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Exclusive: Leaked Emails From Attoney Hemantha Warnakulasuriya PC To Sonali Implies Rajapaksa Regime Plans To Fix Fonseka For Lasantha Murder

Leaked emails from President’s counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya which are in Colombo Telegraph‘s possession suggest that the Rajapaksa regime tried to use Lasantha Wickrematunge murder investigation for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2010 presidential election campaign.

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

At the end of 2009 presidential election campaign Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder was being exploited by both presidential candidates, with Rajapaksa and Fonseka trading accusations at each other. The Rajapaksa camp through Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Rome, President’s counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya reached out to those close to Wickrematunge including his second wife Sonali Samarasinghe, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

Leaked emails from Hemantha Waranakulasuriya show that he tried to get an official request for an “impartial and thorough investigation” into the death of Lasantha from Lasantha’s family.

After eleven months of the murder, on December 13, 2009, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya wrote to Sonali Samarasinghe; “if you are interested I will do everything possible to bring the murderers to book. If you so wish even I could request the government to have an independent commission comprising of Supreme Court judges or even an international tribunal. But first there must a through investigation by the police. but I need your formal request or approval “

Why did the Rajapaksa regime after eleven months wake up and find that the time is ‘ripe’ for an inquiry into Lasantha’s murder. Was it any less ripe immediately following the brutal assassination?

What the present Regime and the Rajapaksas thought of Lasantha Wickrematunge at the time was abundantly clear. When interviewed by the BBC in the aftermath of the murder, Gotabaya Rajapaksa President Rajapaksa’s brother and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence giggled into the cameras and asked with derision ‘who is Lasantha?”, “why should we care of (sic) him”.

Why did the Rajapaksa regime want an official request from the family of Wickrematunge at that stage when it ignored all its entreaties for an independent international inquiry for one year.  Surely a democratic government under the Rule of Law needs no prompting to initiate an independent inquiry into a brutal murder.

As Colombo Telegraph has exposed President Mahinda Rajapaksa telling Lal Wickrematunge three times that his brother Lasantha was killed by Former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka. If the former Army General was involved in Lasantha’s murder, one may wonder why he was not prosecuted?

That leads to the belief that President Rajapaksa knows who murdered Lasantha. That would also mean that Rajapaksa, in his function as Minister of Defence, knows who committed murder. If this is the case, why doesn’t he inform [the Criminal Investigation Department] and provide evidence?

We published below the email exchange in full;

Hemantha to Sonali

Hemantha Warne < Email address edited out by CT >

Sonali

I belive you will be surprised to receive this mail from me. I think the time is ripe to make an impartial and thorough investigation into the death of my friend Lasantha.

I belive I could help you to uncover this bruthal killing. If you are interested and has no other reason not to do so. Please give me your telephone number so that I could contact you

Thanks

Hemantha

Sonali to Hemantha

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 09:35:56 -0500

Subject: lasantha

From: sonali.  [ Email edited out by CT ]

To: [ Email edited out by CT ]

Dear Hemantha

Many thanks for the note. Yes I agree. However it is my own feeling that the time was no less ripe than it is now for an impartial and thorough investigation into my husband’s death on January 8, 2009 no sooner than when he was murdered.

Assuming (some may call it a misplaced assumption) we live in a civilised society, when is it ever not the time to uncover a crime?

I said as much in my publicised letters to both the then IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne and to President Rajapakse immediately after the murder.

Having said that it is also never too late to bring murderers to book.

I welcome any help when it comes to uncovering the brutal  murder of my husband.

My telephone number is [ edited out by CT ]

Thank you again

sonali

Hemantha to Sonali

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 4:43 AM, Hemantha Warne < Email edited out by CT > wrote:

Dear Sonali

I was trying t o contact you over the phone and left a message in your voice mail. I will be going to Sri Lanka very soon  if you are interested I will do everything possible to bring the murderers to book. If you so wish even I could request the government to have an independent commission comprising of Supreme Court judges or even an international tribunal. But first there must a through investigation by the police. but I need your formal rfequest or apporval

Hemantha

 Sonali to Hemantha

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM, Sonali Wickrematunge <sonali. Email edited out by CT > wrote:

ok noted thanks

Sonali to Hemantha 

From: Sonali Wickrematunge sonali. [ Email edited out by CT ]

Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Subject: Re: lasantha

To: Hemantha Warne < Email edited out by CT >

Dear Hemantha

Thank you for your offer to initiate an inquiry with regard to Lasantha’s murder. While I do not know who killed him, I am satisfied that the government did everything possible to cover up his murder and prevent even a rudimentary police inquiry from proceeding. There can be only one reason why they did this: to prevent those who murdered Lasantha, and those who ordered his murder, from ever being brought to justice. It is no secret that Lasantha too, was fully aware who his killer would be. I already wrote to the IGP earlier this year asking him to initiate a proper inquiry into the murder, but all my request attracted was cheap ridicule from his spokesman at a press conference. No number of Supreme Court judges or international tribunals can make a difference (you yourself saw what happened in the case of the commission of inquiry into the Muttur masacre) if the government and the police cover up the evidence or make a mockery of the judicial process. This is exactly what has happened in Lasantha’s case, where the police are treating the fellow who stole Lasantha’s phone as a murder suspect. So I see no value in your intervention in this matter, for you and I both know who was behind Lasantha’s murder, as did Lasantha himself. Besides, the president too claimed to be a friend of Lasantha’s and to be shocked by his murder. In the aftermath of the killing, he loudly and publicly promised a swift and thorough inquiry. However, for reasons you can only guess at, but which Lasantha himself predicted, no such inquiry took place. There is probably no point therefore in an intervention by you, as well meaning and sincere as you obviously are as a friend and colleague of Lasantha’s and indeed of mine. But nevertheless, thank you for your  offer.

I will always welcome a proper inquiry.Surely a democratic government under the Rule of Law needs no prompting to initiate an independent inquiry into a brutal murder.

But thank you again and I will keep you informed of any developments

kind regards

Sonali.

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  • 31
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    It is very clear…. one (or all) of the Mrs. Rajapakse knows they are married to a murderer.

    :-)

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      more like ALL the Mrs. R’kses know they are married to MURDERERS !

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        Way to go CT – you are censored on account of this story in Lanka today!

        Mahinda Rajapaksa’s chickens are coming home to roost – fast and furious. 2014 will be the year that this criminal regime is brought to book for its crimes!

        Even if the war crimes accusations in northeast are taken out of the picture the Sinhala Modayas in the South need to know WHO KILLED LASANTHA? Who has COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY for killing of innocents in Weliveriya?

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      Wow! what an expose!

      This is really explosive stuff. Congrats to who ever unearthed this expose that will go down in the history of media. An outgoing Sl ambassador in Italy has promised Sonali (read below Pearl’s comments) an inquiry.

      Ha ha! now that is evidence that the Rajapaksas were behind Lasantha’s murder.

      Congrats again CT.

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      Most people of SL are more than willing to overlook murder in exchange for perks, privileges & other political goals.

      True for Sinhalese, Tamils & others.

      Rajapassa wives are no exceptions.

      Poor women are basking in unprecedented, ill-gotten luxury & power.

      Why bother about the ghastly murder in broad daylight of a newspaper editor?

      Cheers!

      PS: Our country has been cursed by blood thirsty criminals. In powerful positions. Ever since Independence.

    • 30
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      Leave me alone I was taught to be ambious

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        Everyone knows how Lasantha Wickrematunge’s wife Sonali [Edited out]

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          This is the tale of the 13 day bride [Edited out]

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      The height of criminal action can only be handled by RRRR wives no
      doubt, as a reminder is –
      [Edited out]

    • 3
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      They also know who murdered Hitlerpassa’s first wife???

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    Premadasa was suspected when Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake et al were assassinated. Although we now know who was responsible. They were orchestrated to create discord among politicians in Colombo.

    This is similar to a popular school prank. Someone from behind quietly slaps the head of two rival students sitting next to each other. He then points the finger at one rival. The two rivals then gets going blaming each other when the real culprit gets away.

    Lasantha’ was a similar strategic assassination by you know who.

    • 10
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      A murder is similar to school prank?

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        @RajasH, that is how Prof. Vibushana breaks down things for his tiny brain.

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      what an idiotic expression is this.
      to make matters worse, Gamini D was assassinated well after RP was assassinated and in the tenure of CBK as PM and DBW as the president.

      please make sure to post correct facts here.

