22nd July 2017

High Court Judge shot at in Jaffna (Exclusive Video)

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A gunman had opened fire aiming at Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan in Nallur, Jaffna. Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan is a member of the trial-at-bar that is hearing the case on the rape and murder of Vidya Sivaloganathan. The shooting had taken place at the Nallur Kovil Junction at 05:10 this evening (July 22). The unknown gunman had grabbed the side-arm of one of the two police officers providing security to the judge and opened fire. Justice M. Elancheliyan was not harmed in the incident but the gunman immediately fled the scene, according to the police. An officer attached to his security detail was injured and has been rushed to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Justice M. Elancheliyan spoke exclusively to News 1st on […]

Only in Sri Lanka : Corrupt (Ranil) team probing Corrupt (Rajapaksha)

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Corrupt probing Corrupt: Police given deadline to complete high profile cases ECONOMYNEXT – Police have been given their final warning to speed up investigations into high profile murders and corruption of the former regime or face the axe within two months, top official sources said. Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka has taken a hands-on approach to monitor progress on the investigations after he took flak earlier this month when he President Maithripala Sirisena virtually put him on notice to deliver or depart. Official sources said Ratnayaka will keep a close watch on the progress to ensure that at least 10 of the high profile cases, including the Lasantha Wickrematunga assassination, Wasim Thajudeen murder and mega-scale corruption during the Rajapaksa regime are concluded soon. The […]

Tamil man shot with the stun gun and his mother kicked and punched

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Family scream in horror as pair launch doorstep stun gun attack on victim in his 40s then assault his terrified mother CCTV shows two men approaching a doorway in Stanmore, north-west London The victim opens the door and is shot with the stun gun, kicked and punched Loud screams can be heard from the victims family as his mother is also attack The blood-curdling screams of a family can be heard after two men shot a man on his doorstep with a stun gun before attacking his terrified mother. Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Harrow CID on 0208 733 3445, or police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org. CCTV shows two men, who are […]

‘Ethera Api’ honours proud Lankans who brought fame to the country

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The annual main summit of the ‘Ethera Api’ branch of the United Kingdom was held at the Novotel Hotel Heathrow in Cherry Lane with the participation of the Chairman of the organization, MP Sunil Handunnetti. Along with the Branch’s Board of Officials and Members, religious leaders and many special invited guests including Deputy Mayor of the Harrow Council, Kareema Marikar and Councillor of the Newham Council, Paul Sathianesan participated in the occasion. Handunnetti along with Chairman of the Branch, Ajantha Kangahaarachchi, Secretary of the Branch, Henry G. Wickramaratne, Treasurer of the Branch, Sujith Gunawardena lit the oil lamp and commenced the festivities. Kangahaarachchi in his speech, presented his views regarding problems faced by Sri Lankans in Great Britain and pledged that the Organization would intervene […]

GTF news update for 21st July 2017

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ASIAN MIRROR UNP, SLFP Must Put Aside ‘Petty Political Agendas’:  Sampanthan < http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/24574-unp-slfp-must-put-aside-petty-political-agendas-sampanthan  >   DAILY NEWS President signs Office on Missing Persons Act < http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/07/20/local/122698/president-signs-office-missing-persons-act  >   UN NEWS CENTRE Sri Lanka: UN chief congratulates government on setting up office of missing persons < http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57226#.WXHD_IWcHIV  >   THE ISLAND Top UN official here to evaluate progress < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=168592  >   DAILY MIRROR Emmerson’s meeting with LTTE detainees within terms of ref: Ministry < http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Emmerson-s-meeting-with-LTTE-detainees-within-terms-of-ref-Ministry-133210.html  >   DNA INDIA Sri Lanka govt not to clash with UN on human rights: Minister < http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-sri-lanka-govt-not-to-clash-with-un-on-human-rights-minister-2507113  >   THE DIPLOMAT Looking at Systemic Torture in Sri Lanka < http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/looking-at-systemic-torture-in-sri-lanka/  >   ARMY.LK 189 Acres of Mullaittivu Lands Released to Civilians < http://www.army.lk/news/189-acres-mullaittivu-lands-released-civilians  >   THE ISLAND Joint Opposition disjointing itself? < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=55  >   ADA DERANA NFF proclaims UN official’s ‘ill-famed statement’ a violation of sovereignty […]

