21st April 2018

They thought he was hiding

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Kajendthiran Shanmuganathan knew from the moment he saw the photograph. He’d first met the man on the grounds of a Sri Lankan elementary school. Years later, they shared arduous days aboard a rickety cargo ship on a perilous journey to Canada. To much of the world, the man in the unsettling photograph — bearded, with unkempt hair, partially shut eyes and slightly parted lips — was nameless. As the image circulated for weeks on the news and in social media, he was known for the singular dark fact of when it was captured: after his death. Read more: Toronto police name eighth victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur 10 questions about the Bruce McArthur investigation Key dates in the investigation into alleged serial killer […]

Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land

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Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land After the election of the new government in 2015, the people of Iranaitheevu, forcibly displaced since 1992, finally thought they would be able to return home. Yet a flurry of letters and high-level meetings with government officials and politicians in 2016 and 2017 didn’t bring any results. In desperation, the community took the difficult decision to begin a continuous roadside protest on 1st May 2017. Almost a year later, they are still fighting. History Iranaitheevu is a pair of twin islands situated in the Palk Strait, belonging to the Poonekary Division of the Kilinochchi District in the Northern Province in Sri Lanka. A channel of sea water runs between the Big Island (Perum Theevu) and Small […]

“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre

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“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody, Kavindya Chris Thomas and Kavindya Perera – CoI into the 2012 Welikada Prison Incident/Nambuwasam Committee on Welikada riots/massacre Recommends charging Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chandra Wakishta, Indika Sampath, Kodippili, Shantha Dissanayake The prosecution of six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army in relation to the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012, has been recommended by a Committee of Inquiry which probed into the matter.  The Committee of Inquiry into the Prison Incident Welikada – 2012 (C.I.P.I) has recommended charging former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Head/Director of the State Intelligence Services and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) […]