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Easter Sunday Bombings: Resigned Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando To Be Arrested

Political circles are buzzing with speculation that former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando will be arrested shortly in order to be made a scapegoat for the security failures that led to the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

Fernando

Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that Former Minister of Justice and Sirisena loyalist Wijeyadasa Rajapakashe has made 6 police complaints at different police stations against Fernando. The complaints have been made at Police Sahana Madiriya at Police Headquarters, Colombo Fort, Colpetty, Kotahena, Katana and Batticaloa.

Earlier Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe asked President Maithripala Sirisena to arrest both Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara in a letter.

President Sirisena hinted at the move to arrest Fernando during meetings he held at the Ministry of Defence today. The president had taken his new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry for introductions. During a 40 minute discussion with security officials the question of arresting Hemasiri Fernando came up.

Colombo Telegraph learns from very high ranking sources that Fernando was aware of detailed one-to-one briefings by SIS head Nilantha Jayawardane to President Sirisena before the Easter Sunday attacks. Jayawardane also briefed Sirisena over the telephone on one occasion. Now afraid this information will leak out the president is said to be moving to arrest Fernando in order to silence him

In our previous story Colombo Telegraph revealed that President Sirisena had been given intelligence reports about the Easter Sunday attacks at least 3 times.

Colombo Telegraph is also informed that as Hemasiri Fernando did not regularly brief President Sirisena about intelligence reports because SIS head Jaywardane conducted those briefings himself and did not need other officials to give him the information. Often when reports were communicated President would reply “I know i know Nilantha already told me”

Related posts:

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando Resigns

Exclusive: Sirisena Briefed About Easter Sunday Attacks 10 Days Before: Protects SIS Chief, Lies About IGP And Defence Secretary 

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  • 34
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    This fellow is innocent.
    Impeach the silly

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      Herby – HEMA is Rajafucksha W.P.’s man. We must impeach Sillysena and send Rajafucksha (and cronies) and Ranilpaksha to the electric chair.

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        Mike, sorry no can do mate, power cuts.

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          Paul
          Good one.
          Thanks

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        mike

        Alright I oppose capital punishment.
        Therefore I cannot support you on that.

        Consider this
        an excerpt from CT:

        Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Plays With Numbers Again, This Time He Lies About The Sinhala Population In Batticaloa

        DECEMBER 22, 2016 AUTHOR: COLOMBO TELEGRAPH
        Flanked by two notorious Buddhist monks, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe once again played with numbers, claiming that there were 28,000 Sinhalese in Batticaloa before the war, even though statistics released by the Department of Census and Statistics very clearly state that that there were only 11,255 Sinhalese in Batticaloa in 1981, in comparison to 233,713 Sri Lanka Tamils and 78,829 Sri Lanka Muslims.

        What shall we do with the public racist Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who unceremoniously appeared for a photo opportunity with a few notorious saffron glad thugs

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      Dear Hemasiri Fernando,

      Of course, the Traitor will try to make you a scapegoat.

      Please stick to your guns, and keep telling the truth. Talk to Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka. Sirisena, the Traitor, Sevalaya, Pachaya (Liar), Mala-Perethaya(Living off the dead), cannot be trusted, and he is the curse of the land. Sirisena’s days are numbered.

      Ask the parliament, when they will impeach Sirisena?

      • 6
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        Amarasiri Bro,
        I cant wait to see Sirisena being impeached.
        This bugger has proved to be no fit to leadership.
        For some reasons, Sirsasa most abusive TV sender painted the picture infavour of him as that coup architected by SIirsena was nothing. Even if SC of SL gave a verdict him having gone against constitution, they did not take it account.
        This country is misled by PVT media channels so that people are made to believe whatever being come in the air today.
        They the media institutions dont work for the people but for their darling politicians. This culture is unstoppable today, why ? Are there no such code of ethics within freedom of speech ?
        How would then the european countries prevent some news being not published ? Like for example ,I never saw much was published about recent Japanese -power station disaster to the same degree that occured in Chenobyl in 1986

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          Samuel Jayaweera,

          The Parliament has to impeach him. Failing that there should be demonstrations, by the people, for the parliament to impeach him.

          Unfortunately, most in the parliament are more or less like him. So, the people will have to wait until the next presidential elections, and the egoistic Ranil W may run, and spoil it for everybody.

          A possible solution is to make Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka, the presidential candidate, and he is most likely to win.

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        Amanasiri, your efforts to subvert our society will not work.
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        This blabbering fool needs to be put in jail as a warning for other silly bureaucrats like him to tighen up their game.
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        Only subversive scum like you see this as anything else.

