4th October 2015

Raviraj Murderer In Custody

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The murderer of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj has been taken into custody along with another individual allegedly connected with the 2006 assassination of the Tamil politician. The Sunday Leader learns that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken into custody the individual who had allegedly assassinated Raviraj as well as the individual who had transported the alleged assassin following the murder. The two individuals in custody is a Navy Petty Officer names Senevi and a former police constable named Manamperi. According to the investigation, Senevi has been identified as the individual who had carried out the assassination. Sources from the CID said that the weapon that was used to assassinate Raviraj was initially issued to a former LTTE leader from the […]

Political Will The Key Says Mano

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by Waruni Karunarathne National dialogue failed not due to lack of mechanisms but due to lack of political will, says Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganesan. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Minster Ganesan said the Department of Official Languages was established as early as 1956 and the Official Languages Commission came to a operation in 1991. “Hence, there has been mechanism established already for national dialogue. But there has not been a political will for that during the previous governments that came to power,” he added. According to Minister Ganesan, there is now a political will in the country unlike in the past, and he will reorganize the existing mechanism in order to successfully build national dialogue.  He said that even though he was appointed […]

Tamil Eelam is the solution: Ramadoss

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PMK leader S. Ramadoss on Saturday said that if Sri Lanka was ready for an international inquiry into the “war crimes and human rights violations,” the United Nations should hold a referendum among the Sri Lankan Tamils across the world for the creation of a separate Tamil Eelam. “Tamils cannot live in peace and with dignity in a country that refuses to change its attitude and is not allowing an international inquiry,” he said in a statement. India and the U.S. should take steps to conduct an international inquiry as Sri Lanka, in the last half a century, had not fulfilled any of the promises made to the Tamils. “The international community should not allow itself to be short-changed by the Sri Lankan government,” he […]

Karuna Ready To Face Inquiry

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Former minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman denied allegations directed at him by the recent report released by the office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Amongst many serious nature of crimes, the report highlighted extensive recruitment and use of children in armed conflict by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and by the paramilitary groups specifically highlighting ‘Karuna group’ in the report. When The Sunday Leader questioned about those allegations, Karuna Amman refused being involved in any such activities. “Soon after I broke away from the LTTE, I fled to India. When I returned to Sri Lanka, I joined the SLFP, thus joining the mainstream politics. I neither formed any group nor was involved in any paramilitary groups after breaking away […]

What happened to Vithya’s DNA evidence?

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BY CASSENDRA DOOLE AND RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY In May of 2015, an 18 year old Vithya Sivaloganathan’s badly mangled body was discovered in Pungudutivu, Jaffna. She had been gang raped and murdered. The result of the DNA sample taken from her body has not yet been analyzed. Last month, September, four year old Seya Sadewmi’s mutilated little body was discovered, she too had been raped and murdered. Of the three suspects arrested in connection with this murder, two were released after DNA evidence taken from the victim’s body did not match, DNA evidence from the suspects. The Genetech Molecular Diagnostics is a private organization which is Sri Lanka’s only method to pave the way for DNA testing. This organization is currently in charge of analyzing both […]

Probe on Namal’s Companies

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“Gowers Corporate Services Pvt Ltd has recorded an earning of Rs. 81 million in the 2013/2014 financial year” by Mandana Ismail  Abeywickrema The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has last week raided a company operated by former First Son and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa as part of a probe being carried out under the Money Laundering Act. The FCID is carrying out a probe covering the operations of six companies operated by Rajapaksa – Hello Corp Pvt Ltd, Gowers Corporate Services Pvt Ltd, Gowers Solutions, Gowers Secretariat, Gowers Ceylon Holdings and NR Consultancy. The Sunday Leader learns that FCID officers had commenced a probe on Gowers Corporate Services Pvt Ltd on Friday and is to continue investigating the other companies as […]

I Have Faith In The Current Regime – Dharmalingam Siddharthan

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Leader of the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam  (PLOTE) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Dharmalingam Siddharthan is of the view that while an international investigation was what the Tamils wanted, their demands have been downplayed by suggestions of a domestic investigation.However  in an interview with The Sunday LeaderSiddharthan said that although he does not have complete faith in a local mechanism, he has faith in the current regime and hopes that with international observers justice will be done. Following are excerpts of the interview: by Camelia Nathaniel Q: The Prime Minister has said that three main offices will be set up namely the Missing Persons Office, Special Counsel’s office and the Truth Commission. What is your take on this? A: In the past […]

People Will Soon Come To Know The Truth – Rajitha Senarathna

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by Camelia Nathaniel and Dilishia Aberatne The United States of America has commended Sri Lanka’s commitment over the United Nations Human Rights report. Sri Lankan Government’s decision to join as a co-sponsor paved the way for all to work together to deliver the commitments reflected in the resolution. The resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community. However, there are others who feel that a Resolution of this kind, in which we directly join the United States as a co-sponsor, imperils Sri Lanka’s well-being beyond redemption. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said some are trying to give negative responses regarding the […]

USA made sure that Sri Lanka dug its own grave in Geneva in 2015.

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“I am sick and tired of war. Its glory is all moonshine…. War is hell’ (Gen William T Sherman the US General who made ‘Georgia howl’ and burned Atlanta in the Civil war) The USA made sure that Sri Lanka dug its own grave in Geneva in 2015. Looks like the GTF, the Policy Alteration boys, and the International Community (read “white eyes only”) had been working overtime on wording the joint submission by USA and good old SL. The so called HR abuses read like a US Army Regimental war diary from its many wars in so many countries (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and a hundred others). The term ‘human shield’ which is how the LTTE kept the Sri Lanka army at bay for […]

MR slams resolution, defends ties with Gaddafi

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Gaddafi agreed to lend 500 million USD to Sri Lanka in response to a single phone call from me. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says though the passage of the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) without a vote last Thursday is being hailed as a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka, he is unable to share that view. Rajapaksa raised concerns over some clauses in the resolution, including operative paragraph 6 which affirms the importance of the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators in the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to be set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the war. “After its passage, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka has now been ‘taken off the agenda in the […]