25 September, 2018

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Committee For Protecting Rights Of Prisoners Accuses Yahapalanaya Of Granting Impunity For Welikada Shooting Culprits

The Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners has accused the Yahapalanaya Government of granting impunity to the culprits who were behind the shooting incident inside the Welikada prison in 2012, which left 27 inmates dead and 43 injured.

Former secretary to the MOD - Gotabaya

Former secretary to the MOD – Gotabaya

“Despite promises of “good governance” and freedom of expression from the new government, there have been threats and intimidations to the eyewitness, the Go Rights Collective and it’s members and authorities seems unwilling to take actions,” the committee said in a special report.

According to the report, based on the testimony of the eyewitness, the Commissioner General of Prisons was seen inside the prison in the morning of 10th November 2012 (after midnight on 09th November) and thus, it is believed that he is aware of names of the Army officers present at the time of the shooting. According to the report, the 27 inmates were killed by the Army and the Special Task Force (STF) following what was reported as a search operation leading to the riot between the army, STF and the inmates.

Detailing the failure by authorities to take steps to stop the continued threats on the eyewitnesses, the Committee said that Sudesh Nandimal Silva, who was an inmate at the time of the incident, and was identified as an eyewitness to the event, has been continuously threatened by various groups since he was released from prison and after he and other groups renewed their call for justice to the victims following the change of government in 2015.

Sudesh Nandimal has reported being followed by various people and vehicles – including a black colour jeep (model Pajero with number 62-0761) which he was informed by an officer at Maligawatte Police, belongs to the Police Narcotics Bureau. On 17th March 2015 Sudesh Nandimal had lodged a complaint with the Maligawatta Police station (CIB I 148/146) on being followed by an unknown group of people. In several instances, Nandimal was also called a Sinhalese Tiger, including by the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

On 19th March Nandimal had written to the Inspector General of Police, referring to the above threats and requesting for protection and action against those responsible (Complaint no. CIB (1) 265/64.) “On 2nd October 2015, four men had met Sudesh Nandimal in Moratuwa and warned him that his life would be in danger if he continued to pursue the matter and if they had to go to jail. Sudesh Nandimal had lodged a complaint to the Moratuwa police station (complaint no CID I 276/139) regarding this incident,” the report said.

The Committee also said that in addition to letters to the President and Prime Minister and complaints to the CID and HRCSL, families of those massacred and their supporters, particularly the Go Rights Collective and Peoples Collective against massacre of Welikada Prisoners, had organized a public campaigns seeking legal action against those responsible, relief for families and publication of inquiry reports by various Committees and Commissions.

In his eyewitness account, Nandimal said that at around 12 midnight the Army had had stormed into the prison while shooting. Nandimal had seen a prisoner named T.H. Lester de Silva dead as a result of this shooting. The prisoners had heard that few prisoners namely Jothipala Kapila, Manjushri and Marlan were brought in from the Chapel ward to near the M ward by the Army. The prisoners had heard these prisoners screaming, and understood that they had been assaulted and shot. The Army and the Prison Intelligence unit had told this to the prisoners including the eyewitnesses. The Army had given updates of what was happening with the purpose of intimidating the prisoners.

“According to Sudesh Nandimal, an officer in civil cloths wearing a yellow t-shirt had come with the Army with a piece of paper, which Nandimal believed contained a list of names. This officer also had a pistol. Sudesh Nandimal had later been told by an Army officer that three prisoners Mohamad Wijerohan alias Gundu, R Susantha Perera and Nirmala Athapathu were taken out from their cells and had been killed. Sudesh Nandimal had stated that there were several Prison Officers including the Commissioner General of the Prison P.W. Kodippili, inside the Prison at the time officer with the yellow t-shirt had come with the Army,” the report said.