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        You sound like Lasantha’s uncle. Premadasa was widely suspected of a number of killings.

        You must have already forgotten. Although it was later proven to be LTTE work. Your nitwit brain has erased that part of the history. That is why its harder for you to find any parallels.

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          How about Richard de Zoysa. On whose order he was killed?

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      It’s crystal clear that Lasantha was murdered by the LTTE and the whole world knows this. Vibhushana, you have lot of courage to say this. But in order to verify this, we need a regime change first and thereafter an impartial inquiry.

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    13 day bride should do something for her husband of 13 days instead of living of his name

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      Oh you another Rajapassa, please don’t insult a woman. A marriage is something between two people with consent. The problem here is who killed Lasantha. Ask your name sake mass murderer who killed Lasantha without insulting a woman. Who asked the informant ‘ Oluwatada Wedune’ Did he knew abot the plan? Why isn’t there any investigations and bring the murderer before the law?. Blaming SF is just a eye wash by your master. Hemantha himself is a big crook. He is a game for money and power. The judiciary in our country has turned out to be a big farce starting from Sarath Silva. Hemantha’s can help drug dealer killers like Duminda to esacpe the law. All of you can survive and enjoy all the comforts on this earth. You can fool the society but be sure none of these peple could escape from the law beyond death
      whatever religion you are. All you criminals who are above the law
      enjoy untill the day of judgement.

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      Rajapaksa,

      True. Her marriage was abruptly ended by a brutal killing.

      Now go create a decent life for yourself. Unlike trigger happy clan members who bear your name.

      Cheers!

      PS: A decent life does not include boot licking for a living.

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    As I have said ad nauseum Sonali Samarasinghe tore up a happy family during Lasantha’s lonely and weakest moments not caring two hoots for his wife or the kids he adored.

    The Western media extolled her as the virtuous wife whiel Raine and the kids watched silently.

    She is still flying high on Lasantha’s laurels and she mimicks the aggrieved wife. Her scholarships in the US are smattered with Raine (Lasantha’s child hood sweetheart and wife) and the kids’ pain.

    Sonali managed to tear the kitchen towel at its perforation.

    Hope the Western media truly understands what God has united let no man tear asunder.

    We have too many avaricious Sonalis in this world.

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      Pearl,

      The issue here is not about Lasantha getting married to Sonali or for some other [Edited out], Sonali being a 13 day bride. The mothers of these Fuckers though they have lived longer, would have spread for many a dog that passed by, possibly do not know who their real biological father is and happily call some other Dog as father and yet continuing to do so. Lasantha marrying Sonali is their private life and the world is full of such situations. What is unusual is Lasantha’s murder in a so called Democratic Buddhist country, to initiate an inquiry the system requires an appeal from the aggrieved. What a JOKE?

      You want what God has united for no man to put asunder. Then why did God, in your own words, perforate the kitchen towel? Your ire against Sonali is not the issue in point, sadly.

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        Dont talk rubbish when someone famous and is in the public eye of course people will talk about their private life.13 day bride is well known for being the marriage breaker she married Lasantha after breaking up his family when you do things like that there’s no respect

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          Whatever the reason for the marriage and breakup, it has nothing to do with the murder of Lasantha and those behind it. Focusing on their private life has no bearing on the murder investigation.

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        Gamini, Agree with you fully. Disappointed with Pearl’s intervention on Lasantha’s private life when the debate is about his killing. Throws the subject off the track. In fact I think “the time is ripe” to bring Hemantha to book for lying to Court on Duminda’s state of health.

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      Perl

      Are you sayin the killin of Lasantha was a punismen to Sonali for being a bad girl … for steelin somebody else husban? I am confus. plees explane. Thank

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      As a woman I will agree that getting involved with a married man is disgusting I have heard people say that Sonali Wickrematunge broke up a marriage but i didn’t think it was true seeing as how she portrays herself in the media as a moral human rights defending person if this is true shame on her what a [Edited out]

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      13 day bride!

      What family values for Lasantha! :)

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        @hey fatshitma, you do not even have the gall to wipe the dust off Lasantha’s feet. Lasantha on one hand was an amazing human being who risked everything to write the truth. On the other hand, you are a pig who hides in a dark room and writes garbage collecting thoughts from the gutter.

