13th May 2016

Hundreds attend events in Sri Lanka’s former war torn north to remember war dead

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Hundreds attend events in Sri Lanka’s former war torn north to remember war dead Source: Xinhua   2016-05-13 13:52:13  COLOMBO, May 13 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of minority Tamils took part in events in Sri Lanka’s former war torn north on Friday to remember the victims of the island’s 30 year civil conflict. Families of the war dead and those missing lit candles and took part in religious observances amidst heightened security. The events which began on Friday, will be held for a week at different locations in the north and east with the final event set to take place on May 18, in Mullivaikal, where the final battle between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels took place. Government troops defeated the rebels in May 2009, ending […]

Wasim Thajudeen murder: Former Narahenpita Crimes OIC to make confession before Magistrate

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Former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera arrested for allegedly covering up evidence in connection with the murder of Wasim Thajudeen yesterday informed Court through his lawyer that he is ready to make a confession before the Magistrate over the incident. Senior Counsel Ajith Pathirana appearing on behalf of the former Crimes OIC told Colombo Additional Magistrate that his client would reveal everything he knew about the incident before the Magistrate. Defence Counsel Ajith Pathirana informed Court that the Magistrate has jurisdiction to record a statement being a confession in accordance with the Section 127 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The Defence Counsel further told Court his client had acted as per the instructions given by then senior police officers. Defence counsel moved Court that […]

The forgotten files of abduction, assault and assassination

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The forgotten files of abduction, assault and assassination   After the late Lalith Athulathmudali was killed in April 1993, many pointed fingers at the then President Ranasinghe Premadasa whose wrath the murdered man had earned by breaking away from the United National Party along with Gamini Dissanayake and others to form the Democratic United National Front (DUNF).  President Premadasa vehemently denied involvement and publicly declared his innocence A commission was appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to probe the assassination as part of an election pledge, even through investigations carried out by the Police and Scotland Yard had concluded that Athulathmudali was killed by Appiah Balakrishnan aka Ragunathan, allegedly an LTTE affiliate.  Those findings of the Commission implicated President Premadasa by the logic of association.  Later, […]

“What I did was wrong”: MP Thewerapperuma

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Controversial Minister Palitha Thewerapperuma hails the decision to take disciplinary action against him but claims it would have been more appropriate if he was stripped off the Ministerial post or Parliamentary seat. “That would alert politicians who misbehave in the House and stop them from acting in such an irresponsible manner in the future,” asserts the Deputy Minister of Internal Cultural and Wayamba Development, in an interview with the Daily FT. “What I did was wrong. And it should not happen again. Taking strict action would be the only way to end this. Nobody wants to lose power, but I am ready to sacrifice my positions if it puts an end these unfortunate incidents.” Following are excerpts from the interview: Q: What are you doing […]