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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arrest of Britisher over Buddha tattoo: A case of supreme delays

18th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Arguments  concluded on June 10, 2015 Highlights chronic delays prevalent in courts islandwide Daily News to file RTI’s to find causes for delays in courts Highlighting the issue of chronic delays and archaic procedure within the Justice system, the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Naomi Coleman, the Britisher who was arrested for adorning a Tattoo of The Buddha, was postponed close to a dozen times, after Judgment was reserved on June 10, 2015. The case was re-fixed on July 4, 2017, for argument on October 26, 2017. The case which drew international media attention was argued and concluded on June 10, 2015. Written submissions were filed a month later. However, the presiding Judge who reserved Judgment in the case retired as a Judge of the […]

Mahinda sold Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka now owes $58.3 billion to foreign lenders.

18th July 2017 // 0 Comments

On May 29, the BBC asked, “Is Sri Lanka up for sale?” According to the BBC, “Sri Lanka is allowing Chinese firms to take over key assets, as it struggles to repay loans it was given by China”. In 2007, the EXIM Bank of China began funding Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port. The port was completed at a cost of $1.3 billion. The Chinese financed and built the 900MW Norochcholai Power Plant at a cost of $1.35 billion. In 2010, Beijing lent Sri Lanka $200 million to build an airport. In 2012, China lent an additional $810 million. In 2011, the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium was built at a cost of Rs700 million. In 2013, the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (near Hambantota) was built at […]

More on ‘clash’ between Justice Minister and UN official

15th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake involved in the disappearance of 11 persons during the closing stages of the conflict.  Government Minister pointed out that British Premier Theresa May’s recent vow to protect officers and men fighting terrorism at the expense of human rights laws (so he was correct in protecting Rajapaksha family from the War Crimes committed by them)   Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with Ben Emmerson, QC, Special Rapporteur at the onset of a meeting over latter leveling unsubstantiated allegations at law enforcement authorities and the judiciary. Emmerson had a series of meetings over the past few days after his unexpected encounter with the Justice Minister early this week. At his meeting with the Justice Minister Emmerson accused […]

A peace dividend of no enforced disappearances

15th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Harim Peiris Recent weeks have witnessed a political debate over the presentation by the government of the enabling legislation for the enactment of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Much of the criticisms of the proposed Act seems to stem from misinformation and a misconception about what the proposed Act is all about and what it seeks to achieve. 1. This is for the future not the past The first point which must be noted with regard to the enabling legislation for the protection from enforced disappearances, is that it is for the future and not for the past. There is no intent or provision in the law to make it retroactive, the law will only be valid […]

UN special rapporteur visits Lanka’s Tamil political detainees

15th July 2017 // 0 Comments

“I will seek to provide assistance in the discussion of the country’s counter-terrorism policy and legal framework, as well as in the preparation and drafting of relevant legislative acts, with a view to ensuring that measures taken by the Government are in compliance with international human rights law,” he had said before arriving in Sri Lanka colombo, Jul 13 For the first time, a special UN rapporteur today visited the Tamil political prisoners arrested under Sri Lanka‘s anti-terrorism laws in the Northern Province to get a first-hand information on their human rights situation. Ben Emmerson, the special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, is visiting the island nation since July 10 on a five-day trip following an invitation by the Sri Lankan government. His visit is aimed […]

New Constitution will save our soldiers from their war crimes

15th July 2017 // 0 Comments

By Prageeth Sampath Joint Opposition and SLFP Member of Parliament Prasanna Ranatunga says that they have clearly set forth their stand that the Unitary State and the prominence accorded to Buddhism in the Constitution cannot be compromised in the new Constitution. Excerpts: Q: Why are you getting ready for a snap election? A: We are ready for elections at any moment but the government is afraid of them. Q: Why did you launch your campaign in Trincomalee? A: It is only one of our planned rallies. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people were urging us to hold a rally there. Q: While you are struggling to topple the government, they call off the elections. What is the reason for that? A: Government is afraid of the […]

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