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An Appeal To Rajapaksa To Intervene So As To Prevent Another Beheading In Qatar

By Colombo Telegraph – 

The AHRC urges its readers to write to the President of Sri Lanka at the address shown below to urgently intervene and to save the life of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar.

We reproduce below the letter written to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, the Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the case of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar who faces the death sentence by beheading in Doha, Qatar.

January 25, 2013

His Excellency, President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
‘Temple Trees’
Colombo 3
SRI LANKA

Your Excellency,

Re: The possibility of another beheading like that of Rizana Nafeek – Appeal to assist the family of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar with funds to stop the execution

The parents of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar have earlier written to Your Excellency about the situation faced by their above named 22-year-old son who is facing the death sentence in Doha, Qatar, which may be carried out at any time. Your Excellency’s office wrote to the mother of Mr. Sudeshkar requesting her to write to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment for the taking of further action on this matter. A letter from Your Excellency’s office was dated March 26, 2012 and was written on behalf of the Senior Assistant Secretary, Ms. Meda Bemmulla. The problem facing the family now is that they have been asked to pay a sum of Rs. 350,000/= to the family of the deceased victim in this case in order to secure Mr. Sudeshkar release.

Accordingly the family contacted the said bureau and as they did not receive a satisfactory solution they sought our help as a human rights organisation. On January 18, 2013, the Asian Human Rights Commission wrote to Mr. Amal Senalankadhikara, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment requesting him to let the family know whether the bureau will assist by way of providing this sum in order to get this young Sri Lankan released; or otherwise to let us know of their decision so that we could make a public appeal to the international community to help the family raise this sum.

Unfortunately there has been no reply to this letter from Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. Under these circumstances there is no other recourse available within the Sri Lankan administrative system to resort to but to Your Excellency as the President of Sri Lanka.

Your Excellency is aware the harsh circumstances of the legal system in the countries of the Middle East and the fact that death sentences are carried out regularly in these countries. The case of Rizana Nafeek‘s execution illustrates the kind of danger faced in such situations.

Under these circumstances we appeal to Your Excellency on behalf of the family of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar to kind assist them in their desperate hour of need. With an order for Your Excellency the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment is likely to act on this issue on an urgent basis.

We are writing this purely on the basis of an attempt to assist a person and a family faced with the problem of a death sentence by intervening before the ultimate tragedy takes again.

We urge Your Excellency to intervene in this matter.

We await your kind reply.

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Bijo Francis
Interim Executive Director
Asian Human Rights Commission

Please see below the original letter sent to Mr. Amal Senalankadhikara, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment

January 18, 2013

Mr. Amal Senalankadhikara
Chairman
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment
234, Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha
Koswatta, Battaramulla
SRI LANKA

Fax :+ 94 11 2879903
E-mail : infor\_center@slbfe.lk

Dear Mr. Senalankadhikara,

Re: Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar – Sri Lankan Passport No. 4031544 – the young Sri Lankan worked to be executed in Doha, Qatar

I am sure you are aware of the captioned matter relating to the imminent execution of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar. The parents of Mr. Sudeshkar who have written to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka seeking his intervention and assistance regarding their son have received a letter on behalf of the Senior Assistant Secretary to His Excellency stating that their letter has been referred to your bureau for the necessary action. It further informs that your bureau, in the future, will take the necessary steps regarding this matter.

The parents of Mr. Sudeshkar have sought our assistance in trying to obtain the release of their son who, we were told, has been sentenced to death on December 31, 2012. We have also learned that Mr. Sudeshkar is 22 years old as of now and that during the time of the incident which caused this unintentional death he was 20 years and six months of age.

We have also learned that negotiations have been conducted on this matter for settlement by way of paying blood money for the sum of Rs. 350,000/=, that is QAR. 100,000.

We have also learned that the family of Mr. Sudeshkar is extremely poor and that they are not in possession of any properties or financial resources and thus, are unable to raise this sum of money.

We are very perturbed due to the sudden execution of Rizana Nafeek. In that case we have worked since the death sentence came to be known in 2007 and at that stage, as the government did not want to pay any sum for the filing of the appeal the Asian Human Rights Commission raised the necessary funds for the legal fees and enabled the appeal.

