How many Tamils PAID to be TORTURED to get asylum in the UK?
Posted on October 12th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

We are talking about sterling pounds 5000-6000 being paid to be burnt with cigarette butt ends and face other tortures to enable British doctors to verify health records and endorse the torture as being ‘recent’ and to imply the tortures/rape were committed by the Sri Lankan forces. The monetary aspect fattens the purses of those making a business out of torture-asylum and enables foreign governments to use these examples to politically target countries like Sri Lanka to facilitate interventionist roles. Is the UK authorities silent because they are well aware of their role in this? Does the UK authorities not mind UK tax payers having to eventually finance these ‘economic cum terrorist-linked’ refugees/asylum seekers who end up not only manipulating the UK social welfare systems but playing out the British public via notorious international rackets the LTTE and Diaspora elements are linked to?

The international tarnishing campaigns against Sri Lanka takes the form of reports, documentaries, films, panel discussions which are all funded by Foreign Governments through NGOs established for interventionist purposes.

The best example is the released report by Yasmin Soosa who was selected by Ban Ki Moon to be a member of his (not UN) Panel of Experts.

Yasmin Sooka’s report ‘An unfinished war: Torture and Sexual violence in Sri Lanka 2009-2014’ was a politically motivated report. In her own words she says we released the report in time before the Geneva Resolution because we wanted to influence the Geneva resolution”.

Yasmin Sooka’s report is politically and denies her any status as ‘independent’ because the ‘Unfinished war: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009-2014’ report is funded by the British Foreign Office through the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales while Sooka’s other project partner ‘International Trust and Justice Project Sri Lanka’ is impossible to locate!

Sooka’s report takes a sample of 40 ‘selected’ asylum seekers majority of whom the report says were ‘involved in active combat’ a feeble way to admit they were associated with the LTTE. The mystery remains with the non-disclosure of the witnesses, how they contacted the lawyers, no one knows who the lawyers are, no one knows who the medical experts are or even who the translators are – there is much always lost in translation given that these ‘victims’ in view of them seeking to remain in the UK have all the motives to invent stories and they make an excellent couple for those wanting to politically and diplomatically influence Sri Lanka!

When Sooka herself is an EU employee how can her report have any credibility?

Therefore, the Sooka report and its 40 ‘selected’ asylum seekers involved in ‘active combat’ leaves much to the imagination.

So does the BBC documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s unfinished war’. Notice how these same coterie of people are united in their usage of nomenclatures.

The story of the asylum seeker the BBC documentary presented by Frances Harrison introduced as ‘Nandani’ won her asylum in the UK.

The story has helped to uncover a sinister racket taking place in the UK and possibly elsewhere in all of the western destinations that Sri Lanka’s Tamils are seeking economic migrant status riding on the asylum ticket.

In the case of the UK the system for asylum/refugee is lax.

To apply as a refugee/asylum seek a person needs to leave their country and be unable to go back because of fear. Even a student or visitor arriving in the UK can apply if they think they are at risk of persecution when returning to their country. Asylum seekers are screened, they go through an asylum interview and a decision is given within 6 months.

With this process clear the avenues to manipulate the system are many and UK Tamil Diaspora have found ways to penetrate the system thus creating a profit making establishment for themselves which has worked well for the Western Governments ready to use these systems for their

Just like the Sooka report was released to influence the Geneva Resolution, the BBC documentary was released in November 2013 ahead of the Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit. Sooka presented 40 cases, Frances Harrison presented 12 cases. Both reports were funded to focus on ‘Torture and rape’ as a new subject for intervention. Both reports aimed to show systematic and widespread rape existing in Sri Lanka and Nandani’s case was highlighted as the 1st post-conflict rape to come into public.

The lies of Nandani became exposed through an interview with Nandani’s mother. BBC’s and Frances Harrison’s heroine was in fact married to Uhan Padmarasa a pro-LTTE activist who had been sent by LTTE to the UK in 1995 and had been living there since. Nandani and Uhan had married in India in mid 2000 and her desire was to join him in the UK.