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      pearl,i wonder why Raine was living in australia while her husband was in srilanka.So blaming sonali is unfair.A wife should be with her husband,otherwise what is the point of having a wife and marriage etc.So i think you are blaming sonali unnecessarily when you state “Sonali Samarasinghe tore up a happy family during Lasantha’s lonely and weakest moments not caring two hoots for his wife or the kids he adored.”happy family my foot one thousands of miles away from another on a permanent basis.She did not seem to care two hoots for him and had decided on her trajectory in life in australia,probably for the kids and good on her she made the right decision for them,but you can’t blame sonali and lasantha for getting married because as you rightly pointed out he would have been lonely and it takes two hands to clap and he would have wanted a spouse with him,not thousands of miles away.As some readers pointed out you seem more interested in his marriage than his death.Maybe you like his killers so much you want to distract the readers from the main issue and into some trivia that nobody cares about.Mahinda might send you a thank you letter.

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        Shanker how can you talk about something you don’t even know
        Yes it’s easy for us to look at public figures and judge their private lives but you also don’t know what your saying I have read Lasantha’s ex wifes book and it seemed they had a happy family.
        Yes it takes two hands to clap but if you read the book or looked at why the family left it was because of the death threats and Lasantha W didn’t even live a day with his 13 day bride haven’t you heard that?
        And from what I heard from certain rumors 13 day bride had a hand in it too.
        Yes we don’t know the story and your critising pearl for her comment of changing the subject into LW’s personal life but so are you

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          “And from what I heard from certain rumors 13 day bride had a hand in it too.”

          does she wear a purple shawl too?

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            Device,

            In addition to a purple shawl, is she also sporting a mustache below, then sure she is the one from Secret Police, I mean your Mother.

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    The question is whether under the Sri Lankan system of the Rule of Law, should impartial inquiries and investigations into even cognizable crimes go by favours?Benson

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    The President does not have thte (will)Power to conduct a decent inquiry on any matter, let alone the murder of Lasantha. Shame on the President, he is acting like a ostrich which hides its head under the sand when its body is exposed to the world. What happens to an ostrich?

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    The CT website is blocked here in Sri Lanka from yesterday. What prompted this latest attempt to block CT? Is it this expose?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      No.

      The government doesn’t like to read my comments in CT.

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        no one read your comments in CT.

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          Thats because same old repetitive stuff.When you read one you read it all.I told fart to be innovative.Still the same old fart.maybe brain transplant may fix the problem.

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          RajasH
          But the idiots at LW like to read the comments made by Fathima (Lorenzo)

          LOL!

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        @fartima, no body wants to read your garbage except me who wants to give back tight to a low pig like you.

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        Fatfuckshitma, not only the government but most here don’t give two hoots for your trash

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      Dr.RN,this may be the ideal time because you have some free time to go check on that river basin in the north.That fellow said best ecological way to have provinces with a river basin each and the northern river basin must be up his arse.Since you are twiddling your thumbs at the moment can you go around and see where is the nearest river basin of sufficient quantity so that we can extend the northern province and chuck it in too.If we can’t grab the land from the sinhalese who are stubborn and clinging on for dear life,let us at least grab a river basin.For 2500 years our women could never have a good river bath unlike the sinhalese women who keep on scrubbing themselves in rivers.

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      anytime the site is blocked, access CT via http://www.ninjaproxy.ca or http://www.ninjaproxy.us. it actually hides the ISP as well….

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    Check with current lake house chairman and he knows exactly who murdered Lsantha.

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    MR is Premadasa’s twin in their style of governance, killing people and robbing the Nation. Today all those who were close to Premadasa have got close to MR. This bugger Hemantha Warnakulasuriya is another among the rest including the CJ.

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      Read Gamini’s comment carefully. He is exactly right. RW is the last gentlemen politician remaining. If you want real democracy and openness then he the man to support. RW is unappreciated although he is the only honest political leader left. Sajith and the others will drag the UNP down to the level of MR. They will challenge MR by taking his communal and dictatorial policies even further than Premadasa. So don’t say you were not warned, 2014/15 is your last chance.

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        If there is computer jilmart, there is no chance at all??

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    watch the video very carefully,any one who is capable of understanding the body language will tell about this episode. the defense secretary is shaken listen the voice. it will tell the whole thing.