After the appeal was refused and the death sentence reconfirmed the only way to save the life of Rizana Nafeek was the payment of blood money. However, the necessary negotiations relating to this matter were not conducted with success in time and the result was the beheading of this young Sri Lankan girl. During the interval between the sentencing and the death we wrote several times to the Sri Lankan government. At one stage Mr. Lalith Weeratunga wrote to the AHRC and said that the Sri Lankan government was willing to pay any blood money if that was the way to save the life of Rizana Nafeek.

I am writing this to inquire from you whether you are making arrangements for the payment of the blood money, the sum of Rs. 350,000/= in order to save the life of this young man. We would very much urge you to do so.

Please be kind enough to inform us urgently whether you will be doing this for otherwise the Asian Human Rights Commission will make a public appeal in order to collect this sum through public contributions. As the time is running out we hope you could reply to us as a matter of urgency. Your cooperation would of course be appreciated by everyone who is concerned with saving the life of this young man.

We await your kind reply.

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Basil Fernando
Director Policy & Programme Development
Asian Human Rights Commission

Personal contact numbers:
852 26986339 x118 (Office)
852 26969130 (Home)
Email: basil.fernando@ahrc.asia

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Lessons To Be Learned From The Failure To Save Rizana Nafeek

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    Do not waste your time.No help will come, that is a fact.You should encourage all Sri lankan employees in the ME to collect thier money and get out of this country. If Sudeshkar becomes a Muslim, he will find salvation Take it

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      My my what a considerate and sensitive man this Curtin is? He assumes that criminals are forgiven if they convert Islam! Worse still he is so considerate and insensitive to the feelings of the family of Mr. Sudeshkar and to a Billion Muslims who are followers of Islam.

      What an apology for a human being?

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        If only non-Muslims understood Islam before dealing with Muslims and Muslim countries, they could have avoided most problems. Following is only a basic lesson to non-Muslims.

        Democracy is by the people for the people. When Muslims are in a democratic (kafir) country, they use democracy to maximum and win more rights. Nevertheless, their loyalty to Islam stands above the constitution of the country they live. On the other hand, there is no room for democratic secular political system in Muslim countries because democracy is incompatible with Islam. Allah stands at the head and Allah’s law as read by Muhammad is the rule of law.

        Here are some examples. Koran 48:29 says, “Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another” and Koran 9.3 says, “…Allah and his messenger are free from obligation to the unbelievers….” In Hadith Muslim 19:4294 says, “When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” That means; Islam teaches all non-Muslims intended to be subordinate to Muslims. During the last ten years of Muhammad’s life, infidels were evicted or enslaved, converted upon point of death and even rounded up and slaughtered.

        Understand, Islam means live by the Koran, Hadith and Sira. In such a system, only Muslim males have full rights. Non-Muslims have no standing with a Muslim. In fact, a Muslim can never be put to death for killing an unbeliever. Do we need to talk more?

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      “If Sudeshkar becomes a Muslim, he will find salvation Take it”.

      Are you trying to imply that Muslims are treated any better? What of Rizana?

      The Middle East (generally) treats all Sri Lankans, including Muslim Sri Lankans, with disdain.

      The Middle East is mostly Muslim, but their treatment of Sri Lankans (including Sri Lankan Muslims) is completely against the noble tenets of Islam.

      Leave religion out of this. If the Colombo Telegraph starts a drive to raise the capital to save this man, I will contribute. I’m sure many Muslim Sri Lankans will too.

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    Rs 350,000 is not much to save a human life. I dont know why the govt or SLFEB cant pocket out this money. The presidents fund usually donates such amounts for surgery etc. Is it because he is a Tamil?

    If AHRC can publish a bank account many people can contribute to save this poor man.

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      i think the figure is 3.60 MN cos the Riyal is 36.00

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        Correct if the blood money required is QAR 100 000,-. That is equal to about LKR 3 500 000,-. 3.5 million Rupees. We can do this. We are many.

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          President’s daily pocket money expense is Rupees 20 Million.

          This amount was allocated from last Budget for this year and got passed by parliament on Dec. 8th 2012.

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        Nabil,

        yes true. It should be as you added..

