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 Post subject: Enemy within - To Majors, a Captain in custody - updated....
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:17 am 
Enemy within - Two Majors and a Captain in custody

Source: The Nation / 03Dec2006

Major Manamendra Dissanayake attached to the artillery regiment allegedly obtained money from the LTTE to provide information regarding the movements of Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge and Colonel Tuwan Muthalif. Major Piyasiri Perera has been arrested by intelligence sleuths plotting to assassinate a very high ranking Army officer involved in the security of the Colombo city. He had gone to LTTE controlled areas on several occasions and met up with Tiger intelligence wing leaders. A third Major by the name of Peiris, has also been arrested by Army intelligence for allegedly providing information to the LTTE. He is released after interrogation.

The seriousness of the LTTE infiltration of the Army is becoming shockingly obvious with at two three Majors now in custody for providing information to the Tigers. Seven military personnel were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate, Kusala Sarojini Weerawardene who ordered their detention. Among them is the Army officer who was the deputy of the intelligence unit in charge of Colombo.

Last week the Army arrested a Major attached to the artillery regiment suspected to have been involved in the killing of Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge. Major Manamendra Dissanayake is now in custody and is being interrogated by the CID. He allegedly obtained money from the LTTE to provide information regarding the movements of Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge and Colonel Tuwan Muthalif.

In a twist to the story his elder brother committed suicide by jumping into the Bolgoda Lake with his daughter on November 28. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Dharmathilake residing at Kandalanda, Panagoda Army housing scheme, had met his younger brother now in Police custody. There Major Manamendra had told his brother that there was no way out for him. Dharmathilake had been depressed over Manamendra’s plight, and had committed suicide while on a pleasure boat ride on the Bolgoda Lake. He had suddenly jumped into the lake holding his daughter. The child was later rescued. The wife of the deceased, giving evidence to police, said that her husband was worried about his brother and the alleged claims that he had been involved in the assassination of Gen. Parami Kulatunge. Major Manamendra had also resided at Panagoda, where Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunge was living at the time of his death.

Another Major, Perera, has been arrested by intelligence sleuths plotting to assassinate a very high ranking Army officer involved in the security of the Colombo city. This Major had gone to LTTE controlled areas on several occasions and met up with Tiger intelligence wing leaders. It is said that he met Charles, a deputy to LTTE intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman, on three occasions. The Major had agreed to assist a suicide cadre to kill the senior officer. This particular senior Army officer has been instrumental in raiding several LTTE safe houses and carrying out undercover operations against LTTE cadres who had infiltrated Colombo.

However, the suicide cadre who was sent to Colombo on the mission had surrendered to the Army and revealed the Major’s involvement in the plot. Later an undercover intelligence officer who pretended to be the suicide bomber had arranged a meeting with Major Perera at the Buhari Hotel in Maradana. Unknown to the Major the whole meeting was filmed by Army Intelligence. In this tape the Major had agreed to take another suicide bomber in to a high ranking Defence officer’s meeting. Perera had proposed to do so by providing the suicide bomber an Army uniform and pretending that the Tiger cadre was his buddy. At the end of the discussion when the disguised intelligence officer was about to leave on what was supposed to be a mission to assassinate a top military officer, the Major had said, “Don’t fail this time like you fellows did with the Army Commander.” This Major who is now in custody has also passed information to the LTTE regarding the Stanley Powerhouse in Kollonawa and several military housing schemes. Army sources say he is to be court-martialled. However, it is reliably learned that the Major has secured the services of several top lawyers to defend him.

Going on the information received by the LTTE suicide cadre and those already taken in to custody, the Army and Police have managed to arrest several others for colluding with the LTTE. Now the hunt is on for a suspected Army Sergeant who was under the command of Major Perera. When the police searched the sergeant’s Kalutara house they found nearly 50 computers in his possession. It was also revealed that this Army Sergeant had built a three-storied house in Colombo and had given a car as a dowry to his sister. The Sergeant is now missing.

A third Major by the name of Peiris has also been arrested by Army intelligence for allegedly providing information to the LTTE. He is released after interrogation.