      • 0
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        I hope there are no ‘Scapegoats’ in the alleged bomb blast perpetrators?

    • 22
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      Who is telling the truth President or Hemasiri Fernando ? To me President was very irresponsible And SC once gave a verdict about his conduct. Those two trpis made by President were PVT trips on the costs of TAX payers funds. So we did not elect him fo rthat matter.

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      It is high time former Defence Secretary, Hemasiri fernando to spill the beans.
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      Longer he waits to come out with the ground realities as had been under Prez Sirisena, things would turn out to be dangerous for him.

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        Suranbatta,

        Liars don’t tell the truth. Sirisena is a liar.

    • 6
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      Water flows from the lowest level – පහත්ම තැනින් ජල ගල බසියි..
      If that is not the case, why MEDIA fail yet to reveal the failurse of the minister of Defence, minister of law and order (NONE other than Pallewathe Gamaralage Sirisena the incumbent president )?
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      We have a real big problem with LOCAL media. They are biased to hidden forces. Those forces would pump them stolen funds of previous govt. This is an another mafia.
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      Dilip Jayaweera and how he became that RICH shouldb e investigated, stay discussing about these issues, but nothaving done the due, have let them abuse it further. Dilip Jayaweera and his DERANA TV sender came into being through black money earned by Rajapakshe. THat is PROVABLE ..

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        “Water flows from the lowest level “
        Does it?

    • 6
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      There are so many scapegoats in this SilliPakshi Wicramasingh Banda country over the years . They and their families escapes from every murder, butchery, drug peddling money laundering ect ect. None of them gets caught.
      Even the yellow robed murderers and thieves gets out Scot free and given a microphone to spread hate like the Notorious Prisoner Gondasara even given a microphone by a MODA MOUTH PIECE TABLOID NEWS to air his view of 30 something temples to be bombed by ISIS.
      Who wants to know the view of a Racist Prisoner. Is he the country’s intelligence service reporter.??
      Come on give me a break.
      Is he spreading his evil vile Racism again.
      The moment they leave their sinful places of Prisons or Palaces the Microphones are thrust into their mouths to utter Rubbish and lies to achieve Political mileage.
      Isn’t there an Government media to Update the people and the country of the latest devolopements of the present situation??
      Why these NINCOMPOOPS ARE GIVEN TIME TO SPREAD RACISM AND LIES ?
      Isn’t it wrong ?? Spreading Hate by a Prisoner and any Tom , Dick and Harry??
      Why the people of SLANKA had to go through these scare mongers stories??
      This is what happens when the idiotic unqualified journalists were given a Microphone to scare Monger the people with their Pathetic stories.
      Is it newsworthy or vile news of scare mongering stories to thrust upon on unsuspecting public by the grieving Rajaballa& Co ??

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      Contd from my previous comment.
      Releasing stories by unprofessionals shooting their mouths with unverified news. Newzealand leader has issued a warning on the story released by a UNP deputy minister saying that the SL bombing was in retaliation to NZ bombing!!
      NZ refuted the story immediately so too the ISIS leader from Syria.
      Why there’s no dedicated media for the government to release sensitive news items to the public.
      Tom Dick and Harries becomes media savvy and spreading lies , In the act of spreading lies the country receives warnings from foreign governments and causing Panics in the country.
      What an unruly country this is. Everyone is shooting with their mouths nothing else but scaremongering.
      No. Wonder this a Banana Republic and a Pariah State.

    • 8
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      It is Srisena, Ranil and Rajapakses (M, G, B) should be in the jail.

  • 12
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    Well this sort of thing has been happening with Trump too!
    Various senior Whitehouse staff around him have revealed how they have tried to cover up for his blunders and steer him away from other blunders in various books on the Trump Presidencyk, even as the Trump house blunders mount!

    The fact is that every one knows that Prez Sira is a gamarala. The intelligence officers should have done their duty whether Gamarala understood the security threat or not. As for Bondscam Ranil and Wijewardena denying they knew anything when all the ministers were sent notices is unbelievable.
    Also Bondscam Ranil appointed Pujith as IGP who is patently useless.
    RW has been systematically destroying all key security and fianance institutions by appointing corrupt and incompetent people – like the financially illiterate finance Minister of Sri Lanka who shoots his mouth off and has been crashing the LKR currency and economy, Mahendran to CBSL and the list goes on..
    this is just more finger pointing..

