24 November, 2020

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CID Says It Has Sufficient Evidence To Arrest CDS: Beleaguered Admiral Makes Public Appearance With Sirisena

Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who is currently at the centre of the case involving the abductions and killings of 11 youth, made a public appearance with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre yesterday.

Sirisena and Wijegunaratne were seen sharing the stage together at the ‘Sathviru Abhiman’ military welfare event in Colombo, attended by soldiers and their family members.

The event took place a day before the case relating to the killings of the 11 youth came before the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On behalf of the CID, IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne for helping Chandana Hetiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, the main suspect in the case, abscond the law enforcement authorities.

When the Magistrate asked why Admiral Wijegunaratne had not been arrested so far, Silva said he would be summoned before the CID next week.

It is a widely known fact that it was President Sirisena who stood in the way of the CID when it attempted to arrest Wijegunaratne on two occasions.

On the first occasion, Sirisena sent Wijegunaratne as his representative to Mexico to take part in the country’s national day celebrations. The Chief of Defence Staff left the country just hours before he was due to make an appearance before the CID.

On the second occasion, Sirisena directly ordered IGP Pujith Jayasundara and senior officers of the Police to refrain from arresting senior military officers such as Wijegunaratne over “unwanted charges.” This discouraged the Police from pursuing further action on Wijegunaratne who is facing serious criminal charges.

Colombo Telegraph previously reported that suspicions had arisen whether Sirisena’s unconditional backing of Wijegunaratne is due to the latter’s involvement in purchasing of a Russian warship for double the price of its actual value, through a Rs. 20 billion deal with Russia’s war machinery, JSC Rosoboronexport .

Wijegunaratne ascended to the position of Navy Commander as his predecessor, Admiral Travis Sinnaiah, was forced to retire by Sirisena due to his opposition to the purchase of the Russian ship.

Wijegunaratne was also saved by the government when he assaulted a journalist who was covering a protest in the Hambantota harbour in December, 2016. Although he was caught on camera while assaulting a journalist who was on duty, Wijegunaratne, the then Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, went unpunished as the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looked the other way.

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    When the head of the country protects murderers, rogues and the associates one can easily evaluate the Law and Order situation in the country.

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      Buddhist
      You are absolutely right. He accused Rajapakse of the same thing and promised to the people to change this culture of impunity criminals and he got elected as President of the country ousting the former President. But he cheated all those who elected him to power when nothing has changed their favourite criminals are being protected from the long arm of the law.

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      Well, it was Bondscam Ranil who protected Wijeguneratne when he attacked protestors in Hambantota. Also, it is Bondscam Ranil who has stalled investigations and protected Mahinda Rajapasaa and corrupt family in order to divide the SLFP and rule and loot Central Bank and Lanka.
      No wonder Sira is worried as today here is a lot of Fake news in Sri Lanka with real or Fake news assassination plots. Question is who is responsible for these stories – internal and external parties?
      The RAW truth is that India which setup LTTE and funded other armed groups in northeast Lanka in late 70s till Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a classic case of BLOW-BACK, is back to its old tricks, with AVA Group in Jaffna, weaponizing religion with Hinduthwa and building Ravana and Hanuman status etc.
      Meanwhile, in Colombo and the South along with America and axis partner Japan, RAW and IB (intelligence bureau), are on a mission to asset strip, own and use/ operate Lanka’s strategic coastal lands, transport infrastructure and LNG and other marine resources. Trinco, East terminal, railway lands, Muthturajawela lands, Hyatt and Hilton building in Colombo all are targets of the US-Japan-India axis, against China in Sri Lanka.
      The strategy of this axis of US-Japan-India in Sri Lanka is to Divide the corrupt politicians and people, also by weaponizing religion, and loot the people of Lanka, Sinhala and Tamils and Muslims, alike.

    • 7
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      Law of the Land and the education and training of Lawyers in the system has gone to DOGS.
      The Lawyers are a bunch Egoistic , swollen headed Mugs, with empty heads of course.
      Law of the country is Doomed forever.
      They speak for the murderers and let them off from conviction.
      How good is that?? What for ??
      All for Blood money !

    • 9
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      How can Rajakshes face 6.2 millions today ?

      We all wanted not ROADS and other development but Rajaakshes and their high criminals to be jailed for provable crimes they deliberately committed.

      Except Bhrarath murder, all other cases remain in favour of former rogues

      Rajapkshes enjoy their nektar dreaming of grabbing the power.
      Not anyone else, Rajaksehes may ahve been the ones who are behind the assasiantion plot of incumenber presdient and gotler.
      Gotler is just attached to send the message misleading the nation.

