17 December, 2017

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Attempt To Deflect Public Attention From Yamapālana Corruption Scandals

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Three members of my family – my wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa and our younger sons Yoshitha and Rohitha were questioned by the CID and FCID this week. My wife was asked why the colour of a jeep that had been made available by the Red Cross to her charity SiriliyaSaviya in 2011 and used by the Presidential Secretariat had been changed. International NGOs make their vehicles available to local charities once their projects are over. My wife had told the CID that she knows nothing about the maintenance or repair of vehicles used by the Presidential Secretariat. On Wednesday, the CID obtained a statement from my son Yoshitha on the same matter. He had been asked whether he had given instructions to anyone to change the colour of this vehicle. To this Yohitha had replied in the negative and explained that the transport division of the presidential secretariat maintains the vehicles and gets them painted if necessary. He had been asked whether he had used this jeep as his back up vehicle to which he had replied that it is the PSD that assigns any available vehicle for his back up team and that he had no role in the matter.

For the first time, my youngest son Rohitha was also hauled before the FCID on Tuesday.  He was asked whether he was a shareholder of ‘Supreme Sat’ which was the first Sri Lankan company to be involved in the launch of a communications satellite. Rohitha had explained that he does not hold any shares in Supreme Sat directly or indirectly and that he was a paid employee of that company with the designation of Technical Director from July 2012 to July 2014 after which he left to concentrate on higher studies. The FCID had thereupon wanted to know whether he had helped Supreme Sat to get their licences. Rohitha had explained that by the time he joined Supreme Sat in 2012, they had already acquired their licence and that he had been introduced to Supreme Sat by a Chinese businessman who had come to South Hampton University in England to recruit new graduates for his company.

South Hampton is the only University in Britain running a course in Space Systems Engineering. Seven students graduated in 2012 one of whom was Rohitha. The satellite that was launched in 2012 is owned by the Chinese government and Supreme Sat which is a Sri Lankan private sector entity has leased six of the 36 transponders on the satellite with a view to providing satellite communication services to Sri Lankan customers. I have been informed that the main investor in this company is a prominent Singaporean businessman.

What the people saw this week is a part of the yamapalana propaganda offensive against me, my family and the entire opposition. Members of my family are told to appear before various police units and the police plant the story in the media that this is to obtain statements about the Tajudeen matter. What is important to the yamapalana government are the media reports generated – not the contents of the statements obtained. When my youngest son Rohitha was summoned by the FCID, pro-yamapalana websites claimed falsely that hundreds of millions of rupees of government money had been spent on sending a satellite into orbit. In actual fact, there was no involvement of the Sri Lankan  government in this satellite services company at all. The CID and the FCID are with the government in this propaganda offensive. Last Wednesday, within minutes of Yoshitha having given his statement to the CID, a pro-yamapalana website posted a story about the questions that he is supposed to have been asked.  

As the corruption of the yamapalana government comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways, they are engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of my family to the CID and FCID. The extent of the panic in the yamapalana government is evident in the shrill announcement that special courts will be established to hear cases involving the Rajapaksas. This is in complete violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the equality of all persons before the law and the presumption of innocence. Even if such a special court is set up, what is the evidence that can be placed before this court?  The government claims that properties worth Rs. five billion belonging to members of my family had been seized by the state or courts of law. This is a complete falsehood. 

No property belonging to any member of my family has been seized by the state or any court of law. What the government has been trying to do is to claim that properties belonging to other people actually belong to us, and in the process they have caused terrible harassment to certain individuals. No member of my family has been found to be in possession of liquid or fixed assets, the provenance of which cannot be explained. Every member of the public knows that the same cannot be said about Ministers of the yamapalana government. No previous government has harassed the families of opposition politicians in the manner of the present yamapalana government.

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  • 8
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    “A righteous man walks in his integrity. His children are blessed, after him”. Prov. 20:7 (Bible)

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      Unrighteous will reap the fruit of their wicked ways. I think it is mentioned in proverbs 1

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        Hi Don Corleone, long time no see!

