14 November, 2019

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Exclusive: Gotabaya Rajapaksa Knew Of Abduction Of 11 Youth By Navy

It is now revealed that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was fully aware of the rogue elements in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) that had led to the abduction and disappearance but had not taken any action whatsoever to rein in impunity in the armed forces, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

In a B Report filed before Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday (October 09) based on a statement none other than former Sri Lanka Navy Commander then Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) states that investigators have ascertained that one-time Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa was kept well aware of the nefarious activities of rogue elements of the Navy.

However it is further learned that Rajapaksa had no action to counter illegal and nefarious activities carried out by these elements nor advised highest ranking pro-Rajapaksa navy officials such as Admiral Karannagoda, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and head of the legal section of the Sri Lanka Navy President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando to mitigate these crimes.
There is no doubt in light of such dastard complicity, Gotabaya Rajapaksa would have no choice but to release the navy personnel who had been remanded in connection with the abduction and illegal detaining of the 11 youth at secret underground cells at Gunside, Trincomalee Navy Camp as pledged by him on the election platform recently.

The Colombo Telegraph exclusively reported that when the case was called up on August 21, PC Fernando, who retired as an Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department, appeared after failing to give his statement to the CID on five consecutive occasions, along with a team of counsels led by Nalinda Indatissa PC appearing for him, informing Court that the ex-ASG would not divulge information on the matter, taking cover behind ethics of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege provided for in Rules 31 to 38 of the Supreme Court (Conduct of and Etiquette for Attorneys-at-law) Rules of 1988. According to PC Fernando’s counsel although their client was supposedly agreeable to share information and had requested for instructions from Navy, SLN had denied permission, instructing him not to divulge any information whatsoever over the 11 youth disappearance case.

Sources told Colombo Telegraph that following Fernando’s dishonourable and dastardly complicity in the matter, the Attorney General’s Department too had taken a position of not safeguarding the ex-ASG, informing Court that the Department would neither intercede not appear on behalf of PC Fernando.

The Magistrate had reportedly ordered that notice be issued to Navy in order to ascertain whether it had really instructed Fernando PC not to divulge information and meantime instructed the CID to proceed under Section 255 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) enabling investigators to record a statement from the ex-ASG.

Earlier providing a statement to the CID, former Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Commander then Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda told the investigators that once he got to know of rogue elements in the Navy, he at once informed PC Fernando who was heading the legal division in the Navy at the time, to take immediate action. However it has now come to light that not only Fernando PC failed to take any action but deliberately tried to cover up and hinder evidence by intimidating witnesses, pressurizing the Police to favour slected naval operatives and exerted duress (as prosecutor) in order for his name to be removed (as suspect).

Whilst Admiral Karannagoda was implicated in the case, President Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power in 2015 vowing to resolve these cases, shamelessly promoted Karannagoda to the rank of ‘Admiral of the Fleet’ in mid-August, which was criticized by many.

In addition, the promotion comes hot on the heels of Attorney General admonishing the Acting IGP for not completing and for the undue delay in the cases pertaining to the assassination of The Sunday Leader Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, murder of ruggerite Waseem Thajudeen, abduction of The Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr and the shooting of 17 aid workers in Mutthur along with the disappearance of the 11 youth.Last year, the senior-most serving military officer – incumbent Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijeguneratne’s was charged for his alleged links to the abductors of 11 youth along with Karannagoda for having knowledge of the crimes.

In February 2019, in a bizarre turn of events, CID informed Court that telephone records of certain accused in the case, accessed and available only to the private telephone operator in question has been inexplicably deleted for unknown reasons via high-profile intervention.

This is not the first time that evidence and / or witnesses had been tampered with, in this particular case, as Lt. Commander Galagamage Laksiri who is a key state witness in case was assaulted by CDS’s own security detail in front of none other than CDS himself on November 25, 2018. When Lt. Cdr. Laksiri later arrived at the Fort Police Station to record a statement, naval officers pressurized the Police not to record the same and when the Police visited the Navy Mess the next day, it was found out that CDS’ aides had tampered with vital CCTV footage.
Earlier Admiral Wijeguneratne was arrested on 28 November 2018 and remanded him until the 5 December. Before his arrest, it was reported that the CID unearthed fresh evidence of how Admiral Wijeguneratne harboured and protected Navy Sampath from arrest.

Startling revelations point out that the suspect Navy Sampath who was attached to the Trincomalee Naval Base had resided in the Officers’ Quarters at the base after fleeing lawful custody with the backing of certain officials of Sri Lanka Navy with the concurrence of the incumbent CDS, the CID further informed the Court.

