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Brigadier Priyanka Fernando Convicted For Threatening Tamils In UK

Former Sri Lankan Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has been convicted for threatening Tamils under the section 4 A of Public Order Act by Westminster Magistrate Courts a short wihle ago.

“It’s a landmark  judgement on diplomatic immunity with implication for Harry Dunn case ( Harry was killed in a road traffic accident by an American diplomat). Good that Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot of Westminster Magistrate Courts made strong comments on issues relating to diplomatic immunity,” Human Rights lawyer Arun Gananathan told Colombo Telegraph.

Case No: 1801273043

IN THE WESTMINSTER MAGISTRATES’ COURT

Date: 6th December 2019

B e f o r e :

SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE (CHIEF MAGISTRATE) EMMA ARBUTHNOT

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Majuran Sathananthan v Brigadier Andige Fernando

Is charged in the alternative with the following:

1. On 4th February 2018 outside the Sri Lankan High Commission 13 Hyde Park Gardens, with intent to cause those persons harassment, alarm or distress and without lawful excuse used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or displayed a sign of other visible representation which was threatening abusive or insulting, thereby causing Mr Priyantha Perera, Mr Gokulakrishnan Narayanasamy and Mr Majuran Sathananthan harassment, alarm or distress contrary to Section 4A (1) and (5) of the Public Order Act 1986

2. On 4th February 2018 outside the Sri Lankan High Commission 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU used threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly contrary to section 5 (1) an (6) of the Public Order Act 1986

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Majuran Sathananthan was represented by Peter Carter QC leading Shanthi Sivakumaran instructed by Public Interest Law Centre Brigadier Andige Fernando was represented by Nicholas Wayne

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Judgment Summary

1. This case has had a protracted history which is set out in two earlier judgments attached. The trial took place on 18th October 2019 and 19th November 2019 when the defendant did not appear but was represented.

2. On 4th February 2018 there was a demonstration by Tamil sympathisers who were protesting on Sri Lanka’s National Day outside the High Commission near Hyde Park. It was a peaceful demonstration but involved flag waving and chanting. There were about five or six police there initially and about 50 or 60 protesters. At one point the police moved the protesters as they were blocking the road. The police did not need to make any arrests at any point.

3. During this demonstration, Brigadier Fernando, in uniform, was outside the High Commission when he made three cut-throat gestures by drawing his fingers across his throat. This action is clearly shown on the video and still photographs which have been exhibited.

4. I received a number of detailed submissions on various matters of law from Peter Carter QC and Nicholas Wayne and I was very grateful for their assistance.

Evidence

5. I heard evidence from a number of witnesses who saw the gesture. Mr Sabeshraj Sathiyamoorthy took the video. He said when he saw the gestures he felt angry but then went on to another demonstration this time at Downing Street before making a complaint at Wembley police station at 11.30pm the same day. He said he had not made an immediate complaint to the police because his English was not very good and it did not occur to him. It was only in cross-examination that he said he was very frightened by what he saw. A friend of his who saw the video suggested he should go to the police for his protection.

6. Mr Gokulakrishnan Narayanasamy was the organizer of the protest. There were two groups protesting in favour of independence for Tamil Elam which he described as their homeland. He was holding a placard and was about 14 feet away from the defendant at the time. Mr Narayanasamy thought the Brigadier was focusing on him when he made the gestures I have described above. He said he had suffered mental health problems after the incident and was very frightened by what he saw. It must be said I found this part of his evidence to be exaggerated. The police were present and he made no complaint at the time although I accept that it may well have affected his previous depression and anxiety. It was only after Mr Narayanasamy spoke to his solicitors that he went to the police.