  • 8
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    Sri Lanka have the second highest literacy rate after Kerala in South East Asia. In such a literal society public certainly can deliver a judgement as to who desreves arrest for dereliction of duties! Paramount duty of a government is to provide security and protection for its citizens. Jury is still out as to whether Sri Lankan Government provided security and protection to it’s citizen on Easter Sunday, in the face of vital intelligence information made available to Ministry of Defence as far back as 4 April.
    Million Dollar question is what do the civil servants do when head of state failed to act on intelligence. Do they just evade their responsibility stating that I have passed the information to relevant authorities or do they approach the 2nd in command!

    Nation also need to ponder as to what is the available mechanism to deal with Dereliction of duties. My understanding is this is clearly laid down in the constitution.

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      There is literacy and then there is functional literacy. The SLAS officers have not shown evidence of capacity to perform at high levels in the public service. At least one of them was caught red handed getting a bribe in a parking lot. Mere paper pushing is not management. It is time to consider appointing people with a proven track record and expertise in the various ministries.

  • 17
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    This may be a trick by President SIRISENA.
    If I were Hemarisir Fernando, I would have revealed all the secrets about SIRISENA and as to why he failed to appoint acting ministers to be reacted in his absence.
    President Sirisena had left the country, not having appointed, nor shared it with PM, responsible ministers. Even after president was informed, the bugger had NOT reacted with wholeheartedness, even deliberately delayed his return to home. There are speculations, that there had been two earlier flights that experts believe, could have taken for his return. He finally returned home in the midnight of the tragic day.
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    And there are reports that President had prevented Heads of Forces meetings PM in the absence of President in the country.
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    Not Hemarisi Fernando, but President SHOULD be hung by bringing to Galle face green since he is the most abusive man in this entire scenario.

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      some one must get cctv recordings of what shitsena was doing in singapore after the news of the bombing was given to him, the bastard was shopping I believe and using tax payer monies for this private trip with his kakkussi family. We must get this shithead pig impeached and jailed.

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    This is going to be a bad news for Sri Lanka. Mr.Hemasiri Fernando is regarded as one of the most capable senior management leader of this country. He was given responsible portfolios by all the past governments in power and he accomplished his tasks to the utmost satisfaction of the country’s leaders. As a routine this time too he was appointed as the Defence Secretary by the government recently. Before arresting him the government should arrest the person who appointed him. The most intriguing fact is President Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe should be held responsible for appointing Hizbula and Azad Sally as Provincial Governors and not to mention the name of Rishad Baduideen.

    • 1
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      MR. Hemasiri Fernando has to be arrested because he has failed to put his foot down and direct the President to act on the information?.

  • 11
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    He is not innocent but Sirisena is a very responsible man.
    Sirisena must be arrested and brought him into justice.
    Sirisena must be incarcerated for many crimes which have been perpetrated and committed during these four years.

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      Saman, what are you bubbling.. can anyone as the head of state be arrested ?
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      Going by constitution, it is not easy even if 19 AMD has created some provisions at the begining of this govt.
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      As to me, SIRISENA should be arrested and put in jail for the rest of his life. His stupidity brought us back to the same levels of anxities as had been during that political coup (from Oct to mid of December last year 2018)

  • 19
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    Impeachment of President Sirisena can save this nation. He should be brought to the place where he deserves – that is nowwhere else, 6 feet under.
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    The need of the hour is to get rid of the silly: His estranged and abusive behaviours are not overlooked to anyone with a bird brain.

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      Lelagemalli,

      Yes, it is time, charge for being a Traitor and hang him. Then the people can close this sad chapter.

      Are the Wahhabi-Salafies and their clones still running amok, terrorizing the Muslims and non-Muslims alike?

  • 17
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    The President has to find a scapegoat to pass his failures in preventing the Easter bombing , This shows how dangerous it is to work in Presidents office He is a CUT THROAT . The Voters should cut his throat by voting against him if he has the guts to contest again

  • 1
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    Minister of Law and Order and Defense should be sacked and arrested.

  • 3
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    Let criminal Wijedasa or murderer MS try arresting Pujitha. He seems to be prepared to stand up (this time) to these donkeys. Did anyone see the interview of MS with western media. He was looking like a robber who just broke into a bank. Pathetic country.

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    Pathmanathan, you say that Hemasiri s one of the most capable managers we have ! This may be the reason why the country is such a deep hole. Some guys want this country to go on suffering so praise managers who are really destroying us.

    Hemasiri was boss of Olympic committee for 10 years !( yes just like how Ranil manages to be leader of UNP !) Now we dont win a single medal at Olympics !

    He is a guy who has consistently conned our Alice in wonderland type leaders starting from Srima Bandarnayake and ending with simple Simon Sirisena ( 30 years he has been managing , mainly his own interest !)

