Vaz told an audience of more than 10,000 people: “I understand the demands made by some for an independent Tamil state. They will grow, unless there is justice.” (Full report in World Press).

Keith Vaz, British Labor MP with a past, playing footsy with the Tamil Tigers  - After a meeting held at Dr. Nicholas Pillai the Tamils opposed to the Tamil Tigers in Britain agreed to meet Keith Vaz, the controversial MP of the Labor Party who is now heading the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils in Britain. The Tamils who participated in this meeting are: Dr. Nicholas Pillai ( TULF) Raghavan alias Rajeskumar, Nirmala Rajeskumar, Suppaiah Krishnapillai alias N.S.Krishnar, Nesan Shankar Raji (EROS), S.Theepan (ENDLF) , R.Jayadevan A.K.Vivekanandan (TDC) V.Sivalingham T.Rangan, Keeran and P. Rajanayagam (SDF). The meeting with Keith Vaz MP was scheduled earlier to be held today at 3 PM in a room in the British Parliament. But according to the latest information the meeting has been delayed and time changed as Keith Vaz MP has to attend a funeral. Therefore they have relocated the meeting to Portcullis House instead of a room in British Parliament to accommodate all and meeting will start at 5.30pm. (Full report in Asian Tribune on 27 June 2007).

Keith Vaz in trouble after attending pro-LTTE event -  NRI Labour MP Keith Vaz has been criticised by the Sri Lankan high commission for attending an event here in which LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, through a televised address, called for supporting their demand for a separate Tamil state. Vaz, the Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the annual Tamil rally in east London after a televised address by Prabhakaran, the commander of the LTTE, a terrorist organisation banned by the British government. The rally was organised by UK-based Sri Lankan Tamils on the birthday of the LTTE leader. The presence of Vaz, MP from Indian-dominated Leicester east, and a fellow Labour MP, Joan Ryan, drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan high commission which released a statement claiming that the event was a "clear violation of the UK terrorism laws". The police, who recorded the gathering, said they were "assessing material from the event" to ascertain if there is any evidence of criminal offences being committed. The high commission also accused 51-year-old Vaz of being "partisan to a proscribed terrorist group" and claimed that the event was organised by a front organisation of the LTTE. "This event was organised by a front organisation of a terrorist group for fundraising and propaganda purposes," a Sri Lankan high commission spokesman said yesterday. When asked about contents of the LTTE leader's speech and criticism by the Sri Lankan government, Vaz, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, said he was unaware about the LTTE leader's speech at the function (Full report in Zee News).

MPs in row over pro-LTTE rally - The Sri Lankan High Commission here has strongly protested over the presence of three Labour MPs, including Keith Vaz , the high-profile Asian MP from Leicester, and Virendra Sharma from Ealing Southall, at a rally in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) although the organisation is banned under Britain’s terror laws. Joan Ryan, the third Labour MP present at the event, is ironically an outspoken supporter of the government’s controversial anti-terrorism policy. Mr Vaz, on the other hand, has often criticised the government for overlooking human rights considerations in the name of fighting terror. The rally, organised by the Tamil National Remembrance Foundation, to pay homage to LTTE activists killed in clashes with Sri Lankan security forces, also received messages of “support” from London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes, according to TamilNet, the worldwide pro-LTTE website. The rally’s highpoint was a “live” televised “Heroes’ Day” address by the LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabakaran, who urged “the entire Tamil-speaking world” to rise up. Reacting with fury to the presence of Britain’s ruling party MPs at such a function, the Sri Lankan High Commission accused them of being “partisan to a proscribed terrorist group”. “This event was organised by a front organisation of a terrorist group for fundraising and propaganda purposes,” it said (Full report in Hindu on 9 December 2007).

Row over UK's Labour Party MPs support to LTTE - A row has broken out over the attendance of three of Britain's governing Labour Party MPs, including the high-profile Goan-origin Keith Vaz and Ealing Southall's new representative Virendra Sharma, at a several-thousand-strong expatriate Tamil event to pay their respects to those who died in the "Tamil liberation struggle". The Sri Lankan High Commission here has protested at Vaz's attendance, describing it as an act that shows he is "partisan to a proscribed terrorist group". Vaz currently chairs the influential parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, which has oversight of Britain's counter-terrorism laws. The LTTE, referred to by the Sri Lankan authorities, is proscribed in Britain. Under the UK Terrorism Act, the Tigers are banned from raising funds, holding property or operating in any form and it is an offence to glorify their activities, or incite others to support them. The Sri Lankan High Commission claimed the event was organised by apologists for terrorists, and more particularly, by "a front organisation of a terrorist group for fundraising and propaganda purposes" (Full report in Times of India on 08 December 2007).

Keith Vaz faces flak for attending LTTE event - NRI Labour MP Keith Vaz has been criticised by the Sri Lankan High Commission for attending an event here in which LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, through a televised address, called for supporting their demand for a separate Tamil state. Advertisment Related Stories Brick Lane on the verge of losing its flavour? First Lady second time for Sarkozy? Religious faith was source of strength: Blair Kamalesh Sharma is new C’wealth Secy Gen FM Darling apologises after losing details of half of UK population Vaz, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, addressed the annual Tamil rally in East London after a televised address by Prabhakaran, the commander of the LTTE, a terrorist organisation banned by the British Government. The rally was organised by UK-based Sri Lankan Tamils on the birthday of the LTTE leader. The presence of Vaz, MP from Indian-dominated Leicester East, and a fellow Labour MP, Joan Ryan, drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan High Commission which released a statement claiming that the event was a “clear violation of the UK terrorism laws”. The police, who recorded the gathering, said they were “assessing material from the event” to ascertain if there is any evidence of criminal offences being committed. When asked about contents of the LTTE leader’s speech and criticism by Sri Lanka, Vaz, said he was unaware about the LTTE leader’s speech at the function. “I’m not really interested in (the contents of Prabhakaran’s speech). I was there to deliver a message from the all-party group from my constituents. I have many Tamil people in my constituency,” Vaz said (Full report in Sunday Express on 09 December 2007).

Labour's Keith Vaz in inquiry over Tamil rally - A senior Labour MP has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. News of the inquiry has put pressure on Keith Vaz, the former Labour minister who heads the all-party home affairs select committee, to defend his decision to speak at last month's rally at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in support of the Sri Lankan breakaway movement, the Tamil Tigers. Mr Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, whose Commons committee is in charge of scrutinising all anti-terrorism legislation, has been contacted by police investigating the event. The Sri Lankan high commissioner, Kshenuka Senewiratne, has written to Gordon Brown to express her "serious concerns" at Mr Vaz's presence at the rally. Sri Lankan officials have also privately complained that Mr Vaz's attendance was incompatible with his status as home affairs committee chairman, in which role he has clashed with Mr Brown and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, over plans to increase from 28 to 42 the number of days terror suspects can be held without charge (Full report in Telegraph UK).

 

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