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Spy in background, complicit in genocide, Ban aspires South Korean presidency

[TamilNet, Monday, 30 May 2016, 23:40 GMT]
“It is crystal clear that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon works for the powers who orchestrate wars even though he is supposed to represent the United Nations. His positions are morally indefensible and he is complicit in the genocide of the Tamil people and the dismantling of Tamil Eelam state. His earlier role as a spy for the South Korean dictatorship shows that his history of complicity cannot be limited to Mullivaikkal. It goes back to the 1970s and 1980s,” comments Professor Jude Lal Fernando, in a note sent to TamilNet on Monday. Meanwhile, citing media reports, a South Korean academic detailed the role played by Mr Ban Ki-moon four decades ago as spy for South Korean dictatorship that massacred civilians protesting for democracy.

Professor Jude Lal
Professor Jude Lal
Further commenting on Ban Ki-moon, Jude Lal said: “There are two strands of the UN. One is the human rights and the humanitarian strand that genuinely represents the concerns of the people affected by wars. The other strand represents the powers, who lead the wars and selectively applies human rights standards to suit their agenda. Ban Ki Moon certainly belongs to the second strand.”

“The UN had plenty of information of mass killings of the Tamil people during the last phase of the war, but it was not revealed to the world by Ban Ki-moon as he works for the powers who orchestrated the war. He visits Sri Lanka immediately after the war and agrees to an internal investigation led by the state that waged the war against the Tamil people,” Jude Lal, the exiled Sinhala academic said.

“Referring the Sri Lankan state to the UNHRC, but not to the Security Council is done by Ban Ki-moon under the orders of the powers who led the war. In all these, he made sure to state that Sri Lanka is a sovereign state, but in his statements concerning Libya and Syria are totally different.

“He has aided and abetted the South Korean dictatorship which massacred thousands of people who demanded democracy. Now he is siding with one of the most right wing political parties in South Korea, which is in power and is changing the school textbooks to project the former dictator as a benevolent ruler.

“Our attention has been drawn towards the human rights violations in North Korea, but the current South Korean regime is one the most repressive regimes in the capitalist world. Undoubtedly Ban Ki Moon is part of that regime in many ways,” the academic from the Trinity College, Dublin, further commented.

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Meanwhile, based on media reports and elucidating on the role played by Ban Ki-moon in the 1970s and 80s, the South Korean academic, writes the following:

UN Chief accused of financial mischief and spying for military dictatorship

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hinted at his Presidential ambitions last week in South Korea. It was widely reported that he would run for President of South Korea as a ruling conservative Saenuri Party candidate. But it would not be an easy road ahead for him as he has been accused of financial mischief and spying for the South Korean military dictatorship, Chun Doo-hwan regime, in the 1980s. Chun Doo-hwan staged a military coup in 1979 and massacred several hundred civilians protesting for democracy in Gwangju in 1980.

A US media, Foreign Policy reported, Ban “was drawn into a metastasizing corruption scandal there that has spread to a longtime associate.”

The report goes on to say that “The troubles began in April, when a South Korean construction tycoon under investigation for allegedly engaging in corrupt deals during Lee Myung-bak’s administration hanged himself from a tree on Mount Bukhansan, a popular destination for hikers that overlooks Seoul. Before his apparent suicide, Sung Wan-jong, who claimed he was the target of a political witch-hunt, accused senior members of Park’s (Current South Korean President Park Guen-hye) inner circle — including Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo — of having accepted his bribes. Lee, who has denied wrongdoing, resigned in April over the scandal.”

Foreign Policy says “there were reports in the South Korean press indicating that Sung was quietly leading a stealth presidential campaign on Ban’s behalf, a claim Ban has denied. Sung’s son told a South Korean television broadcaster, “My father and Ban were close.… They met every time Ban traveled back to Korea.”

Meanwhile, a South Korean media, Kyunghyang Sinmun reported that Ban Ki-Moon informed the Korean Chun Doo-hwan military dictatorship, when he was studying at Harvard in 1985, about the movement of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, at that time a renowned human rights activist, who wanted to return home from political asylum in the US. According to Kyunghyang Sinmun, “Such facts were revealed in the 1985 diplomatic documents, which the government disclosed on April 17. According to these documents, the ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Lew Byong-hion sent a telegram on January 7, 1985 and reported that a group of more than 130 influential figures in the U.S. that sought a guarantee of Kim Dae-jung's safe return would send a letter to President Chun Doo-hwan three days later. In the telegram, Ambassador Lew states that Councilor Ban Ki-moon, who was studying at Harvard at the time, heard such news from his professor and informed the Korean Embassy.”

Chun Doo-hwan government tried to stop Kim Dae-jung from entering the country before the February 12 parliamentary elections, but Kim Dae-jung returned before the election and immediately house-arrested. After democratization of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung was elected as South Korean President in 1998 and awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

Despite the allegations against Ban, a Korean media, Joong-ang Daily says, the loyalists of the current South Korean president Park Guen-hye, a daughter of another South Korean military dictator, Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea prior to Chun Doo-hwan, from 1963 to 1979, still welcome him as a potential candidate for the ruling conservative Saenuri Party. According to Joong-ang Daily, President Park appointed Yoon Yeo-cheol, a senior diplomat who served as Ban’s chief of protocol at the United Nations for eight years, as her new protocol secretary in February, which fueled the speculation that President Park chose Ban as her potential successor.


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