        I checked it again, CT has to correct the sum.

        if it is to be QAR. 100,000 – the sum in lanken currencies should be Rs. 35 lacks ( Rs. 3,5 Million).

        http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

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      Safa,

      Keep race out. Give it a break. Please.

      It has nothing to do with him being a Tamil. He is a Sri Lankan brother. All Sri Lankans rallied for Rizana. They will do the same for this guy.

      Sri Lankan government is lethargic and corrupt. That is different matter.

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      Yeah 3.6 Mn. SLFEB and the Govt should be able to pay this given the money flowing in due to foreign employment. 2011 figures by the Central Bank – US dollars 5,145 million. I apologize for my remark on race. As always we should keep race out of it.

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    Let us not waste time.

    Sri Lankan government will till this guy is beheaded as well. Then shed crocodile tears.

    AHRC, please publish your account number. People will transfer the funds. We are many. We are disgusted by what happened to Rizana Nafeek. Must not let it happen again.

    Sri Lankans of all ethnicities comme together. Send the money. We can do this fast together.

    Do not wait for Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Dilan Perera or Hakeem.

    Act now.

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      Correction:

      Sri Lankan government will wait till this guy is beheaded as well. Then shed crocodile tears.

      Sri Lankans of all ethnicities come together. Send the money. We can do this fast together.

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        Then it will become our times to behead MR and the bunch. We also need to work on that too in parallel.

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        President’s daily pocket money expense is Rupees 20 Million.

        This amount was allocated from last Budget for this year and got passed by parliament on Dec. 8th 2012.

        MR is looking only for Our ME Slave Labour Blood money Foreign Exchange for him to import BMW’s, Mercedes Benz and Lamborghinis for his family and Party Goons.

        Last month BMW salse increased by 500%, (500 percent) when Many Rizanas die and get hurt in Middle East.

        This is MARA Aischarya Chinthanaya.

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      No, I have the feeling they dont know how to get on with IC and get the work done. That was the case with poor Rizana^s too. Had the GOSL been able to prove Rizana was under 18 years. She would have lived today returning to her parents, but the ministers that cant fulfill their duties have been appointed for the positons in terms of foreign relations and employments.

      And again, if this would have been case with any ministers wihtin EU, he would have left the office long back. But UNFORTUNATELY, lanken ministers stay in power even if they are charges by Murder indidents. Why is that in SL ? Can anybody explain me, I was not in the country for the last 3 decades.

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    Why question is

    why cant IC make all arrangements to behead MR and the thieves ?

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      It should be My Question …

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    I have send a request email to Mr. Basil Fernando (Director Policy & Programme Development,Asian Human Rights Commission) to create bank account to save this poor soul. We can’t wait for SL Govt to help , they may build a house after his death as we all learned in sister Rizana Nafeek’s case. Let’s to do it.

    Letter :
    Dear ,
    Basil Fernando
    Director Policy & Programme Development
    Asian Human Rights Commission

    I was reading an article about Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar. In bellow website.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/an-appeal-to-rajapaksa-to-intervene-so-as-to-prevent-another-beheading-in-qatar/

    After knowing what has happen to sister Rizana Nafeek we can’t wait for SL governments help to safe this poor soul. If the blood money can safe him let’s start collecting it .I’m kindly asking Asian Human Rights Commission to create a bank account for to collect blood money .I’m pretty sure we can do it together. If we collect more than current required money this money can save another souls life until death sentence is totally abolished .

    Thank you for your hard for on sister Rizana Nafeek.

    Thank you

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      No doubt you are a true soul from Srilanka. I am proud of you. Pass me the account numbers – so that we can contribute our part being away from the country. I fully agree with the fact that we cant rely on the govt to react in this regard after studying the true story being unable to do the essentials in terms of the case of beheaded Rizanna.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q3HXmTBig4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jltDGJXbFA4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgyC20LnKG8

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        I’m interested in contributing. Shall follow this thread. And thank you ladies/ gentlemen.

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      I agree with Suba Bala

      AHRC is far better in dealing with this situation than the government.

      Let us begin collecting the blood money now. We need a reliable place to channel the money. That has to be AHRC. As they have earned our trust after their dedicated work with Rizana’s case.

      Will AHRC keep the Qatari system informed that blood money is being collected? So that, they do not execute this person all of a sudden.