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 Post subject: ‘Major’ went out of his way to offer Parami to Tigers
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:46 am 
‘Major’ went out of his way to offer Parami to Tigers

@ The Island / 05Dec2006
by Shamindra Ferdinando


Authorities investigating, what could be the worst spy scandal in the army, believe an officer holding the rank of Major, under investigation, may have had a hand in the August 14 attack on Pakistan High Commissioner Colonel (redt.) Bashir Wali Mohammed, near the ‘Capri’, in the Kollupitiya police area.

There is speculation that the explosives-laden trishaw, used to target Mohammed, had been kept at a place in the Homagama police area. The suspect is believed to have arranged this. Although Wali survived the attack, the blast claimed the lives of seven people including four soldiers. The Major facilitated the attack on Wali, well informed sources said.

An army headquarters official acknowledged that the ongoing investigation revealed the officer’s complicity in clandestine LTTE operations. The Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) is believed to have investigated the officer before taking him to custody. After conducting a preliminary investigation the DMI had handed over the suspect to Terrorist Investigation Division (TID).

The suspect acknowledged passing information on the movements of Major Tuan Mutalif and Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga. Mutalif had been with the DMI. Although the Tigers specifically had asked for Mutalif’s movements, they had not made a particular request about Kulatunga, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. The suspect claimed that he offered Kulatunga when Tigers asked for information on senior officers. The sources underscored the fact that the LTTE wanted to take a major target and did not care what it was as long as its objective was met.

The Island learns that the suspect had been at a party in the evening of the day an LTTE suicide cadre assassinated Kulatunga.

The Major’s handler had been apprehended. The LTTE cadre substantiated the Major’s account of deception, treachery and treason. He had received large sums of money over a period of time. He had lived a life of luxury. The sources said that the suspect had been a frequent visitor to posh Colombo casinos where good food and expensive women were a way of life. The suspect had also forced a person allegedly involved in foreign exchange transactions to pay him almost Rs 40 million. The Major and a group of persons, including some soldiers, had been involved in this. Inquiries revealed the victim, too, may have had a connection with the LTTE and had helped the organisation to transfer money. The sources said that Major’s gang had spent the blood money lavishly. Investigators had managed to recover a fraction of the money and some of the items purchased with the money.


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You had people like this in our ancient times. What our kings did to them was cut their heads off in public. I appeal to the government to do the same.


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 Post subject: Major Piyasiri Perera to a military court
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:11 am 
Major Piyasiri Perera to a military court
Captain and corporal arrested for alleged links with LTTE

@ The Nation / 24 DEC 2006 / By Tissa Ravindra

A military court comprising three Brigadiers, a Colonel and a Major will try Major Piyasiri Perera, who is charged with providing information to the LTTE to plan the assassination of several senior military officials and attacks on economic nerve centres in the city on January 15.

The suspect military official was arrested at Buhari Hotel in Maradana on August 20. Since then, four lawyers have appeared for the suspect who, according to intelligence received by the investigating teams, are paid by the LTTE.

Vital information transpired during inquiries against Major Manamendra as well. He was attached to the Office of the Colombo Operations Command (OCC) at the time of arrest. Inquiries revealed that the abortionist who was attested with the Major and his gang had extorted money from businessmen under threat.

On Monday, a Tiger cadre who planned attacks in Colombo was arrested by security forces. His involvement in the assassination of Lt. General Parami Kulathunga, Lt. Colonel Muthalif and other vehicle transactions were also revealed during investigations.

However, the military officer who helped in the assassination attempt on the Army Commander is still at large.

Even as an inquiry against several Majors was underway, a captain of the army was arrested last week by the Military Police in Valachchainai on the same charge.

He stated to the security personnel conducting inquiries into the assassination of three Karuna faction members at Kumburumulla, Valachchainai who met him accidentally, that he was there to show the area to his wife on their way back from Kataragama.