The Police had brought to the notice of the Court that Admiral Wijeguneratne had provided facilities, securities and instructions to the suspect in order avoid lawful arrest.

In addition, under auspices of the Admiral, a sum of rupees five hundred thousand had been handed over to the suspect by Rear Admiral Hettiarachchi from an account maintained by the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, for the suspect to travel abroad.

During the 51-day illegal coup regime, one of the first moves of President Sirisena was to order the transfer of the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Organised Crimes Unit of the (CID) – Inspector of Police Nishantha Silva to the Negombo Police Division who investigated this matter along with other high-profile cases, bypassing the National Police Commission.

Colombo Telegraph reported that Director CID Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne informed the National Police Commission that President Sirisena ordered the transfer of Silva after Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, a suspect in the Navy abductions case, fabricated false allegations against the CID officer at a National Security Council meeting. The move to transfer the CID finally proved to be futile as the National Police Commission made a swift intervention compelling IGP Pujith Jayasundara to issue a backdated letter in order to withdrew the transfer of IP Silva. (By Special Correspondent)

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  • 54
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    Of course he knew. He got the biggest share from the ransoms

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      soman, KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera, …………..

      Exciting news for Gota’s spin doctors, its so happened police found numerous military items from former LTTE member’s house:

      Items found:
      Several types of hand grenades – 5
      A stock of C-4 explosives
      Several types of live ammunition – 230
      Automatic rifle -1
      Magazine – 1
      Detonator – 62
      A knife
      A GPS
      A camera
      Bino
      A Laptop
      Mobile phones – 4
      T-shirt with slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran – 4

      Daily Mirror 13 October 2019

      We were assured by various single handed military officers, Gota, ……………… the armed forces had captured all arms, ammunition, planes, submarines, field guns, ships, boats, ………………………………….. from LTTE.

      I wonder where these lethal military items are being kept/found.
      Has Modi resumed supplying these items …………………. to the Tamils as it appears he is being converted to Tamil Culture, seen in Vesty Saalvai receiving Chinese president in Mahabalipuram, … quoting Kanian Poonguntranar at UN Assembly, ….

      Whats going on?

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        Dear Native.

        Why would Modi do that, when Diaspora dudes have tens of thousands of Pira T Shirts.
        I believe those have become a Collectors Item .
        And if you can find one with Pira’s Autograph . I hate to think how much it would be worth even if Sampathar and Abraham won’t get their Federal Homeland in the North..
        East is totally out now. Bathudeen made sure of that.

        Focusing on the subject matter, how can Dr Ranil, Dr Rajith and Buddy Champika nail Nandasena on these wild allegations, when they couldn’t fix Nande on robbing money from his dear Old Dadddy’s Memorial .

        Or that nice FX source , Avante Garde which Dr Ranil wrecked. destroying that nice earner for the Yahapalana Treasury.. …

        Native did you go to that UNP inaugural rally in Galle Face?.
        I spent nearly an hour peeping into those hundreds of hired private buses to try and spot any of you guys in them.
        Sadly I didn’t see anyone with those ash spots or scull caps joining the Green Shirts. in those Old CTB Buses.
        May be they all drove to the Rally or took Uber to Galle Face..

        BTW , waht did the Yahapalana Govt do with those 3000 Samurai Swords which the friends of Bathdeen , Assath Sally, Mujibur , Hakeem and and Hezbulla were keeping in their Mosques to slash grass in the Garden?..?..

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          “Native did you go to that UNP inaugural rally in Galle Face?.”

          What made you think I waste my time watching the gullible listening to the con artists. Instead I watch them wasting time from the comfort of my hut.

          Modi won’t rest until he converted the country/region into a one nation, one language, one religion, one party, one culture, one heritage, ……………………. state yet you will be allowed to call your little island as the Sinhala State of Hindia. Modi also believes it is Hindia’s responsibility to protect Sinhala Language, Sinhala/Buddhism, Sinhala/Buddhists, ……………………. as long as you too became a Hindian following Hindutva diktat.

      • 4
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        Veddass,

        May be it was Gota who asked Malaysia police too to arrest LTTE operatives planning to resurrect the outfit in Malaysia.

