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CID Grills Harin’s Sister For Five Hours; MP Goes To Court Against Imminent Arrest Under PTA

Unable to touch Opposition MP Harin Fernando while he remains under the care of his doctors at Nawaloka Hospital, President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa has set the CID on his family.

The CID questioned Fernando’s sister for five hours on Tuesday (27).

The same day, Fernando filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court against imminent arrest.

In his petition before the Supreme Court, Harin Fernando said he had reliable information that the authorities were seeking to arrest and detain him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). On hearing that he would be arrested under the draconian anti-terror law, Fernando said he had suffered severe chest pains and had to be admitted to the Nawaloka Hospital.

Fernando has been in the Intensive Care Unit and underwent surgery for a cardiac event, Colombo Telegraph learns.

The CID was seeking to question him on the basis of a remark he made at a press briefing on April 21, 2019, regarding the Easter Sunday bombings the petition filed by his lawyers in Supreme Court stated.

The petition filed on behalf of the SJB frontliner said that there was no allegation whatsoever that he was in any way connected to the Easter Sunday attacks. The petition also notes that he has consistently been severely critical of the Government over the bombings. On April 20, 2021, Fernando’s Supreme Court petition said he had made another speech in Parliament criticising Government leaders for the attacks and there was a commotion in Parliament that followed his remarks.

The petition stated that subsequent to his highly critical speech, several government MPs and government-affiliated organizations have urged the CID to launch an investigation and take criminal action against MP Fernando.

President’s Counsel Romesh De Silva instructed by counsel Sanath Wijewardane will appear on behalf of the firebrand SJB MP. Fernando’s fundamental petition cites the IGP, the Director of the CID, Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera and the Attorney General as respondents.

Government Minister Johnston Fernando said the CID wanted to question Harin Fernando regarding statements he had made two years ago in relation to the Easter Sunday attacks. The knives have been out for Harin Fernando ever since his speech in Parliament on January 6, 2021 when he referred to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by his first name Nandasena and propagated the idea of the “ස සාපේ” or “Sir Curse”.

[See video here

Days later, the President shot back that he had killed Prabhakaran “like a dog” warning the Opposition MP that he was capable of becoming “that defence secretary Gotabaya again”.

The chilling warning prompted Fernando to write to the IGP about the President directly threatening his life. 

[See story and video here

On April 20, 2021 Fernando tempted fate again.

For months, opposition MPs in the JVP and the SJB have been hinting broadly about a connection between the Easter Sunday bomber cell and the Sri Lankan intelligence services.

Last week, Fernando became the first Parliamentarian to openly allude to a relationship between Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s State Intelligence Services Chief Major General Suresh Sallay. Fernando told Parliament about communications intercepts of messaging applications used by the bombers which referred to a code name “Sonic-Sonic” as being a person of authority in terms of the suicide cell. In the same speech Fernando insinuated that the code name Sonic-Sonic referred to the same person in charge of all intelligence services in the country as President Nandasena Rajapaksa’s most trusted intelligence official. He also referred to a certain intelligence chief “briefing” the Attorney General about the Easter Sunday commission report, in an unprecedented move. Recently, after the Government finally released the volumes of the report by the Commission it was holding on national security grounds, Sallay met with Attorney General Dappula De Livera to “brief him”. Intelligence Chiefs do not engage in law enforcement and criminal prosecution matters. However as Gotabaya’s SIS Chief, Sallay has already broken decades of precedent, becoming the only military official to ever serve as head of a police intelligence arm.

Watch Harin Fernando’s full speech in Parliament on April 20, 2021 here:

Since Fernando’s explosive revelations, decisions have been made at the highest levels that he will be given no quarter. The CID summoned Fernando for interrogation days later and sources inside the Government revealed that the MP was to be arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and detained for a minimum of 90 days.

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya slammed the interrogation of Harin Fernando’s sister as a grave violation of her human rights and a morally abhorrent act by the CID.