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    I have send a follow-up email to Danilo Reyes (One of their programme officers who works extensively on Sri Lanka.)

    What we have learned from sister Rizana Nafeek’s murder is , there are two options can save a trail victim

    A: Blood Money
    B: Case withdraw from the other party

    In this case Blood money is affordable by collative community.so lets works on it.

    It is one way of saying sorry to sister Rizana Nafeek

    Thank you bro Punchi Banda ,Bro Ben Hurling ,

    Note: I’m a poor soul from Sri Lanka who couldn’t do anything to save thousands of brothers/sisters killed in Mullivaikal, that burden will be there until death.

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      Great we are with you whatever the good plans you will make in this regard.

      Never think that the poverty is only measured by Wealth (Money). fOR ME, the current leaders are poor among the many not being able to provide the essential when necessary.

      But there are souls like you – your great initiatives for e.g in this regard are not comparable to anything of those families that abuse the funds of poor people in the country.

      Making an account to collect the required sum is a great work – there you are one who is exemplary and far richer by your thoughts and genuine kindness.

      Therea re all kinds of criminals on a rise in srilanka today- so we need to know these accounts and the information are accurate before asking contributers to do their job.

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    Dear Mr Basil Fernando and Mr Bijo Francis ,

    please make arrangements to open an account on behalf of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar , don’t waste the precious time seeking help from SL government , instead publish the account number details in the local/international media , i’m sure all of us can help to raise the required amount with our active participation , do not let us hear another heartbreaking story ..

    With regards to Rizana Nafeek’s execution and SL government responsibilities, i like to share the following true story to show what it takes to be a true leader.

    Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam at Wharton India Economic forum, Philadelphia, March 22, 2008

    Question: Could you give an example, from your own experience, of how leaders should manage failure?

    Kalam: Let me tell you about my experience. In 1973 I became the project director of India’s satellite launch vehicle program, commonly called the SLV-3. Our goal was to put India’s “Rohini” satellite into orbit by 1980. I was given funds and human resources — but was told clearly that by 1980 we had to launch the satellite into space. Thousands of people worked together in scientific and technical teams towards that goal.
    By 1979 — I think the month was August — we thought we were ready. As the project director, I went to the control center for the launch. At four minutes before the satellite launch, the computer began to go through the checklist of items that needed to be checked. One minute later, the computer program put the launch on hold; the display showed that some control components were not in order. My experts — I had four or five of them with me — told me not to worry; they had done their calculations and there was enough reserve fuel. So I bypassed the computer, switched to manual mode, and launched the rocket. In the first stage, everything worked fine. In the second stage, a problem developed. Instead of the satellite going into orbit, the whole rocket system plunged into the Bay of Bengal. It was a big failure.
    That day, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, Prof. Satish Dhawan, had called a press conference. The launch was at 7:00 am, and the press conference — where journalists from around the world were present — was at 7:45 am at ISRO’s satellite launch range in Sriharikota [in Andhra Pradesh in southern India]. Prof. Dhawan, the leader of the organization, conducted the press conference himself. He took responsibility for the failure — he said that the team had worked very hard, but that it needed more technological support. He assured the media that in another year, the team would definitely succeed. Now, I was the project director, and it was my failure, but instead, he took responsibility for the failure as chairman of the organization.
    The next year, in July 1980, we tried again to launch the satellite — and this time we succeeded. The whole nation was jubilant. Again, there was a press conference. Prof. Dhawan called me aside and told me, “You conduct the press conference today.

    “I learned a very important lesson that day. When failure occurred, the leader of the organization owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team. The best management lesson I have learned did not come to me from reading a book; it came from that experience.

    Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.

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    Witnessing the realities in Sri Lanka, I am sure that MR would find it easy to pay 1M rupees to the family (of course not MR’s money) rather facing QG.

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    Dear friends, it is like pouring water onto a duck. Their priorities are to be in power and not to serve the citizens of the country. It is better for the citizens to get together and start a fund to save the life of this Sri Lankan lad. Please announce the Account Number and I am sure the peace-loving Sri Lankans will contribute very generously to save this young Sri Lankan lad. If we can save the lives of the cows from being slaughtered in Sri Lanka by collecting monies, why not save a human life (Sri Lankan) from being slaughtered by the butchers.

