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Arrest Warrant Issued On Former Sunday Leader Editor Frederica Jansz

By Colombo Telegraph

The Court of Appeal on November 6, issued an arrest warrant on former Editor in Chief of The Sunday Leader Frederica Jansz when she did not show in court as summoned to do when a Contempt of Court action filed by Thilanga Sumathipala was called.

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The Contempt of Court case was filed in 2004 by one time Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom and President for the Board of Control for Sri Lanka Cricket, Thilanga Sumathipala against then Sunday Leader Editor
Lasantha Wickrematunge, journalist Frederica Jansz and publisher Lal Wickrematunge for wilfully carrying articles in the Sunday Leader newspaper prejudicial to the current court proceedings against Sumathipala.

Petitioner Thilanga Sumathipala in his application stated that the articles were published with the cold and calculated intention of interfering with the ongoing judicial proceedings and thus creating an atmosphere of real and substantial prejudice against him (petitioner) subverting the due process of Law and gravely prejudicing the holding of a fair trial.

Sumathipala has maintained that the publication of a series of articles, written by Jansz and published during the tenure of Editor and the late Lasantha Wickrematunge,  while there was imminent legal proceedings against the petitioner rendered the action sub judice.

Sumathipala at the time was the second accused in the Magistrate’s Court case where he was being charged for aiding and abetting underworld figure Dhammika Amarasinghe to forge a passport in the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage and aiding and abetting Dhammika Amarasinghe to travel abroad using the forged passport.  Sumathipala, according to the articles carried in The Sunday Leader had used cricket board funds to do so.

Petitioner Thilanga Sumathipala has asked Court to issue a rule on Sunday Leader Editor, (now dead) then journalist and later Editor Frederica Jansz and Publisher of the Sunday Leader Lal Wickrematunga why they should not be punished for contempt of the Magistrate’s Court of Colombo and upon failure to show cause to punish the respondents for contempt of Court.

The sensational articles published in the newspaper in 2003 and 2004 resulted in the sacking of two judges and the murder of the underworld figure Dhammika Amarasinghe who was shot dead in the middle of a
district court house in Hultsdorf when produced for a judicial hearing.

Colombo Telegraph this week carried the story  that Frederica Jansz, who was sacked from her post as Editor in Chief at The Sunday Leader in September this year is learnt to have left Sri Lanka together with her two sons having been granted refuge by a powerful nation currently pushing to hold the Sri Lankan government accountable for possible war crimes and other human right abuses including abuses of media freedoms and stifling the press.

Frederica had since her termination confided to close associates that she had been followed home twice by men on motorbikes as well as received a threatening phone call.

Frederica was also facing further litigation initiated by Gotabaya Rajapaksa when in July this year following the article ‘ Gota Goes Berserk’ he revived a Contempt of Court action he filed in 2009 and had laid by following her giving evidence in the White Flag case.

Frederica, according to confidantes had said she had been warned by her lawyers that there were moves to possibly impound her passport at the next court hearing scheduled for later this month.  She was also
facing a jail term if the case was decided in favour of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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    20/20 VICTORY CALYPSO– CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET…

    Give way me land, give way me car
    But let no man touch my sugar

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      From the Chief Justice to Fredrica, women are being hounded by the Rajapass goons and it is time that women of Lanka lead the struggle for regime change.
      Say something Madam Roasy Senanayake – who should be the next leader of the UNP!

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        Next leader of Lanka from “DPL”- Dipan Pukka Lokkata ;)

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          Dude,
          Don’t be crass.
          This is a public forum.
          If you can’t make your point without using profanities… Don’t.

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    20/20 VICTORY GANGNAM STYLE OR BAILA RAJA

    R.I.P. Democratic Socialist, Republic …….

    Welcome Honesty Justice and Peace

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    Please remember to switch off the lights when the last person leaves the island.

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      No need to switch off Jo. It’s already black out thanks to Patta lee champa power cut. It’s party in moon light.

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    So the drama continues although it seems to be staged?

    Did Asanga do Frederica a favor, by sacking her as editor so that the public and embassies will have sympathy to issue political asylum, as they did for another Sunday Leader journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, and former UNP Ali Zaheer Moulana, who was a senior diplomat in the SL embassy in Washington after applying for a fraudulent political asylum.

