Supreme Court sends case of deported Sri Lankan accused in wife’s slaying back to Quebec appeal court

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Despite no longer being in Canada, a Sri Lankan national who had his murder charge stayed because of unreasonable delays in his trial isn’t done with the Quebec justice system just yet. Canada’s highest court ruled Wednesday the murder case of Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham should be sent back to the Quebec Court of Appeal. In 2017, Thanabalasingham avoided trial for the alleged murder of his wife when the Quebec Superior Court ruled the nearly 60-month delay between his arrest and the start of his trial was unreasonable. The Supreme Court’s 2016 Jordan ruling set a 30-month limit between the laying of charges and a trial for Superior Court cases. Thanabalasingham’s wife, Anuja Baskaran, had been found dead in the couple’s home in 2012 with knife wounds […]

SLPP’s Anuradhapura Councillor Nalin Siriwardene Was Present at Police Station Meeting as the “Vocal Leader” of Group That Attacked “Adara Sevana” Centre

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s Anuradhapura Councillor Nalin Siriwardene Was Present at Police Station Meeting as the “Vocal Leader” of Group That Attacked “Adara Sevana” Centre Alleges Methodist Church Head Rev. Asiri Perera. The President of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka is accusing a Member of the Anuradhapura Municipal Council from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna of leading a group that has repeatedly attacked one of their worship centers in Kumbicchankulama over the past few weeks. Methodist Bishop President Asiri Perera told reporters today (18) that Municipal Councilor Nalin Siriwardene of the SLPP had been present during an attack on the worship center on March 31st. The same person had been the vocal leader of the group at the Police station yesterday when the two […]

A ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for presidential polls

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to Colombo-based Daily Mirror, Basil Rajapaksa has set out what can pass for a ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for the presidential polls due by December – followed by an immediate ‘political agenda for the nation. Without mincing words, he declared thus: “We wish to see Mahinda Rajapaksa becoming the country’s leader…After electoral victory, we intend to direct six questions at a referendum.”  Translated, this means only one or at best two things. If their SLPP candidate won the presidency, they would either amend the Constitution to empower the Prime Minister even more than under the 19-A, and make Mahinda the PM. Alternatively, they would amend the Constitution, to restore the rights for a two-term President to contest more times, as […]

Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. Your current approach can do immense harm to this country. Much has been said about the fact that there is a complaint that 40,000 people have been killed and as to how that can be accepted. There were at least 350,000 people in this area, probably around 400,000 based on our own investigations, only 290,000 people came out. What happened to the balance? Your estimate was that there were only 60,000 to 70,000 people who lived in this area at this point of time. You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number […]

Four Sri Lankan terror suspects arrested at Luton Airport moments after arriving on an international flight

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

The four men arrived on an international flight in Luton on Wednesday night Airport police detained the four men before the arrival of anti-terror officers The Sri Lankans are currently being questioned in a Bedfordshire police station   Four men have been arrested moments after they arrived in Luton Airport on board an international flight. Airport police arrested the men and handed them over to anti terrorism officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. The men, all Sri Lankan nationals, arrived in Luton on Wednesday evening. They are currently being held in a Bedfordshire police station. Scotland Yard confirmed the investigation is currently ongoing. Four men from Sri Lanka have been arrested by anti-terror police having arrived on an international flight to Luton Airport. The men […]

Germany indicts suspected LTTE rebel over Sri Lanka war crimes

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

German authorities have indicted a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing 15 captured government soldiers while fighting for the Tamil Tigers rebel group LTTE. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 37-year-old S B. is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, war crimes, two cases of manslaughter and 11 cases of attempted manslaughter in Sri Lanka. The man, whose surname wasn’t released due to German privacy rules, was arrested in August. Prosecutors allege that in 2008 the suspect LTTE member guarded 15 captured soldiers as they were driven to a site where they were executed, and later helped burn their bodies. In a separate incident a year later, he fired on 13 soldiers, two of whom died. LTTE The rebel group, which fought for […]

Speculation is Rife in Political Circles That US Citizen Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Acquired Sri Lankan Dual Citizenship May Be Revoked Under Section 2 of Citizenship (Amendment) Act No 45 of 1987.

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returning to Rousing Welcome at Katunayake Airport Tells Media that Necessary Measures have Been Taken to Renounce his US Citizenship Successfully . Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rakapaksa said all necessary measures to renounce his US citizenship have been taken successfully. Rajapaksa made this remark while speaking to the media upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning. Rajapaksa indicated that the court cases filed in the US would have no bearing on his ability to run for the presidency in Sri Lanka. A large number of supporters are gathered at the BIA to welcome the former Defence Secretary who is currently facing two court cases in the US. Continue reading ‘Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returning to Rousing Welcome at Katunayake Airport Tells Media […]

Can Gotabaya Rajapaksa Clear Legal Hurdles in the US and Contest the Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka?