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    May the curses of all heavens be cast upon the murderers and those who had knowledge of the brutal killing. Hope they all have slow and painful deaths. Lasantha will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.

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    Everyone knows how Lasantha Wickrematunge’s second wife Sonali came to be she is a star [Edited out]

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    This murder was carried out when MR &SF were together. This assassination should be a collaborative action of both MR & SF. Both should face same fate under law.

    We have seen evidence illustrating the crime committed by this regime and the true nature of cover ups through the recent findings from the commissions, emails communications and earthing up of mass graves. The regime believes that they can cover up all crimes against humanity by ethnic and religious politics.

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    13 day bride and insurance!

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    Why Lasantha killers didn’t kill Sonali?

    Very suspicious.

    Fonseka has never killed anyone. He is a god like Shiva. Rajafucksas should be hung for blaming Saint Fonseka.

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    Clearly the videos depicts illetaracy of gota and other rajavassas.

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    I think the present head of state through his cronies would frame anyone whom they don’t like in a criminal case. Wait and see what will happen to PM=DMJ who is no longer in favor.
    About LW, I remember once reading on an english media sunday paper, LW writing, complaining in public that the President had made him a threatening phone call and that he still had the details of the call on his mobile as evidence of his claim. I think it was around 2005 soon after MR became the President. He was allegedly irated that LW published an article that was allegedly considered disrespectful to the first lady. Unfortunately I cannot remember the month or the date, but anyone who could research back into old sunday newspapers might find this article. The reason why I am stating this is to make the point that LW was writing all sort of “I am doomed articles” at different times in his last few years; also many people could have had a motive to silence this man, who seemed to be overstepping his mark as a news paper man.
    Trying to frame SF is just another opportunistic move by his rival political king pin in my opinion. Common sense will tell anyone observing this Sri Lankan circus who is manipulating who.

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    I think CT has become a platform for personal mud slinging. The whole strategy of the fuck-‘O’-shima ad others is to distract readers from the points made by CT or others. This platform should be to have a rational dialogue of what the truth is! Why doesn’t CT have a policy of trimming off of comments such “koheda yanne—- malle pol”

    In this discussion; it should be on
    1. Who killed Lasantha?
    2. Who were the accessories?
    3. Did Hemantha try to frame SF?
    4. If so is he (HW) is he accountable to the law?

    We need not discuss tbe private lives of Lasantha, Sonali or Raine! Even if some of them were Immoral—— it does not justify murder……….. plea to CT….please remove all “malle pol” discussions for the sake of sanity!!!

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      Hemantha should be charged for contempt of court in regard to the Duminda scenario…. once a liar is always a liar… NO wonder the legal eagles are known as ……”Lawyers are Professional Liars” Will the current CJ file charges? Heck NO… Miracle of Asia… It’s because of these IDIOTS who work hand in glove with the regime, that WE Sl’s do not have credibility in the world…

      Time for a South Asian Spring…. that would go viral and to other nations in South Asia..

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      “We need not discuss tbe private lives of Lasantha, Sonali or Raine!’

      Whaaaat!!!! Do you think this is a western website or something?We srilankans like a little bit of gossip like our cup of tea.Come to think of it,not a little bit of it but a lot like lots of chillie powder.How would you like your food without chillie powder Mr so and so delusions bloody hell make your name short.When there is juicy gossip like two and three wives we have to know all the details.We have even infected the west,because they got juicy details of Nigella’s cocaine habit unrelated to the case she was in court for.What say you to that you smartarse if western judges are dying to hear juicy gossip what about us.

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    Lasantha was planning to reconcile his marriage to his first wife Raine and Sonali comes into the picture.. vindictive the woman scorned.If she was getting on so well with the Rajapakses why did she bolt? Fonseka and his men got other journalists including Keith Noyar beaten up.

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    Thanks for sharing,There can be only one reason why they did this: to prevent those who murdered Lasantha, and those who ordered his murder, from ever being brought to justice. It is no secret that Lasantha too, was fully aware who his killer would be. I

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    Thanks for sharing,There can be only one reason why they did this: to prevent those who murdered Lasantha, and those who ordered his murder, from ever being brought to justice. It is no secret that Lasantha too, was fully aware who his killer would be.

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