High Court Judge shot at in Jaffna (Exclusive Video)

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

A gunman had opened fire aiming at Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan in Nallur, Jaffna. Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan is a member of the trial-at-bar that is hearing the case on the rape and murder of Vidya Sivaloganathan. The shooting had taken place at the Nallur Kovil Junction at 05:10 this evening (July 22). The unknown gunman had grabbed the side-arm of one of the two police officers providing security to the judge and opened fire. Justice M. Elancheliyan was not harmed in the incident but the gunman immediately fled the scene, according to the police. An officer attached to his security detail was injured and has been rushed to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Justice M. Elancheliyan spoke exclusively to News 1st on […]

Only in Sri Lanka : Corrupt (Ranil) team probing Corrupt (Rajapaksha)

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Corrupt probing Corrupt: Police given deadline to complete high profile cases ECONOMYNEXT – Police have been given their final warning to speed up investigations into high profile murders and corruption of the former regime or face the axe within two months, top official sources said. Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka has taken a hands-on approach to monitor progress on the investigations after he took flak earlier this month when he President Maithripala Sirisena virtually put him on notice to deliver or depart. Official sources said Ratnayaka will keep a close watch on the progress to ensure that at least 10 of the high profile cases, including the Lasantha Wickrematunga assassination, Wasim Thajudeen murder and mega-scale corruption during the Rajapaksa regime are concluded soon. The […]

Tamil man shot with the stun gun and his mother kicked and punched

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Family scream in horror as pair launch doorstep stun gun attack on victim in his 40s then assault his terrified mother CCTV shows two men approaching a doorway in Stanmore, north-west London The victim opens the door and is shot with the stun gun, kicked and punched Loud screams can be heard from the victims family as his mother is also attack The blood-curdling screams of a family can be heard after two men shot a man on his doorstep with a stun gun before attacking his terrified mother. Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Harrow CID on 0208 733 3445, or police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org. CCTV shows two men, who are […]

‘Ethera Api’ honours proud Lankans who brought fame to the country

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The annual main summit of the ‘Ethera Api’ branch of the United Kingdom was held at the Novotel Hotel Heathrow in Cherry Lane with the participation of the Chairman of the organization, MP Sunil Handunnetti. Along with the Branch’s Board of Officials and Members, religious leaders and many special invited guests including Deputy Mayor of the Harrow Council, Kareema Marikar and Councillor of the Newham Council, Paul Sathianesan participated in the occasion. Handunnetti along with Chairman of the Branch, Ajantha Kangahaarachchi, Secretary of the Branch, Henry G. Wickramaratne, Treasurer of the Branch, Sujith Gunawardena lit the oil lamp and commenced the festivities. Kangahaarachchi in his speech, presented his views regarding problems faced by Sri Lankans in Great Britain and pledged that the Organization would intervene […]

GTF news update for 21st July 2017

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

ASIAN MIRROR UNP, SLFP Must Put Aside ‘Petty Political Agendas’:  Sampanthan < http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/24574-unp-slfp-must-put-aside-petty-political-agendas-sampanthan  >   DAILY NEWS President signs Office on Missing Persons Act < http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/07/20/local/122698/president-signs-office-missing-persons-act  >   UN NEWS CENTRE Sri Lanka: UN chief congratulates government on setting up office of missing persons < http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57226#.WXHD_IWcHIV  >   THE ISLAND Top UN official here to evaluate progress < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=168592  >   DAILY MIRROR Emmerson’s meeting with LTTE detainees within terms of ref: Ministry < http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Emmerson-s-meeting-with-LTTE-detainees-within-terms-of-ref-Ministry-133210.html  >   DNA INDIA Sri Lanka govt not to clash with UN on human rights: Minister < http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-sri-lanka-govt-not-to-clash-with-un-on-human-rights-minister-2507113  >   THE DIPLOMAT Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka < http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/looking-at-systemic-torture-in-sri-lanka/  >   ARMY.LK 189 Acres of Mullaittivu Lands Released to Civilians < http://www.army.lk/news/189-acres-mullaittivu-lands-released-civilians  >   THE ISLAND Joint Opposition disjointing itself? < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=55  >   ADA DERANA NFF proclaims UN official’s ‘ill-famed statement’ a violation of sovereignty […]

A ragdoll that cannot be ‘stitched together’ anymore

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Bound by their MoU, they are not formally separated yet. But they may have to. Now, the indications are, PM Wickremesinghe is out to break the jinx, on his string of Presidential Election defeats. Perhaps he knows his most cherished project of having the Executive Presidency abolished that was outsourced to self-appointed Colombo Civil Society leaders, is not going to work. UNP is told to begin a fast track, high profile image building campaign of the leader. Meanwhile for now, Wickremesinghe wants the “Unity” Government to continue. President Sirisena, is being lobbied and advised to revisit his cohabitation with the UNP, with more pressure building up within his own SLFP bloc against cohabiting in Government. With his outburst over hindering investigations on alleged mega Rajapaksa corruption, […]