Jayasuriya who is now Chairman of the National Movement for Social Justice founded by late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, also slammed the Government’s treatment of ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen, referring to the “unconventional nature of the arrest”. “It should be clarified why such an action (the arrest) was taken at 2AM without informing the Speaker,” Jayasuriya charged in a statement issued on Thursday (29).

There has been no reaction yet by the Samagi Janabalawegaya (SJB) about the interrogation of Fernando’s sister by the CID. (By Nimal Ratnaweera)

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  • 59
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    “The CID questioned Fernando’s sister for five hours on Tuesday (27).”
    What a bunch of faggots going after woman and children.

    • 32
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      Today Fernando’s relatives, tomorrow Nananayakara’s family…. would they be able to hunt each and every opposition politician ?
      .
      What happened THATTAMAMAMALA who so called SINHALA buddhists thought, would represent them always ?
      :
      Are they under the bed of MAFIA BOSS (Medamulana musalaya aka main actor of the MLECHCHA politics)
      :
      Are u happy ? Not a single man on the street would raise this question today, because their LIVES would be in danger. If ASELA sampath was tortured in POLICE custody why cant PEOPLE do the same with Nandasena aka alleged high criminal, but elected as president for 6.9 mio voters ?

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        LLM: “Not a single man wants to ask this question”. The latest “Operation” has been launched by some “Hired” “Web Video Channels” to interview people at various remote villages and engage in a discussion. In this “Discussion” the “Presenter” first gives a harsh criticism of the activities of the Government Ministers, “Back Benchers” and their “Cohorts” plus the “Beaurocrats” holding high positions. In the midst, he says: “Gotabaya Rajapakse wants to do the correct thing, but not allowed by those around him. I too voted for him and still have not lost that confidence. What do you say? Do you not think, he (Gotabaya) still is the man to correct this situation? The “Participants” who receive a “Photo Opportunity” say “YES”. This “Presenter” I met in one of these “Sessions” is a “Tele Drama Actor” and he even composed a song for Gotabaya, according to him. This is the latest “Properganda” perhaps preparing the people for “ONE MAN SHOW”.

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          Dear Simon… Sickened by all the tricks of the double-Paksa regime. They don’t seem to hesitate to take it even lower down the gutter.

          The Rajapaksas have almost single handedly catalyzed the disintegration of journalistic integrity in Sri Lanka since Mahinda Rajapaksa first became the president. Whenever the Rajapaksas are in power, anyone with journalistic integrity in SriLanka is at risk of persecution and worse!

          But Ada Derana, Hiru, and their likes are flourishing.

          • 1
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            Dear Sugandh,
            .
            The next biggest problems will be after rigorous ban of agro chemical import.
            :
            This they should implement after having studied the consequences.
            Please watch the video below. That is the truth – regardless of being biased to any parties. It is a good thing to stop chemicals as fertilizers, but most hybrid varaities would not surive without ferlizers and insecticides. So how can farmers face their livelyhoods in the days to come.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GYABBY2JfU

            • 1
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              srilanken judges and how they usually abuse the innocience of poor women.දුප්පත් කාන්තාවන්ගේ අහිංසකකම අපයෝජනය කරන ආකාරය. මෙය UNHRC වෙත ලබා දිය යුතුය. This should be passed to UNHRC. So how can we expect WAR CRIME investigations ever be heard in this country ? Not the least justice be served in this country, in this context. we dont need to argue on this again and again. Judges, lawyers, and all the authorities in that legal sections are literally abusive.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDvHKL34Fwk

              • 1
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                Dear LM… There’s no limit to the tragedies inflicted on the innocent folks in this country.

                Hadn’t heard of the inquiry on the rapes by Magistrate Lenin Rathnayake before.

                “Silence in the courts”.
                Oh ‘the silence’! Heartbreaking! Haunting! Tragic on so many levels.

