21 September, 2020

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Bar Association Slams Attorney Police Spokesman

Standing Committee on Rule of Law of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has today expressed it’s grave concern with regard to the unacceptable conduct of the Sri Lanka Police as evidenced by a series of recent incidents.

“The latest episode in this regard, viz: the death of a youth where the Officers of the Embilipitiya Police Station are implicated, records alleged conduct and behaviour unbecoming of any person in any responsible position, leave alone the Police.” the committee said in a statement.

Ruwan Gunasekara

Ruwan Gunasekara – Police Media Spokesman, Attorney-at-Law as well as Investigation Officer

The Committee records it’s strenuous objection with regard to the alleged conduct of the Officers of the Embilipitiya Police Station where there are serious allegations as well as reported evidence of deplorable conduct suggestive of criminality; gross aggravation; serious abuse of power; and absence of supervision and control, leading to the irresistible conclusion of anarchy within the Police Department.

The Rule of Law standing committee said; “Whilst respecting and without suggesting any prejudice and/ bias, on the on going judicial process into the incident, the Committee is concerned at the high-handed conduct of the Police Media Spokesman who was apparently playing several roles perhaps dubious in nature, namely as Media Spokesman, Attorney-at-Law as well as Investigation Officer.

“The Committee draws the attention of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as well as the National Police Commission, to the said conduct of the Media Spokesman; the absence of credible action against the implicated suspect police officers attached to the Embilipitiya Police Station; manner of conduct of the Judicial Inquiry especially the non-inclusion of the Attorney- General’s Department or its officers; the absence of remedial, deterrent and punitive interim actions; non- investigation of complaints into the subsequent alleged conduct of the Police Officers involved in the related Inquiry, amongst a host of other irregularities.

“The Committee firmly believes that the IGP as well as the National Police Commission should immediately intervene in the present issue, to seek the Truth; Mete out Justice; and bring about reparations as well as to take constructive actions of a permanent nature to ensure non- recurrence.

“It is the earnest hope and belief of the Committee that the Sri Lanka Police Department reviews it’s own conduct with a view to regaining it’s credibility and becoming an independent, non political Institution focused on achieving the purposes of its establishment, as proudly proclaimed in it’s publicity campaigns. The Committee recommends, that a Special Mechanism be introduced in the form or nature of a Special Investigation Unit to deal with serious allegations of this nature and/ or magnitude.”

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    Does the National Police Commission have the authority to intervene in matters such as this?

    If so, what the hell are they doing????

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      Ex DIG

      “If so, what the hell are they doing????”

      Probably they are doing what you did while serving in the police department. Turn a blind on eye and protect crooks, murderers, drug smugglers, rapists, …..

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        Native – you should really stop assuming stuff and stick to what you know to be factual. Otherwise you make a smartass of yourself in displaying your ignorance!

        The pseudonym I used was just that – a pseudonym. Just like yours!!!!

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          The National Police Commission is headed by a dubious yes man – Siri Hettige who ran the Sociology Dept. of Colombo University as his personal fiefdom.

          During the time he was head, he blocked very highly qualified minority community academics from joining the Dept. because he knw they were better scholars than him.

          Siri Hettige is unethical, useless and a clown and the Police Commission is doomed to failure as long as he is in charge. God knows why he was appointed?!

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          Ex DIG

          Excellent Clever Dick

          “The pseudonym I used was just that – a pseudonym.”

          Thanks for the clarification.

          “Just like yours!!!!”

          Now you deny the existence of my people.

          “Otherwise you make a smartass of yourself in displaying your ignorance!”

          Did you display your wisdom by naming yourself an Ex DIG?

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            Native – “Now you deny the existence of my people.”

            Wrong again!

            I never denied “the existence of (your) people”, all I said that yours is a pseudonym too.

            Why try to twist my statement just to score a point? Not smart at all!!

            Your concluding statement is also too dumb to deserve a response – just displays your immaturity!

            If you have nothing of worth to say, don’t do it here.

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              Ex DIG

              “If you have nothing of worth to say, don’t do it here. “

              Now you have appointed yourself as the thought police of this forum.

              Have I ever promised you to say anything worthwhile? I don’t understand as to why you should respond to my comments. Just ignore me.

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                Native – ” I don’t understand as to why you should respond to my comments”.

                For the same reason you respond to others’ comments! Surely that should be obvious??!!!

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                  Ex DIG

                  “For the same reason you respond to others’ comments! Surely that should be obvious??!!!”

                  If you believe my comments aren’t worthwhile reading why do you waste time reading it and typing a response which doesn’t educate me nor you.