“The officer with the yellow t-shirt had been shouting and had asked for a Prisoner named Thushara (Full Name: A. Thushara Chandana) alias Kalu Thushara. He had demanded the Prison Officials to show him this prisoner. At this point one Prison Official had shown him Thushara, saying that if not there could be problems to other prisoners. This Officer had grabbed Thushara and assaulted him. Thushara had shouted saying “Mr. Rangajeewa don‟t kill me”. It is at this point that the eyewitness Sudesh Nandimal had realized that this person in the yellow t-shirt is officer Rangajeewa. Some other prisoners there had said Rangajeewa is from the Police Narcotic bureau. Officer Rangajeewa was heard as saying “we told you not to clash with us”. It was later understood that Thushara had filed a case at the Human Rights Commission against Rangajeewa. The prisoners including Nandimal and Hewa Dalugodage Sahan Sri Keerthi (another eyewitness) had later been told that another prisoner who was killed, Niramala Athapathu’s mother had also filed a complaint at the Human Rights Commission against Rangajeewa, who is accused of murder,” the report added.

Read the full report here

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  • 7
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    NO need of any other evidence.

    this NEws report along is enough to jail the culprits.

    It is like eye witness evidence.

    • 16
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      Gota is a mentally damaged, sociopathic killer.

      Please deliver Justice. Put him away for 21 years.

      Cheers!

    • 5
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      The shameless fan of Kurakkan Samaga should remember that punishments were given to a number of people without any inquiry during Rajapaksa rule!

  • 20
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    Time for little Gota to get some serious questioning and government coming clean?

    • 4
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      How on earth could the MS/RW regime take action against a fellow sinhala politician, despite all the required evidence, Reports in hand and promises made on platforms, with hidden deals as possibly evident. The incident was in Colombo.

      If this is the state of Law & Order in Sri Lanka under GG, does anyone expect an inquiry where Tamils are victims, and that too without foreign input to succeed?

  • 15
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    Yahapalanaya is going on the wrong track. They are no longer interested in matters that brought them to power. Dragging their feet on the crimes committed by Rajapaksa. It looks there is an agreement not to prosecute MR. Foreign Governments had offered to help to trace the money embezzled by the Rajapaksa government, but Yahapalanaya is not keen perhaps because the same methods can be used to trace the money robbed by them or money hoping to be robbed.

    • 4
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      “They are no longer interested in matters that brought them to power”
      Well said Maali.

      There is no difference between the two parties today as they promised to eradicate corruption, political thuggery and nepotism but this is happening even today, except for a few changes.There is law & order in the country, freedom of speech and freedom to move in any part of the country which are the hall marks of good democracy but admin. of the country and judiciary are moving at snail space with colossal waste of public money which is coming closer to the previous govt’s. spending. Sri Lankan airlines is a good example where the Govt. keeps pumping public money, while the airline is loosing millions of dollars on a daily basis and govt. travel is on the increase and they might break MR’s record.
      What we see today is that the current govt.is competing with the deeds done by the previous regime and not eradicate the wrong things done in the previous regime. The Govt. does not seem to realise that the people are watching their performance with interest.

      • 1
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        Lanka Watch –
        “There is law & order in the country, freedom of speech and freedom to move in any part of the country which are the hall marks of good democracy” This is more than enough for 11 months of Good Givernance, keep watching from where ever you are in the globe !!

  • 22
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    This third rate coward who ran away to the USA is a coward, thief, murderer, organ trafficker, illegal arms dealer, serial killer………….disgusting garbage.

    • 1
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      Pabakaran is kaput. Tamils are still upset.

      Do their best to get him.

      • 16
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        Jim Shitty, we all know you are a messed up clown from the south. Last I heard VP’s spirit is looking for you. Be careful, it might find you and squeeze your nuts.

    • 2
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      No doubt. An avatar of VP has emerged by the name of ‘Tamil from the north’. His words are a living proof how much pain he is still undergoing for a simple reason. Gota spearheaded the elimination of the master of all the terrorist – Velupillai Prabha. Sorry man, your contemptible words cannot harm Gota – even a 0%.

      • 10
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        Maxi boy, I do understand your frustration after your lovely hero Rohana Wijayaweera got one from Ronnie Gunasinghe. Yeah, its ok, take it easy and it is time you gave up the frustration. If you need any help, please do come by.

        • 0
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          Tamil from Scarborough.

          Rohana Wijeweera’s Golaya (Apprentice ) is doing the bidding for you..

          • 0
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            Rohana Wijayaweera’s reincarnate and your master’s lovely son Namal is in jail. Take him some kiribath and spend your time wisely. Feed your master’s son, maybe he will keep you in the pay list.