                The dumbfounding silence of the entire judiciary! The buggery of then Justice Minister G.L.Pieris… The ‘victimising the victims’! The ‘turning a blind eye’! The evasive Judicial Services Commission… The ‘slap on the wrist’! The blunder of the then President Chandrika Wickrematunga… The ‘promotion of an Attorney General who harbours evil… to the position of Chief Justice’

                Bless those victims who spoke out and fought back so courageously and brought their harrowing experiences to light.

  • 33
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    Bone chilling; Blood curdling!

  • 44
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    When will party leaders like Sajith speak up?
    Only Anura Kumara and Sumanthiran have so called a spade a spade.
    We are heading for a dictatorship.

    Time for India, EU, UNHRC and US to take note. Even China can intervene if it wants to

    • 19
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      Prof. Kumar David,
      How serious are you when you expect us to believe that China would be unhappy with how things are evolving in Sri Lanka. Wouldn’t China be believing that pieces are falling into place.

    • 9
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      ……..When will party leaders like Sajith speak up?…………
      Unfortunately Sajith was lying with dogs with fleas before he broke away. And bums like Johnston MGamage and others throw it back at him saying he is responsible as he was in the govt at time of bombing.
      So Sajith is restrained to speak on this to some extent but he has spoken to no avail.
      http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/03/24/political/244830/sjb-answerable-easter-sunday-attacks-%E2%80%93-slpp.

    • 3
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      China is not going to….they may prefer it this way. The autocrat they have in the palm of their hand is doing exactly what they want him to. He sold us to China.

    • 4
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      eeakdavi: “Even China can intervene if it wants to”. Already China has intervened. That is why the Chinese Minister of Defense visited us for two days to discuss matters relating to and advise our President on the “Next Move”. An “Agreement” on “Defense” was also signed between the two (Chinese Defense Minister & our President). What that “Agreement” includes is not known. Could be to “Assist” our President to establish an “Authoritative” (Dictatorship) Government. Perhaps, the “Uninterrupted” spread of the pandemic could be made a “Tool” to step up that “Move”. “Rajapakses'” GREED for power sees no limits.

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      Kumar
      You know well that China will not intervene in internal matters, even in the case of hostile states.
      There was a time when it did by way of party-to-party relations and support for struggles for liberation, without breach of sovereignty of a state. That waned with the end of formal colonial rule and the decline in militancy of communist parties.
      After Mao, China ceased even verbal support for struggles like that in East Timor. However, in fairness, there is consistency in policy.
      *
      The others named by you put themselves on pedestals as guardians of democracy and protectors of human rights.
      Examine their selective conduct. Has any intervention been for anything but their own profit?
      See how they intervene to undermine legitimately elected governments; how they stir communal friction and conflict; how they impose sanctions and blockades on false pretext against legitimate governments.
      *
      Where has intervention by any foreign force yielded any good?
      Your challenge will at best expose the insincerity of the global morality brigadiers.
      *
      People who accuse China of siding with the regime in Myanmar (which is not very accurate) have nothing to say about the position of ASEAN or India. (The West is meddling, but does not want to be seen to meddle, and with beat a hasty retreat if it sees the Army winning.)

  • 11
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    This is just a drama. Harin is a Rajapaksa man.

    They are trying to fool the gullible and postpone justice for the Easter Sunday terrorist attack.

  • 16
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    ………It should be clarified why such an action (the arrest) was taken at 2AM without informing the Speaker,……….
    Baying at the moon. This current speaker has no backbone and is a wound up lackey with key in Big Boss hands. He is there to protect govt. not the Members as a whole.

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      MV
      All Speakers in recent history have had flexible backbones that stiffen only when the ruling party wants the Speaker to be firm.

  • 16
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    Latest strain of “Appe Aanduwa” is worse than the latest strain of covid-19.

    Politicians and Bhikkus can join in a devil dance to celebrate 73rd anniversay of “Appe Aanduwa”

    When devils are in power what else can you do? Join them since you can’t beat them!

  • 14
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    Latest strain of “Appe Aanduwa” is more virulent than the latest strain of covid-19.

    Politicians and Bhikkus can join in a devil dance to celebrate 73rd anniversay of “Appe Aanduwa”

    When devils are in power what else can you do? Join them since you can’t beat them!