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      Buddhist,
      This is not the first time but this is the history of Buddhist Sinhala leadership since 1948. Our leaders not only protect murderers, rogues and other associates but also order murders, abductions, assasinations and direct involvement in bribe, corruptions and misuse of power. This is sad but it is true.

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    Sirisena looks highly worried.Nothing seems to be working for him at the moment though he has tried out all kinds of strategies to make others worried,but nobody caring a fart and the worries are instead being transferred back to him.As a result of his burdens whatever CDS is talking is not sinking in to his brain and he is not interested.CDS can go and hang now to dry as far as he is concerned.His disinterest in what is being said clearly tells the CDS he has enough problems of his own,so kindly fuck off and attend to your problems without bothering me russian ship or not.

    “Police to refrain from arresting senior military officers such as Wijegunaratne over “unwanted charges.” IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne for helping Chandana Hetiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, the main suspect in the case, abscond the law enforcement authorities.” unwanted charges.So helping to abscond the law enforcement is unwanted charges.ha ha ha ha who is the bigger joker now,dicky bicky joy president or the IGP whom he calls a joker.Whole country is a joke because of two jokers running the country and it has slipped in competitiveness from a already dreadful 81st last year to now 85th.When mahinda handed the country to these 2 sira,ranil jokers we were 71st.

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      There is a common parlance in the country, ඌරො කැකුන තලන කොට රබන් කුකුලන් නටනව කියල – when pigs would trample Kakuna (some bushes), chicken would wait to pick up the fish. Like wise, be careful guys.
      Situation has been worsening day to another.
      So Rajakashes hopes to come back and ruin the nation is growing.
      Media mafia has been supporting to send the message across in favour of Rajaskehs. No matter the truths of the message lie aside.
      Please think twice we dont want Rajaksehs to lead us again.
      If would so, we would better to swallo cyanide and take the life.
      Ballige putha Rajakshe should better be kept in a jail cell and work fo rthe future of the nation. That is what I wish to be the next.
      Either nature or the people s consceince should work paving the way a good leader to take over and send Rajapkshes away from lanken powergreedy politcs.

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    Hon. Minister for Law and Order, What are you waiting for?. If you are unable to do your duty by the people , please leave your position , we will salute you.You might stand a chance at the next Election. But have you got that bit of Patriotism?

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    MY 3 IS STAGING A WELL PLANED DRAMA.IS THERE ANY PROVISION IS AVAILABLE IN SRI LANAKN CONSTITUTION TO CHARGE THE HEAD OF STATE FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT SINCE MY3 IS BLOCKING THE CID TO CARRY OUT A COURT ORDER.

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    CT,
    What is the big deal of Admiral appearing with the President? Until proven guilty, the person is innocent.

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      Eagle eye,

      Why don’t you go and rot in hell?

    • 6
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      Why is Aloysious in custody? No one has found him guilty in a court of law. They don’t have evidence even to file a case after fishing for two years.

    • 1
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      Guilty until innocent.. My foot!
      Just like Saudi Crown Prince RBM is innocent according to Trump?!

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “What is the big deal of Admiral appearing with the President?”

      Don’t forget this is a photo opportunity for Sirisena to say to the people, look he is a bastard, but he is our bastard. Therefore no one in his/her right mind dare touch/arrest him.

      By the way this thug in uniform should have been arrested, charged, thrown into jail and stripped of his job long ago for assaulting a journalist covering a democratic protest.

      Sirisena’s security policy is that no one serving or retired servicemen should be arrested, investigated, charged or punished even if those men raped his daughter, granddaughter, wife, mother mother in law, sisters, sisters in laws, ……………. or his son.

    • 4
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      Get your Potta eye checked at Vasan eye care. It is a RAW funded company.
      If it was one of your children you wouldn’t be saying these stupid things in support of the SLFP bastards.

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      Eagle Eye

      That’s the idea. The CID is prevented from proving his guilt so that he remains innocent.

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      Many supporters of crooks, rogues, and murderers keep on repeating, “a person is innocent until he is proved guilty” or “those are just allegations.”

      The reason the wrongdoers continue to remain innocent and the accusations against them continue to remain allegations is because the wheels of justice are not moving in this country. And the reason for this is that we have a deeply flawed system of administration of justice, which is further undermined by those in the highest positions of power.

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      Eagle Eye!
      You eye sight is fading by the day and it is an insult to the Eagles.
      Yes you are right A person is innocent until proven guilty. But how about the Tamil political prisoners who are in remand without any charges for the past so many years?.

    • 1
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      Eagle Eye!
      They seem to have a big deal between them.

