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Land grabbing and the Sri Lanka Government's silence
When the transaction is complete the foreign buyers meet only Sriyantha Senaratne and Viren Perera who the buyers see as Sri Lankans owning the properties that they are buying.
Viren Perera is a director of Nagenahira Abiyavurthi, Sriyantha Senaratne while an attorney-at-law and senior partner of Simon & Associates is also a director of LankaRealEstate.
However, when Viren Perera
and Giles Scott, the new owners of this land went to take over the property a few days after Velupillai Pirapaharan's birthday that November, they found that the LTTE had settled 138 Tamil families on their land.
Giles Scott, Viren Perera
and yet another organisation they own called the East Pole Foundation
immediately went into action, launching a joint appeal on a web page called 'LankaRealAid' asking for donations towards the tsunami relief effort.
On their internet site, Scott and Viren Perera
maintain that LankaRealAid has been established as an informal entity by them, to act as a direct and indirect channel for immediate aid to areas that have been particularly badly affected by the tsunami.
Interestingly, both Scott and Perera
when quizzed by The Sunday Leader asserted that all their tsunami relief efforts were concentrated in Arugam Bay, Panama and Pottuvil North.
denied their joint appeal for funds in the wake of the tsunami had been to overcome an agreement the duo had made with the LTTE.
did say was that they had of their own accord and goodwill decided to build homes for the over 130 families who had been squatting on their newly purchased property.
A rather dubious statement given that Perera
and Scott were even preparing to petition courts to try and evict the Tamil families who had squatted on their property.
According to Perera
, "There is no rush now.
The villagers claim that Viren Perera
and Giles Scott have corrupted the entire region with a party lifestyle and designer drugs.
Giles Scott and Viren Perera
jointly control Ulpotha
(Private) Limited that owns the tourist facility, Ulpotha - a lifestyle resort - established by the Cultural Survival Trust
in 1994 situated at the base of the Galgiriwiya mountain range.
The shareholders of the company are Viren Perera
(1) share, Carman Perera (1) share and the rest of the shares belong to The East Pole Foundation Limited
of Common Chambers Road Town, British Virgin Islands with Giles Scott as its representative on the board.
But even here, an issue has arisen with a Cultural Survival Trustee speaking on condition of anonymity to The Sunday Leader, claiming that both Giles Scott and Viren Perera
have played dirty on the original concept and the team that created it.