The independence of the country’s judiciary continued to be in question, with the last two Army Intelligence Officers, who were remanded in connection with the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, also released today by the Court.
The order comes following a recent statement by President Maithripala Sirisena, who lashed out for arresting and remanding Army Intelligence Officers despite their role in various criminal cases. Since Sirisena’s statement, all army intelligence officers who have been arrested and remanded, including on charges of being involved in murder, have been released by the Courts.
Accordingly, the remaining two Army Intelligence Officers who were in remand, were granted bail by the Avissawella High Court today.
In late October, Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Shahabdeen released Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama on bail despite his involvement in the assassination of Editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. The same officer was released on bail in a separate case by the Gampaha Magistrate Kaweendra Nanayakkara despite being identified as the culprit who assaulted former editor of Rivira Newspaper, Upali Tennakoon and his wife in 2009. In October, two more Army Intelligence Officers were released on bail despite their alleged connection to Ekneligoda’s disappearance.
Last month, Sirisena launched a verbal attack against the arresting and remanding of Army Intelligence Officers who have been involved in various criminal activities including being linked to murder.
Aku / November 8, 2016
Bloody Hell… Sirisenaaaaa…….
Amarasiri / November 8, 2016
Tirncoar, Traitor Gon Sirisena,
“The independence of the country’s judiciary continued to be in question, with the last two Army Intelligence Officers, who were remanded in connection with the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, also released today by the Court.”
The Turncoat, Traitor, Gon (Gona) Sirisena is in cahoots with the Rajapaksas and getting paid from the stolen billions.
Time to start impeachment proceedings against the Traitor Sirisena, and give him the standard punishment for Traitors.
gerad / November 10, 2016
rohan j / November 8, 2016
If any member of the armed forces / police are alleged to have gone off the rails they have to be dealt with as per the law.
It is time that the mollycoddling of these people should cease immediately.
These are not war hero’s and they are taking advantage of the uniform they wear.
If this is happening all should be released on bail.
Innocent litigant / November 10, 2016
“History repeats it self” they say .In 1977 UNP Government came to power selling Weerasoriya campus student who was gunned down by police in Pera University.In 2016 slogan was Thadujeen,Ekneligoda & Lasantha were used to come to Power.More than living people dead these three person helped come to Power Yahapalanya Government.Among the victims widow of Ekneligoda situation is worst sadly this poor lady told to media in order to survive she sells lunch packets for survival.Pathetically President & Prime Minister turn a blind eye to these slow judicial process.Delivering Justice to these victims families Yahapalanaya must show to the people of Sri Lanka & world at large.
I was victim of Mara palanaya when I went in search of Job policemen in uniform followed me in one instance told not to employ as I am a Fonseka follower to the interview board to private sector entity that is ok still I am living. What is the Justice to these victims? Being in the Forces or Police is not license to kill or torture any body who oppose the Government.Recent ruling by Visa Officer in Australian Embassy for deniying Visa to Rajapaksa sons & Senior Police Officer bear testimony to that.Yahapalanaya Government must be mindful the promises given are not only people of this country but to the International community at large as well.
Recent hilarious Judgement given many controversial cases put Sri Lankan Judiciary in to laughing stock , adding insult to injury Justice Minister says as long as he is the Minister he will not let accused former Defense Secretary to be taken in to custody it is an clear indication Justice Minister is meddling with affairs of Judges & Juridical process.
If this scenario continues the International community will say they have lost confidence in Judiciary of Sri Lanka which will force invite International Judges conduct war crimes investigations.Surely GOSL in catch 22 situation ?lets wait &see !!!!!!!!!!
Lankan / November 8, 2016
This is Yakapalanaya! Sri Lankan politicians have no self respect and their word cannot be trusted. This has been proven once again by President Sirisena.
By Jingo / November 8, 2016
Another example of Sirisena’s hypocritical recent mouthings amounting to so much BS!
Gune / November 8, 2016
A bloody shame. Going back to the Rajapakse era.
Looks like the public are getting cheated big time!
Chands / November 8, 2016
Sirisena is an extension of the Rajapaksa regime. Same stupid policies, same arrogance, and seems to be connected to previous crimes or criminals. What kind of example is this to those who wear the uniform, but think they are above the law? In Sr Lanka politicians and their buddies can get away with murder.
Aia / November 8, 2016
Good governance at its best! Bloody hell, he made us all fool. A man trusted by every one including Shobitha thero to take up the common candidate role. Pondering what to do next?.