    They are armed to the teeth, China defense chief has promised more.

  • 19
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    If most of that 6.9million are still with their ill-begotten master, then what can the rest of us do.

    Even at this heightened stage of lawlessness, is there enough mass and momentum of defenders of justice and righteousness to checkmate the double-Paksa regime? My sense is that the citizens are not near bubbling-over yet! No doubt there’s a lot of fear… Perhaps the worsening Covid-19 situation is also understandably stifling their drive. And the military backed double-Paksa regime is fully leveraging it.

  • 15
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    Who cares all Chingkallams fighting with each other and their power games but will join together and be united against Thamizh and support each other when they marginalise Thamizh.

  • 25
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    Who else is left ???maid and the driver. Lanka getting back to it’s old form. PTA was invented initially for Tamils and then Muslims. Now it,s the turn of SB. And next ????

  • 33
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    Harin Fernando said in the 18 minute speech that the head of the intelligence unit had prevented questioning of a key suspect saying he was part of “their” project (ie not to be involved in “official” inquiries) The intelligence chief who said this could be questioned and his statement analysed. So too can the Internet Protocol address (IP address) of the man referred to as Sonic-Sonic and the evidence gathered by Shani Abeysekera be made public. Perhaps if enough evidence is preserved without being tampered with, an international investigation could be launched to get at the real masterminds rather than a scapegoat chosen for the purpose.

  • 22
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    Oh, what is this?
    Since when speaking in Parliament became a crime under the Prevention of Terrorism Act? Seriously, who is the terrorist here?
    MP Harin Fernando is a Catholic and he has a right to express his concerns about the Easter Sunday Attack. As an MP and a concerned citizen, he has made some startling revelations in Parliament which I am sure are no secrets to the Members of the PCoI into the Easter Sunday Attack. For reasons not known to me, I understand the Catholic Church is also against Harin.
    I don’t understand why the CID wants to question Harin or his sister, who have nothing to do with terrorists. What he has to say he has already said in Parliament.
    If the CID wants to take action, they should first read a copy of the PCoI Report in full and hunt culprits not lawmakers.
    I understand those who were taken into custody under Gotabhaya regime were severely beaten in the prison (eg: Asela Sampath). I hope, when hearing Harin’s petition, the court will take into account the safety and security aspect as well.

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      Champa

      “Oh, what is this?”

      This your favourite leader Ranaviru Gota’s Sinhala/Buddhist country.

      “Since when speaking in Parliament became a crime under the Prevention of Terrorism Act? “

      You tell us.

      “I understand those who were taken into custody under Gotabhaya regime were severely beaten in the prison (eg: Asela Sampath).”

      Look Chamba,
      we once had almost 10 years of Mahind’s Silver age,
      now this is the Golden age of Gota,
      don’t lie,
      there is no evidence of torture,
      involuntary disappearances,
      land grabbing,
      threat from LTTE, JVP, ISIS,
      …..
      ….
      ….

  • 2
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    This is the time that individuals and institutions holding responsible positions need to step forward and speak up boldly. They should not draw back, abdicate their responsibilities, and merge quietly into the background even after such a calamitous situation has arisen. In this context, the most useless individual is Sajith and the most useless institution is the BASL. Both are utterly useless entities belonging to the mouse family!

  • 0
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    Where was this gentleman on the day of the attack? Did he receive or give anybody a warning?

  • 0
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    Harin Fetnando should’ve been admitted to a mental care facility. Seriously does this fool think he was not in the Gobbapalana government which is responsible for endangering our national security and failing to prevent the bombings ? He and SJB
    can jump off a cliff. That will do the justice to the victims.

  • 5
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    It is sad CID is paid by public to serve for the Rajapaksas, not for the people of this country. Gota in an interview said that he know who murdered Lasantha. Still not a single CID arrest him under PTA or any other ordinary law. To day, it is for Harin’s sister, but tomorrow it may be your sister, day after tomorrow even the sister or wife of Mahinda Rajapaksa.Who knows?

