Sri Lanka’s New government is under international pressure to ignore celebrating the seventh anniversary of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by the governments Sinhala Army, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Basil Rajapaksha had claimed.
When Rajapakshas were in government, ambassador’s pressurised them not to celebrate the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the government forces as ‘War Victory’ as the some of these western governments had helped the Rajapaksha government forces to kill the Tamil Civilians and killing of more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their family members who surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender in May 2009.
But Rajapaksha family ignored the request and took cover behind China and Russia to cover-up the War Crime by the Sri Lankan forces under the order of Rajapaksha.
Mahinda Rajapaksha and his brothers used the killing of Tamil civilians in thousands to gain the Sinhala majority vote and played the racist card to stay in power.
Mahinda even changed the constitution so he can continue to stay as the President of Sri Lanka for life. His family members and close associates became millionaires over a short period of time under his rule. But unexpectedly Mahinda lost the election by a small margin of 51.28% in 2015.
Ever since Mahinda lost the election his brothers and associates are trying to come back to power at any cost as the pressure of financial frauds and War crimes are being exposed.
Rajapakshas family members are accused of involvement of killing of rugby player and have been questioned by the FCID as well, Rajapakshs only hope to to cover up the frauds and criminal activities is to come back to power and it is ‘at any cost’. Rajapaksha brothers are playing their only hope the ‘Racist Card’.
The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) arrested Basil Rajapaksa on the 12th May 2016 after he arrived to give a statement regarding a land issue in Matara.
Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was arrested by the FCID, has been released on bail after being produced at the Matara Magistrate’s Court. He was ordered released on a cash bail of Rs 50,000 and three personal bails of Rs 1 million each.
Basil Rajapaksa was previously arrested by the FCID in April last year on alleged financial misappropriations in the Divi Neguma Department.
The anniversary of killing more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by the Sinhala army under Mahinda Rajapaksha falls on May 18 and the current government of Maithripala Sirisena has plans to celebrate it with a low key ceremony. During Rajapaksa regime it was celebrated widely.
The Tamil groups have plans to commemorate the thousands of Tamils killed by the Sri Lankan forces with lighting of oil lamps at Mullivaikkal in the northeastern Mullaithivu the scene of the final battle.