19th July 2017

Expose` : Navy criminal team that killed innocent students for extortion payments ! hitherto unrevealed bloody nightmare !!

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By Wimal Dheerasekera http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1953/en (Lanka-e-News -05.March.2017, 11.45PM)  There is only  one genuine norm that is  followed when going to war. It is to crush the enemy in front of you , or  if that is not possible , to die fighting  the enemy . On the other hand if the enemy is crushed, the victor  is the one who caused the defeat . In which case  the victorious soldier  earns the recognition of ‘war hero’ . Otherwise , the coffin is wrapped in the national flag and interred. In this engagement , how many were killed or got killed are  not  reckoned   as crimes. While that should be  the genuine aim and objective of a war , killing innocents exploiting the war and under […]

Wartime disappearances : ”Ex-Commander among 50 navy officers grilled” is a Eye Wash

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake, remanded in connection with wartime disappearance of 11 persons, neither functioned as Director Naval Operations (DNO) nor supervised special teams, commanded by two Lt. Commanders, R. P. S Ranasinghe (since then promoted Commander) and H. M. P. C. K Hettiarachchi allegedly responsible for the disappearances during the previous administration, according to navy headquarters records as well as statements given by senior retired and serving navy officers to the police. Ranasinghe was the senior officer in charge of naval intelligence in the East whereas Hettiarachchi was attached to reconnaissance team assigned to the then Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda.The former navy spokesman Dassanayake was produced in court last Friday (14). Besides, Dassanayake functioned as Acting Director, Maritime Special […]

Indian woman held in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

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Released after she signed a statement and apologised Sri Lanka police on Monday detained and questioned an Indian tourist who was wearing a dress with a print of the Buddha on it. Wearing the image of the Buddha remains a sensitive matter in the island where a majority practise Buddhism. In 2014, a British tourist was deported for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. The 26-year-old tourist was on the island on a family holiday at a resort near Bentota, along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Before the group’s departure from Colombo on Monday, some of them were shopping at an upmarket mall in the capital. “Just as we were about to make the payment at the counter, three cops came […]

Former Homagama Magistrate testifies against Gnanasara Thera Contempt of court case

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By Chitra Weerarathne Magistrate R. K. Dissnayaka yesterday testified as the first witness at the contempt of court proceedings against the Venerable Galabodaatte Gnanasara Thera. He was the Homagama Magistrate on Jan. 25, 2016, when the Thera committed the alleged offence. At present, he serves as the Colombo Additional Magistrate. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya led the evidence. Magistrate Dissanayake said the Thera had stood before his court and said, “War heroes are being jailed. LTTEers are freed. Bail should be given to the war heroes.” The priest who was not a lawyer, had been advised by a court officer to keep silent, but he went on disturbing the court, the Magisrate said. The Thera demanded that some officers attached to the military intelligence […]

JO MPs want to ditch power hungry Rajapaksa

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By Skandha Gunasekara UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday claimed that several Joint Opposition (JO) MPs were sending out feelers to the Party seeking to ditch the Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition and cross over to President Maithripala Sirisena’s camp in the SLFP. “Many in the Joint Opposition are fed up with protesting and carrying out demonstrations. They have indicated that they want to join us,” Amaraweera added. The Minister made this observation while addressing a meeting of SLFP organizers in Embilipitiya. He said, several JO MPs had opined that continuous protests carried out by the JO against the government have proved to be negative. “These JO MPs have said, the JO protests had not benefited them in anyway and they are disposed towards supporting President Sirisena […]

Sinhala Police officers accused of killing Tamil Jaffna Uni students bid to move case out of North, East! Why?

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CA grants another date to file counter objections By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeals on Monday granted another date for five police officers who had been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Jaffna University students to file a counter objection on 3 August in regard to their appeal. The accused police officers are seeking the court to transfer their case out of Northern and Eastern provinces. They are also seeking the court to issue an interim order restraining the continuation of their case in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court until the final determination of their application. The matter came up before Court of Appeals President Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya.  Counsel for the appellant police officers requested another date to file counter objections. The police officers […]

Curse of the caste in North Issue should be addressed immediately

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By Mirudhula Thambiah Vanni District Parliamentarian Charles Nirmalanathan commenting on the recent caste issues in the Northern Province said that during the period of the LTTE they did not allow any sort of caste related problems to affect the communities in the North and East. They were 100 per cent against it. The LTTE Leader vehemently opposed such caste dominance. “I will also not accept such caste dominance. Therefore, it should be immediately addressed,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: ? Why did you condemn the Mullaitivu District Secretariat in a series of issues in the region, especially in the ongoing deforestation? A: Deforestation first began in Kulamurippu in the Mullaitivu District. According to the Forest Department statistics, around 300 acres of forest […]

Who permitted UN Rapporteur meet LTTE detainees?: MS

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President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have asked at today’s Cabinet meeting as to who gave permission for UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson to meet LTTE suspects in prison. Mr. Emmerson who concluded his mission in Sri Lanka accused it of using torture against people detained under the Anti-terror Act and that its progress on human rights, reforms and justice remained woefully slow. Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe criticized the UN official for with regard to the allegations he had levelled at the government. It had been revealed that the Foreign Affairs Ministry had given permission for Mr. Emmerson to meet the LTTE detainees. (Kelum Bandara)