However, the inquiries revealed that he had misled the Officer-in-Charge of the police area that he was a military intelligence officer, on a visit to the area as part of his duty. Later he disclosed his secret relations with the LTTE when he was the Commanding Officer of a military detachment at the Black Bridge at Chenkaladi, Batticaloa. He is alleged to have received two Dolphin vans from the LTTE for his private use. One of these vans was returned on his transfer to Boosa army camp, while the other was retained.

It was revealed that his driver, Azad, provided him accommodation during his visits to the area. During the inquiries, Azad and two women — one Muslim and the other Tamil — were taken into custody. The Captain concerned is alleged to have a close rapport with a 42-year-old Tamil woman, whose sister is married to a prominent LTTE intelligence cadre. It is reported that the officer concerned is the owner of several luxury buses operating on the Galle–Colombo route. He is also believed to be constructing a house at the cost of Rs. 5 million. The Tamil woman disclosed that the LTTE had given a pistol to the suspect officer. Sleuths said the suspect has already admitted his guilt. The SIM card of his satellite telephone and his bank accounts are now the main focus of the probe.

An army corporal attached to the Minneriya training school who is alleged to have supported the LTTE, was arrested on the same day of the arrest of the Captain. The security forces seized two sophisticated mobile telephones and 10 SIM cards of different mobile telephones in his possession. The Corporal was arrested in the very act of video filming the main entrances to the camp, the armoury, and the firing range, on information from a fellow soldier. His excuse was that he wanted to check his camera phone, which he had purchased recently. The suspect is now being questioned by a team of investigators, who sent the SIM cards to Colombo for further examination.

Meanwhile, intelligence was received that about 100 kilos of high powered explosives have been hidden at a secret location in Homagama, probably for an attack on military personnel in Panagoda, 11 Division headquarters or the officers’ quarters at Kandalanda.

It is the responsibility of the military Intelligence to track down the traitors in the security forces that coalesce with the LTTE.

The punishment for traitors under the laws enacted in 1941 is death by shooting. The misdemeanour of military officers who betrayed the army and jeopardised the country’s security could be more suitably punished in this manner, setting an example to others who might be tempted to follow the same path.

It is understood that several experienced officers from the three forces have fled the country for fear of being betrayed to the LTTE by their fellow officers, like in the case of the late Lt. General Parami Kulatunga.



Greedy "Majors" had close links with LTTE

Source : The nation / 07Jan2007

Major Manamendra Dassanayake developed links with the LTTE when he was based in Vavuniya, the army’s 521 division. The surveillance on him continued after he was transferred to the Overall Operations Command. Manamendra, implicated in the assassination of Deputy Chief of Staff Parami Kulatunga, is now being questioned in connection with the attempt on the life of the Army Commander.

The defence establishment is keen to see whether the seven army personnel in custody were linked in several plots of the LTTE or each case stood in isolation.

Investigators have asked Manamendra to account for his two-hour long absence from army headquarters from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. on April 25, the day the LTTE woman suicide bomber blew herself up at army headquarters at 1:30 p.m. Major Manamendra, who denied any involvement, said he was playing at a Casino during that time.

How come a responsible army officer could behave is such a callous manner when the Commander of the Army was targeted and his fate was not known for a while.

Sleuths are also probing why he had parked his car at Nawaloka and proceeded to army headquarters by foot. They are also investigating whether he had links with another Major from the Military Police who was on duty at the time of the blast. It is also learnt that Major Manamendra had lent a big sum of money to another officer responsible for visitors entering the Army Headquarters. How the suicide bomber entered the premises and who assisted her to gain entry is still to be established.
All telephone calls to and from Manamendra for a while are being scrutinized.

Right now, the motive appears to be greed by individual officers for filthy lucre. For instance, Major Manamendra, was questioned as to his assets and could not explain how there was Rs. 3.2 million in his child’s bank account.

He allegedly had obtained two million rupees from the LTTE to provide information regarding the movements of Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunga and Colonel Nizam Muthaliff who was one of the most brilliant intelligence officers the country had produced.