    For many years it was not issued for Moulana, and the State Dept. did not issue a diplomatic visa. Therefore, he was forced to leave and return to Sri Lanka, joining the SLFP.

    Sonali since then, have said that she was kicked out of Sunday Leader by obviously Lal, and Frederica got the job as editor, which Sonali coveted.

    If Frederica was not fired by Asanga, then she would faced these type of frivolous law suits, but would not have been considered for political asylum. This is rather weird, and bizarre. It also looks like that Gotabaya as a US citizen is pushing Sri Lankan citizens to apply for political asylum in America, Canada, UK, EU and Australia.

    Genuine applicants are denied, and jailed for years or even deported.

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      What guys if they had tried the Green Card lottery the chances of Sri Lankans are better than the larger countries.
      It seems Rajaratnam may finally come out but battered of course due to Gota. What a shame.
      Here folk are unable to even mention Rothschild’s and Goldman Sac’s at least for the PIGS fiasco if not the American.

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      Amusing theory that being sacked from job is reason enough to get political asylum!

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        tht’s not y she got political asylum moron, there were legitimate threats to her security. also, even thought this article says “political asylum” she may have just chosen to migrate. all the skilled workers in this country migrate so gud luck SL!

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      Interesting hypothesis, Donald. So you think this “threat on Frederica Jansz’s life” and the previous “threat on Sonali Samarasighe’s life” may have been staged to win sympathy and asylum as victims of “persecution the press”? Stands to reason.

      Regarding your other allegation, though, isn’t it true that Ali Zahir Moulani, the Tamil-speaking, Muslim, Sri Lankan politician from Batticaloa was afraid to stay in Sri Lanka and forced to leave it for a while because of threats to his life by the LTTE (after he arranged for Karuna’s defection) rather than because of threats by the government? You’re the man with the inside story…tell us more.

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        Dr Romesh Senewiratne

        Former DIG Udugampola (in India), Chandrika, Dutta Gamini(as a student), Somawansa (an anti indian who spent considerable time in India), ……..and several others sought asylum in the past.

        Why did all these people and others left the island?

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          What a question to ask a kangaroo born in the UK. Never mind but beware any answer would be second had or beyond wherein the person would never have even seen to confirm 50%.

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          I have no idea who these people are, NV.

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        Kangaroo bounty hunter be a Patriot go to Afghanistan at $7k per week.
        Of course in an emergency we will provide the very best of made by America in China a body bag for the diced meat.
        As I said I still have a couple of Indian batch mates at the Pentagon engineering division.
        Come on boy this is your best chance since you have spent one year on this forum without missing and I am leaving this site got matters to attend.

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        @Romesh. It was no hypothesis of mine, but facts extracted from the Sunday Leader ladies, own mouths.
        One word, I wrote in another comment was censored by CT, which would indicate what else was going on at the Sunday Leader, and expose what Gota was screaming about out. lol.

        As for Ali Zaheer Moulana, before the end of 24 hours after he arrived in Colombo, Wikileaks indicate that Ranil went to meet the US ambassador. There was help from the Foreign Minister Kadirgamar, Foreign ministry, Prime Minister Rajapakse, and SL embassy in Washington. (See Wikileaks) Moulana, committed immigration fraud in the eighties in the USA, and returned. (Read letter to the FBI from Bruce Fein/Tamils For Justice- That was published before in 2008).

        Now, he wanted to use this situation to return to the USA, with the help of the GOSL and UNP. He did not want to get the help of RAW and GOI who also facilitated the transport of Karuna, and go to India. Unlike Jansz who has relatives in Australia, Moulana had no interest in going to Australia.

        Moulana also was well paid by Karuna in Gold and Dollars/Rupees. He travelled on his diplomatic passport and as a tourist into the USA, and then applied for political asylum so that both can work. Thereafter, he became a diplomat, and wanted a diplomatic visa, which was delayed for 2 years, and then he returned to Sri Lanka and became a politician again and recently tried to become the Chief Minister of the EP. But he did not win a seat in the PC elections.

        These are the facts, and even your father has no idea, what goes on all these matters although he writes as if he is the expert Senator of the TGTE.

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          Don’t worry about the TGTE, Donald. No one takes it seriously, or who its “senators” are.