  • 3
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    Suranbatta – 30th April – You have some doubts as to who is telling the truth. You must understand that
    Mr. Maithripala Sirisena is a politician like any other politician and Mr. Hemasiri Fernando is a seasoned administrator of the Govt. Sri Lankan political history has proved that politicians lied at all times to safe guard themselves and you could judge as to who is speaking the truth. Mr. President and some of his cronies have some guts to ponder to arrest a long standing executive staffer in pursuit of scape goats. It is obvious that the information about the plans for this massacre was passed to the govt. well ahead of the incident by Indian intelligence and it must have reached the head of state and some opposition leaders
    as intelligence officials usually pass the buck to the political leadership of the country to decide what next to do.. This had been the pattern all these years and how come you had doubts as to who is talking the truth.
    The President must now admit to the people that his family interest (holiday to Singapore & Thirupathy)
    became more important than staying behind to save the lives of 300 innocent people.

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      Dear Lanka Watch / April 30, 2019

      For some reasons they have failed to fulfil their services in the following ministries.
      .
      Ministry of Defence
      Minister of Law and order (police affairs)
      .
      The kind of problems we never noticed at the time Ministry of Law and order was under Mr Ranil Wickrama singhe.
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      I dont support to Party politics but I see something in PRESIDENT SIRISENA’s WEAK HANDLING, I dont know what it is.

  • 2
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    Sirisena is a liar.He has proved it time and again.He is not ashamed to lie

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    Where are all the Mo Ham Heads who used to express their expert opinion on everything in this forum?

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    Every one is milking the Homicide bomb attack. Probably Wijayadasa Rajapakse did not have connections as with Drug Lords. Every Expert day per day journalist are writing articles to the Ct, CT head lines are crap.
    As far as 2016, Polioce caught Plastic Explosives and bomb making material in Vanathawillu, They had been told by I think Azath Sally, Mugiber Raham – GROUP tht they would be saved from arrests.
    Ranil Disbanded the CIVIL Intelligence and that information gathering stopped.
    Now, Ranil says, He wants to prosecute people engaged in Terrorism in over seas. Who wants that. TRUMP.
    Ranil is lieing to the teeth. He failed as an Economic Minister. He took over banks and emptied those. Now he is was hanging onto Schools – wifi kits, Closest school is the best school, Finance hub Sri lanka, Technology hub Sri lanka, women empowerment, WIFI kits. Finally he got it. becomes the Defence minister while the defence minister is away. He wanted that even when the PResident was here and now he is running it full throttle.

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    Nagananda says, every prominent politician, including the SLPP can be jailed for FIVE Years for involuntary man slaughter. That may be the reason, they change the CJ. New one is very reliable. He says, I came from Humble backgrounds but not anymore.

  • 1
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    Silly is to blame. He had the information but didn’t care to act. He should be impeached and tried. The need of the hour is the Field Marshal.

  • 4
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    For a change lets have this dumb gamarala President bugger arrested.

  • 0
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    So what is the grounds on which he is to be arrested? Stupidity or incompetence?

    Ha ha ha

  • 1
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    This is utter nonsense arrest then bail then not attending courts send medical……..
    Hope these effected foreigners take them to international courts for manslaughter

  • 2
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    Hemasiri will be fine after spending few days in Hotel Hospital and will be strong enough to take his new job. There is no scapegoat in the past and there won’t be anything in the future too. Only Pillaiyan is inside because told in court Old King hired him to target New King. So Old King and Old Son Prince went to prison and saved him. But nobody still think that Modan is fit enough to be released out. So he is still in Hotel Hospital. Even Azath Sally, the organizer and Hezbollah, the executer went in but somebody released them out just like they two are blamed for the Mawanella Buddhist Statues breakers release, last month. They all are working for Appe Aanduwa so they all are fine.

  • 3
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    The voters deserve the government they elect. 6.2 million voted an idiot in as president and another crafty as . P. M of batalanda and bond scam fame. , and whatever else with his chuck golaya malik Sam the latter was a highly respected businessman who has lost his credibility by entering politics. I suppose each one has a price.

  • 3
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    Now those who trust this Sirisena fellow must know who is he and what kind a cheap fellow he is and so on. Now Sirisena is scared to face International legal actions by those who affected and seeking legal advice from people like Wijedasa Rajapaksa. He is a Buruwaa and frog in the well advice him with foolish legal tactics. Sirisena came to power with help of RW and UNP votes. Now he act like a person who came from the sky. This is a dirty, unethical fellow with no gratitude at all. he must go home. Not only that even if he go home must bring back to courts and punished him him with life in prison for violation of constitution and criminal negligence of public safety and security.He is solely responsible for all these mess.he took defense and law and order to him by himself.

