officials accused of covering up for LTTE
From Neville de Silva in London
Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
based in the Wanni were publicly castigated by a London-based Sri
Lankan Tamil whose kidnapping and detention by the LTTE have led
to investigations by Britain's security services and also reached
London's High Court this month.
Jeyadevan, who was held in detention for two months in an LTTE house
in the area it controlled, said that the ICRC had several offices
in the Wanni but was "inactive" and makes no effort to
press the LTTE over its clandestine detention camps where several
persons were held and reportedly tortured.
on the London-based Tamil Broadcasting Corporation which is heard
worldwide via satellite or the internet, Mr. Jeyadevan said that
while he was in detention the LTTE declared open an interrogation
room for the Tiger police. The ceremony was attended by ICRC officials.
the ICRC ignored the detention centres where the LTTE unlawfully
held people. Mr. Jeyadevan said he was held in a dilapidated house
in Puthukudiyirappu in the Mullaitivu district.
house was in an eight acre block and there was also an LTTE office
there. More importantly an ICRC office was located a "stone's
throw" from the house in which he and another British citizen
of Tamil origin, Arumugam Vivekanandan. were held.
Jeyadevan said there were armed LTTE security men acting as guards
to prevent them from escaping or even leaving the premises. But
the ICRC did not seem interested in what was going on though he
had seen an ICRC official on a bicycle when he was being driven
to see a doctor.
of the ICRC Communication in Sri Lanka, Marshal Izard dismissed
the issue on the basis that as an international organization they
could not comment on a particular case.