28 March, 2020

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Army Butcher Sunil Ratnayake Released Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Former staff sergeant of the Army Sunil Ratnayake was released from death row on a special presidential pardon today.

Ratnayake was sentenced to death over murder of of eight Tamil civilians including four children in Mirusuvil, Jaffna on 19th December 2000.

Sunil Ratnayake was sentenced to death on June 25, 2015 after a 13-year-trial.

on 24 Dec. 2000, some bodies were found in the septic tank of a toilet by the side of the army camp. The matter was then reported to the Chavakacheri Courts. When the judge inspected the scene, four youths under the age of 18 were discovered besides four men with decomposed bodies, throats slit and eyes blindfolded. Some had their legs and hands chopped off. One had his skin peeled, looking pink. Among the eight murder victims was five-year-old Visvarayan Prasath. Even the most hard-hearted could not fail to be moved by the sight.

Further to it, an inquiry was held at the Chavakacheri Magistrate’s Court and a report was sent to the Attorney General’s Department. The Attorney General filed action in the Jaffna High Court. A direct and important eye-witness was Ponniah Maheswaran, besides others. Staff Sergeant Ratnayake was given a death sentence. Appeal to the Supreme Court failed.

 

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    All the comments show difference between Buddhism and middle eastern theistic religions. Does CT very the photo it is showing ?

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      Why should we be surprised ?

      A man who committed high crimes – with numerous allegations became the president of this country – his records are record breaking levels compared to Filifino Duteta.

      And his brother MR is the INCUMBENT prime minister – the allegations level at him are beyond estimates.
      Even Lasantha Wickramathunga, former Editor of Sunday leader paper, but calling him as one of the closeconfidiante of MR, but in the end, contract killers of his brother s underground squads killed him on broad day light. No justice serves to the victimized families.
      How many journalists, and prisoners were gunned down by RAJAKSHE DUO ? The records are public secret.
      Nevertheless, LOCAL media was tamed by his brother Basil who is an american citizen and – media mafia misled the nation but led Rajapakshes to leadership.
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      The kind of behaviours are today known to SRILANKA or the like places where over 60% are punnaku drinkers and thanakola eaters. They would sell even themselves and their mothers before any kind of selfish gains. Everywhere is the same.
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      So in a nation, filled with IDIOTs, what more talks we should bring to the people…. in terms of anticipate of JUSTICE.
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      I would NOT expect SUNIL RATHANAYAKA the MURDERER to heal this nation, but KARMA justice will be inevitable to them if not today tomorrow.
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      May the victimized families be BLESSED with GODs.

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        Leelage malli

        How many journalists were gun downed by your sun god Piripa, now those figures are also added to Rajapaksha account.

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          Latha, I have no idea about you re reborn, Please go back to that black era and get your facts right. i think you the kind of low lives would not even care even if your lovely ones would have been gunned down. Bps of Rajakshes should be escoroiated for all the high crimes they deliberately committed.

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          WHAT WOULD ALL OTHER CONVICTED CRIMINALS in that level would make appeals to the very same manner this SUNIL – barbarian did ?

          IS THIS THE WAY RAJAPAKSHES BRINGS RECONCILATION among all srilankens ?

          Rugby player was murdered by using STATE VEHICLES, when all was revealing not a single interogations were allowed, because They are Rajakshes… why is that ?
          wHEN i look at all these, I feel, these nation should be driven away… by any kind of much higher disasters… leaving the goodies. only.

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          Latha- or someone who seems to have no notice even if their lovely ones would have have been raped and murdered..

          Please get the number from Human right records. I guess over 45 or more across the island.
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          Those who wear other spectables not looking at the grave acts of Rajakshes with human face, would never see it, while others within that 60 lacks that stood against Bps will see it further.
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          I think women of your nature – should not be even low lives moved out of the country to serve as toilet cleaners in Italy, Middle east and S korea.
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          Now the nakedness of our LABOURERS in those countries are becoming clear. Wimal WEERAWANSA ballige putha of the nation, would go to those countries but we would not … ask a cent from them.. but we collected WHOLE lot of funds for TSUNAMI victims but it backfired being ended in the POCKETs of MEDIA mafia boss mahinda ballige putha.