In a twist to the Manamendra story, his elder brother Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Dharmathilake, who was given several lakhs of rupees by him to buy a lorry, committed suicide by jumping into the Bolgoda Lake on November 28. This was after Major Manamendra had reportedly told his brother that there was no way out for him. Dharmathilake had been depressed over Manamendra’s plight, and had committed suicide while on a pleasure ride on the Bolgoda Lake. He had suddenly jumped into the lake holding his daughter who was later rescued.

Major Manamendra had also resided at Panagoda, where Lt. Gen. Parami Kulatunga was living at the time of his death. He videoed Kulatunga’s movements, his security detail and passed on the footage to the LTTE to plan the attack.

The fresh investigations that are to be launched will try to piece together the entire plot and see whether there are links in all assassinations.

In the case of, Major Piyasiri Perera, a Volunteer Officer of the Ceylon Light Infantry, who is alleged to have pilfered information to the LTTE bent on wiping out the army top brass, he faces a court martial that went into recession and will resume this week. Brigadier Rajitha Silva presides over the military court comprising two other brigadiers, a colonel and major.

Major was filmed during a conversation with an undercover intelligence officer posing off as a suicide bomber at Buhari Hotel, Maradana.

He was allegedly plotting to assassinate a top officer involved in the security of the Colombo city and was responsible for the raid of several alleged Tiger safe houses. Major Perera had gone to LTTE-controlled areas on three occasions and met up with Tiger intelligence wing leaders including Charles, a deputy to LTTE intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman.

Major Perera had agreed (on tape) to take a suicide bomber into the office of a Brigadier by providing him with an army uniform. At the end of the discussion, when the undercover intelligence officer was about to leave on the purported suicide mission, Major Perera had said, “Don’t fail this time like you fellows did with the Army Commander.”

The hunt is on for a suspected army sergeant who was under the command of Major Perera.



Arms recovered from Captain’s father’s house

[@ Source: LT - 8th January 2007 / ST - 07Jan2006)

A large stock of bombs and ammunition has been found in the residence of the father of the Army captain who is detained for supplying information to tiger terrorists was raided by the Military Police.

The Army Captain was arrested at Welikande for supplying vital information to the tigers for financial gains.

Among the arms that have been recovered at Captain’s father’s house at Duwegoda area in Pitigala police division are 40 mm bombs used in grenade launchers, 8 hand grenades and ammunition.

The arms have been recovered from information obtained from the Captain while interrogation.

The Army Captain had been serving in the South and was arrested at Welikande while coming after meeting tiger leaders. When he was arrested a satellite telephone had been in his possession.

His father too has been detained for questioning.

The Captain had sought and obtained a posting in a southern Army establishment. This was on compassionate grounds after it was brought to light that his wife was in a very bad state of health. One day he had obtained leave and was away from his post. It came to light that he had visited Tiger guerrilla-held Kokkadicholai to provide the LTTE vital intelligence information. The officer is now under investigation by the Military Police.

Another instance is the arrest of an Army sergeant. He was deployed in an important military establishment in the North Central Province. He had in his possession ten different SIM cards for mobile phones and a satellite telephone. In addition, he also had video footage of key military and other installations. They were meant to be handed over to the LTTE. The Sergeant, who is now under interrogation, is learnt to have admitted to his links with the LTTE and having received attractive cash payments for the services he provided.



Army officer indicted over Mutalif assassination

@ The Island /Friday, December 19, 2008
by Priyalal Sirisena


The Attorney General’s Department yesterday filed an indictment against Major D. M. Dissanayake in connection with the assassination of Major Thuwan Nizam Muthaliff in May 2005. Dissanayake is charged on two counts - aiding and abetting the assassination, and conspiracy to commit the assassination together with some others between January 01 2005 and May 21 2005.

Major Nizam Muthaliff, the Commanding Officer of the 1st Military Intelligence Corps of the Sri Lanka Army was shot at Kirullapone on May 31 2005 at about 7.30 a.m., when his car slowed down at a traffic signal. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries sustained in the head and chest. He was 39 years old at the time of his assassination.

The case will be heard by High Court Judge W. A. T. Rathnayake on March 18 2009.


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