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    Hi friends,

    the following video, I found great.
    We have to comment Ranjan^s fearless involvements in this regard

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3NK1WhjQQ4

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      Also please read the following interview Ranjan Ramanayake had with Mawbima reporter, who say what type of Ministers and MP’s in Sri Lanka Parliament.

      This interview was carried on Sinhala Medium.

      http://www.mawbima.lk/86-13462-news-detail.html

      These are the types we have in Sri Lanka’s Supreme Parliament.

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        Great Mahela,

        thanks for providing this video. I really like few of the commentators on to CT. They are real souls from our motherland.

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        the best saying is as once UNP MP Dayasiri resounded to the audience,

        yakada mallata winasa wunahama panmalla gana ahnna ona nahe kiyala.

        so what we have got to see in the parliament is :

        Mahadanamutta – MARA is the king of thieves – so he cant raise issues agianst open corrupted cases of his cabinet ministers.

        This is the saddest situation in the country today.

        But after reading the dialogue of Ranjan Ramanayake, I feel we should all respect him a lot – for him being made an example to all other 224 candidates in the parliament – declaring his all assets.

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    Any civil society does not ask for blood money. Also tha article fails to mention that this person has admitted killing another person ( man slaughter) . Also he is not the only one on the death raw all over the world or various crimes.

    I do not know how the judicial process was conducte here but he was involved with another persns wife and on catching them both red handed our fellow killed the husband where as rizanas case was more humanitarian and it was a mistake on our child’s part.

    http://www.newsfirst.lk/news1st/node/19946

    We cannot condone anyone killing anyone and if they do they have to face consequences. So I don’t know if a goverment can save someone an liberate someone who has taken anther life by paying blood money. That’s would also be a precedent for Sri lankans to engage in future atrocities overseas expecting goverment to bail them out. Few Tamils are also in death raw ( sl citizens ) in the Us for man slaughter and few others in middle east itself. Blood money is more or less a ransom.

    Also we can can remember goverment did not pay the ransom demanded by Somali pirates for Sri Lankan fishermen in the face of repeated pleas by their family.

    So it’s a difficult for a state to openly save a person like this unless they did not ge a fair trial. Since the person here has confessed to the murder it makes it hard for a state to save someone as opposed to rizanas which was ex parte and she was a minor here it was not the case.

    I think we should think few times before taking sides with someone who has murdered another unless information to the contrary surfaces. Then how fair would it be to covict someone in. Sri lankan prison for murder ?

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      @Ralph Ralapanawa: I wont blame the other comments on this thread because they have been made by emotion-packed people. However,Ralph, your comment has been the most sensible one so far.

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      I concur with your views absolutely. My thinking too was on these same linea. Sharia based laws are quite drastic and may appear harsh to those on the outside, but in reality, it is the only way to fight crime and brimg to book those offenders, and be made accountable for their actions. In any other law system, having a good lawyer to defend, can win freedom on some stupid technicality, or some law such as ‘acting on sudden provocation, not pre-meditated, etc., and may be get away with a reduced term sentence including a fine. Worst case hanged until death, which is never executed in SL (no pun intended). So where is the justice for the victim’s kith and kin? But blood money is an alternative source for the victims family to survive and eke out a living, if not, pay the ultimate price with a life for a life. Justice served. If this system prevailed, the world will become a safer place for all. Many may not agree with my views, but this is reality. .

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    Is AHRC real?.

    LKR 350,000 is peanuts for the Diasporians who are the main backers of these NGOS.

    They should offer 10 times this ,still USD 35.000 which is less than a years wage ,to help the poor victim’s family who are also Tamil people although they live in Tamil Nadu.

    All these past few months the same AHRC has been demonising the Regime and the President and trying to nail him and blame him for the unfortunate death of that poor Muslim woman.

    Now they want the President to write a cheque to save a person who has been convicted for murder.

    And the conviction was carried out by the Judges of a Sovereign Nation and according to their constitution.

    Now this same AHRC went to town to bring us inhabitants under Western constitutions ,telling the whole wide world that ours is nothing but crap.

    Why this pleas and prayers to the President now?.