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        Sunil Rathanayake is a sadistic murderer with no conscience. Gota is a sadistic accused war criminal who ruined innocent lives without leaving a trail back to him.

        Its stupid to be angry. If man bites a dog its news but when a stray dog bites a man it not worthy to be news.

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          BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER- they only focus on HIGH CRIMINALS only. If I were a tamil, or victimized parties, nobody would stay on my way, if I wanted to BOMB these leadership. I hate to see Rajakshes start ruining this nation again.

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        Barabarians promote the barbarians.
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        As some commenters endorsed it well, the path is being made that KUDU duminda to take away from the prison.
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        This kind of PROVOCATIONs can only deepen and widen the divisions.

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      Media in srilanka are made slaves today.

      See even if the kind of HIGH CRIMINALS being released, not a single good articles are displayed in main stream media ?

      This is what PEOPLE never expected. Media Black out governs the nation.
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      POLICE spokesman is fine but the govt is not fine. Mr Ajitha Rohana was also fine in previous times, however, he is sometimes biased to the govt in office.
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      I think if POLICE and ARMY would tame and teach the masses to obey the laws, that would be the real pathway to get the people into civilized nature.
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      Here, Mahinda Rajakshe shouls be taken away from lanken law and order systems because he is number 01 high criminal leader that promotes crimes going above the law and order prevailing in the country.
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      That Kahawaththa area, then MINISTER who was alleged to have promoted those crimes amounting to 30 or more women being brutally murdered, … with the direct mediation of police in that area, and backing of politicians….. all were under MR brutal regime prior to 2015, are now back to business as usual.
      .
      I think in TODAY s govt, there are lot more culprits and any hearted candidates.

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    Champa and Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, so according to you the judgement of Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare on behalf of a 5-member Bench was a part of an anti-Sinhala Buddhist conspiracy. Aluwihare is an appointee of the Rajapakse regime. He was directly appointed to the Supreme Court over several senior officers of the AG’s department. Another judge on the bench was Priyantha Jayawardena, another MR appointee, well-known to be close to Basil.

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      Hello Aluthkade Istudent!

      If the 5 member Bench was appointed as per your narration ( which may very well have been the case) their judgement ( without a jury) to send a man to gallows – is not quite acceptable – is it.?

      Read Champa’s and the Rtd. Lieutenant’s ( a good old friend of mine) posts again.

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        Dear Chethiyasena, When you say that the Rtd. Lieutenant is a good old friend of yours, you need no further validation!

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        What is the purpose of conducting trials by the Courts of Law in Sri Lanka by spending a large amount of public money and time ? This heinous crime was committed in the year of 2000 and the judgement was awarded only in the year of 2015 after a prolonged trial.The Sri Lanka Military Police itself conducted investigation into this crime and higher military authorities at the time gave their full support to this investigation and they vehemently deplored this inhuman murders of civilians including a child at the age of 5 years. This was not a brave act of a war hero,but an inhuman barbaric act committed against the humanity.But the President of Sri Lanka who is said to be a devout Buddhist and the Sanga Ratna of this country considers that this heinous , inhuman and barbaric crime as a brave act , what a country Sri Lanka is !

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          Buddhism and justice of this country only an dress code for the head of state who can use for thier own beneficial acts.If he or she want to give benefits to those who have thier same characters can change dress code do the needful. Can’t expect justice and equeality through incumbent head of this state as a mass murderer against humanity in 20th century.