Sri Lanka slams police over abduction bid

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s police faced censure on Friday over an attempt to “abduct” a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader’s regime. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he lodged a protest with Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara over an attempt by plain-clothed officers to seize a student known for his anti-government views on Thursday night. Other students prevented him from being grabbed by the plain-clothed officers. Samaraweera said the “white van abduction” was to recreate the fear psychosis associated with former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. The minister said the new government came to power in January 2015 promising to end the “white van culture” and ensure that people had more freedom, but the latest police action was a retrograde step. […]

Plot Thickens As Jaffna Gang Rape And Murder Trial-At-Bar In Jaffna HC Continues: Second Week Update

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody – The trial-at-bar into the abduction, gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu in Jaffna on 2015 May 13, commenced for the second week on July 3 at the Jaffna High Court. The first ever trial-at-bar in Jaffna began on June 28. The bench includes High Court Judges, B. Sasi Mahendran (President of the panel), M. Ellencheliyan and A. Premashankar. Of those arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in relation to the case, the nine who have been indicted on many counts including on charges of plotting, abduction, rape, murder, aiding and abetting, and unlawful assembly amongst other such offences include P. Indrakumar alias Sinnaraja (first respondent), P. Vijayakumar/Jeyakumar alias Ravi (second respondent), P. Thawakkumar alias Sendil (third respondent), Mahalingam Shashidaran alias […]

Intercommunal Tensions In Sri Lanka Were Fuelled By Hate Speech: Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

The 2016 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on Human Rights and Democracy was presented to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. According to the report published yesterday, in 2015, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) designated 30 “Human Rights Priority Countries” (HRPCs) including Sri Lanka. The other HRPCs areAfghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “We designated HRPCs following careful consideration against three separate criteria: the human rights situation in the country; the country’s human rights trajectory; and the […]

Corbyn ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Ongoing Torture In Sri Lanka

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

Leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn Friday expressed “deep concern” over the reports of ongoing torture of Tamils by the Sri Lanka security forces, and stressed that the UK’s foreign policy on Sri Lanka should be focused on accountability, not just promoting trade and investment. Jeremy Corbyn Referring to the recent report by the Johannesburg-based International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) titled “Unstopped: State torture & sexual violence in 2016/17 in Sri Lanka”, he said that the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past has enabled these horrific violations to continue in the island nation. “I am deeply concerned about the evidence presented in this ITJP report about the ongoing torture of Tamils; it is the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past […]

Arrest Of Another DIG Indicates A Serious Crisis In The State’s Machinery

22nd July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Basil Fernando – Basil Fernando DIG Lalith A Jayasinghe was arrested and is now being remanded for harbouring an offender and aiding the escape of the chief suspect Swiss Kumar, for the gang rape and the murder of 18 year old Sivaloganathan Vidya on 13 May 2015.  The DIG is suspected of having committed an offence punishable under Section 209 of the Penal Code. The relevant part of which is as follows; “… Whenever   an  offence   has   been   committed,   whoever harbours,  conceals,  assists,  or  maintains  a  person  whome  he knows  or  has  reason  to  believe  to  be  the  offender,  with  the intention of screening him from legal punishment, shall,  if  the  offence  is  punishable  with  death,  be  punished with  imprisonment  of  either  description  for  a  term which  may  extend  to  five  years,  and  shall  also  be liable to fine;…” This is the first time in Sri Lanka that a serving DIG has been arrested for a criminal offence. However, former DIG Vas Gunawardena was convicted and sentenced to death on charges of abducting and murdering a businessman. Former DIG Anura […]

UK Parliamentarians and academics discuss ethnocratic nature of Sri Lanka in Houses of Parliament

20th July 2017 // 0 Comments

British parliamentarians and academics discussed Sri Lanka’s ethnocratic nature at a book launch in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Government and Politics in Sri Lanka: Biopolitics and Security, authored by Dr Sriskanda Rajah was released at the Houses of parliament to a fully packed parliamentary committee room. The book, which focusing on Sri Lanka’s post-colonial policies and democratic structure argues  that Sri Lanka functions as an ethnocracy leaning on authoritarianism, was discussed amongst a panel of academics and Members of Parliament. Speaking at the event the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell stressed the importance of discussing the characteristics of the Sri Lankan state that allow for the oppression of Tamils adding that Tamils must be allowed to determine their own future. Liberal […]

What You Need To Know: Facts on the Enforced Disappearances Bill

20th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: The following is a note prepared by the Spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mahishini Colonne. This was in response to an interview conducted with Former External Affairs Minister G L Peiris, in which he made several claims about the bill to give effect to the International Convention to Protect All Persons from Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. The interview made several incorrect assertions, including that the Bill will be subjected to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Below is the full text of Mahishini’s response, addressing some of the concerns flagged, and providing some facts about the bill.  Why is there a need to criminalise ‘enforced disappearances’? Sri Lanka has had a history of allegations of ‘enforced disappearances’, white van abductions etc. This is evidenced […]

Expose` : Navy criminal team that killed innocent students for extortion payments ! hitherto unrevealed bloody nightmare !!