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      There is not much deal in Lanakwe, in the current status of Lankawe’s law and order. But it will be counted outside, as and when there is chances.

      In New York, New King was duct taped to mouth and sent back from UNGA.

      There is a lieutenant Colonel is being returned back home by UN on Lankawe’s expenses. This criminal guy had gone to Mali even after UN had told Deepika’s Human Right Council to watch those going to UN. Deepika claims HRCSL is independent.

  • 3
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    yet another of his blunders

  • 14
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    All the same, but no difference between MR and Sirisena but only thing no killings yet, the way things go, that too might start soon.

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      Ranjith;
      ..birds of a feather ultimately flock together.

      Fair portion of our political leaders believe in whipping up nationalistic, racist religious or even cast-alignments if it serves their political goals. MS & MR lead that pack. They looked separate becuase they have been trying to see who can do that better & more. But it looks like it is dawning upon them now, that they can do it better together.

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    On behalf of the CID, IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, for helping Chandana Hetiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, the main suspect in the case, abscond the law enforcement authorities.
    If CID had the evidence, they must arrest the CDS. If the case fizzles out, what happens to the evidence? Locked away for good or disappeared?
    .
    The article alleges that MS is protecting the CDS. Not necessarily. Most likely MS is being pressured by the Armed Services. The Armed Services have become a law unto themselves. No President may cross their path.

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    “Wijegunaratne ascended to the position of Navy Commander as his predecessor, Admiral Travis Sinnaiah, was forced to retire by Sirisena due to his opposition to the purchase of the Russian ship”.

    Mr. President you were elected on your promise of a Yahapalanaya government. Corruption is still rampant with the backing of those in power. What hope for Sri Lanka ?

  • 1
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    Before the president asks who the clean ministers are, he should simply check whether he is one and act accordingly. He should lead by example, not by dumb, empty and useless talks, to the utter disgust and fury of his 6.2 million betrayed voters.

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    I made the worst mistake in my life on the 08th of January 2015, at Sri Lanka, the circus of the Indian Ocean.

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    In civilized countries a person in uniform is held to a higher standard than the public as the uniform demands public trust. But in a third world country like Sri Lanka which brags about over 2500 year old civilization but uncultured and uncivilized it goes the other way.
    This clearly shows a double standard. CID tells the court it has sufficient evidence but waiting to arrest him next week. Why is it waiting for a auspicious time?

    War criminals, rapists, murderers all in uniform. Sri Lanka govt keep bribing them and protecting them when things get hot they are sent to Sri Lanka missions with diplomatic protection.

    “UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.
    U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave the troubled West African nation was made “based on recently received information.” He gave no details.”

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      Are the guys in UN dumb idiots to appoint Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure as the Commander without checking his background. There is something fishy. May be Tamil Diaspora oiled the palm of a UN Official in order to disgrace the SL Army. The Government should challenge this decision and ask them to provide evidences to the charges they make.

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    This Country can never be taken to the correct path as long as “Kahakada Brigade” and so called “Ranaviru” (Ranaviru killers) are there. The main thing is 62 Laks people selected unqualified person to lead the Country. He is doing every thing except governing the Country. Messing up in every thing is this “Gon Sillysen’a” trade mark.

  • 0
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    Sira provides cover to soldiers who murdered innocent civilians. Berates forces from tagging corrupt so called ranaviruvo’s. Patholaya is worse than MARA when it comes to stealing money that is collected so hard from tax payers. Latest seem twin helicopter deal involving inflated cost that Srilanka and ill afford. Earlier Sira brokered deal with Russia. Then his rice mill brother and Chaturika amassed wealth of massive proportion. Easily this lame duck cardboard veera Janapati put his predecessor MARA in to second place. How long Srilanka will bleed before they see the back of pathola Sira or malaperethya.

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    Now peace prevailed. Everybody forgotten situation of those days. It was a war against terrorist. Not against conventional forces.tactics might be entirely different. We have to judge every thing with that situation in mind.Now heroes were under the beds at that time. we know the situation.Now war is over.people can make lot of stories to.defame our forces.Terrorists were pardoned.Whatever it was we have to forget past. Look for better future. No point in digging already filled up muddy holes. That may fill hatred against community of which terrorists were borne.All should realise it.and work toward better future and better life for all. We do not want repeat of situation that prevailed about one decade ago. That is not reconciliation. It is a vote winning game of political party now in power to exploit Minority vote bank in future. They were the ones who made situation worse making bogus promises for minority communities. We all have to face truth.Majority or minorities. War is war It is not like car or Bicycle race. You have to expect casualties always.Now Everybody live in peace. Our forces too are entitle for it . We got it through our forces sweats & tears.