A ragdoll that cannot be ‘stitched together’ anymore

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Bound by their MoU, they are not formally separated yet. But they may have to. Now, the indications are, PM Wickremesinghe is out to break the jinx, on his string of Presidential Election defeats. Perhaps he knows his most cherished project of having the Executive Presidency abolished that was outsourced to self-appointed Colombo Civil Society leaders, is not going to work. UNP is told to begin a fast track, high profile image building campaign of the leader. Meanwhile for now, Wickremesinghe wants the “Unity” Government to continue. President Sirisena, is being lobbied and advised to revisit his cohabitation with the UNP, with more pressure building up within his own SLFP bloc against cohabiting in Government. With his outburst over hindering investigations on alleged mega Rajapaksa corruption, […]

Sri Lanka slams police over abduction bid

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Sri Lanka’s police faced censure on Friday over an attempt to “abduct” a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader’s regime. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he lodged a protest with Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara over an attempt by plain-clothed officers to seize a student known for his anti-government views on Thursday night. Other students prevented him from being grabbed by the plain-clothed officers. Samaraweera said the “white van abduction” was to recreate the fear psychosis associated with former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. The minister said the new government came to power in January 2015 promising to end the “white van culture” and ensure that people had more freedom, but the latest police action was a retrograde step. […]

Plot Thickens As Jaffna Gang Rape And Murder Trial-At-Bar In Jaffna HC Continues: Second Week Update

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By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody – The trial-at-bar into the abduction, gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu in Jaffna on 2015 May 13, commenced for the second week on July 3 at the Jaffna High Court. The first ever trial-at-bar in Jaffna began on June 28. The bench includes High Court Judges, B. Sasi Mahendran (President of the panel), M. Ellencheliyan and A. Premashankar. Of those arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in relation to the case, the nine who have been indicted on many counts including on charges of plotting, abduction, rape, murder, aiding and abetting, and unlawful assembly amongst other such offences include P. Indrakumar alias Sinnaraja (first respondent), P. Vijayakumar/Jeyakumar alias Ravi (second respondent), P. Thawakkumar alias Sendil (third respondent), Mahalingam Shashidaran alias […]

Intercommunal Tensions In Sri Lanka Were Fuelled By Hate Speech: Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

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The 2016 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on Human Rights and Democracy was presented to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. According to the report published yesterday, in 2015, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) designated 30 “Human Rights Priority Countries” (HRPCs) including Sri Lanka. The other HRPCs areAfghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “We designated HRPCs following careful consideration against three separate criteria: the human rights situation in the country; the country’s human rights trajectory; and the […]

Corbyn ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Ongoing Torture In Sri Lanka

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Leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn Friday expressed “deep concern” over the reports of ongoing torture of Tamils by the Sri Lanka security forces, and stressed that the UK’s foreign policy on Sri Lanka should be focused on accountability, not just promoting trade and investment. Jeremy Corbyn Referring to the recent report by the Johannesburg-based International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) titled “Unstopped: State torture & sexual violence in 2016/17 in Sri Lanka”, he said that the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past has enabled these horrific violations to continue in the island nation. “I am deeply concerned about the evidence presented in this ITJP report about the ongoing torture of Tamils; it is the lack of accountability for the crimes of the past […]

Arrest Of Another DIG Indicates A Serious Crisis In The State’s Machinery

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By Basil Fernando – Basil Fernando DIG Lalith A Jayasinghe was arrested and is now being remanded for harbouring an offender and aiding the escape of the chief suspect Swiss Kumar, for the gang rape and the murder of 18 year old Sivaloganathan Vidya on 13 May 2015.  The DIG is suspected of having committed an offence punishable under Section 209 of the Penal Code. The relevant part of which is as follows; “… Whenever   an  offence   has   been   committed,   whoever harbours,  conceals,  assists,  or  maintains  a  person  whome  he knows  or  has  reason  to  believe  to  be  the  offender,  with  the intention of screening him from legal punishment, shall,  if  the  offence  is  punishable  with  death,  be  punished with  imprisonment  of  either  description  for  a  term which  may  extend  to  five  years,  and  shall  also  be liable to fine;…” This is the first time in Sri Lanka that a serving DIG has been arrested for a criminal offence. However, former DIG Vas Gunawardena was convicted and sentenced to death on charges of abducting and murdering a businessman. Former DIG Anura […]