ITAK President demands one billion rupees in damages

3rd February 2018 // 0 Comments

Jaffna MP and ITAK President Mavai S. Senathirajah’s lawyers have sent a letter of demand to MP Annamalai Nadesu Sivasakthi seeking damages amounting to one billion rupees for making ‘false and defamatory statements’ by alleging that their client together with some other MPs had received bribes amounting to Rs. 20 million each to vote in favour of the government budget. Following is the text of the Letter of Demand titled, “False and Defamatory Statements” We have been consulted by Honourable Mavai S. Senathirajah, Member of Parliament for Jaffna District. We are instructed that you have made and that you continue to make false and defamatory-statements with regard to our client. These statements have been made several times from on or about 19th December 2017. In […]

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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!

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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

2nd February 2018 // 0 Comments

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 […]

13 SLPP members to join the UNP – Range Bandara

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sanchith Karunaratna State Minister of Irrigation Palitha Range Bandara stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party does not possess the strength to break away from the UNP to form a separate government. He further stated that no amount of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) deserter will be enough to bolster the ailing SLFP as 13 members of parliament from the SLPP have already pledged their support to the UNP further reinforcing the political power of the UNP. In such a situation of political instability the SLFP cannot hope to form their own government State Minister Bandara said. Speaking to the media at a gathering in Anamaduwa, Palitha Range Bandara stated that once the 13 SLPP members join with the 106 UNP parliamentarians, the SLFP will […]

Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka!

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

  Petitioning President Maithripala Sirisena Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka! Ragihar Manoharan, a 20-year-old Tamil youth, and four other Sri Lankan Tamil students were killed by security forces on January 2, 2006 in Trincomalee in northwestern Sri Lanka. The authorities have failed to prosecute anyone for their murder. Their case is emblematic of the thousands of people subjected to human rights violations in Sri Lanka by government forces.  Two police investigations and a commission of inquiry on the case of the “Trinco Five” students have yet to result in anyone being held accountable.  The Sri Lankan government must effectively investigate and prosecute those responsible for these murders so that the families of the students may at last receive justice.

A Legal Framework for National Reconciliation: The Way Forward

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

The following speech delivered by Former President Madame Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the ONUR,  at the29th LAWASIA Conference – Golden Jubilee Conference, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12 – 15 August 2016  It is with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of the LAWA SIA hosts to address this distinguished gathering. The legal fraternity, both Bench and Bar have a vital role to play, and are playing, in the life of this country. I am aware that LAWASIA is committed to the Rule of Law, Good Governance and the protection of human rights. I take this opportunity to salute the members of the legal fraternity for their courageous and principled actions to uphold democratic rule in Sri Lanka, on several occasions when Freedom & […]

Visiting Prince Edward Urged to Raise Persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan Leaders and to Meet Tamil Victims

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

Link: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/429522130/visiting-prince-edward-urged-to-raise-persecution-of-tamils-with-sri-lankan-leaders-and-to-meet-tamil-victims-tgte LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , January 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — While His Royal Highness The Prince Edward is visiting Sri Lanka to be the Chief Guest of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged him to raise the persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan leaders and to meet Tamil victims during his visit. He will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. TGTE submitted a memo (Please see below), highlighting the abuses faced by Tamils to be raised with Sri Lankan leaders. “While you receive the Guard of Honor during the Independence Day celebrations, please remember that these troops that give Guard of Honor are the same troops that according […]

TGTE Parliament Works out New Political Strategies

31st January 2018 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament which concluded its three-day session in Canada has worked out various political strategies. The eighth direct session of the second tenure of the TGTE Parliament was held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January at the Town Hall on Vanni Streeet of Markam in Toronto, Canada. Among the participants were TGTE Members of Parliament from various counties of the world along with Senate Members, Members of the Advisory Committee and a multitude of resource delegates. Mr. Rudrakumaran, the TGTE Prime Minister, had, in his opening-day address, insisted on the necessity by way of basic ethics and political strategy for organizations fighting for the realization of the Tamils right to self-determination and securing remedial justice for Mulivaikaal […]

LTTE New Year wishes on Fb Suspects further remanded

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

BY Kavindya Perera Colombo Additional Magistrate Dulani S. Amerasinghe on 24 January further remanded, till 7 February, the two suspects charged with posting New Year wishes for 2018 on Facebook accompanied by photos of late LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran and the LTTE emblem. The two suspects are Dinesh Kumar and Vijaya Kumar. The probe into the complaint, lodged by Pethum Rasanga, a resident of Ratnapura, was conducted by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) who submitted details of the case to the Court. The petitioner had pointed out that the two suspects had opened an account on Facebook titled ‘Vidushan Roxy’ and through it they had conveyed wishes for the New Year with a photo of the LTTE leader while the emblem of the LTTE had […]

Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Legislation gives sweeping powers to Navy and is detrimental to Indian fishers’ MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan Navy personnel to arrest Indian fishermen and seize trawlers and fishing nets. Above all, the Sri Lankan officials would impose hefty fines and harsher […]

” Rajapaksa Regime and its Fellow Barbarians at the Gates Once More” – Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera Warns Sri Lanka Before Local Govt Polls

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

(Text of Statement issued by the Minister of Finance and Media, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP. on January 25th 2018 under the heading ” March to freedom or return to fear?) The National Unity Government ushered in through a historic and revolutionary election in January 2015 has recently marked three years in office. As the Government attains this milestone, our achievements are many, but the road ahead of us remains as long and challenging as ever, and Sri Lanka stands again at the cusp of a crucial election in three weeks time that will determine the course of our nation in the years ahead. Once again, it is an election that will decide if democratic institutions and traditions, painstakingly rebuilt since January 2015 will be torn […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka and the Assassination Of Lasantha Wickrematunge

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

It was an open secret then that the hands of Rajapaksa regime were stained with the blood of Lasantha Wickrematunge.  Govt bigwigs talk positively of breakthroughs in probes and of potential indictments from time to time but the ground reality has been a NATO (no action talk only) so far. At present there is a sense of hopelessness at the manner the present administration is handling investigations Rajapaksa govt resorted to several “unorthodox” measures in prosecuting the war. Many were killed in cold blood or white vanned. It soon came to a point when dissidents or those expressing contrary views were also depicted as enemies,threats and traitors.  All the murderers involved in the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge have been identified. Vehicles used for attacks have been […]

‘Sword Sirisena’ secretly invited 2 SC judges to Paget Road to smuggle out Gota ; Judges arrived in minister Mustafa’s car !

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 26.Jan.2018, 10.00AM)  It is no less a person than president ‘Sword Sirisena’ who has halted the arrest of  notorious culprit Gotabaya Rajapakse , while the whole world is aware it is Gotabaya who misappropriated  over Rs. 90 million public funds to build a mausoleum of his parents . The president also  went as far as to   secretly send Gotabaya out of the country when he was about to be taken into custody over the mass murder of prisoners  committed within Welikade prison , Western province chief minister Isuru Devapriya stated openly  in his confession. Unbelievably , the responsible president who acted this irresponsibly and criminally  despite being  the highest in the hierarchy of the country has still not denied those serious allegations mounted […]

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