Deported former LTTE leader wants seat in Sri Lanka Parliament

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, says that he plans to revamp the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) as a strong political party and wants to contest the next parliamentary elections.

“I will be meeting the President shortly and send representatives to the All-Party Representative Committee to find a political solution to the conflict” said Karuna, a former leader in the LTTE told Colombo newspaper The Sunday Times.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have criticised the British government for allowing Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna Amman, a former Tamil Tigers leader, to return to Sri Lanka as a free man.

HRW and Amnesty International have urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and prosecute him for alleged war crimes committed by him as commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

45-year-old Karuna was released from a jail in London last month after serving three months for entering Britain on a forged visa and diplomatic passport.

In other developments surrounding to his return to Sri Lanka last week, Karuna still maintains that he is the leader of the TMVP, but reportedly admitted that there was an attempt by certain top government officials to split the outfit without the knowledge of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Speaking to Colombo newspaper Daily Mirror, Karuna also insisted that he never framed Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa or any other government official during court proceedings in London over how he obtained a false passport to enter the UK illegally.

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), also know as Karuna Group is a political party and a paramilitary group in Sri Lanka. It was formed in 2004 by break-away LTTE Military Head of Batticaloa district V. Muralitharan (Colonel Karuna).

Human Rights Groups say the Government of Sri Lanka is not prosecuting the former LTTE leader since his split faction is now fighting along with Government of Sri Lanka armed forces. TMVP – the split faction, is accused of committing many rights violations.

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