The Fraud Investigations Bureau in Colombo has found that Deputy Minister Karuna Amman had sent young Tamil women and men after taking large sums of money to Togo and Mali in Western Africa in an illegal manner. The racket had been carried out through the deputy minister’s personal security officer (PSO) Wasantham’s wife, Geetha.
These details have been revealed after the police had arrested Arunagirinatham alias Ruban, who is the mastermind behind the racket, on the 18th and handed over to the Fraud Investigations Bureau for further interrogation. He was arrested for allegedly trying to re-organize the LTTE by enlisting the support of the people.
He was arrested at 11.15 p.m. on the 18th while he was on the road opposite the Sooriyan Inn at 18/3, Railway Avenue, Wellawatte.
A senior officer from the Fraud Bureau said that the individual has been charged of bringing down about 269 young Tamil men and women to Colombo from Vavuniya and Batticaloa, keeping them in hiding stating that they are being unlawfully detained and harassed by the security forces, sending these persons to Togo and Mali in an illegal manner and making them stay in a stadium in the respective country without any facilities and possessing fake documents indicating he is a sailor.
The suspect is a resident of 45/89C, Pillayar Kovil Path, Kurumankadu, Vavuniya. He was born on August 9, 1984 in Murimute on Paranthan Road and his ID number is 842221234V.
The suspect’s father is a prison official named Sabhapathi Arunagirinathan. His mother’s name is Arunagirinathan Maheswari.
The suspect’s eldest brother, Arunagirinathan Jeyabaran had been a senior member of the LTTE. His statements has revealed that his eldest brother had led the LTTE in battles against the security forces and had dies while battling on the front lines during the Jaya Sikuru operation.
The suspect’s second sibling is A. Jeyanimalan is a resident of Pareithura and is currently a teacher at the Murisamutai Muruganadan School.
The third in the family, A. Jeyaseetharan is currently residing in France and had fled the country during the ceasefire between the LTTE and the security forces.
The fourth in the family, A. Jeyaprakash has managed to flee to Italy with the suspect’s help.
The suspect had been educated at the American Vision School in Thambasetti from grade one till six and had later received his education from the Ramanathan College in Vattikachchi area in Paranthan, which was under LTTE control, and the Dharmapuram College.
The suspect had previously sent Tamil men and women to overseas countries as refugees and he had been supported by Deputy Minister Karuna Amman. The officer who gave us the information said that measures are being taken to arrest the deputy minister’s PSO and his wife.