        Feeling the heat buddy? …………………
        Too bad, your boys are, 1 Sonny and 2 Fredos. You don’t have a Michael with the smart to rescue the “Family.” What to do? It happens to the best of us!
        Man, if you wanna run a proper Mafia enterprise you ought to know the tricks of the trade. You have to dispose of the damn bodies; can’t leave them lying around. Concrete them in to a building or put them through a meat-grinder otherwise they’ll find out that the marks on Thadudeen were not love-bites. And that Lasantha didn’t Sheep-prod himself to death. …………. You did the right thing with Ekanaligoda……………….. Now he is living in France …….
        Buddy, everyone knows that your family is clean and as innocent as new-born babies. But the world is such, they persecute even the most exemplary ……….. could you believe that they nailed that man from Nazareth to a cross. …… Something to think about in your hour of despair. …….
        Then again you have enough stashed away is Tsunami-aid and other change to ease your pain……………..
        Man, I raise my hat to you for that! Do you know how long it took Warren Buffett to get to 18 bil?
        Lankans have so much more talent ……….. if given the opportunity.

        ……….. PS ……. Give my regards to Luca Brasi ………….. and put in a good word for me; he might be the next president!

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          General Fonseka could have dispatched this filth the night of his arrest by calling on his military to remove this garbage along with traitorous military and getting them to Galle Face where mobile cranes were waiting to get them swinging Iranian style.

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa,

      Shall we sing:

      MaRa MaRa ChaTu MaRa
      MaRa MaRa AmaNa MaRa
      MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
      MaRa MaRa DhushaNa MaRa?

      What you had was Chati, Amana, ora and Dhushana Palanaya.

      Certainly, the Yaha Palanaya is trying to get there, but fumbling.

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    It is appaling to note that a corrupt politician who demolished all democratic pillars in Sri Lanka in his 10 years reign now writing about corruption in the country where he destroyed all etical, moral and democratic principals! I suppose this is freedom of expression which no body in SL would have been able to express if he was still ruling. This person should be banned from all public office as he willingly destroyed everything for his personal gains.

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      Foums,
      Take it easy. Defeated and disgraced, corrupt King Kong cannot pen anything worth reading. We know that much. All these laughable articles are being written for the guy by either GL or DJ. Obviously, they have nothing better to do. Makes one wonder who has really fallen from grace. Perhaps not only the criminal clan from Hambantota, but also GL & DJ as well. On the other hand, they never had any grace to fall from to begin with.
      Cheers!

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    Attempt To Deflect Public Attention From Yahapālana Corruption Scandals by MR – hahahahahahaha. I never knew MR is a comedian.

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    Not a single court case against MR or the family!
    Only bullshit stories! Cheating the public for gonpalana failures!

    have you seen a press conference by the govt,
    Everybody is cracking jokes at the expense of the public!
    Police spokesperson, Rajitha, Dayasiri, all crack jokes, while stupid reporters ask stupid questions!
    Why not Dr ranil and P sira answer press?

    Native:
    Couldn’t say I said this would happen! Screwed up the country bigtime!
    How is the war crime tribunal, Is it coming?

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      srinathan gunaratnam

      “Screwed up the country bigtime!”

      You are right since 1948, big time after 1956. Empowered Pancha Maha Balavegaya screwed up big big very big time.

      “How is the war crime tribunal, Is it coming?”

      I refer my comments one or two days after the election victory of Maithripala Sirisena. I am proud of myself for telling you stupid people in advance about the cosmetic regime change and effect on war crime investigations and how the West would drag its feet and make the whole issue of war crime disappear.

      The UN, the West, Hindians, International Community, NATO, NGOs ……………….. are with Sri Lanka hence you should stop mourning about their interference.

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    Saint Rajapakshe is preaching and let every Sri Lankans believe it. How can a graduate engineer from Southampton University become a technical director of a company as soon as he passed his undergraduate studies. I ‘be been working for nearly 27years with a class degree and a PhD and still dreaming to become a technical director.

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      Oh dear Maramandi how sad, my heart goes out to you, on the other hand there are only an executive and a director in a two people company!