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    I will not be surprised if Sri Lankan Army will now construct a memorial statue for this Murderer as this appears to be the practice whom they call “Rana Viruwa”. They can place it in Gota’s Sohona which he constructed with stolen money from the Government. This guy murdered children and others, 8 of them in total, not in a battle field but in an open public area.

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      Christians say praise the lord.
      What does the Sinhala |Bauda Lanka Say?

      Budhage rata: Gotage wade: Sadu Sadu Sadu.

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    The Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals who all ran away after election results are starting to come all at once like Esals(winged termites) from the termite hills that they were hiding, until their brave King and Communist Dinesh pulled back from UNHRC resolutions. Then they are saying the King is “Black but Beauty; that is the part I have been praising about him all along”. Sad, they think that all Modayas should believe their stories of “Black bu Beauty”. They are lecturing the need of the time is unity! Why all these dramas? Because, they want Tamils to support to spread the Coronavirus to North East. Yes 32 Nations showed unity under Kathirgamar’s Aappa Diplomacy to annihilate Tamils freedom war. Now they want even Tamils to support to spread Coronavirus in North East like the Swiss Pastor.

    The Sinhala Buddhist Intelectual are a spices without “Rosa Narambu” (sensory nervous system)

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      Don’t forget Tamils now under the coronavirus threat are at the mercy of the same army. You don’t want to get them on the wrong side. Do you? Imagine the possibilities!

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    Good news the LTTE butchers are freely running around in society. Why should the army be excluded.

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      @Abhaya Premawardena, yes they are all best of friends with the Rajapaksas and yes you are correct……..they are freely running around with girl friends assigned to them. If you go to Colombo, you can actually meet and greet them, maybe even give them a hug and share your love. These are the very same mass murderers who killed innocent Sinhalese and Tamils.

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      Abaya,
      Sorry you have joined GR in this collective Karma and expect to be punished as per Sinhala Buddhist law prescribed in Buddhism, This birth next and many more to come.

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        Did you see my name?

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    Buddhist Leader at his best! Don’t kill even an ant, but it’s ok to kill an innocent child.

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    What really happened was collateral damage. We have to move on with our normal lives. Who can we hold responsible for innocent children, women and men who were suicide murdered by the the Tamil terrorists?

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      Eusense, you can blame and charge Karuna Amman, Inniyabarathy, Pillayan and the sole arms dealer for the LTTE who are all bosom buddies of the Rajapaksas. That will be a damn good start.

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        TFN,
        I will never blame the guys you list. They finally realized how stupid Parayabakaran and his terrorists are, and helped the gov. to wipe out the terrorist murderers.

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      Eusense, collateral damage cutting off people’s limbs and peeling their skin off and killing a five year old child. If this was your neighbor what would you do

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        RL, These actives are no different from what the murderous terrorists did for the innocent civilians blowing their heads and limbs apart. So, don’t be biased!

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      Eusense, collateral damage murdering a child? Do you know the definition of what Collateral Damage is? Also when the SLA thugs murdered civilians in the north, was it right for the LTTE murder Sinhala civilians? What a douche bag!

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        TFN,
        You are right. It was a tit for tat! So, move on my friend…stop complaining!

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      Collateral damage? My foot! This is a case of bodies found in a cesspit adjoining the Army camp with a slit throat. Used by Army personnel, well aware of the goings on. Could not be a suicide as claimed now, after 20 years post episode – time needed to think plausible collateral damage reason! “If” Eusense can prove it as claimed, “SHITTING for a suicide” in the SLA operational camp of Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake, the Ranaviru – War hero, world record. What did the war hero do when this occurred? Silence.

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    It was on a website saying that Secretary of Defence was present when he was released. If it is a truth a sign of a disaster to come.

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      What disaster?

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    The Judiciary spent 13 years of their prime time, only to give a wrong verdict and against the National interests. Why should we waste hard earned rupiahs foolishly and have a Judiciary ? Scrap the judiciary, the Bar Council and send the judges who gave the verdict to gallows on conspiracy charges.