  • 3
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    I am very sorry. Sirisena and RW must resign immediately. These two must have to pay the price. This is a corrupt government just like the previous. We need young forward thinking to run this country. I am tired of these old pundits ruining the future of our beautiful country. Wake up people from blindly voting the corrupt over and over to the power.

  • 6
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    This man was powerful. He sold weapons and other supplies to the Navy. All previous Presidents were also afraid of him. At one time He was Sirimavo’s Secy as well in 1994. He weaseled into MR’s and to RW’s and Sirisena’s laps too. A crooked dangerous man who lies. God help Sri Lanka but the cops will be afraid of him. He is the civil service equivalent of Mervyn Silva. He has dirt on people like Merv

  • 0
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    There is a proposal for that Sarath Fonseka to be give that Ministry of Defence or National Security portifile initial by UNP backbenchers .This an idea that derived from that top UNP click that could be handed over to SF on nation security. Unknowingly which is that suggest by UNP’s rank and file.
    This suggestion move back by UNP – RW and his political cornies.
    Time being that SF is most unreliable person of Security situation concern of Sri lanka.
    Of cause SF has been lost to MR by 16 lacks votes defeated his candidate year 2010.
    The Majority Lankan has NO Faith of SF. People who love Democracy are rejected that SF as highest position of Govt. by eligible voters .
    No doubt SF will undermined sovereignty of Sri lanka…its Parliamentary Democracy even by misshapes been an appointment SF as Defence portfolio by President MS….The Nation will turn into Police State…control by UNP leaders
    Nevertheless that SF’s Track record far from people’s loving Democracy of Island .Needless to say he is ruthless Gumen.
    Time has come to realized that SF wanted used or by misused situation of 21/4/19 that of Terrorist of Muslim attack on Churches by asking defence portfolio to be rise his ugly head of that UNP leadership….UNP of corrupted wanted more terms of power govt. by that RW remain in of govt endless duration with-out elections.
    Eventually track record of UNP has reveled of postponement of many Local and PC councils within 4 years and half since 2015 Jan 8th .
    This is a danger trend of supporting Muslim Terrorist attack 21/4 by SF of UNP that undermined in coming Parliamentary Election that due in near future .
    It is obvious that its created an uncertain of an Island by UNP politician like SF.

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    There is a proposal for that Sarath Fonseka to be give that Ministry of Defence or National Security portifile initial by UNP backbenchers .This an idea that derived from that top UNP click that could be handed over to SF on nation security. Unknowingly which is that suggest by UNP’s rank and file.
    This suggestion move back by UNP – RW and his political cornies.
    Time being that SF is most unreliable person of Security situation concern of Sri lanka.
    Of cause SF has been lost to MR by 16 lacks votes defeated his candidate year 2010.
    The Majority Lankan has NO Faith of SF. People who love Democracy are rejected that SF as highest position of Govt. by eligible voters .
    No doubt SF will undermined sovereignty of Sri lanka…its Parliamentary Democracy even by misshapes been an appointment SF as Defence portfolio by President MS….The Nation will turn into Police State…control by UNP leaders
    Nevertheless that SF’s Track record far from people’s loving Democracy of Island .Needless to say he is ruthless Gumen.
    Time has come to realized that SF wanted used or by misused situation of 21/4/19 that of Terrorist of Muslim attack on Churches by asking defence portfolio to be rise his ugly head of that UNP leadership….UNP of corrupted wanted more terms of power govt. by that RW remain in of govt endless duration with-out elections.
    Eventually track record of UNP has reveled of postponement of many Local and PC councils within 4 years and half since 2015 Jan 8th .
    This is a danger trend of supporting Muslim Terrorist attack 21/4 by SF of UNP that undermined in coming Parliamentary Election that due in near future .
    It is obvious that its created an uncertain of an Island by UNP politician like SF.

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    Bullshit!
    this is CIA project. CIA sent ISIS to bomb Sri Lanka. CIA now sending Gota to destroy ISIS.

  • 3
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    Wijedasa Rajapakse?
    He is more slimy than Sirisena.
    This is the new class of blokes WHO HAVE EMERGED in the post 1956 revolution led by the father of CBK!

  • 1
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    {“Easter Sunday Bombings: Resigned Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando To Be Arrested”}
    Looks smells and sounds like rumour. It probably is. Et Tu CT?
    All based on Dr Dr Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha’s complaints at police stations.
    .
    The purported MS muttering “…..I know i know Nilantha already told me”
    This says it all. The atmosphere of distrust at the top.
    .
    PS: What happened to the yesteryear rumours about someone harbouring fugitive Gnanasaro?

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