Thus she joins so many other women unable to join their spouses because either the spouse has a dubious record or there are fears that the true nature of who they are would get exposed at the asylum interview.

The next recourse is to seek legal counsel and there are agents and solicitors to provide ever ready services at a fee.

The question is how many Tamils spent sterling pounds 5000-6000 with additional sterling pounds 1500 as processing fees to gain asylum in the UK?

How many Tamils have sought assistance from the below featured solicitors?


  • How many Tamils have enduring physical scarring /tortures for a fee in order to foolishly think they can get asylum in the UK?


  • How many Tamils have been foolish to get their bodies burnt with cigarette butts, beaten with hot metal rods or cut and scarred to show physical torture?


  • How many Tamils have visited a location at 53 South End Lane, Brombley, SE6 3AB supposedly belonging to a Pirakash Gobalasingham who has close ties to internationally banned Tamil Rehabilitation Organization an LTTE front?


  • How many Tamils have been medically checked by British medical doctors and what is the guarantee that they are not involved in this scam and how many Tamils are willing to come forward and expose these crimes and expose these people making profits by physically scarring people who would do anything to get asylum in a Western country?

* How many Tamils as a result of these tortures are suffering adversely as a result inspite of actually gaining asylum. As for those who inspite of paying for their wounds could not secure asylum, how are they suffering with these wounds which will never leave them physically or mentally with the realization that they actually paid to get the wounds inflicted.

Does this not look like a ‘patterened’ and paid wound? How many other such ‘wounds’ have been paid for and used by NGOs/INGOs for their reports and by Foreign Governments to embarrass Sri Lanka???

The BBC Documentary shows a Dr. Allison Callaway who says she has examined over 200 cases of alleged torture from Sri Lanka in the past 5 years (after 2009). What is interesting is that she has examined Nandani and Dr. Callaway says she has 30 cigarette butt burns on her body including genital areas. When we now know that Nandani has been telling lies, matched with the realization that there is a paid racket on charging to inflict wounds on asylum seekers we need to seriously place Dr. Allison’s claim with the all-important question of how many other Tamil asylum seekers have gone through this torture.

This is the first in a new case study of asylum seekers actually paying to get wounds inflicted on them so as to facilitate their application for asylum.

This is a very dangerous scenario. If asylum seekers from across the globe also pays to get themselves tortured and thus NGOs take up their ‘cause’ and demand asylum from foreign governments what will this result in especially when the BBC report says that some rape cases had been given asylum even without verifying authenticity?

These cases that Sooka, BBC and Frances Harrison gives as examples are certainly not fake because there are bruises but these bruises are as a result of paying to get bruised and have no association with the party they accuse of committing the crime.

Thus Sooka, BBC and Frances Harrison have no right to accuse the Sri Lanka Armed Forces when there are places in the UK where asylum seekers have paid to get their wounds and thereafter apply for asylum on the claim that these ‘wounds’ and ‘tortures’ were recent and committed by the armed forces.

This case has to be legally taken up in the UK by honest lawyers and citizen-interest lobbies to insist that the solicitors, agents and any official in the UK party to this racket are exposed and legal action is taken against them.

What needs to be highlighted is

  • There is an international new racket that is charging asylum seekers for physical wounds that would secure them asylum. The likelihood of this racket extending and existing in other countries and by other nationalities cannot be ruled out.
  • Reports/Documentaries/Panel Discussions/Books are being released close to international events and UN country-assessment sessions in order to influence countries against targeted countries. These reports/documentaries/panel discussions, books etc are all funded by foreign governments who fund NGOs and people in their payroll to compile the reports using as sources the very parties that the targeted nations are in conflict with.

This is a violation of ethics and morals and totally against how Governments, NGOs and even the legal fraternity are meant to function.

The systems need to be cleaned up and the UN Panel investigating Sri Lanka needs to clearly put all these lies and distortions into its report.


