27 October, 2020

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Court Discharges Suspected Sea Tiger Leader Bagirathi Murugesu And Seven Other LTTE Suspects

Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Attygalle has discharged suspected leader of the LTTE Sea Wing Division Bagirathi Murugesu and seven other former TTE suspects.

Jayantha Jayasuriya -Attorney General

Jayantha Jayasuriya -Attorney General

They were discharged on Wednesday, following the instructions of the Attorney General.

The eight were arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Murugesu was arrested in early 2015, at the Bandaranaike International Airport, when she returned to the country from France.

In early May, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez called on the Sri Lankan government to repeal the controversial PTA, which allows for prolonged arbitrary detention without trial, and allows police investigators to use torture as a routine method of work against suspects.

“If the government is to replace the PTA (if necessary) with any other legislation, then a robust and transparent national debate should take place that provides for full participation of civil society,” he said at the conclusion of his visit to Sri Lanka last month.

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  • 19
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    To appease the military many LTTE suspects are held in detention without any genuine charges. This leaves many families without bread- or rice- winners, go uncared and their children without fathers or mothers. It’s always UNHRC or some foreign country had to intervene to make the governments at the centre realise their stupidity. The AG office must either sue them or release them without any more damage to their morale, physique and humiliation to their families.

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      Yes, to appease the military and the politicians to show that national security is taken care of, without any evidence. This is like Mahinda and the gang, the wholesale robbers & murderers (Benami) of the country, but could not find evidence to arrest them. Main LTTE leaders are dead, for the remnants if you don’t have evidence, you have to free them like the Rajapaksas are free. For the murders and looting of Sri Lanka’s wealth (much more than the British, Dutch and Portuguese combined loot; $18b in foreign banks per Mangala in Benami names, very difficult to track) perpetrated by the Rajapaksas, they should be jailed for 1000 years and capital punishments.

  • 6
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    Wasn’t Soosai the Sea Tiger Leader who had a grudge against the Vellala Hero, Mr Pirhaparan?..

    This Murugesu chick must have been the Sea Tiger Waitresses Union Boss.

    That is why the Magistrate released her, because our Dhammaloka Thero was remanded for a couple of weeks, for feeding and caring for a Baby Elephant.

    Even a waitress in the LTTE would have had combat training with weapons and they are not frightened to kill and get killed.

    Why did this chick come to Colombo from France?. I can understand if she came from Thamil Nadu.

    Btalanda Ranil doesn’t trust our Army Boys,That is why he bought not one but two LKR 700 Million vehicles.

    Is Suren Surendran planning an all women security squad for Batalanda Ranil, like the one old Gaddafi had in Libya?.

    When the War Crime Judges send our brave Army soldiers to prison, and follow it up with dividing the Country into Vellala and Wahabi Lands and even another for the Mano Tribe, there will be lot of unrest.

    Even Bodhi Sira may want to share Batalanda’s all Tiger, sorry ex Tiger Women Body guards to go to Pollonnaruwa.

    • 8
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      Can someone help KASmalam to get a real job. As his postings here, he would be a useless performer, but please please show some mercy and help him. Something of a job would help him to heal.

    • 3
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      Sumane, you are a pukka shit disturber. You know the ‘art’ of riling up folks.
      Well done. Your thoughts give us a counter view of the happenings.

    • 0
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      [Edited out]

    • 5
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      GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT. Prabaharan was not Vellala. If you want to use the caste system against the Tamils, at least have the facts straight.

    • 0
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      Thank God you never said that Attorney General is not a vellala!

      What you write in every article is pure racisism without knowing the fact.

      Racist writings doesnt need facts.

  • 6
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    KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

    I am looking forward to reading your typing. Hurry up.

  • 7
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    It is well known that srilanka police torture people to accept the crime they haven’t committed. Even they did to many singhales and doing it to Tamils is very easy to them but gaining karma points which will affect their generation. So many people arrested under fabricated charges and they are releasing few of them – still hats off to the courageous act of this judge. Why many singhalese go hysteria when see the word LTTE and not researching why and how they come forward to sacrificed their own lives. I do not think they are that dumbs. That is why we never produce anything except children, and buy or get free everything from others.

    • 3
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      One guy who got refugee status in Toronto boasted that he arranged to
      get himself arrested in Colombo a few times. and kept the documents
      to show that he was “repeatedly” arrested, and also he self-inflicted some burns,
      and used them to get his papers in Canada! Some cops can earn money
      from these would-be refugee business which was at its
      peak in the up to 2009 period.
      So just don’t blame toe cops or the army. It is how Toronto came to
      have a population of Tamils bigger than in Colombo or in Jaffna!
      There are many many Tamil refugee stories and how they “duped the
      Western governments who have been very unsuspecting”. Even the Tamil translators in
      the Ontario refugee are our Tamils who know how to magnify
      the claimed horror stories.

  • 7
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    I agree with Saro the armed forces are nothing but bullies they are walking all over the hapless poverty stricken Tamil’s who are being arrested and held without any charges being laid against them.

    This practice us still continuing even though the cursed war ended more than seven years ago.

    I am also disappointed with the present rulers as they are doing nothing to resolve these issues.

    • 4
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      The 300,000 IDPs who were rescued from the cluthches of Prabhakaran were not tortured,
      but fed and cared for. If you read Thamilini’s autobiography
      you can see what the Tamil Leaders did to the Tamils, with the TNA fully behind the
      LTTE.