        • 2
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          Hellass,

          It was not Eelam Tamils attacked the coolie Lankawe ambassador in Malaysia. It was TN Tamils living in Malaysia attacked him. That was why New King could not do anything on that attack. Malaysia even wants to expand it on Seeman, though they could not find any connection to that with him. Malaysia has no proof at all of LTTE funds handled by Eelam Tamil after the war. Why Pakistani Imran did say that all over the world 75% murders were done by LTTE Tamils, at UN? Is he thinking that is going to make PM Modi to hand over Kashmiri to Imran? Those Kakas, when Modi gave them on Kashmir, they are taking it on Tamils. The Coolie Kaka Ambassador was beaten by TN Tamils four years ago; it is now only Malaysia searching for evidence on Seeman, when their most friendly nation’s (China) leader was visiting TN? Are they trying to advise President Jinping that Tamils Nadu is filled with LTTE, and hoping to make him cancel his TN visit? Now India wants the Pakistani extremist hiding in Malaysia handed over India. India even has already introduced mild economic sanctions over Malaysia on that issue.
          They say in Tamil “Mamiyarai Koovaththai Marumakal Ammiyilai Theachchvaam”. (Daughter – in- Law ground the stone motor very rough to show her anger on that, when Mother in Law was harassing her.)
          Tell them to keep doing, but Chinese President has finished his Tamil Nadu tour and further this underhand game on dead and gone Tamil Tigers will not scare PM Modi, either.

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          Helass

          You are too parochial to understand the Gota’s stupid game plan and the amount of support either illegal or otherwise he receives from his goons for staging events that is true or fake.

          You should try and connect your brain (if you have one) to your fingers before you start typing.

    • 22
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      Not only he knew he directed it!

      • 6
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        I too agree. Look for the psychology in his maiden statement at the
        PE campaign – protecting himself; i.e releasing those in custody re
        the 11 killed for ransom, as the first priority & urgently on 17th November so that be his first “reward” as elected President and rejoicing in the Navy!!

        Gota is contesting this PE for the one and only purpose – to save everyone in his extended family facing Legal Issues. So far he has spent in millions to the beneficiaries in the Sri Lankan Legal System
        but still shaky. The MR family has no other way out.

        This is where the SB Intelligentsia MUST step in – as similar to
        the statement issued by the University Teachers Federation at
        the correct time prior to 2015 PE that caught the attention of the Sinhala educated Voters. The Forces too have Patriots whose
        votes will never favour Gota as the country`s elected President.
        Gota is no “Hero” vis.a.vis the Islands Democratic Governance.

        List of 50 worst people –( Sri Lankas 2 brothers as No.16 & 28)
        http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history.

        This is the qualification they hold to Lead a Political Party &
        the other to contents the Islands Presidency.

      • 0
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        Bollywood or Hollywood..??

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        Curse on his whole family, children and grand children when he has any. Tears of those mothers will not go in wain.

    • 10
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      Which is worse? Gota knowing or yahapalana knowing that Gota knew and not taking action against the latter?

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      Braking News G.R. organized Typhoon Hagibis in Japan. Unverified sources say that it is Rumored G.R. is responsible for Death of much loved world renowned non violent piece activist and great humanitarian Thiruvenkadam Velupillai Prabhakaran shocking as it may be this could be true.

      • 3
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        Leonard – Oh Leonard, why come up with this canard? Are you out of your mind?

      • 0
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        Perhaps Sajith HD known his father’s killings…Hope he will not do the same…

    • 16
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      Roman Leslie.
      All the evidence led pointed to the hierarchy, who were well aware of this heinous crime.
      The State conspired with the suspects to overturn and misdirect the case.
      Today they hold positions of Power, where they can plan a miscarriage of justice. Sri Lanka needs Independent International Court to investigate. Like the Nuremberg Trials.
      The agonizing wait Of Parents for closure is never going to happen. This is the Land Of never ending Tears.

    • 6
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      Roaman,

      Does body know what Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s cut was? 10 Percent?

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        Amare I doubt he settles for leSs than 60

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          Roman Leslie,

          “Amare I doubt he settles for leSs than 60”

          Great Gross Margins!

          Wow! The Mafia is worse than loan sharks. Is he a Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” of the worst kind, getting guidance from Ganasara “Thero”?