Shenali D Waduge

8 Responses to “How many Tamils PAID to be TORTURED to get asylum in the UK?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Let them go. Tamils DON’T consider SL to be their home. They come from Tamil Nadu, stay in SL until they cannot EXTORT anymore and then move on.

    IF you try to stop them, there will be allegations of torture, genocide, HR violations, riots, etc.

    Have a special boat service to help Tamils flee SL. As long as the boats don’t reach shore elsewhere there is no problem. SL is free from their trouble and Australia too is free from their trouble. UK, Canada, etc. same thing.

    I have heard a senior Tamil lawyer living in Ireland advising young Tamil men in SL to become anti-SL journalists. Write some totally racist and illegal things. Wait for some arrest. It is always a few days only. Then stage an abduction or injury. Get relatives to HOWL & CRY and write to embassies of ENGLISH speaking countries. Get asylum and do coolie work in the west for more money than a professor in SL earns.

  2. helaya Says:

    Kick the bastards out of SL.

  3. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    If the UN is being used as an instrument to form Elam then they have no place in Sri Lanka. Colombo has to asses how much benefit she gets from the UN and how much benefit she gets from regional alliances such as with China? Russia too has been ostracized by the US and NATO powers for fighting a regime in Ukraine set up by the US.

    There is no reason to give more “teeth” to the Tamil propagandists using the UN and the UN using this issue to justify their unwarranted “gunboat” diplomacy with Sri Lanka. Till these organizations act like respectful entities and not like thugs kick them out and make that a statement to the world that Sri Lanka is not their “whipping boy” anymore.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Witness’ accounts on Sri Lanka asylum seekers: Nandani ‘Rape’ story wins her asylum in UK
    October 12, 2014

    Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War a BBC Documentary presented by Frances Harrison fulfilled every criteria of an attention-grabbing piece of fiction. Unfortunately, the story that emerges is very much a piece of fiction as evidence will expose not only the story of Nandani but a dangerous racket taking place in the UK manipulating the innocent asylum seekers to live in Western nations.

    Nandani’s mother

    The version we present is no fiction but it will alarm and shock readers making them wonder if such actions can take place in the UK under the eyes of democracy, rule of law and equal justice.

    It will establish a link that would require British authorities arrest the evil minds involved in the asylum racket making money out of a desire to want to live in a First World Nation.

    We do not blame Nandani. There are thousands of females like Nandani who have fallen prey to the advice given simply because they either want to join their husbands or to just tell their family back home that they are earning dollars and pounds.

    ‘Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War’, the BBC documentary released in November 2013 ahead of Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit. Frances Harrison believes the 12 cases presented established judgement against the Sri Lankan security forces of being involved in the torture and rape of Tamil civilians.

    According to Frances Harrison, the viewers are left to conclude that:

    ·Systematic and widespread rape exists in Sri Lanka committed during and after the war by the Sri Lankan military

    Nandani, whose concocted rape story won her political asylum in UK

    · Nandani becomes the 1st post-conflict rape to be made public

    · The security forces are guilty because medical reports corroborate their stories

    Nandani’s version and the truth:

    We have spoken to Nandani’s mother, who lives in Jaffna with Nandani’s other sister who has not heard from her daughter nor has the daughter economically helped her mother. Nandani’s mother was questioned about Nandani to show there is an organised racket taking place to make money from asylum seekers.

    They are trained on what to say, they agree to be subjected to physical torture which a medical officer endorses as being recent and proof to claim them victims while alleging the perpetrator to be the Sri Lankan military.

    The presenter of the BBC documentary would not have expected Nandani’s mother to be traced and for Nandani’s mother and sister to deny all that Nandani had confidently revealed.

    The most important thing that emerges is the inconsistencies: Nandani says she was picked up from her home in early 2013 in the BBC documentary – her mother says that Nandani left for the UK in 2012 which next leads to the question how did she get picked up from her home and raped by 5-6 security personnel?