Burt / November 8, 2016
Sirisena has become more dangerous than MR. With MR you get what you see with Sirisena on the other hand talks a good game but plays a different hand.
While speaking one thing in public has put enough direct and indirect pressure to keep all crooks of the last govt out of prison and release most of the accused murders whether its Lasantha’s case or Eknilagoda.
Sherantha / November 8, 2016
Gavapalaney headed by gamarala. protect your party at all cost hell with the country
Ramesh / November 8, 2016
DO YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT WILL DELIVER JUSTICE FOR WAR CRIMES BY A LOCAL MECHANISM?. TELL ME WHICH OF THE MULTIPLE HIGH PROFILE MURDERS OF THE LAST REGIME IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS? THIS IS WHY MINORITIES WANT FEDERALISM. THE TERM “RECONCILIATION” IS A BIG JOKE.
thrishu / November 8, 2016
Cool guys ……. think! What does this mean? Only one thing, the deaths concerned were State sponsored, meaning the political masters and at the least the most senior civil servant giving orders, on the approval of the Minister responsible (and most likely of the incumbent President too at the time). Military personnel were simply obeying orders, with the orders coming from highest point; this is an indirect admission that the soldiers were not culpable for the actions they committed on the orders from higher up. If not the current President would not play ball as he is doing.
Ansar / November 8, 2016
It is time the Civil Society take to the street with the 6.2 M people who voted in Gon Sira.
Let him know that, we are the king makers and not Gon Sira.
jim softy / November 8, 2016
special interest groups/NGOs lose.
Silva / November 8, 2016
What happens if Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has them killed to prevent himself being connected to the murder!?
Did you not think of that!?
gamini / November 8, 2016
Looks like Sirisena has more skeletons in his cupboard more than what we know and the Rajapaksas are blackmailing him.
gamini / November 8, 2016
Looks like Sirisena has more skeletons in his cupboard more than what we know and the Rajapaksas are blackmailing him.
Otherwise why give Major Sally of the Army Intelligence, a Diplomatic post after doing the dirty for MR?
KA Sumanasekera / November 8, 2016
Aiyo Sira must reinstate the Muslimm Army Miliary Intelligence Chief who did a yeoman service to liberate the Nation from Tamil Terrorists,.
Otherwise President Sira is giving credence to the anti national allegations of Yahapalana Alsation ,minister Rajitha that the Srilankan Military is involved in the Aavaa Terror Gang.
In fact the CM , the Vellala Party TNA appointed Mr Vigneswaran has let the cat out of the bag.
He now demands the Brixit Baroness to send Foreign Troops to keep Law and Order in his North..
And guess what , the Baroness promises the Vellala CM to discuss it with the Yahapalana Rulers.
Looks like Yahapalana PM , the Elite , Anglican and Vellala Faction leader of the UNP has achieved his long standing goal of eliminating the need for any Army Intelligence Officers.
There won’t be any need of them whether they are in or out.
Ranjan Fernando / November 8, 2016
Having done this Sirisena thinks that he can convince the world that our Judiciary is impartial and efficient. Who is he kidding? He reminds me an ostrich burying its head in the sand. Seems to be living in his own world.
Anonymous / November 9, 2016
Are they being released because they agreed to give all evidence linking Gota!?
Baludasa / November 9, 2016
Bring in the foreign judges. UNHRC is watching yahapalana antics
BBS Rep / November 9, 2016
My3 is not suited to hold the job he was entrusted with. He is a con artist and a dangerous one at that. His partner in crime is Ranil.
What a shame that all our politicians have always worked against the people who voted them in.
bo / November 9, 2016
Poor man Ekneligoda got done for supporting Sarath Fonseka, seen by MR at the time as his enemy Number One. People in power at the time seemed to have used state apparatus to get their personal animosity with SF settled, based on framed false allegation. And now, MS acting for the planners of this crime, and those that gave orders, to ensure that the charges are petered out. What a way to sweep serious crimes hatched by top people to be swept under the carpet. It is all wrong. I wonder how these people sleep peacefully at night.
justice / November 9, 2016
Sirisena dares not antagonise the army – regulars or ‘intelligence’ experts.
His very life is at stake.
Hence the freeing of the ‘heroes’ from remand.
The ‘heroes’ are under his protection.