    • 7
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      He knew not only the murder of these 11 but also the followings

      1) He knew who shoot in rathupaswala and killed 3 boys and injuring over 40
      2)He knew who killed Bharatha lakshman, MP Hirnika Premachandra s father on broad day light
      3) He knew and even master mind of killing of editor Lasantha Wikramathunga
      4) He knw also who abducted Ekanaligoda, the catoonist whose wife and two young boys have still been waiting him to return home, though 10 years gone since then
      4) He knew also who extracted the teeth of that murdered Rugby Players before being murdered and hurt his breast bones .. as a butcher would do. They had also been rumours that former President s private vehlicles involved, even directly in that murder.. and with the direction mediation of INCUMBENT president they covered up the investigations. Not a single time, the investigators succeeded getting former president wife for interogations.
      5) He also knew that OVER 40 journalists were guned down and hundreds left the country escaping their lives.
      6) He also knew who murdered those unarmeed prisoners, in number 23… and why they were gunned down as if someone would do it with animals.
      7) This list can go lengthy.

  • 11
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    Attack
    Sling mud
    Attack
    Sling mud
    Still waiting for the $18billion, Lamborghini, gold horse, gold buried in swimming pools and all the other claims you made in 2015.
    Show me the money

    • 33
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      Pussie,
      Any idea who oredred that cold-blooded massacre at Welikada prison, killing 29 inamtes? Right in the middle of our Capital city?
      Cheers!

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        For his better understanding, rephrase it with a pinch of tribalism (otherwise Gotta supporters don’t get it).

        Any idea who oredred that cold-blooded massacre at Welikada prison, killing 29 Singhala inmates?

    • 5
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      Yes indeed. Big stake in Apollo Hospital and overseas hotels etc. Garbage? And Mehendran is still roaming around…

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      Aussie Pomposity

      Please listen to one time close fellow racist partner of Rajapaksas, Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka on the hustings:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OffpUglL7Tc&feature=youtu.be

      We learn every day.

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        Dear Native,

        No wonder our real Inhabitants call him Patcha Ranawaka.

        Patcha Ranawaka couldn’t fool them in 2015.
        I don’t think he can fool them now.

        If we extrapolate Elpitiya, Patcha Ranawaka and a whole host of others will have their work cut out at the Election.
        No wonder these crooks are so desperate to try and lift Keselwatta Kid over the line.
        And give Dr Ranil the opportunity and time, to buy the desperados in Kotte to give Dr Ranil the 2/3 to postpone the Election.
        And sneak in his Homeland Constitution for the TNA in the North.

        Although that will end the careers of these Ranawakas they will have a nice retirement package with at least extra LKR 50 Million in the Bank to supplement the hefty balance from the Yahapalana Car Permits..

        It will be all win win for Dr Ranil as well the Ranawakas in current Parliament.

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Although that will end the careers of these Ranawakas they will have a nice retirement package with at least extra LKR 50 Million in the Bank to supplement the hefty balance from the Yahapalana Car Permits..”

          If I too extrapolate what you typed, then of course I must ask myself a question, why is the Rajapaksa clan so desperate to access total control over the island given that they enjoyed absolute control for 10 years, increased their net wealth in unearned income, also has impressed many who are willing to carry their b***s forever, for example look at G L Pieris, carrying Namal Baby’s b***s, ………..

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        Veddas,

        Ask Patali’s personal assistant…………..

    • 4
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      Good One Aussie.

      Is slinging mud and throwing BS the same?..

      UNP & JHU and the JVP to some extent did it in Bucket Loads to give the suckers Yahapalanaya.
      Now the supplies are obviously exhausted.

      I like Nandasen’s posture.. It is as good as his main Slogan.
      “Mada Natha ….Weda Vithrai “
      Can you please translate it for the benefit of our UNP bros & Sisters here…

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      @Aussie Pomposity, parents lost their children and you disgusting fellow is worried about slinging mud? Who is slinging mud? These are factual statements people are making and you have the audacity to question that? Has anyone pulled your child for no reason out of your home and murdered him? Do you know what that feels like? Disgusting lowlife!!!!!

  • 22
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    What attorney client privilege can he assert when the SL Navy is part of the government. Ridiculous how they are trying to manipulate the system

  • 9
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    Unfortunately the story presented here in this article can be incoherent to a clear thinker and thereby reduce the credibility of it. Nevertheless 11 individuals whose photographs and other details given did DISAPPEAR. This again is like the Wassim Thajudeen, Lasantha Wickramatunga cases where there is no conclusion but only talk of them when it is politically convenient. I am convinced that all candidates fielded by major political parties have the potential of staining their hands with the blood of those who voice against them if and when they are elected. This story establishes a part of my contention that candidates presented by major political parties and even some others have no regard to life.