7. Mr Majuran Sathananthan was also attending the protest that day. He is the private prosecutor of this case. He said that the Brigadier was observing them for a long time. He took photographs of the protest. One of the exhibits shows the Brigadier taking a selfie with the protestors in the background. When the defendant made the gestures, Mr Sathananthan thought they were focused on him. The effect on Mr Sathananthan was that he thought the Brigadier was conveying to him that he would kill him by cutting his throat. He was frightened. He was worried too that his family in Sri Lanka may be harmed. He went to Wembley police station the following day.

8. Despite the complaints to the police they did not arrest the defendant. During Mr Sathananthan’s evidence it became clear that he had launched the prosecution against the defendant within a couple of days of the incident and many months before the police had decided not to prosecute.

9. The final witness was Mr Pryanthan Perera. He saw the gesture. He did not know the officer but knew that he was an army officer and found out his name later. He noticed the Brigadier and another man in a white shirt taking photographs. Mr Perera said that he still felt frightened when remembering the incident because the Brigadier took his photograph and he believed he could be killed by him. He believed the Brigadier could do anything because he has spies here. He said he was so upset he went straight home. Later when he saw the incident on social media, he felt terrified.

10. The next day he made a complaint at Chingford police station. He said when he went to the police he knew that a private prosecution had started and he could not remember if he told the police that. He got involved in the private prosecution to protect himself. Six months later he heard the police were not proceeding with the prosecution.

11. What he found upsetting was that the Brigadier had made the gestures to show that he had the power to do anything to him. Social media could be seen by anybody around the world, not just Tamils.

12. The Defendant did not appear but was represented. Mr Wayne called Sir Peter Heap, a retired Ambassador including three years in Colombo. He attended the High Commission for the National Day reception. He noticed that there was a demonstration going on and he saw 50-60 protestors. He described it as very active, with lots of noise and chanting which supported various Tamil Elam groups. He said it was a hostile event and the protestors were using loud hailers and trying to disrupt the reception.

13. Sir Peter said he did not know the Brigadier well but had met him that day. He was performing the role of defence attaché, introducing people, particularly military people and escorting them in and out of the reception. He said a defence attaché was a recognized diplomatic role. Primarily the attaché is there to report to their own government on military matters and to liaise with the armed forces and have a view on military matters. This was as part of a diplomatic team which would all work together at functions.

14. He did not witness the cut-throat gestures made by the Brigadier. In crossexamination he was asked why he was at court to give evidence and he said he was not entirely sure. He agreed that it was routine that diplomats are told to obey the rules of the country they are in. He agreed that threatening members of the community is not part of the role of a diplomat.

15. Sir Peter had said that on 4th February 2018 he had recognised flags of the LTTE which was a proscribed organisation in this country. In cross-examination he had to admit that the flags he had identified were not LTTE but other ones of a slightly different colour. Submissions

16. In argument Mr Carter for the prosecution contended there was no legitimate reason for the Brigadier’s actions and they were not part of his official duties at the time. On the 1st March 2019 I had ruled on the diplomatic immunity point and that ruling should not be revisited.

17. The defence were contending that there was no valid summons before the court because the prosecution was commenced when he was still a diplomat . Mr Carter relied on Reyes v Al-Malki & Anor [2017] UKSC 61 (18 October 2017) and said that case made it clear that diplomatic immunity did not apply in this case as the gestures were not part of his official functions.

18. Mr Carter said that any potential unfairness amounting to an abuse of process had been taken care of by the proceedings. The witnesses had been challenged and all the issues had been explored. There had been no failings in disclosure.

19. Mr Wayne, for the Brigadier, argued that no valid summons before the court. There had been no jurisdiction for the court to grant the summons when the defendant was still a diplomat. The private prosecutor had been in breach of the duty of candour by failing to tell the court that the defendant was a Brigadier and a military attaché protected by diplomatic immunity. The prosecutor should have told the court that the matter was being investigated by the police at the time the information was laid. He failed to do that. The court had been misled deliberately and in those circumstances the summons was defective ab initio.

20. The information had not disclosed the fact that the Brigadier was protected by diplomatic immunity and the reissue of the summons on 9th August 2019 was invalid.