Whatever they do in the north and east, is glossed over by the Sirisena’s lackeys called ‘governors’.
Same appears to be the case with the police, else, why is no case filed yet against the five policemen who were responsible for the deaths of the two university students?
Kumar R. / November 9, 2016
“In late October, Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Shahabdeen released Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama on bail despite his involvement in the assassination of Editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. The same officer was released on bail in a separate case by the Gampaha Magistrate Kaweendra Nanayakkara despite being identified as the culprit who assaulted former editor of Rivira Newspaper, Upali Tennakoon and his wife in 2009. In October, two more Army Intelligence Officers were released on bail despite their alleged connection to Ekneligoda’s disappearance.”
If this could happen down in the South, any guesses on what the North would have had to put up with under these barbaric regimes chosen by gullible kavun-eaters?
Anyone till unsure as to why Tamils in the North had no choice but to rise against tyranny of the Sri Lankan State forces?
Dr,Rajasingham Narendran / November 9, 2016
The President on his return from India is reported to have said, as reported in the Asian Mirror this morning (9th November’ 2916), ” He added that he would have let them enter the Presidential Secretariat and let them do as they pleased.
Sirisena added that the police took the measure as a last resort. However, he would have not let them do even that if he was in Colombo, Sirisena said.”
He was of course referring to the incident involving the protesting disabled soldiers.
What a man? What a President? What a country?
What a people we are to have expected good governance and the rule of law under such a wishy washy man!
Dr. Rajasingham Narendran
Kugan / November 9, 2016
Is it cursed for our country or what.its very sad, it’s no more hiding games do it openly give a damn.
One after the other same melody different tune.
They all bunch of crooks.no law for them.he has shown his colour.
He has done the same for his son’s now these alleged murders.
Soon Duminda will be out as well on Feb 4th.
Mevan / November 9, 2016
We have to be grateful to President Maithripala Sirisena for the courage he showed in coming out to contest the Presidential election and help the country to get rid of the Rajapaksas. At the same time, we would be foolish to forget that Mathripala Sirisena was a senior Minister and a member of the Cabinet in that Government for 10 years!
Henry Fernando / November 10, 2016
It is crystal clear the two leaders are trying one too many and it is a blatant violations of all ethics and nay of the very justice system they vowed to protect and uphold.Is it not aiding and abetting the corrupt individuals who are brought before the Law?.The political leaders should do well to remember the Nations that abuse their powers will ultimately become victims of their own methods.This fact we have seen with the fall of the last regime and I am afraid it is being re-written on the wall and if the Leaders do not heed the impending signs and the just aspirations of the majority of the people their days too are numbered.
Lanka Watch / November 10, 2016
Mr. President – You came to power on the promises given to the people
that Corruption, Nepotism & Political thuggery will be eliminated and
and you were the author of the 19th amendment, giving freedom for the
Judiciary, & Police to act independently without interference by the
respective ministers, PM and the President,but after two years in power
this rule is now changed without amendment. Constitutional Council was formed and their decisions are now over ruled by the ministers and we are back to square one.
You have classified, murderers , rapists in the armed forces as war
heroes, just to please the Jnt. opposition, a vote catching measure but at the same time, you are insulting the reputation of armed forces, where armed men and women follow certain good discipline.You have created the 19th amendment, for which you fought vehemently and now two years passed, you, yourself have destroyed it by interfering with the Judiciary in the above case, as the media says. The released army personnel could be a threat to the family of the deceased as he has the support of the President of the Country.
What bogus promises are up your sleeves for the next election ? I
suppose you have none other than what other political parties have
and may have to invent some thing new, based on religion or language
and the easy target will be the minorities.In the next election, you
have to find a majority without the help of the minorities as by then
TNA & SLMP will be sidelined by the people for inaction.
Kumarathasan Rasingam / November 15, 2016
It is all because My3 also has blood in his hands. He along with Mahinda may have done crimes against humanity. If he does not support the establishment assigned to do the dirty work for them his secrets will come out.
It is damn shame to Sri Lankan judiciary and at this rate it is foolish and absurd to expect justice for War Crimes, Crimes against humanity etc. That is why my3 is against any foreign involvement in the War Crimes Investigation.
It clearly exposes the mindset of my3 and it will be damn shame for UN, US, UK, Canada to allow the investigation as per UN Resolution to be conducted only by local judges and prosecutors etc.
Hope the newly elect UN Secretary General will take appropriate steps.