Minutes after the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) formally declared the former Secretary to the ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential candidate at the forthcoming presidential election, Jenifer Weerasinghe, mother of Dilan, one of the 11 young men who went missing in the infamous ’11-youth abduction case’, took to Facebook last night calling out the government’s incompetence in serving them justice and colluding with the culprits to ensure their safety.
In her strongly moving Facebook post, Jenifer says that since the justice system of this country has failed her and many parents like her who have lost their children, they are only left with the hope that one day these culprits will face the wrath of nature.
Jenifer’s status is as follows;
The tears in these eyes waiting for justice for my son who went missing among the 11 boys have still not dried out. I waited for justice through the courts, still waiting for justice to be served on us. we silently observed the dramas that were performed by the politicians who colluded with these culprits under the guise of war heroes. Watched with heavy hearts. We watched how they continued to enjoy their lives with their children. We watched people blinded with patriotism who refused to acknowledge the crimes committed by them and continued to praise them as war heroes. We watched all who tried to use our sorrow for their benefit. We also saw the few who, with the greatest difficulty and amidst threats, tried hard to bring justice to our children. I have watched mothers and fathers weeping in their hearts every day for the past decade, just like me unable to bear the loss of our children. We silently watched all this with agony in our hearts. Even after all of this if there is no law in the country that can punish these criminals we will continue to watch until nature and karma takes its course.
Dilan went to meet his friend Rajeev Naganathan, who was scheduled to leave the country to pursue higher studies, that fateful night back in 2008 when they were abducted and never to be found to date. That was the last time Jenifer saw his dear son. the incident, investigations have now revealed, was done with the knowalge of the top officers in the Navy while Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the Defencce Secretary.
Jenifer’s determination to find her son even after ten years since the incident has not diminished by an ounce. She is seen at every court hearing in any court where this issue was taken up from the Magistrates Court in Fort to the Supreme Court, despite the continuous let downs.
Most recently being the then defence secretary during under whose watch these boys were abducted by the Navy was declared a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
Final phase of investigations revealed that the former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda was aware of the incident and that the boys were kept under Navy’s watch was asked to be produced before court after naming him as the 14 suspect accused of conspiracy to murder. Karannagoda who failed to appear before the CID or courts then filed a Petition to the Supreme Court, while in hiding, seeking an order preventing his arrest. He was recently promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet by President Maithripala Sirisena. Parents of the missing boys including Jenifer was handed over the biggest let down by the leaders of this nation who came into power on the false promises that justice will be served on them.