  • 2
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    How his father got the information and stop his son not to go to church,what is the action he took,he has to lock himself in Nswaloka for how long,Namal visited the hospital and saying don’t know what’s his problem is only.doctors………
    The drama is more interesting than the tele

  • 4
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    This is what thugs and bullies in power do. They target the families, just to intimidate the person they are against. If anyone needs to be investigated and grilled for war crimes, kidnappings, threats against the media, killing of journalists, abuse of powers, and corruption, you will find plenty of “suspects” in the Rajapaksa regime.

  • 2
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    The opposition seems to be taking the stance of the former permanent leader of the opposition – “hang tight till the leadership falls onto our laps at the next election”. What a pathetic bunch of no hopers. Meantime , the country and its people are hurtling towards a disaster of unprecedented magnitude.

  • 3
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    The observation of an ordinary German citizen at the height of the Nazi regime that the result of not speaking out for atrocities committed on Jews, ‘communists’ & gypsies (ie. minorities) has come to affect the average German citizen as well, seems to be applicable to SL now. After the Jews, the Nazis went for critics & intellectuals, & now in SL, once the critics are also silenced, what hope is there for the average citizen?

  • 1
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    “The CID questioned Fernando’s sister for five hours on Tuesday (27).”

    This is how you prevent terrorist attacks. You have to question 20 people before catching 1 person. Harin is useless, but the real terrorists will be put on notice. They know not to mess with Nandasena as he will not leave any stone unturned to catch them.

    “Days later, the President shot back that he had killed Prabhakaran “like a dog””

    Can’t imagine the stench of that dead pig .

  • 2
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    Champa

    “Oh, what is this?”

    This your favourite leader Ranaviru Gota’s Sinhala/Buddhist country.

    “Since when speaking in Parliament became a crime under the Prevention of Terrorism Act? “

    You tell us.

    “I understand those who were taken into custody under Gotabhaya regime were severely beaten in the prison (eg: Asela Sampath).”

    Look Chamba,
    we once had almost 10 years of Mahind’s Silver age,
    now this is the Golden age of Gota,
    don’t lie,
    there is no evidence of torture,
    involuntary disappearances,
    land grabbing,
    threat from LTTE, JVP, ISIS,
    …..
    ….
    ….

  • 3
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    The Stupidest Minister we have in the Cabinet is Sarath, his CID too are proving to be a useless group. There have been so many drug raids, but this CID has never caught the major “king pin” behind them. Similarly there have been so many gold smugglings through the airport, the CID has not been able to catch them. So what can this CID do other than harassing and arresting civilians and politicians, including a guy who toots the horn?

    If the Stupid Minister and his CID are truly inclined to investigate the Easter Attack, all they have to do, in addition to what has been done to divert the truth, is to investigate the statements made by Harin and Manusha in the Parliament. Without doing it, this stupid minister and his CID are trying to harass and arrest Harin and harass his sister.

    If I had the power what I would have done is to appoint a high powered commission immediately and have a retired Judge, a retired senior police officer, Harin, Manusha and a representative of the Catholic Clergy to sit as members and conduct a public inquiry.

  • 0
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    The reaction of the “faggot” bandicoots in going after the women on Harin’s family as vengeance for what he said in parliament, makes impeccable logic in the magic land of Nandasena, who shan’t be crossed. Period.

    What intrigues me here, is that that hired gun nicknamed “Mr 32 million” is appearing for Harin. Despite my sense of nausea whenever I hear this bugger’s name for his total lack of scruples, I take this as a positive sign; an epiphany even.

    Has the penny finally dropped in on the gentleman in question, and is he turning against the blatant injustice that he has helped create? One lives in fervent hope.

  • 0
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    Harin Fernando is a fool and need not to be taken seriously. He eagerly believes that Rajapaksas are somehow involved in setting up an explosion at the chinese owned Shangrila hotel. Everyday is an april fool’s day for Harin.

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