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* Former UNP MP Ali Zahir Moulana returns to Sri Lanka to support President
Sun, Dec 20, 2009, 10:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: Former UNP parliamentarian Ali Zahir Moulana has returned to Sri Lanka after leaving the country in 2004 for facilitating the escape of the then renegade LTTE Eastern Commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna, now a government Minister.

Moulana said he was happy to return to the country and support the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his presidential bid as he is the only Head of Government who worked for the welfare of the minorities.

The former UNP MP returned to the country on an invitation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to work for the upcoming presidential election. He was received by a large gathering including ministers and government supporters.

He said he left the country in 2004 when he and many others faced death threats and there is no such fear now.

Moulana was a UNP national list parliamentarian from the Eastern city of Batticaloa when he aided Colonel Karuna to escape to Colombo. He was instrumental in orchestrating Karuna's split from the LTTE leader Prabhakaran.

He resigned from the UNP following the revelation of his connection in the escape of the LTTE renegade commander and his associates from the East to Colombo and left the country afterwards.

The split Moulana aided eventually led to the complete annihilation of the terrorist outfit LTTE in Sri Lanka.

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