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    Hang on. All these “Accused” and subjected to Legal proceedings have been PROMISED by the Presidential Candidate of SLPP, that all of them would be RELEASED. This “PROMISE” was made in “PUBLIC. and that “Public” did not utter any objection. So it is APPROVED and that is the “Mahajana Paramadhipathya” (Peoples Power). Even Nagananda Kodithuwakku cannot go to courts to contest it, because that “Policy” is in keeping with his own dictum of approval of a “Constitution” by “Mahajana Paramadhipathya”. All those “Accused” would be able to walk away “FREE” , perhaps on November 17 or 18th the latest. There will be “Street Celebrations” organized by the Navy and other relevant Armed Forces. In additions, the “SLAVE VOTERS” too will COOK , “Kiribath” on the streets. Await to see all the “Merry Making”., while all those “VICTIMS” and their LOVED ONES would have to pray to the “GOD” above. For what?

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      Douglas

      “Hang on. All these “Accused” and subjected to Legal proceedings have been PROMISED by the Presidential Candidate of SLPP, that all of them would be RELEASED. “

      Did Gota surprised you?
      Are you surprised?
      This has been the practice in this island for many decades.
      Please read below what Hopper Sirisena said when he heard some officers from the armed forces and Gota were summoned to the courts on corruption charges:

      Sirisena also criticised long detention of military personnel in murder cases and expressed displeasure at ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and retired navy commanders being taken to court on corruption charges and his not being informed before charges were filed. “President warns investigative arms: Don’t work to political agendas”, Daily News, 13 October 2016; “Sri Lanka president intervenes on behalf of accused military men”, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (www.jdslanka.org), 14 October 2016.

      https://www.crisisgroup.org/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/286-
      sri-lanka-s-transition-nowhere

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        Douglas

        Excerpt:
        Sri Lanka president intervenes on behalf of accused military men
        Print POST 14 OCTOBER 2016 BY ATHULA VITHANAGE
        ….
        ….
        He went on to confirm his claim by further revealing that he objected to investigating military commanders and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

        “Last year army commanders were called for investigations. I expressed my objection to calling commanders who won the war for investigations. A week ago, the former defence secretary and three navy commanders were taken to courts. I express my displeasure for herding war veteran navy commanders to courts,” said the president

        Gotabhaya and the Navy

        Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and three former naval commanders are being probed for causing a loss of SLR 11.4 billion to the government through a private arms deal involving Avant Garde security company.

        Investigating bodies came under heavy fire from the president who accused that decisions are plotted in ‘hidey-holes’ by those pursuing a ‘political agenda’.

        “The Financial Investigations Division (FCID), Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Independent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) is run by a political agenda.”
        ….
        ….
        Douglas I am surprised that you are being surprised by Gota’s electioneering.

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          N.V – take a look at the records as published earlier:

          “Wasantha Karannagoda Com. Navy during the war. Missing youth in 2008 – 2009.
          Kapila Hendawitharana, ex.Chief of National Intelligence. re a Jaffna-based satellite TV Group.
          Jagath Jayasuriya, ex- Army (Vanni) Commander re. disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
          Donald Perera, ex-Air Force Commander/Chief of Defence Staff re the 2006 MiG deal.
          Roshan Goonetillake ex.Air force Commander. Questioned by the FCID regarding the MiG deal.
          Daya Ratnayake ex. Army Commander re Serious Acts of Fraud in EP and Corruption about the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
          Jayanath Colombage . ex Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
          Somatilleke Dissanayake ex Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
          Jayantha Perera ex. Commander of the Navy charged over the Avant Guard case.
          Police DIG K. L. M. Sarathchandra arrested for the misappropriation of a vehicle.
          Police DIG Anura Senanayake – remand for allegedly covering up Thajudeen’s alleged murder.
          Major Gen. (Rtd) Mahinda Hathurusinghe:re Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption re the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
          Major Gen. (Rtd) Udaya Perera & Director Operations of the Army re Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption about the removal of scrap iron from the Kankesanturai Cement factory.
          Navy Commodore D.K.P.Dassanayake. re Missing youth 2008-09
          Directors of Military Intelligence Amal Karunasekera and Major Gen. Suresh Sallay. Questioned. Three Navy officers were arrested and tried for the assassination of parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj but all of them were acquitted.
          F.M. Sarath Fonseka – and ex-DS Gotabaya Rajapakse are also liked to the Forces.”

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        Veddass,

        Key words “President warns investigative arms: Don’t work to political agendas”. This has now been corroborated by Dilrukshi Dias and Suhada Gamlath two very senior officers. That is why people do not take this BS anymore. They were duped in 2015 which they know now.