21. Mr Wayne set out the difference between a private prosecution and how the offence would have been investigated. There were a number of officers present at the protest. They could have been asked whether they had seen the gesture and whether harassment or distress was caused at the time. The fact that it was a private prosecution should not put the brigadier in a worse position than he would have been in had it been otherwise.

22. Mr Wayne invited the court to look at the elements of the section 4A offence. He accepted he could not argue the gestures were not capable of being threatening behaviour but he pointed out that alarm or distress were strong words and must not be trivialized. The distress must be an emotional disturbance. Harassment could be not grave but not trivial either.

23. As to the intention of the Brigadier, the court had not heard from him but should consider whether the gesture could be an impulsive act without that intent. Mr Wayne relied on Sir Peter Heap calling the demonstration hostile. He suggested that the Brigadier was angered by others with different views and this was a regrettable action but not necessarily intended to cause alarm or distress.

24. The next question was whether the witnesses really suffered harassment, alarm or distress or whether this was situation of confected outrage. There were many people filming on that date not just the Brigadier. The witnesses would have known it was a gesture made in the heat of the moment. He asked the court to consider whether alarm etc was really caused or whether the Tamil groups protesting saw an opportunity to advance a cause.

25. Mr Wayne pointed out that three of the complainants did not make an immediate complaint, they went on to Downing Street and cannot have been distressed. The cameraman, Mr Sathiyamoorthy, may have been influenced by others. The court should consider whether there was a degree of organization and coordination. If there was, could the court exclude the possibility that what took place was not genuine but confected outrage for political purposes. An indication of that was going straight for a private prosecution rather than waiting for a police investigation.

26. In terms of the reasonableness of what the Brigadier did, if it was an impulsive act in a stressful situation Mr Wayne asked to court whether it deserved a criminal conviction. Ruling

27. I have previously ruled that the defendant is not protected by diplomatic immunity. I see no reason to re-visit that ruling. I find that a valid information was laid on 6th February 2018 and valid summonses were issued by this court on 22nd February and 9th August 2018. The information was laid within the period of six months.

28. I accept there is no evidence that the court was informed that the defendant was protected by diplomatic immunity at the time the summons was issued but in any event I do not find that the defendant’s status would have prevented the summons being issued. I have already found that before the summons was issued the court would have considered all it was required to.

29. I do not find there is an abuse of process in this case. The defence have crossexamined witnesses and have called evidence. The basic acts which underlie this prosecution have not been challenged. I cannot see that police disclosure would have assisted the defence or undermined the prosecution case. In any event such information is not in the hands of the prosecutor. I can see no unfairness to the defendant in the conduct of this case. The burden of establishing an abuse is on the Brigadier on the balance of probabilities and he has failed to discharge that burden.

30. The right to bring a private prosecution is not curtailed even when a defendant has accepted a caution (R (Lowden) v Gateshead Magistrates’ Court [2017] 4 WLR 43). I can see no reason why an information cannot be laid by a private prosecutor whilst waiting for a police investigation to conclude. I dismiss the defence application for a stay of the proceedings.

Findings

31. I have no doubt that the cut-throat gestures were made on 4th February 2018. It is accepted that Brigadier Andige Fernando is the man in uniform shown in the video and stills making the gestures.

32. The next issue is whether he intended the gestures to cause the named complainants harassment, alarm or distress. I have no doubt he intended to cause at the least alarm. They were purposeful gestures, made as the Brigadier was staring at these protesters. The Brigadier was a senior officer in uniform wearing medals. Unlike the other senior officer there, his body language appeared to be arrogant and intimidating. There were three gestures and not just one. In the context of the relationship between Sri Lanka and Tamil Elam protesters he must have known that it would have been alarming at the very least to the protesters who saw him do this.

33. The next issue for the court is whether I can be sure the complainants were caused harassment, alarm or distress. I have no doubt that alarm was caused to all three and that Mr Perera was distressed by what he saw.