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    How tamils and muslims expect anything better when they 82% of them voted against him.

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    Mirusuvil, Jaffna in December 2000 was part of the Eelaam stronghold of the Supremo Mighty Velupulle Pirahaparan.

    To kidnap 4 Adults and 4 Children under his guard must have been a mighty Military Operation including Armoured Vehicles and Special Assault Troops, like the Israeli Commandos..

    The Dude in the picture does not look to me even like an Army Kitchen Hand , let alone a Commander leading an Assault Group against Mr Velupulle’s mighty LTTE.

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      Your comments reflect the long standing sad state of this country. Is it any wonder, SriLanka is 100 years behind in social progress!?

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    “Army Butcher Sunil Ratnayake Released Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak”

    If Tsunami strikes only Hangbangtota Help Fund can be created. That is why they paid from 2012 to Zahren group to attack three churches, just before the election. Sure, again billions should be flying to foreign Banks Accounts. To keep Modayas happy they do this type games. IQ 79 crowds are inside houses, closing the door, fearing for the Coronavirus. Only thing for as the windows to world is Derana. Jam! Jam! Day and night. Derana on the road. IQ 79 are happy and he is happy.

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    Once again we see a racist president pardoning a racist massacre!

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      Give the Raja family a 2/3 majority in the next election and this will be nothing. The day idiots elected this 7 Eleven clerk the country was cursed. Now live through it.

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    Goat is releasing all kinds of rabid dogs from prison. I wonder what he is planning. These are the very same rabid dogs that will be unleashed on his opponents soon.

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    Next Dumina silva

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    6,900,000 arseholes voted for this sorry state of affairs. There is nothing anyone could do now. Cockless Tanil and Pimp Sirisrna were given a mandate to fix the Rajafaksaes but nothing was done.

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    Sunil ratnayake the army butcher is destined to a lingering death and that is why he is given a break to face the karma.

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      He is contesting the next election under “Pohutuwa”, May be he is destined to be Minister of Buda Ass-hena,

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    These court cases were filed to please the Tamil diaspora, TNA and west. So that the UNP expected to increase their vote base.

    Further, I saw recently watched a story in the Australian ABC news website, a commando soldier, who pursued an unarmed man and shot dead the respective man in Afganisthan. But subsequent investigations by the Australian army cleared him, indicating that the respective soldier shot the unarmed man for his own security. The story says, the respective commando has still been working in the army now.

    So that the readers need to evaluate the double standards of the West and Sri Lankan Yahaplanaya government on these war crimes.

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    I have a strong feeling that this man was made a scapegoat for some big shot and everyone in the army knew it so the release I also doubt this is the road map for the next release of the kudu King Sudu Putha

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    This is one of the reasons why a death sentence should a death sentence and must be carried out, (unless if the convicted murderer could bring back the life he took). The victim and their familes was denied the justice.

    Some (in the forum) justify the release because the judgment was wrong! How do they know that, were they at the crime scene? How did they die? Are they telling there was no such incident and they did not die! If that is so they must accept and join with the Tamil diaspora to accept foreign judges as Sri Lankan judges are corrupt and incapable.

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    CT, those who write articles CT and those who make comments here live on hatred and revenge. Sri Lankan buddhists are not such people. They are human, make mistakes, but do not live on those and boil inside with hatred and revenge. See buddhists forgave Karuna, KP Pillayan and 12,000 suicide bombers, black tigers and TNA.

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    The Sinhalese leveled countless accusations against the previous government for imprisoning war heroes. This was a theme on social media the Rajapkashe media (Dilith Jayaweera, Reynor etc.) These are their war heroes. The shameless scoundrels with absolutely no morals whatsoever. Now they got what they voted for.