  • 9
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    Let Gota to feed first milk hopper to the. Main man who came power to wipe the sin now promote and took the sin
    Karma sure will do it’s due

  • 9
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    if this true why and how Sinhalese people vote for him

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    Gotha knows AZ and he has blood on his hand., I wish his daughter die in California, if he comes he will be arrested.

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    The key to understand here is that NGR is an alleged criminal. He has some pending court cases and indictments. Thus he carries a lot of ‘baggage’. It’s only but ethical for him to clear his name before running for the highest Office in Sri Lanka. He has not done that (presumably because he is guilty as charged) and additionally he has failed to address in public, the many allegations levelled against him. Having seen his actions during 2010 to 2014, it’s clear he is not Presidential material and cannot be trusted. Voters, please use your franchise wisely and vote for a young, dedicated and efficient candidate to lead the Nation.

    Realistically it’s race between two leading candidates. Of the two, by far SP is the more viable, educated, experienced, trustworthy, honest and reliable candidate with a vision who does not carry any baggage, although he has been in politics for more than quarter of a century. Furthermore, he is a true Patriotic Sri Lankan unlike NGR who has sworn allegiance to another country. If you choose to vote for another candidate, please make a choice of your 2nd preference in your ballot paper, as that can become critical in determining the ultimate winner.

  • 13
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    They ran a mafia outfit, with hitmen. Do you want it all back again Sri Lanka?

    How many killed, missing, kidnapped, threatened, and no accountability?

    Walk in the shoes of those whose loved ones were the victims of these terrible crimes.

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    The truth of the matter is – Sri Lanka is not a democratic country.
    After we got Independance ethics and democratic values graduallay eroded.
    Now Sri Lanka is a country run by War Lords and Oliarcs.

    To restore domocracy a political party with ethics and a strong political will to restore democracy should emerge.

    And people should recognise the vale of democracy and fair play and vote for them.
    HUMAN RIGHTS should be guranteed for all within Sri Lanka .

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      It was NOT a democratic country before we got independence. It was a horrible Birtish colony where everything was done i n English. Now we complain of Singala being pushe down our throats.

      G. G. Pionnambalam went before Soul bury Commission and explained how the British discriminated against the Tamils, and how the state council discriminated against the Tamils. That is why he wanted 50 seats for the Tamils although we were a minority, and 50 seats for the Sinhalese. Even today we should go back to that formula to have democracy for the minorities.

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        Anything else you need..??

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        Velu,
        Please tell me in what country 50% of seats are set a side for 16% population?

        The the first priority of the British was natuarally the British empire.
        However they had values in governing the country.

        Which is not seen amoung the Sri Lankans – including Tamils today.

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          Colombo Man ,

          ” Please tell me in what country 50% of seats are set aside for 16%
          population ?” Why didn’t we want to be the first in doing that ?
          G G wanted it from ” The Island of Pearl ” . Is it wrong to expect
          the Buddhists to be generous ?

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            Why Why
            This was the miscalculation that ended in disaster.

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          They were not 16% at the time of independence but around 30% of the population that the Sinhalese reduced to 16% within 70 years from the so called independence. Please also get your facts correct. He did not want 50% representation , not just for the Tamils but 50% for all non Sinhalese . This includes Tamils . Muslims , Burghers , Malays and everyone else and all these people at that time would have consisted around 40% of the population and 50% representation for the Sinhalese who at that time were around 60% or slightly more. This request was quite reasonable, as in any democracy minorities are given more representation compared , to their percentage , so that there is an inbuilt mechanism and safeguard against their marginalisation and discrimination by the majority. It is only in Sri Lanka that minorities , especially the Tamils get far less seats and representation than their percentage demands and the majority get a far higher percentage than their population demands. Look at the result. Please to not misrepresent and twist what really happened. Sinhalese are very good at this . Twisting and misrepresentation history. If what G. G Ponambalam had suggested had been given or acceded too , even 45%:55% or 40%:60% this country will not be in a mess now and a haven for Sinhalese Buddhist extremist Fascism or Fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist extremism

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        Velu & Pillai = Velupillai

        “It was a horrible Birtish colony where everything was done i n English. Now we complain of Singala being pushe down our throats.”

        We didn’t have all sorts of things under British Rule.
        However we are enjoying freedom in all aspects of daily life, private motor vehicles freed you from tedious long journeys from A to B, mobile and other networks freed you from using pigeon post, talking drums, smoke signals, …..
        ….. and other things.

        The difference between rule of colonisers and government by the people is that people are free to choose how they are ruled. G G Ponnampalam’s 50 50 demand was too complicated for any nationalist/fascist to grasp.