34. I find the defendant guilty of the section 4A charge.

35. The section 5 is an alternative. I adjourn it sine die. Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot

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    Till the 1956 election, the cadets selected to serve in the then much applauded Ceylon defense and police forces came from the good breed.
    Those selected for the commissioned officer’s positions were trained in the UK ill these were unceremoniously withdrawn in 1972 with the name change of the country.
    Ceylon was an elegant royal name and it had lots of class
    I meant that their family backgrounds were excellent and impeccable to the core.
    With the election of this year, the doors were opened for the banda’s to come into the towns with their unrefined swabasha backgrounds and to date, our once beautiful classy isle had been on the reverse gear downhill driven down the pall an.
    If one studies the background of this disgraceful imbecile, it might be comprehended not to be fit enough to be hold even the title of a sakkilya – the shit bucket carrier.
    Sad but true. The Sinhala Buddhists along with their uncouth, unrefined political masters should bear the blame for all these silly acts.
    Cheers, R. J.

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      Sakkilya – the shit bucket carrier (your words, not mine), have you considered that life expectancy at Independence was 52 and now it is 76? The Sinhala Buddhists along with their uncouth, unrefined political masters (your words, not mine) are responsible.

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        Come on EA, 52 and 76, it’s the quality that matters. What is the use of living longer if the quality is shit?

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        Life expectancy has increased throughout the world not just here. This includes Haiti and Zimbawe. The rulers of Sri Lanka did not due anything . It is due to advances in medicine and medical research , that mostly happened in the west. If not for Sinhalese , the island would have developed far better and the life expectancy will be even greater.

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      This was written in sheer hatred n anger. Discrimination is well desplayed too. Stop sowing seeds of evilism! Men n women who joined the armed forces are great. They sacrifice their lives to safegaurd their motherland. Its a disgrace that this govt is backing terorists for the sake of damn tamil votes. Anybody who can understand knows Brigd Priyanka has done nothing wrong! Shame u all!

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        “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

        Most men and women who joined the armed forces are great, most there is a percentage of them who disgrace the uniform they wear and their country, by stooping to such low grade behavior, that they are better off kicked out of these armed forces.

        Remember these “great” Sri Lankans representing our country?
        “The sexual abuse scandal in Haiti arose in 2007, accusing the United Nations peacekeepers, mainly of the Sri Lankan peacekeeping contingent of committing immoral sexual abuse[1] among other offenses of sexual misconduct during the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti”.

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        Are you wearing blinkers? Protecting the motherland by raping and killing a large segment of its population?

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      Ceylon = The island of the Sinhalese
      Sakkili = a Tamil caste
       
      You pathetic Tamil man call the Sinhalese Sakkili and lay claim to Ceylon!? You have no right to Ceylon. So stop calling it “our” anything. BTW you say “until the 1956 election, the cadets selected to serve in the then much applauded Ceylon defense and police forces came from the good breed”; but you don’t say from when?
       
      You Tamil man with your typical Tamil mentality must be thinking that it is something big to serve in the colonial occupier’s army and police. But people with dignity and love for the country did not serve in the British army, but fought against it, and many died silent deaths in different villages, which were in turn taken by the British to import and plant more of you Tamils.

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        Punchi = small

        Your reasoning demonstrates a small mind. Ceylon is not the land of the Sinhalese. It has several races to whom Caylon belongs. Get your facts right. But then your brain has not much capacity to handle the information!

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          Ceylon belongs to the Sinhalese, as much as Tamilnadu belongs to the Tamils.
           
          AND
           
          Tamilnadu belongs to the Telugus as much as Ceylon belongs to Tamils and Muslims.
           
          AND
           
          Ceylon is the land of the Sinhalese, just as much as Tamilnadu is the land of the Tamils.
           