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    mahinda,yahapalanaya has sacrificed one of their impotent,sorry important members last week due to scandal,so you have to also sacrifice one quickly too to keep the game going on..Who is it going to be?Yositha?Any way the decision is not in your hands but theirs as to who it will be.One for one.

    When that happens you will have to blame aluthgamage who went after ravi k.

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    Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse- Deposed President of Sri Lanka: Thank you for writing every now and then to keep us “Reawakened” of the memories we carry as regards the megalomaniac style of Governance you established and carried on regardless in this country. When you refer to and defend your family and cohorts, it awakens our natural instincts to reflect on the regime you established and possessed prior to 2015. Please remember, before that fateful day of January 2015, there were no CIDs; FICDs; Presidential Commissions to summon you, your family and all other goons to record statements; BUT there were certainly PEOPLES COURTS that KNEW what all of you were doing and to FORESEE what plans YOU had for the future. That is how you were CONVICTED and verdict was announced on 8th January 2015. Now you are trying very hard to convince us of your “INNOCENCE” by making use and taking undue advantage of the “LETHARGY” and most probably the “SUPPORTIVE ROLE” extended to you by this “PSEUDO YAHAPALANAYA” to clear of those “CRIMES” that you committed against this country and the people. Whatever the outcome of these CIDs; FCIDs and Presidential Commissions, the PEOPLE of this country KNOW the TRUTH and most overwhelmingly, there will be a day, your own CONSCIENTIOUS will tell that “TRUTH”. So I sincerely request you to contemplate on that next fateful day’s arrival and get ready to face the destiny that would fall on you by the force of “KARMA”. These writings cannot deflect or erase off those CRIMES. That PUNISHMENT destined for you all by the force of KARMA is THE UNIVERSAL TRUTH and LAW.

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    OK, Mahinda, so you served the country honorably & your family did not benefit financially in anyway. Do you expect us to believe that all these accusations are just mud slinging by those jealous of your success & your enemies in some form or another, as does poor Ravi K expects us to believe in his integrity? I suppose this type of corruption charges, abuse of power & other such accusations are occupational hazards of being in politics & as seasoned politicians, you lot have developed thick hides so as not to get intimidated by them.

    In the absence of a judicial enquiery instigated by the FCID / Fraud Bureau, or the Inland Revenue, investigative commissions with no legal power are a waste of public funds. This is not the first time you & your family have been hauled up by the CID & FCID for questioning but I suppose they don’t have the clout nor the capability to press charges against you, & abiding by the principal that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, we will have to accept your pleas of not guilty. However, as for your honorable conduct, I won’t buy it for a second.

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    While appreciate your Excellency’s leadership quality and determination to wipe terrorism from SL …i’m very sorry to say that people around you are primary cause of your downfall..
    You have let them.play ground you …too much lenient and too much freedom you have given o your relatives…for instance, your Bro Goata run mock to play around you.. people got a mentality that Goats was a real President during your tenure as president. Sorry to say you lost grip on power ..
    I do not know people will once again give you power to rule

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    “Dwell not on faults and shortcomings of others; instead, seek clarity about your own” #Dammapada v:50
    You are just another number on the list. Awaiting anxiously for you is ‘Yama’ in hell. Metta!

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    This article is all lies. AKD had explained all the story inside the parliament. As per AKD, photos are available of the jeep colour at different times, MAdam rajapakse handing over the kyes are all available What Rohitha Rajapakse are also lies. It is broadcasted in SLBC. It is said, Mahinda Rajapaksa had spent $320 million (most probably the Arhut C cleark’s estate that he left for developing information Technology in Sri lanka) for a private companyand futher Rs 18 million of the companies own. Other investor had been a LTTE-affialite.

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    “No previous government has harassed the families of opposition politicians in the manner of the present yamapalana government.”

    What do you mean by ” in the manner of the present yamapalana government ” ?

    What was the precise manner followed by the previous government ?