          As you know, Donald, the TGTE is led, supposedly “reluctantly”, by a guy called Vishvanathan Rudrakumaran, who is calling himself “Prime Minister” of the “government-in-exile” of “Tamil Eelam”. Rudrakumaran was one of the LTTE inner circle. This is obvious from photos of him with Anton Balasingham and Prabakaran. Some of the TGTE clips of him have LTTE flags in the same frame as his head and torso sitting behind a desk in a nameless country, which Itake to be the USA. I understand he works as a lawyer in New York, these days, trying to get “Tamils” their “green cards”, and leading vexatious litigations against targeted members of the Sri Lankan government.

          Spreading rumours, insinuations and false accusations against past and present governments (not only, but especially, of Sri Lanka) and his personal enemies has been a specialty of my father, who I take it, you don’t like. I’m not surprised, given the things he has written about you and said about you, privately and publicly.

          You seem particularly angry that he “sabotaged” what you called your “Tamils for Justice” project, by discouraging the Tamil Diaspora in Canada and London from contributing their money for what everyone recognised was a vexatious litigation against Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka. Rather than you and Bruce Fein to “lead the action” he was trying to get “support” (ie: money) for his proposal to get “Geoffrey Robertson QC” to “charge these blaggards” (his words) in the “International Criminal Court”. He argued that his vexatious litigation was “certain to succeed” and that he knew Robertson “very well”.

          As he has frequently boasted, my father has been involved with AI for a long time. He even had some AI meetings “on Sri Lanka” at my parents’ house in Brisbane twenty-or-so years ago. He has said, in a “lecture” he gave to radical Tamil students in Toronto (it is on Google videos but not You Tube) that he was one of the original employees of AI, and was paid by the London “Human Rights NGO” when the organization was first “floated” when he was a junior doctor in England. He was paid for helping in the early “letter-writing campaigns”.

          You may or may not have read my comments, recently, about “agents provocateur”. And I have shown readers of the CT evidence of close connection between the ICJ and AI. Do you think, Donald, that AI and ICJ may be among the list of corrupt NGOs that played a part in the Cold War front of Ceylon/Sri Lanka?

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    How come the VIP who arranged a forged visa to ‘karuna’ to visit UK and was deported by UK boarder authorities to Sri Lanka and on arriving Colombo, karuna was felicitated and was later appointed a cabinet minister. This is the way the ‘Miracle of Asia’ is being made???

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    As revealed by FJ in her interview the Sunday Leader was hounded to death by the rulers and their henchmen. We now have the priviledge to read their lies and narcissistic tales ad nauseum.

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    How ironic? Thilanga Bookiepala when charged for taking an underworld to the UK to see Cricket matches on a forged Passport, who turned State Witness was gunned down inside the Court House. The assailant was caught. Todate the file is collecting dust at the AG’s office.

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    Fredrica has just narrowly escaped arrest by fleecing to U… I wish you well and hope now you have all the time to write your own book on the Family Dynasty In the Wonder of Asia that made you Flee. We hope it will be very interesting to read and wish it to be a best seller. Good luck and all the best.

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      Yes you could bring in valuable foreign exchange to Sri Lanka by publishing these books abroad. You could be busy for a long time. Good luck.

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    Fishing in troubled waters to please the political masters?

    The petition has been filed as far back as 2004 and Frederica has been summoned to appear in courts in November 2012 after she has fled the country!

    Oh! the articles had appeared even before the legal proceedings had begun and become sub judice!

    Hang the public interest!In Socialist Democratic Sri Lanka let the journalists think twice before exposing the misdeeds or corrupt deeds of a VIP no matter whether it is before or after legal proceedings have been instituted unless the latter has fallen foul of the powers that be!

    Certainly there must be many more cases against this journalist in the pipeline. Why not? It is ideal time for Frederica bashing!

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    Dear Mr.President Rajapakse. I think you have done a great job in Sri Lanka and your face looks overworked and tired. You deserve a good rest and a good sleep. Are you getting proper nutrition and vitamins. Because ever since you came to power people either suddenly disappear or trying to leave the country in boats or seeking political asylum in other countries. Don’t you like to retire as I think you have worked hard and saved enough money. You built harbors, airports, endless roads and mega stadiums etc, and I think you have done enough to the country. So this is the best time to retire respectfully and not to wait until people start throwing rotten eggs at you similar to London to remind you it’s time to go. Also I hate to say but think about lovely wife and children also as a husband and a loving father as they have to get married and settle down. Therefore this is the best time to head back to your native town Hambantota and live peacefully, than ending up in somewhere like Vanatamulla dungeon…similar to Sadam Hussain or Gadaffi. I wish you happy retired life with your lovely wife. Bye.

