28 October, 2021

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Catholic Priest Pays Glowing Tribute To Ex-CID Chief Shani Abeysekera For Easter Sunday Probe 

The Parish Priest of St Anthony’s Church Kollupitiya paid a glowing tribute to opposition MPs and law enforcement officers like jailed SSP Shani Abeysekera, for having the courage of their conscience to speak out in parliament and seek justice for victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Addressing a seminar recently, Father Julian Patrick Perera said all those who felt a pricking of conscience about the murder of innocent people on Easter Sunday 25 months ago, had to honour the courage of law enforcement officials like SSP Shani Abeysekera and other members of the armed forces and intelligence services who pursued justice for the victims with truthfulness and integrity.

Father Perera, who spoke at length about how important it was for those who seek to dispense justice for the aggrieved to heed the call of conscience, expressed heartfelt gratitude to opposition lawmakers Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Harin Fernando, Manusha Nanayakkara and Eran Wickremaratne for having the courage to speak out about the attacks in Parliament.

“Every nation needs a conscience. That is the challenge before the political leadership today. Awaken your conscience – not only about the terrorism on Easter Sunday two years ago, but about all the violence and murder that goes on in this country,” the Catholic priest urged.

“Is the religious leadership heeding the call of conscience? Do you heed the call of conscience when the poor and vulnerable are being murdered? Will you speak out?” he asked.

Father Julian Patrick Perera said the Catholic community was grateful to the Buddhist clergy who have eschewed racism and religious division to raise a voice for justice for the victims of the Easter bombings in 2019.

Fr. Perera quoted Russian writer and philosopher Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who said “justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”

“If you are working in the judicial sector, first and foremost you must be a person who heeds the call of conscience. Only those who heed this call should be involved in the dispensation of justice,” Fr. Perera noted, referring to Solzhenitsyn’s words.

“We are grateful to law enforcement officers like SSP Shani Abeysekera and other officials in the intelligence forces who worked with truthfulness and integrity to achieve justice for victims,” Fr Perera noted.

Shani Abeysekera, the former Director of the CID who is widely regarded as the country’s best criminal investigator in a generation, has been remanded on flimsy, fabricated charges that he manufactured evidence that resulted in a conviction and death sentence to a hardened criminal and contract killer by by a three judge bench of the High Court.

Vas Gunewardane, former DIG who led the Colombo Crimes Division and loyalist of the Rajapaksa regime, is currently awaiting a verdict on his appeal from the Supreme Court. Abeysekera’s arrest and imprisonment is believed to be an attempt to assist that appeal process in the Supreme Court by casting doubt upon the CID investigation that led to the prosecution and conviction of the former top-cop and loyalist of current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Watch full speech by Father Julian Patrick Perera here.

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    Thank you Father Julian, Eran and the many others for speaking up. I salute you.

    As for “Vas Gunewardane, former DIG who led the Colombo Crimes Division and loyalist of the Rajapaksa regime, is currently awaiting a verdict on his appeal from the Supreme Court”: I am not waiting for the verdict.

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      This father articulated it as no others. I hat off to you sir. Unfortunately, Rev. Ranjitha Malcom got caught to the very same manner, easy targets of this nation was caught. So… let s hope…. karmic retribution would work on them sooner than later. We perfectly know who could be behind EASTER SUNDAY DISASTER. Please look at how GOTA-MARA take decisions today totally ignoring the grave feelings of the nation, who are caught by COVID fears. Sinnopharm is not recognized by WHO until shortly… and world researchers know it very well, they have much less CLINICAL data to allow whole lot of innocient people to the kind of jabs. Anyways, our DHAMMIKA PANIYA promoting… leadership would dont think twice…. but to go for … any unethical decisions. First we need to SEND rajapakshe to BASIC schooling … before asking them to take proper decisions on behalf of the nation.

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    Father
    You should start searching the conscience of your leader Malcom. Not fit to wear the Robe. Such a scoundrel
    He was knowingly supported the Master mind of the Easter bombing Nandasena without thinking about the carnage the murdere Nandasena caused to people who came to his churches.
    He kept quiet when the Airforce bombed churches where people took refuge during the war created by state terrorists.
    He did not bother to raise his concerns when catholic priests in North and East disappeared after falling in the hands of army..
    How can you work under such an Eninent scoundrel

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      Dilshan – One cannot put it better. its all about double standards

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      Dilshan,
      Be fair . MR has only been Archbishop since 2009. Oswald Gomis was the incumbent during most of the war, and he did make his voice heard. The Catholic Church can’t be accused of keeping quiet.
      It is true that Ranjith has subverted that policy now and is a Rajapaksa boot-licker par excellence.

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        “Father Julian Patrick Perera said the Catholic community was grateful to the Buddhist clergy who have eschewed racism and religious division to raise a voice for justice for the victims of the Easter bombings in 2019.”
        That’s a rather undeserved compliment. Where were the Buddhist clergy when Muslims were being attacked after the massacre? They are the ones that did nothing when anti-Muslim hysteria was being whipped up before the attacks.

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        EE,
        Really? You think Malcolm Ranjith is descended from Malabar slaves brought from Hindustan by Portuguese parasites? Is he your cousin then?

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    In order to get “Nidos kota nidahas” verdict, the Rajapakse Family government locked up Shani. Now that there are rumblings that Port City will not be successful because it’s under Sri Lankan Judiciary’s actions which clearly shows that the international community is looking at the Sri Lankan judiciary and justice system as corrupt. Is this alone not enough for the Rajapakse Family government to correct its course?

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    All well & good Shani Abeysekera is remembered in prayers but it needs a lot from god to save him from accusations, which so far the authorities have not been able to prove, therefore, Shani is left to rot in remand. Miscarriage of justice happens but in this case, even god seems to be helpless.

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    Must release Shani and Ranjan,if there’s any decency and justice in the country.

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    Myanmar __ _ _ Belarus _ _ _ _ Lanka

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      Evil see how easy to type a comment
      Easy isn’t it?? You only get 3 chances.

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