2nd February 2018

SLFP will never allow stripping of MAHINDA’s civic rights: Dilan

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State Minister Dilan Perera says that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will never agree to the stripping of civic rights of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa or anyone else.  Even if it is proved the they were involved in Murders of frauds in millions.He stated that as long as President Maithripala Sirisena is the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, nobody will be allowed to do so as it is not the policy of the party.  President Maithripala Sirisena last week confirmed rumours that circulated in Colombo late last year that he had intervened to prevent the arrest of former top defence official of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Speaking to senior editors, Sirisena for the first time admitted he saved Gotabhaya despite having repeatedly […]

Lack of political will by the government

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Jude Ratnam was five years old when he fled the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, with his family. In 1983, tensions between Sri Lanka‘s majority-Sinhalese government and minority Tamils erupted in a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. The bloody conflict claimed about 100,000 lives, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left indelible scars on the nation. In 2006, Ratnam enrolled to study cinema and filmmaking. Upon graduating, he embarked on what would be a decade-long exercise in filming and documenting his experience of a civil war that tore his country apart. In his film Demons in Paradise, Ratnam ventured beyond the violence of the conflict, exploring questions surrounding the very idea of Tamil identity. Al Jazeera spoke to Ratnam about the legacy of the Sri Lankan […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-defence secretary arrest for being implicated in the murder of Editor Lasantha was stopped by PM and President!

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ECONOMYNEXT – Our political correspondent examines how Sri Lanka’s ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has avoided arrest despite being implicated in the murder of Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and several other crimes. Economynext’s political correspondent says both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may want Gotabhaya to remain a free man, but the two leaders have difference reasons for not making the high profile arrest. President Maithripala Sirisena last week confirmed rumours that circulated in Colombo late last year that he had intervened to prevent the arrest of former top defence official of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Speaking to senior editors, Sirisena for the first time admitted he saved Gotabhaya despite having repeatedly denied he ever blocked the prosecution of the one-time de facto head of […]

Crimes committed on behalf of the Rajapaksas

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Today, our story revolves around Mudiyanselage Tissa Wimalasena, a resident of Wellawaya. A servant of the Rajapaksa Walawwa for some time, he joined the Army as a soldier, and fortune good found its way to him when he was a corporal in 2006. After being Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver, he introduced himself as Capt. Tissa by the time that rule ended. However, no one in the Army knows how he was promoted. He should be given the captain rank for the crimes he committed on behalf of the Rajapaksas. This Tissa is the main suspect in the murder of Wasim Thajudeen. Attempts by the Rajapaksas to send him out of the country were prevented by the CID. From the outside, he looks blameless. He has 12 […]

Money laundering: Sri Lanka listed among 11 ‘high risk’ countries in the world

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The inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has listed Sri Lanka among eleven ‘high risk and monitored jurisdictions’ that have taken insufficient measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system.  The other countries are Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Korea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu and Yemen. The list is published on the website of FATF. The FATF sets standards and promotes implementation of legal, regulatory and operations measures for combating money laundering terrorist financing and related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. It monitors countries’ progress in implementing its recommendations; reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques and counter-measures; and, promotes the adoption and implementation of the FATF Recommendations globally. In […]

TNA wants solution on par with Oslo Declaration

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in its manifesto for the forthcoming local government election said that that the solution it seeks with regard to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka was similar to what was in the Oslo Declaration. This was the joint declaration by the representatives of the then UNF government and the LTTE at the third round of peace talks between the two parties in 2002. The UNF delegation headed by Professor G. L. Peiris and the LTTE delegation led by its political wing head S. P. Thamilchelvan agreed in the Norwegian Capital Oslo in November/December, 2002 to “explore a political solution founded on internal self-determination based on a federal structure within a united Sri Lanka.” The TNA manifesto said that the same […]

Arjun Aloysius, a confidante of MAHINDA – Deputy Minister

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Deputy Power and Energy Minister Ajith P Perera yesterday stressed that Perpetual Treasuries Director Arjun Aloysius who was involved in the Central Bank Bond issue, was a close confidante of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Perera told the press yesterday that Arjun Aloysius was not a member of United National Party and this person was allegedly involved in financial misappropriations during the previous regime too. A relative of former Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal was a Director of the Perpetual Treasuries during the previous regime, Perera said. He added that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that investigated the controversial Central Bank issue has not raised allegations against any member of the United National Party. “The charge against former Minister Ravi Karunanayake is not related to the Central […]

UNP Ministers Under Whose Purview the Police,CID and A G Dept Function Are responsible For Not Taking Legal Action Against the Rajapaksas States President Sirisena

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Ajantha Kumara Agalakada The one-day Parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission’s report and the PRECIFAC report scheduled on February 6, is simply a ‘gimmick’ instead of a fruitful one, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. In an interview with media personnel at his official residence, the President said this was a debate which should have taken place days ago and continued for days without a disruption. “The debate was arranged even for a day prior to the local government election on February 10 because of the challenge I threw,” he said. He also said the United National Party (UNP) should take the responsibility of failure to take action against the Rajapaksas over the charges levelled against them. “When ministerial portfolios were allocated in the unity government, […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be arrested – Funds illegally obtained through the MiG deal had been deposited with Hong Kong banks

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Health Minister and Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne alleges that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate for the next presidential election, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has fled the country fearing arrest in the wake of ongoing judicial investigations into acquisition of MiGs from Ukraine under controversial circumstances. Dr. Senaratne said so at a public rally in Mahara yesterday in support of the UNP candidates contesting the Feb. 10 local government polls. The minister claimed that Rajapaksa would return on Feb. 12 after the conclusion of Feb 10 local government polls. Dr. Senaratne said: “Arrangements have been made to arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Once charges are proved. Rajapaksa will be sent to prison in the near future.” Senaratne alleged that funds illegally obtained through the MiG deal […]