    Nandani’s home is in Nallur, Jaffna, Northern Province. However, Nandani had not been living with her mother in Nallur. She had been in a lodging in Colombo from 2006 to 2012. Her mother was not living with her in Colombo but was living in Jaffna with Nandani’s sister.

    · Nandani says she was picked up from her ‘home’ and repeatedly raped by men in uniform.

    · Nandani says her mother tried to stop the men from taking her but her mother was pushed to the ground

    · Nandani says she can’t sleep because of what happened, she feels suicidal and she doesn’t feel like living.
    The truth

    · Nandani’s real name is Muturasa Nandani / Nalaini. She is also known as Lucky
    · Nandani is 35 years old born 25 February 1979
    · Nandani’s home is 90/1,Asirwaddapa Street, Nallur East, Jaffna

    Nandani’s wedding in India

    · Nandani does not mention she is married in the documentary. She was married to a pro LTTE activist, Uhan Padmarasa.

    · Uhan Padmarasa was sent by the LTTE to the UK in 1995 and has been living there since then.
    · Uhan and Nandani got married in India in mid 2000 because he could not arrive in Sri Lanka knowing authorities would arrest him.

    · Nandani had tried numerous times to gain a visa but had failed. The last option was the rape card and the syndicate was already in place to offer the option of claiming rape by Sri Lankan soldiers and appealing for asylum.

    This process of course does not come cheap and the minimum cost is sterling pounds 5000-6000 plus various other charges citing different reasons and requirements.

    · Nandani’s mother confirms that since her daughter left for the UK in 2012 she had spoken to her only once. She would have had to illegally leave Sri Lanka because had she got a visa she would not have resorted to using the ‘rape’ story to gain asylum.

    Legal assistance

    Asylum seekers entering UK are offered legal counsel costing 5000-6000 sterling pounds as legal fees, in addition to sterling pounds 1500 processing fees to succeed in gaining asylum status in the UK.As per the asylum seekers some of the agents and solicitors they obtain the services to make asylum claims are Deva, Theepan, Jana, Ravi, Mathi, Anoja Naha and Company, Kananathan, Vasugi.
    Physical scarring

    The journey in obtaining asylum entails agreement of the following physical tortures:

    · Being burnt with cigarette butts

    · Being beaten with hot metal rods

    · Being cut and scarred to show physical torture.

    There are many places where asylum seekers with the advice of Solicitors get themselves scarred and burned. One such place that witnesses reported where the self inflicted wounds were carried out is located at 53, South End Lane, Bromley, SE6 3AB (With Red Van) belonging to Pirakash Gobalasingham who has close links to the TRO.
    Medical claims

    The next is to obtain medical corroboration. Whether British medical doctors are involved in the scam or not, (given that the asylum seekers have actually been subject to virtual physical torture (in the UK) ), these doctors naturally endorse the RECENT torture and that is sufficient to argue the case against the Sri Lankan armed forces alleging that post-conflict torture is systematic, widespread and continues giving credence for UK to grant asylum and save Tamils from being oppressed.

    Dr. Alison Callaway who has been examining over 200 cases of ALLEGED torture from Sri Lanka for the past 5 years shows that this practice of physical torture induced in the UK as part of securing asylum has prevailed for 5 years.

    Dr. Alison’s examination of Nandani as having over 30 cigarette butt burns on her body including her genitals shows that Nandani has agreed to allow herself to burn her body including her genital area.

    It fits perfectly into the version that Frances Harrison wishes to project that ‘rape and torture’ is systematic, widespread and recent.

    What a perfect way to inflict wounds in the UK to establish the argument and ‘corroborate’ through medical practitioners report and examination! This should shock the British public that such practices prevails in the UK and it is a systematic profit making practice within a chain of irregularities granting asylum.

    The BBC also highlights the report of 62 alleged rape cases, even without verifying its authenticity even these cases cannot be categorized or called ‘systematic’ ‘widespread’ or called a ‘war crime’ not even a ‘pattern’ can be proved except used in a smear campaign.