          NB! There are some 4 million Telugus living in Tamilnadu, making up about 7-8% of the population. Telugus ruled Tamilnadu for almost 400 years (1336 – 1733). They have been living there for centuries, much longer than most Tamils and Muslims in Ceylon. Telugus have been a positive addition to Tamilnadu, unlike the destructive Tamils, who have not done a single positive thing in this island, but have come here and destroyed and plundered it as much as possible, killing and ethnic cleansing the Sinhalese. Tamilnadu have not made Telugu an official language, but Tamilnadu government makes Telugus learn Tamil.
           
          Question: What will happen if the Telugus say that Tamilnadu is not the land of the Tamils and that Tamilnadu has several races to whom Tamilnadu belongs ?!
           
          FYI the meaning of the word Ceylon is the island of the Sinhalese. The etymology of the English word Ceylon is through Dutch Seylan, which in turn was the Dutch rendering of Ceilao. Ceilao being the Portuguese rendering of the Chinese word Sengkalao, which is the Chinese rendering of Sinhaladipa. So the etymology of the word Ceylon is:

          Sinhaladipa → Sengkalao → Ceilao → Seylan → Ceylon.

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        Punchi Point
        Punchi Brain
        Punchi Willi

        “Ceylon = The island of the Sinhalese
        Sakkili = a Tamil caste”

        Maybe true maybe not, however the following research prove it could be true:

        Common ancestry of Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils – DNA proof
        “West Eurasian haplogroups among the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Vedda population groups with a longer history in the island suggest early migration of women carrying these haplogroups into the country. Our data led us to conclude that contemporary Sri Lankans share very close maternal ancestors and that ethnicity is created by linguistic, religious and cultural differences rather than by genetic differences.”
        – Prof. Kamani Thennakoon, University of Colombo.
        https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html?

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      The language you use says all about your class – when Diaspora LTTE supporters were trampling our national flag on the road anybody with a feeling towards its motherland would react the same way – So I understand the way he felt -uneducated imbecile like you better understand we in this country are freely working on the roads because of the sacrifices of many like Brigadier Priyantha in the field – For you Priyantha may be a Sakkiliya – but for us he is a hero –

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    Brigadier Priyanka Fernando. Native Sinhalayo are really proud of your heroic act. We will raise funds to pay the fine.

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      I thought the so called Sinhalese Fernando , all originated from the fishing villages of Southern Tamil Nadu. So can this man be native? Even you are not.

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        Stop bloody discrimination! Grow up”

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    I was in the UK during MR’s time. I was waiting at Heathrow airport to meet my brother who was arriving from Sri Lanka on the same plane as MR. I noticed a lot of Tamils and Police around. As the SriLankan airlines plane landed the Tamils pulled out LTTE flags and posters and started shouting about war crimes. They were unsure which terminal MR would land at so they had picketed all four terminals. Anyway, I told a police officer that the flag was illegal and asked him to arrest them. He said that they had to commit an offence first. I told him that they already had, but he was unconvinced. Perhaps I should have displayed a throat cutting gesture instead.

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      The gesture signifies the actuality. Throat cutting is the national trait

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      EA good that you did not display a throat cutting gesture at that time. Had you done it then, your would be now lying six feet under. When you are a person who wets your pants at the site of LTTE supporters, I cannot believe you.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

        Your comment specifically srates that you/LTTE would have killed the person making such a gesture (i.e. you have thretened to kill @EA).

        Thank you, your comment will be saved and forwarded to the S.K. and U.K. authorities.

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          Correction ‘Thank you, your comment will be saved and forwarded to the S.L. and U.K. authorities.

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    He’s been convicted by a foreign court for mere body language, without taking into the consideration, how murderous the LTTE had been.

    Though a military official, he made that gesture for the cruelest so it’s difficult for civilized Asians to appreciate it..

    Time has come now not to rehabilitate all the captured LTTE terrorists & prosecute them in our courts & convict them for plotting against motherland.