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    “Wijegunaratne ascended to the position of Navy Commander as his predecessor, Admiral Travis Sinnaiah, was forced to retire by Sirisena” – what a baseless lie. The Navy Commander before Admiral. Ravi Wijegunaratne was Admiral S.A.M.J Perera (01.07.2014 to 10.07.2015) Admiral Travis JL Sinniah served from 22.08.2017 to 25.10.2017. So how can we believe this article.Admiral Sinnaiah will know, who helped him to become the Navy Commander. CID had arrested so many war heroes saying there is enough evidence, but later released. It’s also good to find out (1.) how IP Nishantha of CID came to that place and (2) whether he is “Silva”. (3) Why Admiral W.K.J Karannagoda lodged this complaint? (4) “It is a widely known fact that it was President Sirisena who stood in the way of the CID when it attempted to arrest Wijegunaratne on two occasions.” – Now that Admiral. Ravi Wijegunaratne is in the country, why have’nt the CID taken him to custody or summoned (I don’t think protocol allows this) him to CID office or taken a statement yet? (5) Is there anything to do with Chandana Hetiarachchi alias Navy Sampath and Admiral W.K.J Karannagoda?

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    Miracle country. We do things by constitution??????? MR thundered only few hours ago and MS is following the same. Leaders from the cesspool replacing each other , elected by the retards to make a change. Miracle public electing miracle leaders for a miracle country called Lankawe. MS do not want to punish any politicians (except Vijaya Kala), he is against punishing serviceman. He is not ready to punish white collar criminals/elites/businessman. But he wants death penalty and the courts to punish only citizens who are of minority, innocent, poor or worthless according to his perception and few scapegoats.In that case, my question is how do anyone expect MS to punish Duminda and Ganasara. Amidst our highly cultured retards think wearing swimming suites (too much ??) should be a punishable offence.Welcome to umpteen times blessed LA – LA land.

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    When the movie started, Ravindra Wijegunaratne was on “UNP Democracy” side. So when he choked pressman, it was UNP Democracy Prime Minister saved the Rapist Navy leader. We didn’t know if there was any “anti-UNP Democracy leader” New King had a part on that saving. In any case until Dilrukshi firing and Kegalle Jayamanne death, it was UNP Democracy PM saved all of them, including the Old Royals, who have become a detriment for him. So it was given to understand it was UNP Democracy PM responsible for Ravindra’s promotion, while for long CID has been telling him as prime suspect in Rapist Navy Sampath’s escape. Then, again, it was UNP Democracy PM called him and told to set up a Rapist Navy base in Hangbangtota. That time it was made to think to stop any disturbances created by protesters against Chinese buyers of the harbor. They have 5 villages land to develop too. Now for IC, UNP Democracy PM had told that Rapist Navy post is to deter any Chinese submarines sneak-in there.

    But decorated Rapist Navy Admiral switched sides publicly when New King told all three Rapist forces to flatly deny any records for any crime investigation on them. That is an order of a head of one state, which claims democracy has been restored , against the courts. After saving the leader’s son from any legal implication from “Brawl in Night Club Clique”, the Hero IGP claimed he is now safe from any actions of the government because this leader is with him.

    It is in that background that photo is taken. The person sitting on the right is accused as war Criminal in an earlier OISL report. In New York, last month, he claimed he was the one finished the war with Genocide. The currently accused criminal who helped the murderer escape is on the left.

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    What can one expect from a ” Dicks Joy ” , ” Ammata Disce De ” , ” Pakaya ” , and ” Janadipathi Thaatha ” , government.
    If one voted these Arseholes into power then one must accept Arsehole governance.
    There is vast difference between good governance and arsehole governance.
    Sri lanka will always be governed by arsehole governance and good governance will be only a pipe dream.
    Sad to say, ” beautiful country effing people”.

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    I cannot understand this blah blah. On the first occasion the police tells the magistrate in open court that Wijegunaratne, the present CDS, helped somebody to run away and thereby obstruct justice. Magistrate replies that if you have evidence then arrest the man. Immediately afterwards the CDS is out of the country and is back again. Within that time interval MY3 makes a noise. Now the police say that it would arrest but not yet arrested. This is NONSENSE. If the police reported in open court of an incident, in my opinion, the bench should have asked the police to place the evidence before it and if satisfied, issued a warrant of arrest. Had a warrant of arrest was issued it would have been difficult for MY3 or anybody to protect. On the other hand the police playing this cat and mouse game castes some doubt as to whether the evidence so closely guarded to the chest of the police is really worth it. This is how the rule of law is bent to suit various purposes.

  • 0
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    At least some GOOD SENSE

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