Former UPFA North Western Provincial Councillor Ananda Sarath Kumara, who allegedly forced a school teacher to kneel down in front of her class, has distanced himself from the threatening letter received by the teacher. The former UPFA North Western Provincial Council Member who was found guilty of forcing a teacher on her knees at a school in Nawagattegama had visited Nawagattegama Police Station with his 13 year old child last night and had given a statement over the matter.
Susila Herath the teacher who was in charge of discipline in the school received the letter threatening rape and hang her- just like they killed a witness in the court case. The letter has also stated that “there is no point informing the police because I have ministers in my pocket.”
Meanwhile, the dead body of Rajakaruna Herath Mudiyanselage Punyasena Bandara, one of the key witnesses of the trial of Ananda Sarath Kumara, was found on the 1st of this month from an abandoned well near his home.
The death remained a mystery and Chilaw Judicial Medical Officer D.K. Wijewardena said that further investigation is being carried out to find the cause of death. Three police teams led by three ASPs are investigating the death of the witness of the trial of Ananda Sarath Kumara but the public has no faith in the inquiry by these police as they are kept under control by the leading government politicians.
In the case of the killing of the British aid worker and raping of his girlfriend by the government politician and his friends was wiped under the carpet by the Rajapakshe but the British Labour MP Simon Danczuk led the fight for justice and only due to his continues lobbying for justice Rajapakshe gave in.
The verdict was delivered after a marathon three and half-month trial at the Colombo High Court. Earlier, the case was transferred from Hambantota to Colombo after the witnesses for the prosecution were allegedly threatened and intimidated.
It is important to recall some of the previous high profile murders. Six military personnel, who were found guilty of the murder of Krishanti Kumaraswamy, were sentenced to death. In another incident, Shramantha Jayamaha, who was found guilty of the murder of Yvonne Johansson at Royal Park was sentenced to death, which was upheld by the Supreme Court. Set against those historical judgments, the leniency of the sentence given to the four accused in the brutal murder in Tangalle becomes painfully clear.
A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices have been sentenced to 20 years in jail for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner in the southern resort of Tangalle in 2011.
All six were charged in December after repeated allegations that there was an unnecessary delay in bringing the case to court, leading tosuspicions they were being shielded by their political connections.
Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, had cited the murder of Shaikh, who was beaten then shot in the head, as an example of Colombo’s failure to deliver justice……….. continue reading