    Is their any mileage & money to be made here too?.

    By the way ,our soldiers will do a hat collection if it is that simple , as they are doing now to build Razeen’s parents descent house.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Why this pleas and prayers to the President now?.”

      Because he has replaced the sun god.

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      Sumana,

      Why not President to rescue Sudeshkar. Why….. only he could import Lamborghinis, BMW’s ,Mercedes Benz for his family and Goons out of our Middle East Foreign curency earned by poor housemaid labour….

      Do you know that Last December BMW sales alone incrased by 500%…..when many Rizanas die in Middle East trying to feed their families….while President make foreign Safaris with Plane loads of his party goons.

      President’s daily pocket money expense is rupees 20 million per day. Check last year budget allocation for President and his family fun.

      We cannot allow him to play Pandu with our own money.

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    Have Ti agree it’s quite strange indeed. The website doesn’t even say who they are and had to resort to Wikipedia Ti find out its a NGO ( no mention where they are funded)

    The name itself it very misleading – commission is something that is commissioned by higher authority and here he it seem to be self appointed.

    It’s still even strnhe that they avoid re fact he has killed a man. Omission by choice I feel.

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    Dicky Bird, dont be naughty now. Write something we can read to enjoy at drinks break.

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    It is strange that no one ever considers the magnitude of the crimes committed by this convict, but merely falls headlong into the trap of human sympathy towards a harsh judgement which, when envisioned is quite gruesome and ghastly. His first crime was sleeping with another man’s wife, which alone can evoke the death by beheading penalty specially if he were a Muslim. Second offence was stabbing the husband in his bid to evade arrest, which turned out to be fatal. He destroyed a family and in the process committed a murder. If you put yourself in the victims shoes, how do you think your family members would react towards this convict? Okay lets leave aside his wife’s dilemma – bad pulicity on her character, no husband, and even the law against her for fornication. If this happened in SL, it would have been easy tfor him to get a light sentence if he pulled the right strings, with money to back it up. Not so with Sharia law. You either pay for a life with blood money to support that family (in this case the parents or brothers of the victim, or kept in custody on behalf of any children. Wife will not be considered as she would be deemed divorced). The next option is get an official pardon from the closest next of kin of the victim – wife will not considered in this case, or face the ultimate – death by beheading. How much more just can it get.

    Don’t be too quick to open new Accounts fellas. Just think about these scenarios. Organizations like human watch will thrive by arousing human feelings towards such harsh punishments, and garner enough support to achieving popularity and acceptance, and theeby fulfilling their objectivec to become an effective voice between governments, and also in the negotiating process. On the one side it may be a good thing to increase awareness in order to raise the funds to save a life, which will ultimately serve the dead victims families interests. On the other side, if the matter is to be resolved through blood money, it must be on government to government basis, and not through any other human watch established Accounts. The reason being there can be many frauds enacted in the process – if sufficient funds are not collected in the allocated time, the capital punishment gets meted out anyway. If this happens, will the monies already received get refunded? Another issue that can arise is collected money may reach the required target, but it is deliberately never declared so by human watch. Who is to know the correctness and accuracy of cumulated funds received? People will continue contributing on passionate grounds. But finally if it turns up falesly “insuffficient funds collected, so unable to settle’, what can anyone do to help save that poor man’s life? All the money collected will go human watch. Will they ever refund it? Either way they benefit. So lets put the pressure on our government to pay, and we send our funds to foot the bill. Any sense?

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    If this crime happened in Sri Lanka people would say implement death penalty etc and now when it’s imposed to a criminal or rather a murderer people want to save him !

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    If you need help, please forget that there is man with heart ruling Sri Lanka. He thinks that the life of any Sri Lankan is worth only Rs. one million. it is better to address poor people in SL than so-called rich who never spend a single cent for this kind of tragedies. Don’t expect anything’s from blood suckers.

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    Here we go, Account’s detail , [Edited out]

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    Please visit Asian Human Rights Commission ,Account has been opened for the specific purpose of this fund. The account bearer, the Asian Legal Resource Centre is a sister organisation of the AHRC.

    if you are really worried about Mr. Sudeshkar have look at AHRC web and do some thing..other wise it’s total waste of time on blaming others here

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