28th October 2016

Easy money from the West is attributed to Jaffna’s crime wave

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Yesterday’s lead story of this newspaper highlighted the rise of an allegedly armed criminal gang in the North by the name of AAVA. It further alleged that the AAVA Group was, recently, responsible for assaulting two State intelligence officers in the North. The report added that this gang was mobile and its members riding on motorbikes were also involved in acts of extortion. The article said that the criminal gang was recruiting to its ranks, unemployed youth. One charge that this newspaper has often heard currently is that Jaffna, once famed for its industriousness, has since lost this sheen. Easy money from the West is attributed to this state of affairs. During the Tamil terrorist war years which had its genesis post-1977, saw hundreds of thousands […]

Raviraj murder trial to be conducted before a jury

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Raviraj M.P. murder : prime suspects Gota – By Chitra Weerarathne Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilake yesterday granted permission for holding the trial in respect of the killing of parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj and his bodyguard sergeant Lakshman Lokuwella before a special jury. The case is to be called again on Oct. 31, to name the members of this special jury. The High Court Judge made the aforesaid order in response to a request by Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya and the Defence Counsel. Counsel for the aggrieved party President’s Counsel K. V. Thevarasa objected to a special jury on the grounds that the accused were charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Criminal Procedure Code. However, the High Court decided that […]

Progressive Constitution Needed To Prevent Repeat Of War

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By Veluppillai Thangavelu – Veluppillai Thangavelu The shooting of the two Jaffna University students is a tragedy just waiting to happen. During the last few years tension between the armed forces and the general public was on the rise. Reluctance of the armed forces to release occupied lands belonging to Tamil people and failure to dismantle the numerous army camps in built up areas even after the war ended 7 years ago led to friction and despair. It is claimed the two students failed to stop at the check point when ordered to do so. That may or may not be true, but within hours the Police headquarters described the death of the two students aged 23 and 24 as a fatal motorcycle accident. Police claimed that the […]

Was President involved in the Lasantha Murder?

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Under Pressure From Sirisena, Army Intelligence Officer Involved In Lasantha Murder Released On Bail The independence of the courts appears to have been affected ever since President Maithripala Sirisena launched a verbal attack on the arresting and remanding of army intelligence officers, with even Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Shahabdeen falling under pressure and releasing Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama on bail despite his involvement in the assassination of Editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. Sirisena Udalagama was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 and three sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. The court order comes just weeks since President Maithripala Sirisena launched a verbal attack against the arresting and remanding of Army Intelligence Officers who have been involved in various criminal activities including being […]

Jaffna Shooting Is A Chilling Indication Of The Militarized Regimen Of Governance

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While expressing their shock over the killing of two university students by the police last week in Jaffna, university teachers have underscored that the police cannot ‘arbitrarily’ assume powers of authority that go beyond their function. In a statement issued, the teachers said, “We as University teachers are shocked at the wanton killing of two university students by the Police in Jaffna last week. While condemning the act in no uncertain terms, we are also perplexed by the fact that members of the police, who have been endowed with the task of maintaining peace and look to the safety of the people, could arbitrarily assume powers of authority that go far beyond their function. Obviously, something is very wrong with how we in this society […]