    Those SL Tamils who argue in favor of the conviction must be charged in SL court for hate speech.

    Those deny SL their motherland should be banished & the British are there to offer citizenship who’ll in future date will fight to make a piece of Britain a British Nadu.

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      Let’s explain this to you….he is a man wearing the uniform of his country, trained, and educated in representing his country, to act with dignity and respect.
      The LTTE were vicious terrorists, and he should not stoop down to their behavior. You cannot compare the two. Clear?

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        LTTE vicious terrorists , who hardly raped lotted and killed only around 3300 Sinhalese and Muslim civilians, as per your government statistics , does not sound very vicious or terrorist , may be for you as a fake Arab converted Tamil low caste Muslim immigrant from South India, who was hand in glove with the Sinhalese racists and terrorists to commit genocide and war crimes on the island’s Tamil. Your Navin does not fool me as you constantly make pro Muslim comments. The Sri Lankan government and armed forces were responsible for 99% of killings in the island ,not only in the north but in the Sinhalese south. Over 90% of their victims in the past 30 years were innocent Tamil civilians , whom they deliberately targeted under the guise of killing the LTTE. They killed over 145000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. The UN may 70000 but everyone knows it was twice this. They raped looted and committed all sorts of atrocities on the Tamil population. This is why they and many members of the Sri Lankan government are accused of war crimes. They are the vicious terrorists but will be war heroes to you , as you are part of the racist Sinhalese /Muslim partnership , that committed war crimes on the island’s Tamils. This man , who is part of the Sri Lankan armed forces is behaving the way he was trained to act and behave towards unarmed Tamil civilians. This was the UK so he only made a threatening gesture , if was in Sri Lankan it would not have been a gesture but the action would have been real.

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      Rehabilitation = brainwashing and interrogation

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    Why did this happened? Free and Fair Trial practiced in UK court, which never been in LK…

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      Sri Lanka is great! Leave our beautiful motherland alone n embrace your UK!

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        How patriotic of you Shiranthi, if you read the article properly you can see it was this Sri Lankan Brigadier that was in THEIR country, and he broke THEIR laws. Maybe representative like him (and you) should not go abroad, and stay home to be productive in this great land. Forget the shopping and goodies.

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          Good point, Seeta!

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          Seeta,

          These people make every effort to convert a kabara (monitor) a thalagoya (iguana)when they want to see the advantageous.

          That is how corrupted bunch returned to power by manipulating the grass eating majortiy people. PEOPLE are not knowledgble but would get caught by easy tricks being played by unethical bastards. But ALL THIS will become clearer next days, with the steps being taken by CRIMINAL Gota, people have to suffer a lot. They cant disagree with any tax consessions, because the govt has to pay lot more debt installments in March by hook or crook. Rajakashes should have to bring their stolen funds back to the country or they have to take more loans by giving lot more pressure on the very same people.

          The good governance rule brought so much of good things, but they did not and failed to promote to the nation.

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        Shut up nasty Sinhalese racist woman. The island is not just a Sinhalese country but the land of the Tamils too. You Sinhalese , especially the racist variety like you have ruined it. My county , when did it become your country, when most of the so called Sinhalese , including this throat cutting gesturing idiot , are all descended form largely low caste and untouchable immigrants from South India.

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          Stop hallucinating, Tamil man. The only country of the Tamils is Tamilnadu. Tamils are welcome to live in the Sinhalese island, but don’t demand parts of our island. Live peacefully with the Sinhalese as equal citizens.

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      This is not fair at all

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    “Till the 1956 election, the cadets selected to serve in the then much applauded Ceylon defence and police forces came from the good breed.” 100% In agreement. My late grandfather served in the army( World war 11), police and the excise department during this time. What you say here is exactly what he used to tell our family, in fact he resigned from service prematurely in 71′ because he saw this dark monster spreading its tentacles in to the defence force and to the police force in the country. He also didn’t fail to tell my late mother that his era would see the last lot of the most respectable service men in the country and those words are good as gold, and to this day stands true.