      • 4
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        Eddward

        “The 300,000 IDPs who were rescued from the cluthches of Prabhakaran were not tortured, but fed and cared for.”

        The real sad stories that I have been hearing from the real people who suffered during the war were completely opposite to what you are trying to portray here and gloss over all the atrocities committed by the armed forces during and after the end of the war.

        I suggest you unlearn what you read in the Daily Noise, go and meet the real people who had the first hand bitter experience of being born in this country and lived through the war and its aftermath. People were herded into barbed wire compounds with no basic amenities, no access to outside world, being harassed, some of them disappeared without a trace, very often the young women became prey of uniformed sex maniacs who were on the prowl,….

        I take with a pinch of salt about the whole enterprise of government feeding and caring for the unfortunate people.

        You do the same.

  • 5
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    We must revert to the agreement President Rajapaksa had with Civil Society.

    Release them all, except those who are accused of murder. The latter be taken before the courts, if convicted, then sentenced to be pardoned by the President, considering time in pre-trial custody as time served.

    The war is over. We must not have people in custody.

    The JVP was treated that way. We must treat the combattants of the LTTE the same way.

    Our Nation must heal.

    • 4
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      “”Our Nation must heal.””

      hide and squeak in a sociolinguistic war.

      Ha Ha ha , socialism ends where other peoples money ends.))))

      there are holes in the bowl and there is no glue.

      beware the quick sand it takes over.

      • 2
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        I am not intelligent enough to understand what you are saying.
        Thanks for responding though.

        • 2
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          may be the scallywag air line education.
          keep trying ambude_sira_ babare IQ test, you may succeed one day in joining the other half of egghead.

          • 0
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            ‘ambude_sira_ babare IQ test’ same words used by ‘timbuttu’ in a different post.
            arancha=timbuttu ?

    • 0
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      The JVP was annihilated by Billas and some 64,000 died. Where were you when bodies
      were being burned in tires?

  • 3
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    This is a good commencement of correction of in-built faults in the justice system, ignored for a long time.

    It is to be hoped that arbitrary arrests, in many cases even without informing the person arrested as to why he was being arrested, will
    not occur in future.

    Trials of ‘political prisoners’ being held for long periods, should be expedited; if the attorney general, after review of any evidence, finds it insufficient to convict, the persons must be released.
    Such reviews should be expedited.

  • 6
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    It is sad that torture, cruel and inhuman treatment meted out to the
    Tamil detainees, who are held in prisons without charges. It is their
    parents and relatives who voted this govt. to power to escape inhuman
    treatment, both politically and physically but torture & arbitrary
    arrests continue, unabated . The rehabilitated Ltte cadres cleared
    to lead normal life, having a family and employment but they get rearrested on flimsy reasons and families left in the lurch and this cycle continues and the families suffer, which does not mean a thing to the govt. This treatment did not happen to JVP youths who were arrested and discharged, when they revolted against the govt.,like the Tamil youths did . It is a pity that International community has to remind the govt.about the atrocities committed on these unfortunate souls and other lapses in administering N/E provinces, while the govt.pretends not to know anything. It may be true that the civilian authorities do not know what the armed forces are doing as what
    happened in the Navy/CM.EPC episode is a proof that armed forces acted alone.

    The govt. sincerely wants to work hard on reconciliation and unite the people and to do justice to those suffered during and after the war but
    it is only the President, the PM, few ministers and Mr. Sampanthan(TNA Leader) are keen on it but they are a minority and the rest, Jnt. Op, rest of the communal organizations and the majority are totally against
    the move. The govt. must ask the civil societies, offering incentives, to work hard on reconciliation and unite the people in the first place and then comes the devolution of power to the regions. etc. Govt. can be more harsh on people and orgs.spreading communalism by enacting laws to take legal action against those inciting hatred among the major
    communities.

    It is sad that the govt. does not do anything, voluntarily, which is appreciated by the Tamils, and the release of lands to the owners and the political detainees are being done due to pressure exerted by IC and not for the love of Tamil people. There is nothing wrong for Tamils
    to go for help to IC, rather than to their own Govt. as protests, speeches in parliament and the meetings with the govt.by Tamils reps.
    fall on deaf ears.

  • 3
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    When the West wanted to take bring international judges to Sri Lanka during Rajapakse regime, he argued Sri Lanka has ‘competent’ and ‘independent’ judiciary and Sri Lanka can handle its own internal affairs.

    When the west wanted the same under the current regime, Ranil argued: Sri Lanka has the oldest judiciary system in south Asia and it can handle the own internal affairs.

    The same judiciary, Rajapakse and Ranil advocated discharged the suspects. Now one cant argue against the discharge, saying it it is biased or incompetent. You cant have the cake and eat it too.

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      Ranil can. In fact all our politicos can. That’s why they are so successful.

  • 2
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    Eddward , to my mind you are heartless and repeating the MR’s zero causality and humanitarian war at Mullivaaikal. But the real story is very sad and not forgettable for the rest of the life. I like to tell you One of the IDP’s stories, when the sun go down the army come in and drag some girls and the whole camp can hear deadly cry most of the night until go quiet. When sun go down most of them shiver without knowing whose turn is next. If you spread falls story again, God will punish you soon to teach lesson to others like you. We should not market others sufferings. Good luck to you brother, it is not your fault, we always blame our parents.

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