September 2017

Fonseka will be removed from his ministerial post.

4th September 2017 // 0 Comments

MP Wimal Weerawansa criticized former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for saying Sri Lanka must cooperate with  any international inquiry into war crimes.   Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka should be removed from his portfolio for making a treacherous statement on ex-army commander Jagath Jayasuriya.  “Channel 4 is making allegations against Mr. Jayasuriya. Mr. Fonseka’s allegations will fuel such sinister moves. If there are any complaints, there are ways of taking action against the wrongdoers. It is not his duty or responsibility to make statements which betray the army,” Mr. Weerawansa said. Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila says that former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka should be arrested immediately for treason in accordance with the Penal Code. […]

‘ I will not allow anyone in the world to touch Jagath Jayasuriya or any other military chief’ says Sri Lankan President – Promises to protect all War Criminals in the Military.

4th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war. “I state very clearly that I will not allow anyone in the world to touch Jagath Jayasuriya or any other military chief or any war hero in this country,” President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday, addressing a convention of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Sirisena’s statement came a week after rights groups filed criminal lawsuits in South America against Jayasuriya, who until last week served as the country’s envoy to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Suriname. The suits are based on Jayasuriya’s role as a commander in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war […]

Who killed Cock Robin? Vithya murder trial reaches final phase

4th September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar reporting from Jaffna The Trial-at-Bar hearing on the gruesome murder of 17-year-old schoolgirl Vithya Sivaloganathan of Punkuduthivu is now on its final phase with the end of defence submissions on 29 August at the Jaffna High Court. The tragedy occurred on 13 May 2015 when the innocent schoolgirl Vithya was on her way to Punkuduthivu Maha Vidyalaya. Punkuduthivu is an islet connected to Jaffna by the Pannai causeway. Several of the big time businessmen in Jaffna and in Colombo hailed from Punkuduthivu. However, agriculture and fishing remain as prime livelihood activities in the Pukuduthivu islet. The islet has also produced several leading professionals in various fields including one of the prime witnesses, former Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty, V.T. Thamilmaran. Trial-at-Bar […]

Ambassador Jayasuriya was advised to leave Brazil immediately.

4th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Threat of international war crimes probe? ‘Fonseka to testify against Jayasuriya’ by Bandu de Silva Former Ambassador I refer to the news item in today’s The island (Saturday 2nd September 2017) and would like to comment on contracts on which non-career ambassadors are appointed by the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, to create public awareness in search of truth. I do so with my background as a former Director General and Ambassador and Director of Overseas Administration in the Foreign Ministry whose duties included preparation of contracts to be signed by non -career ambassadors, and also one who served with 12 heads of mission appointed on contract. There is something fishy about the content of the local media reports. They speak of General Jayasuriya claiming he took […]

Minister Sarath Fonseka Vs Brazil Ambassador Jayasuriya

4th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Fonseka had said that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered the killing of some surrendering LTTE leaders in May 2009. But once given the Minister post by Maithiri-Ranil team he closed his mouth now Fonseka has said he is ready to testify against Maj. Gen. Jayasuriya a close associate of Gotabhaya and produce evidence in support of his claims. What will he be offered by Ranil- Maithiri for not telling the truth about the war crimes committed by the Maj.Gen. is a question mark. The White flag surrender was negotiated between Sri Lankan Government Leaders and LTTE Leaders by the UN officials in May 2009 and the LTTE Leaders surrendered with White flag. Few political leaders and their family members were killed […]

Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka Ready to Testify Against Jagath Jayasuriya if Ex-Army Chief is Tried for Alleged war Crimes.

3rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Upali de Saram and Norman Palihawadane Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said he was ready to give evidence against his successor in the army, General Jagath Jayasuriya if the latter was tried for war crimes. Field Marshal Fonseka said he had received information that General Jayasuriya had committed various offences as the Commandant of the Vanni range. Fonseka said that when he was the commander of the army Jayasuriya had been tasked to head supplies and rehabilitation work in Vavuniya. There was information that Jayasuriya had misused his position but due action could not be taken as the then Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was protecting Jayasuriya, Fonseka said. The Field Marshal said he was ready to make information in his possession […]

Fonseka says ready to testify against Jayasuriya, as servicemen question why he is not accused

3rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s former army commander, Sarath Fonseka on Friday said he was ready to testify against the former military commander, Jagath Jayasuriya who has been accused of war crimes.  “At that time, I had several complaints against him. It was to do with crimes against suspects in his custody,” Fonseka was quoted by AP as saying, adding that My Jayasuriya was responsible for detained LTTE cadres. “As I started an investigation, the then rulers removed me as army commander.” “If there are proper legal proceedings then I am prepared to stand as a witness,” Mr Fonseka told a press conference. The Daily Mirror quoted Mr Fonseka as saying: “I received complaints that Mr. Jayasuriya was engaged in crimes as Vanni commander with regard to those who were arrested. […]

Crossfire between military top brass over ‘war crimes’ will put President Maithri in a political mess

3rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON President Maithripala Sirisena is to spell-out his plans on the continuity of the alliance with the UNP today at the 66th Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the Campbell Park in Colombo. The 66th Convention today will be crucial, as the party is already facing a challenge of deciding its path to future elections with the majority of its stalwarts threatening to either quit the government if it continues to be a UNP-SLFP joint government. The government is lready crippled by many of SLFP seniors, with a massive vote base, joining the Joint Opposition, following party deciding to oust them from their respective organizer posts and President Sirisena having to appoint a host of fresh electoral and district organizers. […]

On alleged war crimes I am willing to testify in any Court (IN SRI LANKA NOT IN INTERNATIONAL COURT) – Gen. Jayasuriya

3rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

On alleged war crimes I am willing to testify in any Court (IN SRI LANKA NOT IN INTERNATIONAL COURT). By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Retired General Jagath Jayasuriya (69) said he is willing to testify in any Court, regardless of its name, on alleged war crimes he is accused of in various reports, but in a government-led process. In an extensive interview with Ceylon Today, he said, “If the country has accepted a mechanism to sort it out, then we have to face it. If we are summoned, we cannot refuse to go for that inquiry. All must be lined up and inquired.” When asked whether he would accept a Special Court, as the Government has assured the UN, to try alleged war crimes that could […]

I didn’t know ‘War Crime’ was happening on the war front

3rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

Rajapakshe did not take a concrete action to save us from War Crime, He was in denial and not allowing anything to happen. Maithiri + Ranil government has a different approach to save us, but nothing is happening. Accusations: Investigate the Ambassador over war crimes, sexual assaults and torture, the indiscriminate shelling of a hospital and preventing humanitarian assistance reaching the civilians. By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Tall and well-built, retired Army General, Jagath Jayasuriya, who was posted in Brazil as the Sri Lankan Ambassador, is back in town with mounted allegations against him related to his posts as a military man and an ambassador. He said that although he was the Vanni Commander, he was not on the frontlines and it was Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka […]

Racist Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa ”PROMISES his famous 13+ lie” to Sampanthan again!

1st September 2017 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Former Sri Lankan President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and Leader of the Opposition and Trincomalee district MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan have engaged in significant political discussions at a one on one meeting without aides this week. The 45 minute meeting took place at Mahinda Rajapaksa’s residence in Wijerama Mawatte Colombo on August 29th following an invitation extended by the former president to the Tamil National alliance(TNA) leader for a one on one meeting to discuss current political matters. The meeting began at 3.30 PM The Opposition leader responded positively and met with the former president for in depth discussions conducted cordially. Both leaders engaged in closed door talks without any others being present. Opposition Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan After the political […]

Mothers Of The Disappeared And Civic Responsibility

1st September 2017 // 0 Comments After renowned journalist, actor and poet Richard De Zoysa was abducted and murdered, his mother, Dr. Manorani Saravanamuttu, famously called herself the “luckiest mother in Sri Lanka”, because unlike thousands of others, she was fortunate enough to see her son’s body. De Zoysa was one of approximately 65,000 people who have been forcefully disappeared during Sri Lanka’s short but bloody history of insurrections and ethnic civil war. His mother would go on to become an iconic figure, serving as coordinator of the Mother’s Front—a coalition of mothers of the disappeared from across the country demanding answers regarding enforced disappearances. The movement was a watershed moment in the history of activism in Sri Lanka. Unlike many of the struggles that preceded it, this was a movement led almost […]

Fate of Missing Persons Tamil Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran Urges Int’l pressure on Govt

1st September 2017 // 0 Comments

It is high time the International Community exerts pressure on the Government to investigate immediately the fate of the Missing Persons, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran noted yesterday at a function where the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Jaffna was observed. The Chief Minister also noted in a press communiqué that the families of the victims of enforced disappearances who are resorting to protest demonstrations should be assured that we do support them in their agitations and peaceful demonstrations. “Many demonstrations are being constantly staged these days throughout the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Even though we have been writing, as well as orally calling upon the Government to take meaningful steps regarding missing persons, such steps have not been taken […]

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