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Can Gotabaya Rajapaksa Clear Legal Hurdles in the US and Contest the Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka? By Don Manu When the Colombo High Court granted Gotabaya special permission to travel to the United States between March 26 and April 12, no doubt he would have been over the moon to be given the chance to spend a spring holiday in his adopted country. But as things stand today, this seeming blessing has turned out to be a curse in disguise for him. Only last month had the Rajapaksa Family anointed him as their choice to contest the Presidency on the Pohottuwa party ticket. Even though the party itself has still not officially announced his candidature on its ticket, it is widely expected that he will […]

Rajapaksa Family and SLPP Top Leaders “Livid” At Gotabaya For Letting a “Controversial Personality” Accompany him to the US and Take Part in all Engagements With Him Despite Warnings by Family Members Not to do so.

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa Family and SLPP Top Leaders “Livid” At Gotabaya For Letting a “Controversial Personality” Accompany him to the US and Take Part in all Engagements With Him Despite Warnings by Family Members Not to do so. (Excerpts From Political Column in the “Sunday Times”) The first tweet, surprising enough, came from a power centre within the government. It said that Ahimsa, the daughter of slain editor Lasantha Wickremetunge had filed civil action in a Los Angeles Court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Opposition presidential hopeful and former Defence Secretary. Lasantha’s brother Lal Wickremetunga, Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Australia, told the Sunday Times on the telephone from Sydney, “The family had waited for five years under the Rajapaksa government and another five years under the present […]

An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By Brian Senewiratne – Dr. Brian Senewiratne Chaos  in the South I do not need to draw your attention to the chaos in the (Sinhalese) South. I can quote from your report “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” to the Fortieth session, 25 February – 22 March 2019. You say: “On 26 October 2018, President Sirisena removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe from office and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Wickremasinghe argued that President Sirisena had no constitutional power to dismiss him given that he still enjoyed the confidence of parliament. Sri Lanka was left with in an unprecedented situation, with two individuals claiming to be the legitimate Prime Minister. On 9 November 2018, President Sirisena dissolved parliament and called parliamentary elections. On 13 […]

GTF calls for victim-centric approach in Sri Lanka

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

GTF Calls For Victim-Centric Actions In Coordination With UNHRC The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called for a victim-centric approach in Sri Lanka to address allegations related to the war. In a statement today, the GTF said that comments made by the Sri Lankan delegates at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 40th session and again within a week after returning from Geneva are highly disappointing.  The GTF finds it disconcerting, considering Sri Lanka has just taken the positive step of co-sponsoring the HRC Resolution 40/1. “The statements dealing exclusively with macho nationalism and inviolable sovereignty; constitutional scapegoats; and even misrepresentation about private meetings with high-ranking OHCHR officials were clearly aimed at pacifying the Sinhala hard-line elements,” GTF said. GTF notes the merits of the […]

President’s formal approval awaited Sampanthan back in CC

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando A recommendation by the Constitutional Council to accommodate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan as a member of the decision making body is subject to formal approval by President Maithripala Sirisena. The CC, on April 05, at a meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya recommended Sampanthan to fill vacancy created by the resignation of Hambantota District MP Chamal Rajapaksa. Trincomalee District MP 86-year-old Sampanthan lost his place in the CC as an ex-officio member when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, recognized Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader subsequent to the UPFA quitting the government in Oct 2018. Official sources said that the CC was yet to receive approval from the President’s Office. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s Office on April 5 announced the decision on […]

UK reiterates foreign judges as Killing Fields producers crucify Lanka again

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Army Chief of Staff Major General Shavendra Silva recently received the appointment as the new Colonel of the Commando Regiment at its Ganemulla headquarters. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, told Geneva sessions that it wouldn’t be fair to deprive security forces commanders of their due rights on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations. Marapana said that as allegations hadn’t been proved officers couldn’t be dealt with on the basis of them. The delegation also pointed out that information supportive of the military had been disregarded. By Shamindra Ferdinando The House of Commons seems far more interested in Sri Lanka’s accountability in respect of war against terrorism than our own parliament. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Christopher […]

What’s good for Ranil was not good for Gota

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By N. Sathiya Moorthy At a time when the Rajapaksas are said to be toying with the idea of fielding former Defence Secretary Gotabaya for the presidential polls in December, they could not have asked for a better and more forceful campaigner on their behalf. Addressing a youth congregation in Weerawila recently, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reportedly declared that “Sri Lanka needs discipline which is instilled in people through military training in addition to economic development and social justice.” It is precisely what the Rajapaksas attempted while in power, or claimed to be attempting post-war, with Gotabaya as then Defence Secretary saying it and doing it more forcefully and directly than a Ranil Wickremesinghe could dream of, now or ever. A country needs disciplined people, […]

Chunnakam power station: Compensation £200 per person?

