24th May 2015

Can Gota be arrested for other offences?: AG seeks SC advice on stay order

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The Attorney General (AG) will seek clarification from the Supreme Court on the scope of the interim order issued by the court preventing the arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The AG will make this application to the Court following a request by IGP N.K. Illangakoon for a clarification from the Supreme Court whether the police could arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for an offence not coming under the Police FCID. The Supreme Court, on May 13, issued an interim order preventing the arrest of former Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The order is effective until the petition filed by him is determined. The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the FR application filed by Rajapaksa and issued this […]

Van driver jailed for killing jogger after working 20 hour.

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A van driver has today been jailed for four years after admitting knocking down and killing a jogger. Shamugarasa Vinayagasivampillai had worked a 12-hour night shift when his Nissan Primastar van left the road and struck 39-year-old Louisa Gammie, who died in hospital the following day. Vinayagasivampillai appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (Friday) having earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four years in prison, disqualified for six years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge. The fatal crash happened on November 8 last year in Old Malden Lane, Worcester Park.  The court heard that Vinayagasivampillai, of Meadway, Surbiton, held down two jobs. He worked a 12-hour night shift seven days a week and on […]

“Avant Gard” under Gotha hided money in foreign countries revealed

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CID informed the Galle magistrate court today (21st May) that Avant Gard established under the Rakna Lanka Company which was managed under the direct supervision of former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapakshe, has deposited a large sum of money in fixed and normal accounts operated through banks in several foreign countries. CID has informed these information to the court regarding the investigations and court trials that are being carried out by CID on allegedly maintenance of a floating arms store in the Galle port by Avant Gard. However, CID has not exposedany information on amount of the money deposited and countries and banks where such money was deposited. CID has requested a court order from the magistrate to keep all Avant Gard documents under the security […]

Lawyer Romesh De Silva has been appointed as the SL High commissioner to the UK

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A reputed Sri Lankan civil lawyer and presidents counsel Romesh De Silva has been appointed as the Sri Lankan high commissioner to the United Kingdom. His appointment has been certified by the High Post Committee in the parliament. Romesh De Silva who has been a lawyer for four decades recently appeared behalf of the Central Bank Governor in the Supreme Court and he also appeared for the most controversial case of the former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksaand obtained an injunction order preventing him to get arrested. Meantime High Post Committee in the parliament has accepted the appointments of General Jagath Jayasooriya and Lieutenant General Daya Rathnayake for Brazil and Pakistan. Senior officers in the foreign ministry said despite these two people have allegations for involving […]

school girl gang rape and subsequent public uproar is part of a plot hatched within police

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(Lanka-e-News- 22.May.2015, 6.20PM) The extremists of the south who are  giving a mischievous twist  even to the public protests sparked following the recent gang rape and murder committed on a school girl of Poonguditheevu Island in the north , as signals of an LTTE revival in the north have been proved absolutely false. Though the aims and objectives of these extremists are  to create the impression the public protest staged , the brutal rape and murder are signs  of LTTE resurgence in the north ,according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division, the brutal rape and murder, and  the police conduct in regard to that crime  are part of a conspiratorial plan of the extremists of the south. What most rudely shocked and […]

Break the dogmas that let rapes go unreported and unpunished. Let the idea spread – not through stones, but through minds.

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What Happened In Jaffna Should Not Stay In Jaffna By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne – “The fighting’s started in Jaffna again,” said the woman at the shop. I knew the incident she was speaking of: a hartal, a protest of sorts; police tear-gassing the crowd; a hundred and thirty people arrested; a lot of top brass in Jaffna being transferred away. The woman went on to discuss the Jaffna problem at length with her customer. Then, at some point in the conversation, they touched on the root of everything that had happened: “All because of what happened to that girl, neh? Aney pau. No one should have to suffer like that.” The incidents that happened over the last ten days in Jaffna have been ethnicized, politicized and […]

Video Of Sinhala Police Officer Using Racially Motivated Language At An Elderly Jaffna Woman Goes Viral

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A video showing a senior Sinhala police officer using racially motivated and disrespectful language at an elderly Jaffna Tamil woman is going viral on Facebook. The incident took place in Jaffna during the protest against the rape and murder of a schoolgirl. The recording captures phrases like ‘You should make sure that your men behave’ (thamuselage pirimi hadāganna ōne thamusela). The police officer then threatened to the person who was recording to stop recording. The protest and hartal took a violent turn in Jaffna on 20th May, with crowds stoning the Jaffna courthouse and burning tyres. 130 suspects arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and the stoning the Jaffna Courts Complex were yesterday remanded by the Jaffna Magistrate.

Rape and Killing – ‘Politicians trying to tarnish my image’ – Tamilmaran

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Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty, Dr. V.T. Tamilmaran regretted that certain politicians were trying to tarnish his image by unnecessarily dragging him into the schoolgirl S. Vithya’s brutal murder in Punkuduthivu. Tamilmaran told Ceylon Today that since Punkuduthivu being his home town he had gone there to assess the situation over the brutal killing of Vithya. “I am very much aware about the misconduct of one of the 10 suspects who returned from Switzerland. The suspect M. Kumar visited Punkuduthivu on and off, and whenever he arrived there he created big problems to the people in the area. In fact I sought Police assistance in arresting the suspect. However, the guy had managed to escape while he was in the Police custody,” Tamilmaran said……………..… […]

Economic liberty missing in Sri Lanka’s policy mix: Sally

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has seen a reduction in ethnic chauvinism, political repression, a re-balanced foreign policy since elections in January but economic liberties have to improve to allow the country to progress, a top economist has said. The last 10 years saw a renewed illiberalism in economics, politics, ethnic chauvinism and another bias towards China in foreign policy, Razeen Sally, Associate Professor at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. “Since the election I think we have seen a welcome reversal in three aspects of policy; more political liberalism, a re-balanced foreign policy, at least the beginnings thereof, and a re-balanced attitude towards minorities, at least the beginnings there of,” he said. “But we haven’t seen […]

MR accuses US, EU of backing regime change

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) of backing regime change in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa said that the US, EU and Britain had often accused his Government of human rights abuses but are blind to the abuses being conducted by the new Government. It is claimed by UN officials that more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and LTTE Leaders were killed in May 2009. It is also claimed that more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender with the Sri Lankan officials were taken away by the SL forces and killed. Killing of the surrendered LTTE members and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN […]