3rd September 2018

Killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom by Navy and cover up by government.

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The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely. Fair differences between then and now Unlike other instances of the killing of youths, such as what occurred in Trincomalee in 2006, ready excuses cannot be offered as to the chain of evidence becoming cold or pointing to key witnesses living overseas being reluctant to return to testify, as would be naturally the case given the trauma that they have had to undergo. It must be fairly […]

We had come to power seeking Federalism – Sampanthan seeks meeting with Wiggy

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Amidst speculations about a possible split of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), its leader R. Sampanthan has sought an immediate meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September 7 apparently to explore the possibility of patching up differences, it is learnt. There have been open confrontations between Mr. Wigneswaran and TNA MP for the Jaffna district M.A. Sumanthiran giving credence to speculation that the TNA might break up ahead of the elections to the Northern Provincial Council. Against the backdrop, Mr. Wigneswaran, at a meeting with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), articulated that he had four options in the event of the TNA not giving him nomination – to retire from politics, to join another party, to form his own party or to […]

Sinhala-Muslim riots 2018: Were Police biased or not?

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The Sinhala-Muslim riots that occurred in 1915 had been repeated 103 years later and consideration needs to be given to whether the Police acted as impartially, as they had in 1915, during the present riots, Additional Solicitor General President’s Counsel (PC) Yasantha Kodagoda said yesterday (30). Kodagoda expressed these views at a book launch in Colombo for the 152nd anniversary of the Sri Lanka Police. He added that although the Police had successfully arrested and produced those responsible for the Kandy riots in Court, if there had been any inefficiency or an error of management or an issue in the leadership at the time, or any bias, on the part of the Police officials, which in turn led to the aggravation of the riot, that too […]

Long-awaited arrest of Sri Lanka’s senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men

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ECONOMYNEXT – Arrangements are in place for the long-awaited arrest of  Sri Lanka’s  senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men, official sources said. The Colombo Fort magistrate on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne after the CID said it had evidence of him shielding the main suspect, a navy intelligence officer. Despite the unprecedented order seeking the arrest of a military officer equivalent to the rank of a four-star general in the army, Wijegunaratne continued to receiving visiting foreign dignitaries. Incidentally, Wijegunaratne was attending the funeral of one of his predecessors, General Rohan Daluwatte, when the court made the stunning pronouncement against him. The order came at a time when President Maithripala Sirisena […]

Namal leads the way as JO holds major rally this week

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With the Joint Opposition and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna pledging to bring ‘a sea of people’ to Colombo for its demonstration this week, the Government has dismissed the mass rally as just another stunt by pro-Rajapaksa faction. The SLPP’s much-talked about ‘Jana Balaya Colambata’ – a play on the UNP’s highly successful Jana Bala Meheyuma in 2001, will be held on September 5, after it was postponed once since the date clashed with the advanced level examinations. JO frontliners are being tight-lipped about the final venue for the demonstration, fearing pre-emptive moves by the authorities. They fear of stay orders against the assembly if it disrupts transport services or causes major congestion on the city roads. The march will gather groups of supporters from […]

Those trying to find their missing loved ones are called ‘Traitors’, while those responsible for the disappearances are called ‘War Heroes’

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“If People are not Moved by the Struggles of Families of Disappeared Persons then Something is Wrong with our Country” Says Human Rights Commission Chair Dr.Deepika Udagama. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama believes attitudes of the people must change for the country to move forward and adequately address the sufferings of families of disappeared persons. “We should not look at this through a political or racist perspective,” she said, and pointed out that some harbour negative feelings toward the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). She commended the OMP for being the first State affiliated organisation to mark the International Day of the Disappeared and acknowledged more support needed to be given to institutions like the OMP to promote reconciliation and […]

62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State Intelligence Circles.

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By Leon Berenger A total of 62,338 Sri Lankans are currently on the country’s blacklist and are prevented from leaving the country, unless they obtain prior Court approval, senior State intelligence sources revealed yesterday. According to the sources, who cannot be named for obvious reasons, the figure includes close to a 30,000 security force personnel starting from the lowest ranks to senior most officers with some of them facing various charges in the country’s Courts. Most of the SF personnel are on the list for being Absent Without Leave (AWL) while there are those who are facing criminal charges in various Courts, they said. Continue reading ‘62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State […]

Explosive Revelations in Court Implicate Navy Top Brass With Abduction for Ransom and Murder racket Conducted by Navy Personnel.

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If Full Force of the Law is not Applied Due To Political Interference Against Superior Officers Allegedly Protecting Subordinates in Navy Abduction and Murder Racket it would Be the Last Nail in the “Yahapalanaya” Govt Coffin. By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely. Fair differences between then and now Unlike other instances of the killing of youths, such as what occurred in Trincomalee in 2006, ready excuses cannot be offered as […]

‘Abduction, disappearance and Killing’ crime doers are Sri Lanka’s War Heroes.

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It is reported that Attorney Asith Siriwardena is endeavoring to save retired Major and Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna from the Supreme Court’s investigation with regard to appearing in the court for a case without a request of the defendants. (Asith Siriwardena is the lawyer who represented former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dissanayake, who is an accused of the case of abducting and disappearing 11 youths during 2008-2009.) Attorney-at-Law and retired Major Ajith Prasanna had represented the defendants in the court twice with no request of the defendants. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has ordered to conduct a Supreme Court investigation against Ajith Prasanna with regard to making false statements and misleading the court. He is now at risk of being disbarred. It has been further reported that […]

Women of North request police to halt girls wearing half nude dresses !

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(Lanka e News -02.Sep.2018, 5.30PM) A number of women’s organizations in Vavuniya jointly staged a protest walk demanding that nude and semi nude display by girls shall be halted. The walk commenced from opposite the Vavuniya Municipal Council playground , and the procession proceeded as far as the office of the DIG Anura Abeywickrema to hand over a special message to the DIG who accepted it. The message requested the police to take action against women who go from street to street wearing clothes which expose their flesh indecently , as well as those making such displays on the television screen and social media . The young girls wear half naked dresses not only when they attend tuition classes but even to temples in the North […]