    Dr. Alison says that the over 200 cases cannot be faked. She is correct. There is nothing to fake.

    Even the pain Nandani describes is very real. What needs to be made clear is that the pain was not caused in Sri Lanka or by the Army but in the UK. The scars are really inflicted but not without consent. That consent comes with the assurance of obtaining asylum.

    Just as Dr. Alison is fooled so is Dr. Frank Arnold, who is an expert on torture. These examining show that physical tortures are regularly taking place in the UK under consent for sterling pounds 5000-6000 on the understanding that it would lead to UK granting asylum. When Dr. Frank Arnold says ‘it would be impossible for the wounds reported to be self-inflicted’, we certainly agree. No one can inflict such wounds on his/her own body. But what if they agree to get themselves wounded in order to secure asylum? Tamils arriving illegally or with student visas and who then use rape or physical torture (by showing actual physical torture inflicted with consent in the UK) as evidence. Dr. Arnold goes on to say that such wounds have to be inflicted either by being tied down or after being anaesthetized should make people start wondering where this torture takes place in the UK!

    When Dr. Frank Arnold says ‘this is an organized activity’ the truth is that this organized activity is taking place in the UK.

    When Dr. Arnold says ‘it is hard to believe …that this could be done without conniving of state authorities’ – it should wake up the British authorities to see how many UK passport holders are involved in this racket. This should shake the British authorities into action if not investigation of all those involved in the racket.

    We have been able to unearth the lies by Frances Harrison’s key witness denied by her own mother with her sister as witness but it shows a far more dangerous ground reality which the UK authorities should address and launch an investigation upon.

    UK authorities need to find out the locations where this torture is being inflicted on asylum seekers with their consent on the assurance they would get asylum after the training on what to say and how to say it, how much money is this venture generating, who is involved and exactly how global is the venture?

  5. Ratanapala Says:

    Tamils are famous for self inflicting. These are clearly seen in self inflicting penances they perform at religious festivals. These can be seen at

    Recently when Big Fat Fa*t Jaya Lalitha was sent to jail, nearly 30 of her supporters committed suicide. Therefore there is nothing surprising in these economic refugees and bogus asylum seekers showing so called ‘torture inflicted wounds’. At the beginning of Eelam wars the very same Kataragame devotees showed off their penance wounds as those inflicted by the Sinhalese on them.

    There are many in the West who are interested in castigating GOSL as well as the SL Armed Forces for these untruths. UK and other countries want immigrants to undertake their menial work by poorly paid bogus refugees and asylum seekers. Now they want to hit two birds with one stone. While attracting immigrants to fulfil their domestic needs, they want to castigate countries that do not tow their colonial line.

  6. Vis8 Says:

    Well done! Need to make sure British politicos and ambassadors see this.

  7. Nimal Says:

    This is known to the enforcement agencies for a long time and they are doing their best to enforce the law to their best of their abilities.Unlike in corrupt SL there is a definite separation between the politicians and the various agencies that protect the country.see how many are sent back?They are using other legal ways to curb their activities and their presence in UK.Even tax authorities and police agencies that go after money laundering and illegal financial dealings are on the look out.
    See where that powerful Rajaratnam in US is today? He may have contributed to the politicians there but that didn’t help prevent him going to prison.So get the right type of Sudas to deal with our county’s problems.Latter even,so erect get our politicians to jails as well.
    Hats off to MR for getting the rail link to Jaffna today,another step to stop the separatist dream.Cheers to MR,will drink to that tonight.
    Folks! there is a logical reason for authorities to allow the diaspora activities in open,that help them to cut out their work.

  8. SA Kumar Says:


    Sudas, Indian & Chinese – very danger to allow them to deal with our county’s problems.
    but do not very Demilayas always their to do dirty work (kick out these people)

    Hela Demilaya ( Eelath Thamilan).

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