CID CLOSES IN ON MASTERMINDS OF KEITH NOYAHR ABDUCTION

The CID is nearing the end of its investigation into the May 2008 abduction and assault of former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper, Keith Noyahr, according to a detailed three-hour oral submission made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama last Wednesday on behalf of the Attorney General. Objecting to bail being granted to former Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Amal Karunasekara, SSC Girihagama laid out the evidence collected by the CID over the span of their 18-month long investigation, which has…

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US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka

The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under the PTA. Suspects arrested under the PTA, including…

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Ranil Instructs UNP Not To Criticise 16 SLFP’ers Who Voted For NCM After Malik,Mangala and Vajira Ministerial Trio Holds “Peace”Talks With Maithripala

By The “Sunday Times”Political Editor A lesser known fact among most politically literate Sri Lankans was a directive Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued to all parliamentarians of his United National Front (UNF) ahead of the National New Year. On Monday April 9 he told them to refrain from criticising the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against him. That comprised six Ministers, the Deputy Speaker, four State Ministers and five Deputy Ministers. The backdrop to Wickremesinghe’s directive, also lesser known, was…

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Will Maithripala Contest Against Gotabhaya At Presidential Poll? Wll Mahinda Rajapaksa Serve As Prime Minister Under President Sirisena?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Leading politicians of all hues anointed with the auspicious Avurudu oil are moving to the New Year, taking them to new challenges in national and party politics, and facing the realities of a unity government having members seated both in the Government and Opposition. The prorogation of Parliament, coming after many years when this tradition was ignored or was not required by the realities of day-to-day politics and governance, did bring about some quiet and helped give a bigger focus to Avurudu festivities. The departure of President Maithripala…

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Racist Mahinda wants Sambanthan to be his foot licker like his JO MP’s.

No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition Then it was Amirthalingam and now it is Sampanthan, both of whom happen to be Sri Lankan Tamils.   This is the second NCM against Opposition Leader in Sri Lanka; Amirthalingam faced an NCM in JR’s Govt. The No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition seems inevitable unless saner counsel prevails within Opposition   The JO decided to submit a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya demanding that R. Sampanthan be removed as the Opposition Leader    JO to agitate nationally and internationally for…

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