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    Dr Romesh Senewiratne says witout any pretention:

    “I have no idea who these people are, NV”

    These were high profile people who too sought asylum and spent their time in exile for variety of reasons.

    Please do your own research. I cannot spoon feed you aspects of brutal history of the island.

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      You’re the one who mentioned these names, boy-who-dare-not-mention-his-own-name.

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        Dr Romesh Senewiratne

        Please get to grip with the Sri Lankan history and the key players before you make any definitive comments.

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          Well said.

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          I’ll leave the high profile “key players” in your select list for you to investigate and report about if you wish, NV.

          I’m rather disappointed to find that you are not a genuine Veddha, or an Indigenous person of Sri Lanka as you have inferred through your name and comments, and are, instead, just another racist troll with a hidden agenda.

          Care to tell us your real name and location? It’s most certainly not in the “deep, deep jungles of Sri Lanka”. There’s no electricity in the middle of deep jungles there, and not too many computers.

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          He’s known no better name than his given name and asking for more is like asking a butcher to name his favorite pig.

          Even in the Bushes of Oz land there is solar energy to drive anything and everything. Why just the controlled irregular energy where one can only pay via Credit Card for its supply.

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    HOORAH! Following the lessons learnt from Duminda (hiding in Singapore) after killing Baratha and also the Kudu guys who were sent away by Mervin.

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    Native Veddah,

    I met ex-DIG Udugampola at the Veg Restaurant Shanti Vihar, Havelock Rd. Colombo last month. He finds it difficult to walk and uses a cane. Felt sorry for him.

    Senguttuvan

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      Who started Shanti Vihar? Indian Gupta and JT who?

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        KUMAR >>> dont be a cry baby kumar .shewag had four balls in that over to score one run and he was unable so why dont you peploe talk about the inability of shewag to get a single to get his hundred rather than blaming on randiv or sanga.Yes sri lanka deserves icc spirit of cricket award and won twice and my question is why india were unable to win it at least once? so any excuse for that? pathetic Indians always cry like babies. (0)

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      Perhaps divine retribution for breaking the limbs of several youths in the Central Province during the 1988-89 period.

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      Senguttuvan

      Thanks for your infor.

      It seems he now backs MR.

      You got to be an exceptionally good man to feel sorry for him.

      You know what had happened to many who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people(?) through no fault of their own.

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      Why carry a crazy cane? Automated wheel chair even with the music is on sale so that he can make a trip to Badulla the friendly abode in no time;)

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    Lanka Muslim, this divine retribution is generally applicable to all human beings. Retribution is slow but sure. All oppressors will be oppressed. Human beings should behave lIke human beings, noT like animals and brutes. People should be respected irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and beliefs. Majority community should not suppress the minority. All should be allowed to lead a peaceful life. Only then our country will be a better place to live. No seekers of asylum, nobody wish to leave the country, they will live and die here. May that day be born.

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    Dr Romesh Senewiratne

    Please spend some time with our elder commendators Senguttuvan and Gamini who have their life experience to share with us.

    Normally Senguttuvan helps me with political history.

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      Does he, now?

      So he teaches about Tamil history and culture at Princeton University?

      Now that Julian Burgher has entered the discussion on your side, I’m getting the picture.

      I take it you believe “Spittel’s Version” of the “disappearance of the Vedda”?

      The Obeysekera tradition continues!

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    Me thinks it’s more important to focus on the causes of the Jansz saga and rather than the effects. SL is clearly slipping into a militarized governance with the Rajapakse’s being de facto military heads. The danger is that the Rajapakse’s are not led by the president but by Gotabaya, and it doesn’t require a psychologist to figure out that the man is seriously mentally ill. Therein lies the biggest danger. Recall Hitler …?

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    Rajapakse brothers must be eliminated if we as Sri Lankans wish to salvage our motherland from destruction.

    Gotha, how about pumping some gas into my car. I live in orange county!

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