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Wimal Dheerasekera http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1953/en (Lanka-e-News -05.March.2017, 11.45PM)  There is only  one genuine norm that is  followed when going to war. It is to crush the enemy in front of you , or  if that is not possible , to die fighting  the enemy . On the other hand if the enemy is crushed, the victor  is the one who caused the defeat . In which case  the victorious soldier  earns the recognition of ‘war hero’ . Otherwise , the coffin is wrapped in the national flag and interred. In this engagement , how many were killed or got killed are  not  reckoned   as crimes. While that should be  the genuine aim and objective of a war , killing innocents exploiting the war and under […]

Wartime disappearances : ”Ex-Commander among 50 navy officers grilled” is a Eye Wash

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake, remanded in connection with wartime disappearance of 11 persons, neither functioned as Director Naval Operations (DNO) nor supervised special teams, commanded by two Lt. Commanders, R. P. S Ranasinghe (since then promoted Commander) and H. M. P. C. K Hettiarachchi allegedly responsible for the disappearances during the previous administration, according to navy headquarters records as well as statements given by senior retired and serving navy officers to the police. Ranasinghe was the senior officer in charge of naval intelligence in the East whereas Hettiarachchi was attached to reconnaissance team assigned to the then Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda.The former navy spokesman Dassanayake was produced in court last Friday (14). Besides, Dassanayake functioned as Acting Director, Maritime Special […]

Indian woman held in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Released after she signed a statement and apologised Sri Lanka police on Monday detained and questioned an Indian tourist who was wearing a dress with a print of the Buddha on it. Wearing the image of the Buddha remains a sensitive matter in the island where a majority practise Buddhism. In 2014, a British tourist was deported for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. The 26-year-old tourist was on the island on a family holiday at a resort near Bentota, along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Before the group’s departure from Colombo on Monday, some of them were shopping at an upmarket mall in the capital. “Just as we were about to make the payment at the counter, three cops came […]

Former Homagama Magistrate testifies against Gnanasara Thera Contempt of court case

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Chitra Weerarathne Magistrate R. K. Dissnayaka yesterday testified as the first witness at the contempt of court proceedings against the Venerable Galabodaatte Gnanasara Thera. He was the Homagama Magistrate on Jan. 25, 2016, when the Thera committed the alleged offence. At present, he serves as the Colombo Additional Magistrate. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya led the evidence. Magistrate Dissanayake said the Thera had stood before his court and said, “War heroes are being jailed. LTTEers are freed. Bail should be given to the war heroes.” The priest who was not a lawyer, had been advised by a court officer to keep silent, but he went on disturbing the court, the Magisrate said. The Thera demanded that some officers attached to the military intelligence […]

JO MPs want to ditch power hungry Rajapaksa

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday claimed that several Joint Opposition (JO) MPs were sending out feelers to the Party seeking to ditch the Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition and cross over to President Maithripala Sirisena’s camp in the SLFP. “Many in the Joint Opposition are fed up with protesting and carrying out demonstrations. They have indicated that they want to join us,” Amaraweera added. The Minister made this observation while addressing a meeting of SLFP organizers in Embilipitiya. He said, several JO MPs had opined that continuous protests carried out by the JO against the government have proved to be negative. “These JO MPs have said, the JO protests had not benefited them in anyway and they are disposed towards supporting President Sirisena […]

Sinhala Police officers accused of killing Tamil Jaffna Uni students bid to move case out of North, East! Why?

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

CA grants another date to file counter objections By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeals on Monday granted another date for five police officers who had been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Jaffna University students to file a counter objection on 3 August in regard to their appeal. The accused police officers are seeking the court to transfer their case out of Northern and Eastern provinces. They are also seeking the court to issue an interim order restraining the continuation of their case in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court until the final determination of their application. The matter came up before Court of Appeals President Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya.  Counsel for the appellant police officers requested another date to file counter objections. The police officers […]

Curse of the caste in North Issue should be addressed immediately

19th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah Vanni District Parliamentarian Charles Nirmalanathan commenting on the recent caste issues in the Northern Province said that during the period of the LTTE they did not allow any sort of caste related problems to affect the communities in the North and East. They were 100 per cent against it. The LTTE Leader vehemently opposed such caste dominance. “I will also not accept such caste dominance. Therefore, it should be immediately addressed,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: ? Why did you condemn the Mullaitivu District Secretariat in a series of issues in the region, especially in the ongoing deforestation? A: Deforestation first began in Kulamurippu in the Mullaitivu District. According to the Forest Department statistics, around 300 acres of forest […]

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