        Please come back in 50 years time we will have chat about 50 50 demand until the cows come home.

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        Velu ,

        So , T B Jaya is invisible for your eyes ?

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      human rights are GUARANTEED BY LAW.
      Did we have human rights undr JR- NO
      Did we have human rights under Sirimavo – NO
      Did we have human rights under the Brish – NO
      Do we have human Rights under Trump – Hell NO
      Do we have Human Rights under Blair or Boris – Hell No
      Do we have human rights under Putin – Sure we do!
      Dod we have human rights under Prabhakaran -YOU BET WE DID – ask Eric Solheim.
      So guaranteeing anything is not enough.
      we need some one to make the law work.

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        Velu & Pillai = Velupillai

        Please enlighten us.
        Are you living in Trumpland?
        Are you living in Britain?
        Is Putin ruling this island?
        Is Blair ruling this island?
        You stupid idiots voted JR and Siri Mao.
        Were you living under VP’s rule?
        You should ask RP and MR, GR why they had a close financial and other relation with VP.

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      What about Gotabaya’s RIGHTS..??

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    Hope the people in the pic got more than a rice packet to stand with an accused criminal.

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    A carboard veeraya who ran to USA at the height of the war, does not have the guts to face any court, keeps running to Singapore when ever there is a threat of his arrest wants to be the President of the country. If Sri Lankan voters make him the President they deserve what they are going to get .. white van, media person murder, rapists and drug kingpins protected and above all any one who protests on the street will get killed. Unfortunately the Judges in the courts are accessories to Gota-Baya or Baya Gota escaping jail sentence. What are the Chief Justice, Minister of Law and Order and the President going to do about this? At least for the country to know surely that Gota-Baya is not the murderer and a paga king, Premadasa should be elected as President and Sarath Fonseka given the Law and Order Ministry and Ministry of Defense as well, then he will ensure the courts give the correct ruling. If Baya-Gota is innocent that too would be proved.

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    There is no use talk about same old stuff that UNP mentioned before the 2014 presidential election. This government done nothing about that all and even the court cases went through proved wrong. Voters do not listen what ever the government say now. The truth is majority of voters want a steady leader. Even though candidate has a bad name. That is the truth. Do not expect people would vote like in 2014.

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      Charly boy,
      Do you mean the voters will vote with their tummy?
      Instead of brains?

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    lets hope action is taken against sirisena after he leaves office for being party to the cover up

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    Gamini,

    “Of the two, by far SP is the more viable, educated, experienced, trustworthy, honest and reliable candidate with a vision who does not carry any baggage, although he has been in politics for more than quarter of a century.”

    …educated, viable , honest… ??? what education you are referring to? Honesty??? have you seen how SP dish out jobs for boys and girls?

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    a cleanup in navy is essential.That is why gota should not be allowed to become the president.

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    This has nothing to do with Gotabaya, it is a matter for the Navy. Multiple people have already been arrested. The motivation for the arrests was ransom. In fact, this is a gross abuse of the PTA that gives military personnel the right to arrest people without a warrent or similarr permission. Unfortunately, higher-ranking officers will never be charged, the blame will shift to those in the lower ranks. Every military, same pattern.

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      Lester If Gota has nothing do with it why is he releasing the criminals on 18th November morning

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        Ranjith where is your proof Gota is releasing them? It’s easy to speak in hypotheticals. If I tell you I’m visiting the moon next month, can you prove me wrong? By the way, there are different levels of culpability for a murder (according to the standards set by the law). The murderer or murderer(s) get the harsher sentences, accomplices will get a lighter sentence. People who “know” about a murder in advance but don’t prevent it fall into the category of accomplice. Unfortunately, journalists do not discriminate, so readers get carried away and assume everyone is equally guilty. The only reason to hold Gota accountable in this case is if it can be proved he knew the detainees would be killed, but let it happen anyway.
        What happened to these boys is unfortunate, but understand that LTTE was blowing people up, so PTA was necessary. In the end, thousands of lives were saved because the police were able to arrest suspects without a warrant.

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      lester

      karannagoda told the CID that he informed gota that these chaps were in the navy camp.The next day when he sent his assistant to check on them they were missing.

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        shankar, no reason to believe karannagoda, who is one of the suspects. He is trying to save himself. This is what really happened: some lower ranks arrested the 11 youth to get the ransom. They told the higher ranks (commanding officers) the youth were LTTE. By the time the higher ranks learned it was about a ransom, the youth were dead. Anyway, it’s not Gota’s job to investigate the disappearance of every person on the island. That is for the police and CID.