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

BY MANJULA FERNANDO Environmentalists welcomed last week’s landmark judgement on Chunnakam power station in the North, which they deemed was a good eye opener for the rich and the powerful not to undermine the rights of the citizens and destroy the environment for private purposes. Jagath Gunawardena, a leading environmental lawyer said this was a landmark ruling given that it was the highest penalty imposed by the Supreme Court on a fundamental rights case based on environment protection. “And also the case was vital because unlike on previous occasions the court deemed it was important to compensate the people affected by the power station,” he stressed. The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Northern Power Company Ltd., a contractor for Ceylon Electricity Board to pay […]

Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections?

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Will Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California “obstruct” Ex -Defence Secretary From Contesting Sri Lankan Presidential Elections? Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, has filed a case in the California Court against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in connection with the assassination of her father in January 2009. She had reportedly stated that Mr. Rajapaksa, who is currently holidaying in California, should be held responsible for the murder of her father. She has demanded compensation. Lasantha Wickrematunge was the Editor of the ‘Sunday Leader’ newspaper. There is a difference of opinion on the strength of the case as there is no evidence yet that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a hand in the murder of the editor which took place ten years ago. […]

Human Rights Lawyer Scott Gilmore File Civil Damages Case in California Against Sri Lankan Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in Partnership With Hausfeld Law Firm and Human Rights Lawyer Scott Gilmore File Civil Damages Case in California Against Sri Lankan Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Text of a Press Release Issued on April 9th 2019 by the International Truth and Justice Project) Johannesburg, South Africa: The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), in partnership with the international law firm Hausfeld and human rights lawyer Scott Gilmore, have filed a civil damages case in California against former Sri Lankan defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor Roy Samathanam. Roy Samathanam made the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Mr.Rajapaksa, who is a dual US-Sri Lankan citizen. The case was brought […]

Lasantha’s Daughter Sues Gota In LA; “Mr Nandasena, Here Are The Summons

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Lasantha’s Daughter Sues Gota In LA; “Mr Nandasena, Here Are The Summons…………………. By Suranimala Umagiliya – The daughter of Sunday Leader murdered Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, Ahimsa filed action against Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the courts of Los Angeles, California requesting a Jury trial and compensation. Gotabaya who was the Secretary of the Defence Ministry was widely known to be single minded and ruthless. His ruthlessness pervaded all he perceived and was not restricted to the LTTE. Unlike strictures that bound other Secretaries of Ministries Gotabaya was not bound to follow any such rules. He was often seen making political speeches on behalf of his brothers and extended family. Any other government servant would have been issued a show cause and summarily dismissed. No, not Gotabaya. Apart from the whispered stories of white van abductions alluded to Gotabaya […]

Civil Damages Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in US On Behalf of Sri Lankan Tamil Detained by TID From Sep 2007 to Aug 2010: Notice Served on Ex-Def -Secy at a Trader Joe’s Parking Lot in Pasadena on Sunday Night.

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Civil Damages Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in US On Behalf of Sri Lankan Tamil Detained by TID From Sep 2007 to Aug 2010: Notice Served on Ex-Def -Secy at a Trader Joe’s Parking Lot in Pasadena on Sunday Night. (Text of Press Release issued by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP)on April 8th 2019) Johannesburg: The ITJP and the US law firm Hausfeld have filed a civil damages case in Califonia against former Sri Lankan defence secretary,Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor. Roy Samathanam made the complaint in the Central District of California against Mr.Rajapaksa, who is a dual US Sri Lankan citizen. Continue reading ‘Civil Damages Case Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in US On Behalf of Sri Lankan Tamil Detained […]

DMK-Congress alliance did not ensure protect to Sri Lankan Tamils

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said that DMK-Congress government and M.K. Kanimozhi did not ensure security to Sri Lankan Tamils during the Eelam War. During his campaign near Anna Nagar here on Sunday evening in favour of BJP candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan, Mr. Panneerselvam said that Ms. Kanimozhi, who was among a team of MPs representing India in Sri Lanka, received the hospitality extended by the then Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa but did not take any constructive action to protect the Tamils. “She has now been named the DMK candidate of Thoothukudi,” he said. He said that the AIADMK government had taken steps to ensure that the publication of the gazette notification on the Cauvery water scheme by the Union Ministry of Water Resources following the […]

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