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    My dear High Excellency,
    It appears that this piece has actually been written by Your Divine Highness. This is clear from the many errors in it, factual and otherwise :
    Southampton is ONE word, not two
    Southampton U. is not the only one offering a degree in Space systems engineering in UK. Here is another : MSc Space Systems Engineering at University of Manchester . Plenty more if you look.
    About Rocket Rohitha’s project, is it not true that this gave the Chinese a spot in Sri Lanka’s orbital slot? Is this another thing you sold to China?
    “This is in complete violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the equality of all persons before the law and the presumption of innocence.”
    Well, if Ravi K was grilled by a Commission, why not your family? Are they still more equal than others?
    I hope good Prof. GLP recovers soon from his sprained wrist. Really, Sir, you ought not not to make him write to CT so much in your name. After all, you banned CT when you were in the hot seat.

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    Even what the politicians say, there are so many criminals, con-men and women inthe parliament. As the party leaders are they themselves corrupt – thieves and they can not select who are good and who are bad. So, ask people to select good people. Ex-President Mahinda Rajapakse has proved that he was a corrupt ruler. So, he should keep his repuataion as the one who defeated LTTE and stay away from politics.

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    MR is absolutely correct in pointing out that the present GoSL is clumsy.
    Yes, to start with taking off the white-van service was very bad.
    By the way MR claims that Rohitha graduated from “South Hampton University”. There is no such university in Britain. Clumsy clumsy clumsy MR!
    It is a case of the pot calling the kettle………whatever

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      south Hampton is a private university owned by ROYAL group, a business syndicate.. If you have money you can get into. But, I heard, rohtha di dnot pass A/L. to get into a proper university.

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      Come on..Tomato, Tomato, University of South Hampton, South Hampton University.

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    The University of Southampton is a public research university located in Southampton, England. Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in Britain.

    Like Oxford and Cambridge a lot of British Universities give special privileges to your Third World leaders. A lot of your African colleagues, their sons and daughters get admitted to these places if they had minimum qualifications. A former PM’s daughter went to Oxford U on marginal grades and a son to LSE on marginal grades.

    So I am not sure if MR knows Southampton Uni is different from Whatever Uni he claims to have sent his son. We all know he asked for help from a previous President whose very smart and well behaved children studied medicine and veterinary medicine in UK to get his son into Oxford. But his son Namal baba did not have even the minimal grades.

    Thank you for defeating LTTE terrorism. But your family ran amok and was so arrogant; your son Rohitha in particular and Yoshitha avoided combat after getting special admission to the SLN and getting a special scholarship to Dartmouth. Sir dhanwath boru kiyana eka nawathwanna. GR was good and he brought SF into leadership. But please go home before people jeer you out again. Your ?JO faction cannot win the next Presidential election; RW will win even if GR is the candidate. Basil is a 10th grade dropout Machiavelli with no ethics.

    Retire and go home Sir. Thank you but goodbye. We do not owe you another regime.

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    Mara is the most corrupted leader in the history of Sri Lanka and what you have written is non-sense. People know that you pay DJ and a few others for writing things in English. How can you write in English without the ability form a couple of correct sentences in English? What you did during your 10 year reign of terror and corruption is not a secret. Here is brief snapshot of your despicable record:

    1. Soliciting sex from girls of the families that lost their loved ones due to Premadasa Terror campaign in exchange of your service as a human rights lawyer in 1980s

    2. Raping girls in villages from down south on the promise of jobs

    3. Stealing $800 million of Tsunami funds through fake NGO called Helping Hambantota set up with assistance from Willie Gamage and depriving poor families of their right to rebuild their lives devastated by Tsunami

    4. Taking 19 billion US dollars as commissions from Chinese government corporations through white elephant useless development projects such as Hambantota Harbour, Airport, and southern expressway

    5. Putting Sri Lanka economy into an endless misery by taking high interest loans from China and pocketing in 40% of that money

    6. Nurturing an unprecedented culture of corruption and political victimization with immunity

    7. Killing and attacking journalists, judges, innocent civilians for 10 years

    8. Appointing an uneducated GoTa as defence head and stealing the credit of ending the 30 year war from SF, the true hero who led the final war against LTTE

    9. Making a synthetic lawyer of an idiotic son who couldn’t even pass his GCE (OL)

    10. Killing the most famous rugby player on behalf of another moron son

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