  • 17
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    Two things I have never understood:

    1. The Welikada prison shooting. If you look at the video footage, it’s 5 minutes of non-stop machine guns directly aimed at prisoners. No police force would ever shoot like that unless there were clear orders from higher up to kill them all. I guess “the family” at that time needed to get rid of the prisoners as they were all directly linked to them?

    2. The killing of journalist Mel in Batteramulla. Why is that never being picked up as a political killing? Was it really just a painter trying to steel something? Or is this murderer now also jailed in Welikada, similar to those who got shot at in the Welikada shooting earlier?

    • 17
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      Totally agree with your point re: Mel. I always thought Mel Gunesekera was killed by the Rajapakses, mistaken for Thisarani Gunesekera.

  • 4
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    Look like some of these dead people are drug dealers.

  • 17
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    There is a big govt conspiracy to protect the Rajapaksa’s especially Gota. So everything is going to be swept under the carpet and they hope that the people would just get fed up and forget. Gota is being groomed by the SLFP with the blessings of Sirisena to become the Presidential candidate for them !!!!

    • 2
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      This may be a simple trick of ex-GS H.E. President – to mark time with Gota
      to keep the SLFP together and reach out for Gota at the end of his (MS) Term?
      MR will be a spent force, when all the rouges supporting him are collared one at
      a time – MS has 4 long years to do it, under the guise of let “Law take its own
      course”!

  • 13
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    Fully agree with Gobba’s comments 100%. Gota is being groomed by the SLFP with the blessings of Sirisena to become the Presidential candidate for them !!!!

    So far Sirisena has not commented anything on Gota and Sira is fully behind John Seneiviratnes recent comment that Gota should be the next SLFP leader. Either Sira has not condemned nor approved John Seneiviratnes idea.

    This country is heading for disaster as the venerable monk Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera commented before his death.

  • 4
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    What we have is yet another instance of the power of the lingering non-Yahapalanaya government. They are able to intimidate witnesses thus making the prosecution impotent.

    The task of curing the country of this non-Yahapalanaya cancer will take a while but before that the patient may be dead.

    • 2
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      Tamils are struggling because they can not take revenge from their enemies.

  • 3
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    every govt. had a catch word. JR spoke about dharmistha society and ended up with 1977 and 1983 pogrom.all incidents and killings were well documented. premadasa was interested in gam udawa and did various things that now nobody speaks about him. our new leaders started with good governance and the above posting and comments tell different stories. ‘they are working in collaboration with the worst culprits’- very very bad name for the present leaders to earn this name.
    -dayal

  • 0
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    [Edited out]

  • 5
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    What is the point of Gota to go to the jail and gets VIP treatment?

    I prefer Gota to spend rest of his life mostly in down mood like the one shown on this photo and always worry about his future! Government should provide him full protection even when he goes to pee!.

    The point is Gota should be a case study for future power players for how not to misuse his or her privileges! Gota’s way of thinking is like the other loser Trump. Public humiliation is the best remedy for people like them.

    • 1
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      I recently met Gota to pay my gratitude to the service he did for the country. He lives a very humble lifestyle and people are flocking to see him. Everyone here loves him.
      After his exhausting service to the nation he is taking a much deserved rest. He is a very friendly fellow

      • 7
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        Polburuwas of your kind always thought, Gota did a greater service. I really feel his and et al did lot more to their pockets to be fatten rather than helping the nation. Sure, each of them did some services.. they had promised to but the harm they had done was more than the good. Even today, the current rulers have failed to estimate the sum of the harm being done by Rajaakshe men. Those who had brains thought these men had gone mad beyond all limits having studied the way they abused the nation and the local bodies.

        • 0
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          right now all the investigations are focused only at rajapakses. there are retired politicians and there are active politicians all of whom destroyed the country.

          Even the politicians inthe present yahapalana govt dothat. I think Ranil knew about the Central Bank scandle.

          FCID justice is selctive and I don’t think they did anything except sending politicians to the priuson hospital.

      • 4
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        sach,
        No doubt he is loved by the hundreds he imprisoned and still not indicted, and the hundreds he ordered to be ‘rehabilitated’.
        He is blessed by the Triple Gem.

  • 3
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    What is the use of appointing commissions if reports are swept under the carpet after spending a lot of money.

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