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    Releasing the Army staff sergeant Sunil Ratnayake from death row on a special presidential pardon is one bright light coming out of the COVID 19 gloom and doom.
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    If he killed a couple of terrorists as alleged, he saved the country of massacres of countless innocents by that mad dog, smuggler fisherman Pirapakaran, collecting a lot of merit. Thats why the gods have released him.
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    President Gotabhaya also gathers meits by this great act of correcting a judicial perversion.
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    He should immediately be reinstated in his job, with back pay and compensation.

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      Where the hell did this MF get the name Emmanuel?

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      Per Buwaneka Aluwihare, P. C., J. [with Sisira J. De Abrew, J., Priyantha Jayawardena, P. C., J., H. N. J. Perera, J. (as he was then) and Murdu N. B. Fernando, P. C., J. agreeing]

      “Considering the above, the irresistible inference that could be drawn is that it was the Accused-Appellant and the group of men who had inflicted the fatal injuries to the deceased and from the nature of the injuries it can be concluded that the injuries were inflicted with the intention of causing their deaths.

      Thus, I conclude that the prosecution has established the counts of murder.”

      Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Sunil Ratnayake v. Hon. Attorney General [S. C. TAB 01/2016 decided on 25.04.2019]

      http://supremecourt.lk/images/documents/sc_tab_1_2016.pdf

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        Thank you.

        Roughly about 30% of the comments in this tag are answered by this one posting alone.

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          M,
          Reading comments here, I see many more LTTE terrorist supporters still living !

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    How can you lock up Sunil Ratnayake in prison when mass killers of Sinhalese Karuna and KP are treated like VIPs by the Sinhala-Buddhist State? Moreover Buddhist compassion should be shown to Sunil Ratnayake as he is a Buddhist and he didn’t kill any Sinhalese. You have to be smart in these matters … … unlike the deranged Wijeweera who killed Sinhalese and got himself shot and buried alive.

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    Keep Calm People, Justice will prevail. Once you are a murderer you are always a murderer whether the law says you are one or not whether it is Sunil Ratnayake or Gotabaya. They have blood on their hands and lots of it and nobody can wipe it off. You can escape a prison but you cannot escape your conscience. It will come to haunt them and their families and there is no escape from it. They can enjoy the privileges of gov today but all of this has a time frame and it is not eternal.Their hateful and murderous actions will come to haunt them and torture them even after this earthly life.

    Why are we all surprised by Gota’s pardon of Sunil Ratnayake? Don’t they say “birds of a feather flock together”.

    Why are we surprised by the timing of the release? Gota is a known coward he had to hide behind a global pandemic to do this horrendous release. He left the army and ran away from the war to America but came back to direct a war by hiding behind his brother’s shawl in an A/C room. War hero my foot???? The real heroes are the ones who fought the terrorists on the ground. Shame on you Gota. You are a bloody shame.

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    Comments show that most of the commenters do not know or ignorant of the details of the crime or the investigations carried out – “………………………..Among the eight murder victims was five-year-old Visvarayan Prasath. Even the most hard-hearted could not fail to be moved by the sight.” .

    Till HE comes for you, you can sing hosannas for HIM calling HIM as your great liberator and live happily thinking that it is the other one not me

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    By and large that Sri lanka is only country that Tamil terrorist of TNA +LTTE claim for that legitimacy of “Tamil Terrorism” in world.

    We are only few countries accepted Right for Sovereignty voters had been hijacked by LTTE Tamil-terrorist 30 years .The TNA played role model covered an operation supporting which proxies of Tamil terrorist in island .
    TNA who was behind an encouraging of extremist of Terrorism aim of an undermined Democratic system of Government. …Lanka. Such TNA was a criminal outfit which was undermined system of governance of democracy of Lanka.

    The “Tamil homeland ” mean was separatism by GUN point Terrorist of LTTE was anti-establishment political outlet; being unaccepted to any right thinking rule of democratic governments of World.