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          lester

          then why has he said in his speech at anurathapura that on the morning of nov 17th ll those arrested will be released.He does not even have any respect for our courts.

          ps.it is very expensive to feed sharks.

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    These mud slinging is becoming ridicules.
    Before 2015 presidential election we believe these lies.
    Accusers had 5 years to prove these allegations.
    Ranil, MY3, AKD, Chandrika, Tamil diaspora and all others had Man Power, Legal Power, Institutions, Professional Support from Overseas Specialists and everything under the sun to prove what they said.
    And nothing came out.
    Gota ia a mam who served his country and fellow citizens beyond expectations.

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    “It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

    William James Durant (writer, historian, and philosopher).

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    ‘Exclusive: Gotabaya Rajapaksa Knew Of Abduction Of 11 Youth By Navy’

    Nothing new here. Most of the Government were aware. Sling mud equally.

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      So. what is the big deal about? Israel kill people and bulldozers their homes fully back by UN, US, UK, Australia, EU, India, Western and Sri lanka Christian NGOs. Japan and most part the world including Saudi Arabia Bunkie Moon, Navy Pillay.

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    What you find inside the Sri Lanka Navy is the same as what you find inside a can of worms.

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    The role played by Shavindra Fernando one-time addl: Solicitor General is disgraceful to say the least.
    No wonder people in this country have lost faith in the Legal system!

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    we all know Gota knew and he is a killer , rouge and ruthless person if he is elected there will be Rajapakse regime end of democracy

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    We wonder how on earth these items are unearthed during an all important presidential election and it is very easy to be understood that the sinister forces and reasons are behind these move. GR and his cronies are trying their maximum to milk as many as possible votes from hardcore Sinhalese vote bank. It is a well-planned drama they stage and pro-GR media are trying maximum to give it as a big story to the voters.
    After two PCs got killed by Saharan’s people at Vavunativu in the east, how the story was cooked to put the blame on one of the rehabilitated ex-LTTE ers and after the Easter bomb blast everything came to light and he was released immediately.
    In light of these incidences, finding some ammunition along with LTTE T-Shirts with some persons is not that difficult these day. These are simply election gimmicks, you believe or not.

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    Native Vedda: No surprise to me at all. I knew this “SATAN” – the “DESTROYER” would be coming from the day one the “Concocted” investigations against him started. The “First Step” was launched with the formation of “Viyathmaga” and “Eliya” by the self proclaimed “Intellectuals” , most of whom are also “Criminals” who plundered the country under the “SATAN” and “MR & Co, Ltd”. Just take a count of the :CRIMINALS” (that include “Big Shots” in Armed Forces) who have rallied with him. Even this “Sira”- the “Mad Man” of the century had to collaborate, if not his life too would have been “Numbered” . Of course not forgetting the PM, that “Ranil W’ the “WORST” known “Crook” who gave all the “Prolonged Life Expectancy” to the entire “ROUGE” “MR & Co. Inc.” That is why some of the “CRIMINALS” were elevated to various “High Ranks” including that “THUG” who is presently on “BAIL” by our “Award Winning” Judiciary. Even , under the “Hammer of Justice” (in the eye of the Public) that “THUG” is continuing to hold the highest rank in the “Armed Forces”. This is only a very “Brief” environment that I assessed and was convinced not “BE SURPRISED” with the advent of the “SATAN” the “DESTROYER” of the “Kaliyugaya”

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    Not only re the abduction of 11, he is also now joining with Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya, Hisbullah, Karuna and Pillayan. He is also supported by SB, Dilan and Bookie King who were kicked out of the Parliament by the voters but come into the Parliament through the back seat – “Pinata Seat” who are now trying to change the politics of the country. I wonder what integrity the Cardinal, Mahanayakes and the peace loving Sri Lankans think about this.

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    Not that knew , but he was the architect of all murders and rapes which took place during the war and thereafter The amount of wealth he acquired during the war and thereafter, he only knew.
    It is a shame that he is contesting the Presidential election and some people are supporting him.

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    I was really expecting a learned analysis of the recent “gamsabaa” election.
    No one seems to be interested- No significance at all I suppose. Or is it a firm indication that SP is gonna win as Mangala S says?

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    Whatever HR accusations are made againast Gota he knows that Jidicairy will give a verdict in his favor. This is why the International judiciary should be involved. Sri Lankan judiciary is biased when it comes to HRvioaltions. Look what happened in the verdict given by Judge Illancheliyan

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