2nd November 2016

Interference from top into Lasantha murder investigation

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Investigations into the murder of ‘The Sunday Leader’ editor Lasantha Wickrematunge are reportedly facing such a situation that they cannot proceed, due to the pressure being exerted on the CID from top government figures. Investigations so far have revealed that a team of 17 soldiers of Tripoli Army camp in Colombo had carried out the murder. They had left to carry out the murder from their camp.  Therefore, getting a court order, the CID has obtained a list of the 270 members of the said camp during the two days immediately prior to Wickrematunge’s killing. All of them were to be questioned, in batches of 20 at a time. The CID has summoned 20 of them on October 26 for questioning. Another 20 were to […]

The UK is becoming the nasty country, and our universities will suffer – Peter Scott

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Banging on about Brexit five months after the referendum may be boring to Brexiters who have wrapped themselves in the red, white and blue flag of the “people’s will”. But it is such a threat to universities it can’t just be tidied away into a box labelled “summer madness”. The threat comes in three parts. The first can be managed, although with difficulty; the other two are more deadly.  First, the threat to the UK’s participation in European research programmes and student exchange schemes such as Erasmus. The government has given a semi-solid guarantee that research programmes will be protected, up to 2020 at any rate. The future of exchange schemes will depend on the willingness of the UK to contribute to the cost – […]

CM Wigneswaran complains to EU about Sri Lankan army running schools in northern province

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COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern  Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has complained to the European Union (EU) human rights inspection team that the Sri Lankan army is   running hundreds of schools in his province when it has no right to do so under the 13th amendment of the constitution. According to the Tamil daily Thinakkural Wigneswaran complained that in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, the army’s Civil Defense Unit is running 344 primary schools, employing 689 Tamil women as teachers at good salaries, when as per the constitution, school education is a devolved subject and schools in the province are to be run by the provincial ministry of education. The number of teachers in the army-run primary schools is the same as the number of […]

President sacks Sri Lanka army spy chief

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena bowed to his civil society supporters and ordered the removal of the army intelligence chief Tuan Suresh Sallay who had been accused of causing rifts within the coalition. Sallay was replaced by Brigadier Vijendra Gunatillaka with immediate effect, the army said hours after Professor Sarath Wijesuriya and his fellow intellectuals met with Sirisena at his home on Tuesday night. Prof Wijesuriya had gone public accusing Sallay of causing trouble and urged the President to sack in along with Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaskha. “There will be some other changes too in the very near future,” a government sources said. Prof Wijesuriya told reporters in Colombo that President Sirisena, whom they backed at the January […]

Anura Kumara Dissanayake Reveals Details Of Properties Worth Millions Owned By Rajapaksas: Full details

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JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has accused the Yahapalanaya government of protecting the former first family, including Shiranthi Rajapaksa and her sons, despite credible evidence proving that they have wrongfully taken over property and lands from across the country. Addressing an event held in Colombo titled ‘Fraudsters & Protectors’ Dissanayake said that there is a ring in the government that is protecting the Rajapaksas. “The UNP MPs are coming on television and saying it’s very difficult to find evidence against the wrongdoings of the Rajapaksa family. They are saying the Rajapaksas have hidden their wealth in Dubai and even though they have gone to Dubai, the Dubai government is refusing to disclose information. I am telling them to stop going to Dubai, instead go to […]

Exclusive: SIS Document Shows Gota Ordered Lasantha’s Phone To Be Tapped Just Weeks Before He Was Killed

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A leaked State Intelligence Service document shows that former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa had ordered surveillance of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s mobile phone, just weeks before he was murdered, Colombo Telegraph can reveal today. According to the report in possession of the Colombo Telegraph, Rajapaksa had ordered for several mobile numbers to be under surveillance, including that of Wickrematunge. In the order, it was claimed that the numbers had to be under surveillance to carry out intelligence operations in relation to ‘national security’. Lasantha was subjected to surveillance, along with his telephone among phones of several others which were tapped. This was ordered by Secretary Defence through DIG Keerthi Gajanayake a few weeks before Lasantha was killed on 10th September 2008 […]

Police had absolutely no authority to shoot the two unarmed young men who were on the bike

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by Senel Wanniarachchi Last Thursday, two young students of the Arts Faculty of the University of Jaffna — 23 year old Kajan and 24 year old Sulakshan were shot by the police at a roadblock in Kankesanthurai, Jaffna. There are various narratives being shared on the sequence of events that led to the shooting: everything from the youth being drunk and refusing to stop the bike at the checkpoint to them being members of the armed gang ‘Awaa’ which is allegedly linked to recent incidents of violence against civilians and police in Jaffna. However, until there is an independent inquiry into what happened, we cannot know what exactly happened that night at the Kulappidi Junction. The bottom line though, is whether drunk, not stopping when […]

‘Aava’, a Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s creation to kill the Tamils!

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Cabinet spokesman, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today said the underworld gang “Aava” active in the North was a creation of former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and certain top military officers. He said though there may be some rationale to use them against the LTTE during the war, in the peace time they are only a bunch of criminals and thugs who should be apprehended at once and brought before the law. Addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing, Minister Senaratne said it was obvious that the same officials who fed and bred them were once again active and instructed the terror group to create troubles and disrupt peace in the North for their political advantage. “For a moment you can justify the action taken by […]

Anti-Govt politico behind ‘Aava’

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Suspicions have been raised that a politician, who is working against the government, is involved in the formation of the sword gang, ‘Aava’, which is operating in Northern Province, a senior military official told Ceylon Today. He added that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched a probe over a leaflet distributed widely among the people by the sword gang. Furthermore, the official said that the majority in the Northern Province have nothing against the Police and other security forces. However, it seems that an anti-government force is trying to gain benefits from the recent shooting incident that happened in Chunnakam, he added. A sword gang, calling themselves the ‘Aava’ Group has distributed a leaflet claiming responsibility for the attack on two policemen in Chunnakam […]

Jayamanne’s Fingerprints Not Found On Lasantha’s Car

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by Nirmala Kannangara With the revelations that the finger prints taken from the retired Warrant Officer (1) Illandarige Jayamanne, who is said to have hung himself in Kegalle on October 14, not tallying with the finger prints obtained from the vehicle in which the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was travelling at the time of his murder, questions have now been raised as to on whose advice Jayamanne left a note taking the responsibility to Wickrematunge’s assassination. According to the latest findings, Jayamanne was at Pinnawala for three days with his wife and son during Wickrematunge’s murder although he claimed that it was he who murdered the latter and made a request to release his Military Intelligence Unit colleague Malinda Udalagama. “The […]

‘Sinhala Only’ Jury for Raviraj case

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Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka yesterday decided to hear the case related to the slaying of former Tamil MP Nadaraja Raviraj and his security officer before a specially constituted Sinhala Jury on a daily basis commencing 21 November. The accused Three Navy Officers who are believed to be working for the Mahinda Government forces in the case had previously requested the High Court to hear the case before a special Sinhala speaking Jury. However, the Counsel appearing for the interests of the deceased Tamil MP Raviraj opposed that move. It is believed that Sinhala speaking Juries will be biased as the MP killed by the accused who had been working for the government forces is a Tamil. MP was shot as he left his […]