                  I have nothing interesting to contribute to this forum. However, like you I have this hypergraphia in my hand and intermittent bouts of writer’s block in my head which make me say something all the time which doesn’t mean anything. If you are a serious man of principle, which you imply, should make an effort to ignore my comments.

                  Why do you type here?

                  Is it to impress your wife or partner, that is of you have one?

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                    Native – You keep making assumptions which are incorrect – perhaps a ploy to get the last word in due to the absence of relevancy in your responses!

                    Where have I said that I “believe (your) comments aren’t worthwhile reading”?

                    You then ask “why do you type here?”. Like I said before, for much of the same reasons that most others do! Is that so hard to fathom?

                    Sorry to hear about your hypergraphia if it is a problem for you (but you include another incorrect assumption when you assume that I suffer from the some malady).

                    No, I’m not trying to “impress” anyone (my wife doesn’t read CT!).

                    If you do respond to this in your usual OCD manner, please try to stick to the subject and not make your usual irrelevant remarks.

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      Good point..mate

      What the hell are they doing?..

      Most probably trying to contact Batalanda PM and Bodhipala Sirisena over the Land Line instead of sending a Text.

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        KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera (Dr No)

        “What the hell are they doing?..”

        A year ago it was Gota who was the Judge, Jury and the Executioner and there never existed a National Police Commission, not even in name.

        Perhaps old habits die hard.

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          Dear Native,

          But the Police didn’t go around asking for free Gal Arrack from the Dalits who are holding .Periods Parties..

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            KASmaa K.A Sumanasekera (Dr No)

            “But the Police didn’t go around asking for free Gal Arrack from the Dalits who are holding .”

            The police never went after their fellow hooligans. It appears that their taken for granted impunity is slowly disappearing.

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      If the BASL has a spine the media spokesman should be suspended pending an investigation for bringing the profession to disrepute.!!!

      Unfortunatley nothing will happen,

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    The president commenced his watch while owing a big favour to the police for freeing his son Daham from a charge of beating up causing grievous hurt, with his pals, the son of a DIG of Police, during an incident at Passekuda tourist resort, last year.

    Now the police are/will be able, to distort judicial process in favour of their members guilty of even murder, knowing that the President owes them enough to turn a blind eye.

    The President who should take note of blatant violations of the law and order the Police Commission, IGP and the Attorney General to take action, appears to be silent.

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    The Bar Association is corrupt. The police are corrupt. Minuwangoda Central School cadet band is corrupt. Can you show me any public organisation that is free from corruption?

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      Where their is a Sinhalese, corruption, thuggery and criminality will always be there.

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        Where there are people like Spark there will always be racism.

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          taraki

          “Where there are people like Spark there will always be racism.”

          It makes you two of a kind.

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      Yes mate..

      Singapore Mahendran and the Bond Tender Board of the Yahapalana Reserve Bank..

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    We think that the reason for the poor performance of the state machinery, including police, is the politicisation of the machinery and as a solution we came up with this business of “Independent Commissions” (“ස්වාධින කොමිසම්). There was a time when we use to utter that panacea of ours like a Mantra.

    Now what? A spate of police excesses take place. The Independent Human Rights Commission refers matters to the Indpendent Police Commission. The politicians or the peoples representatives sit pretty and make an arm chair criticism about the state of affairs. Up to now the snake has not bitten a politician of the governing types. If and when it does the entire government would be powerless to handle that situation.

    Strictly the Police Commission cannot Police but only maintain the discipline of the police. Then who will police the police? Politicians will say NOT US. It is now out of the political reach. Under the British system the Minister answers the Parliament. Here? God knows.

    Clearly the leaders of Government must assume responsibility and must put things right. Otherwise what is the use of electing them? Just to go for a joy ride in a limousine or fly first class?

    THE PURPOSE OF THE INEDPENDENT POLICE COMMISSION IS TO MAINTAIN THE DISCIPLINE ON A NON-POLITICAL FOOTING. PROMOTIONS, TRANSFERS, DISCIPLINARY PUNISHMENTS ETC. SHOULD HAVE NO POLITICAL INTERFERENCE AND THAT IS ALL. The politician must answer for the poor state of the service. No point blaming the previous government of MARA because I too voted against him to boot him out and I am not interested in excuses. LEADERS MUST PUT THINGS RIGHT and that is why we elected them.

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      Putting things right only a RIGHTEUOS leader can do, if we have one at all? Hypocrites wouldn’t dare to tread lest they get revealed themseives.

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    Elizabeth you are quite right but the rot has gone too far. The cancer has eaten into the body politic so much that every cell is rotten. What is the answer? Alas, there isn’t one. There are no upright men in positions of power.

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