    The Solider of Legal members Army person ,who fought against Tamil Terrorists and their WAR was JUST cause of safeguard the Nation sovereignty…. .People
    He cannot be on framed by treasons charges was set up by TNA & UNP was political motivated caucusas .
    That act was against Solider for Capital punishment been undermined legitimacy government of Lankan; it has been elected by majority voters govt. in Sri lanka.
    Republic State of Constitution of Island an epoch make of Democratic of history Lanka.
    This is first time in history of representatives of the Parliament legitimacy had been challenge by Judiciary. …Judges . An every Elected govt having right to war against Terrorism ,which including SRI Lanka.
    The Capital punishment against Solider verdict was wrong doing by Attorney General by extremist Terror influence of TNA!
    We have to address Capital Punishment by Executive President of Republic ?
    My view is he (solider) could be granted President Pardon was correct stand

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      Terrorism in Lanakwe is assigned exclusively to Aanduwa. It is Britain mistake to appoint a communal right criminal as first Prime Minister. If Britain, instead of having in prison a convicted criminal, according that to that time law, had him hanged in 1915, Ceylon would not have started its history with a stained precedent of a communal rights criminal as the first PM(Leader of the Country). Instead it would have started its history too one, like its neighbor, ahimsa teaching leaders.

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      Herath Bandass Karaliyada

      “My view is he (soldier) could be granted President Pardon was correct stand”

      Therefore he is still a mass murderer a psychopath (like the president himself), he is not found innocent by the courts.

      It’s not surprising a psychopath helping a fellow psychopath.
      Will you let him stay in your house assuming you have a wife, a number of daughters, sons, mother, mother in law, sisters, sisters in law, ………. grandmas’ …all living with you?

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    This massacre happened in December 2000, during CBK ‘s era.. Initially 14 people were indicted for murdering 8 civilians including 5 , 15 and 18 years old boys. In the middle of the trial, first 9 and then another 5 were acquitted of all the charges against them. Finally Rathnayake was sentenced to death over murder of eight Tamil civilians. The judgement, delivered by the High Court was confirmed by the Appeal court and Sunil Rathnayake was sent to jail. End of the story.

    Still I am unable to understand one thing. Did he himself carry out this massacre? No one assisted? Can a single man kill 8 people , such a brutal way?
    If anyone assisted , then where are they now? Why they were not traced and brought to book?

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      s c perera

      You have asked some valid questions on the Rathnayake case. These same questions remain pertinent in the BINDUNUWEWA MASSACRE that took place in the same year – 24th October 2000. TWENTY SIX young Tamil men were massacred on the night. There were literally tens/hundreds of miscreants responsible; most of all the police and army who had a sacred duty of care to protect the young men who were in their charge. They failed, and no one was charged for dereliction of duty. Today, some of the culprits strut about Bandarawela and Diyatalawa; and the people of the area know who they are.

      I am not a Tamil and the temptation is to stand back and say ‘nothing to do with me’. WRONG! I saw denial in the 50’s and 60’s and not enough stood up to be counted. See where it has got us to.

      We must continue to confront injustice and crimes against humanity. And never stop.

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        Spring Koha,
        lONG time no see, Where had you been all these days ? Are u well if oyu are living in Sl ?
        See how the hidians treat their Mosque prayers … beyond all ethics and morals.. they beat them on the spot, by going to medieval treatments. So in SL, what more we can expect from CRIMINALs that became leaders. ?
        I have the feeling MEDIA is now on BLACKOUT mode, more or less, not many woudl criticise that release of Rathnayaka.

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        It seems it is rare and remarkable to stick up for justice in this country of deep divisive communal feelings.
        But why is it so difficult to see such brutality that happened in daylight under the oversight of country’s armed forces and clearly recognize how the state has failed these communities throughout history?
        Gosh. Such Unimaginable horror! And too many who cannot careless about those innocent butchered by the state.

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      “Can a single man kill 8 people , such a brutal way?”

      He is a Sinhala Buddhist. You cannot put anything past these animals.

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