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      He was right. He sounded like a decent, classy gentleman, bringing pride and honor to the country.

      Now we have some characters we should be ashamed of. A disgraceful lot who brings shame, and behave like thugs because they know they will be supported by equally disgraceful politicians. Unfortunately.

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    Most of the negative comments about the UK verdict about this soldier, including Eagle shit and native veda’s, clearly shows how they respect and abide the laws-legal system of the land where they live. Forget about this lost paradise laws and legal system, because the politicians change the laws every now and then to safeguard their thugs (including saffron robed monks), rapist, mass murderers, and bribe takers in billions. This is the legal (sorry may be illegal) system in SL, so be happy with it.

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      velu Rasiah

      Please clarify or translate the following:

      “Most of the negative comments about the UK verdict about this soldier, including Eagle shit and native veda’s, clearly shows how they respect and abide the laws-legal system of the land where they live.”

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    Both the LTTE and its flag are banned in the UK.

    ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – Proscribed March 2001
    The LTTE is a terrorist group fighting for a separate Tamil state in the North and East of Sri Lanka’

    ‘Proscription makes it a criminal offence to
    wear clothing or carry or display articles in public in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that the individual is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation (section 13)’

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/849493/20191101_Proscription__SG_.pdf

    The UK LTTE Tamils seized this opportunity to try to embarrass the Government and raise more cash from their brainless supporters. The UK did nothing about the LTTE flags.

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    Some times bravery may pierce through norms when there’s a necessity; as foreign powers such as the UK, nurture criminals & terrorists on their lap & pamper to trouble small nations like SL.

    The conviction is a reflection of shamelessness of the UK judiciary, not of Sri Lankan.

    Well done SL military official.

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    Sri Lankan soldiers got caught twice running child prostitution rings in haiti while serving for the UN peacekeeping forces. That should have made Sri Lankans feel ashamed. Instead most of them deliberately ignored those episodes when they reached the world news. And some of them even claimed the LTTE diaspora had paid the UN to fabricate the accusations against the soldiers.
    Many of them praised shavendra silva when he was appointed the top position in the armed forces, knowing well the accusations against him raping minors in the former LTTE areas. He is known paedophile and rapist and even attempted to molest the daughter of a sinhala politician also. Showing that he is demon possessed and has no self control. But the so called ‘patriotic’ sri lankans dont care.
    This is the mentality that is prevalent. Its a kind of crude, low iq tribalism.

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    Ok, so he made a gesture – which was deemed illegal in U.K.,he was fined – end of story.

    Now I ask the same judge and the U.K. to do three things:

    1. Apply the same law to the ‘Harry Dunn’ murder.
    2. Arrest anyone who harasses the Sri Lankan mission by displaying a TERRORIST flag.
    3. Arrest all LTTE terrorists in the U.K.because I feel intimidated by the and I WILL BRING legal proceedings very soon!

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      Tony, Go ahead and bring the legal proceedings against the LTTE in UK if you dare. UK has got a fair legal system, you will end up paying for the court case. Unlike your legal system that nobody respect, because it keeps on changing with the change of govt. Stop your shit of branding LTTE as terrorists, they were freedom fighters, much better disciplined than your sinhala rapist-thuggist soldiers and top level fellows in the three forces. 90% of your soldiers can not read and comprehend even in your sinhala, this is the education of your soldiers.

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    Dear Honorable Brigadier Fernando,

    In order to show you my utmost respect for the job well done and your motherland was well represented, despite how the unfair court ruling went, I’d like to help you pay your entire fine by myself. Please contact me at 1-909-438-7368.
    Anura de Zoysa, Los Angeles, California.

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    Brigadier Priyanka Fernando Convicted For Threatening Tamils In UK

    I don’t recall anyone being convicted for threatening Sinahalese in Sri Lanka.

    Any takers?

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