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Fonseka: I Don’t Know,I Don’t Know,I Don’t Know,I Don’t Know,I Don’t Know – Gota Told Frederica

By Colombo Telegraph –

Gotabhaya

Giving an exclusive interview to Sunday Leader Editor Frederica Jansz, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development denied answer questions she posed about Sarath Fonseka. Below we reproduce the full interview.

FJ: Why did the President grant a pardon to Sarath Fonseka? Why now?

GR: I don’t want to answer anything about Sarath Fonseka – no questions on Sarath Fonseka. Even the BBC asked… I said I don’t know anything – it has nothing to do with me.

FJ: Many believe this was done because of international pressure, especially from Washington?

GR: I don’t know. Ask the President – I don’t know – it is nothing to do with me. I cannot comment on that because I don’t know anything about that – I am not interested. I have more work to concentrate on – rehabilitation, resettlement, security in those areas – those are things we have to move forward. A lot of things on development work. I don’t want to get into this unnecessary confrontation.

FJ: But this is the question everybody is asking. Why was Sarath Fonseka given a pardon now?

GR: Nobody is asking these questions! It is only the media. The people are more interested in how we can move forward after the war. This is what I tell everybody, diplomats, everybody! Why do we want to get involved in these unnecessary things!

FJ: Well he was your former Army Commander and he was jailed….

GR: I don’t know. You have to ask the President. I am not interested! I have not known any of these things. I have a lot of work to do… you can see I am not sleeping… there is demining, resettlement… there are a lot of things we have to change. We are trying to bring back normalcy after the war.

FJ: Ok. Can I ask you a question that did involve you? Is it correct that you were against arresting Sarath Fonseka soon after the Presidential elections and you supported the move to grant him a pardon? Why?

GR: I don’t know … I don’t know! I don’t want to comment! I will stop the interview if you continue with this! We have to move forward…. I am only an official. A Secretary. I am more interested in day to day things to move forward you can see the amount of work I am doing… I am fully engaged in these things starting with the main function of security…

FJ: How do you intend to bring back normalcy post war?

GR: We have to change the way we are doing things. For over 30 years we had a direct threat from terrorists; the military was engaged in different ways the police was engaged in different tasks – so now we have to change these things. Everybody expects the military to be out of civilian life that is the main complaint from Tamil politicians and NGOs but still we have to remember our main task is the security. It is true Prabhakaran and the leadership is gone and we have dismantled their military capabilities but still their international network is there.

FJ: What are the chances of Tamil militancy raising its head again?

GR: You can’t disregard this. If we relax, if we don’t take steps to prevent it there is a possibility it can rise again. But from the security forces, intelligence we have to take steps to change the way we operate. Their international network is in tact. You can see how much pressure they brought recently on the government (sic). The international network functions. Even when Prabhakaran was there they supported Prabhakaran. So nobody can say they are democratic organizations. They are very much part of a terrorist group. Unfortunately, some of the international countries have forgotten that these groups are part of the LTTE which was a banned terrorist organization though they try to put on a democratic face. If you go through some of their speeches they have the same goals and objectives of the LTTE…the division of Sri Lanka and the creation of a separate country.

FJ: How exactly do you intend to counter this threat?

GR: We know there are people… LTTEers maybe not at the very top level but lower level cadres have escaped to India – illegally and legally. From there they have moved into various countries. A lot of boats take these people out. In the very beginning two ships went to Canada. Almost all who went in these ships were ex-LTTEers. They are terrorists. From there they are trying to contact people here through the internet and telephone. At the same time they are trying hard even at a very small level to start this organization again. That is why we have to be very vigilant. By monitoring and surveillance. That is why the President said we cannot withdraw the military from these areas.
There is no need now for search and cordon operations or having many road blocks, checkpoints or rounding up people for questioning. That is no longer necessary. But there are other methods to keep vigilant. Especially on the intelligence side – we have increased military intelligence units. We are training them more and more in advanced methods so they can gather information on these affairs and have an early warning. Then we keep an eye on certain people that we know have been engaged in criminal activity. Certain people who have been rehabilitated and released – some have adjusted very well and integrated extremely well… some are working happily in various jobs, some are engaged in their own work. But there are a few people not terrorists but engaged in normal criminal activity. There is a possibility these people may get involved in terrorist activity again. Some of them have married and are now with family so we do not disturb them by asking them to come regularly and report but we conduct regular surveillance and we are monitoring them. So there is a lot of emphasis on this angle. The other method we are doing is we have positioned military camps in certain areas. There are no longer HSZs (High Security Zones) but we have positioned military personnel – camps in very strategically identified places so that we can control certain areas.

FJ: Where exactly are these camps located?

GR: We have positioned some camps so we can control where there are deep jungle areas like Mullaitivu. Then we have positioned naval cantonments in strategic places for example in Sillathurai (sic) – this was a famous place – the LTTE used to smuggle weapons from India – then also at Nachcikuda and on the eastern side of Mullaitivu. Sea domination is a very important aspect.
As you know the LTTE was equipped like our military… they has similar artillery guns, similar mortars, similar machine guns but none of these weapons were produced in Sri Lanka. They purchased them outside in the open market and smuggled them into the country – if we had stopped that route there would have not been this type of war so that is a very important aspect – the control of the seas.
We have created the coast guard to watch the coastal waters around Sri Lanka. We want to get more assets for the navy so they can go beyond into the blue waters and dominate. That is one of the major aspects of our new defence policy. Towards that end we have taken many actions like buying more assets, more equipment like radars to monitor the sea areas. It is not only for Sri Lanka – it is regionally and globally important as there are so many commercial shipping lines that go past Sri Lanka. We don’t want to happen what happened in Somalia with the sea pirates – also the security of the Indian Ocean is a very important aspect and so we are working together with India and the Maldives.
At the same time we are training our soldiers to be more professional – that is very important to have a professional military because we are a nation who suffered this for a long time so we cannot allow this thing to happen again. My thinking is after 2009 we have to move forward – I am talking purely on the defence side. If we allow what happened in the early 80s and 90s it is no use. You cannot allow a low level organization to come up.

FJ: Three years after the end of the war, the country is still facing international criticism. Do you personally believe that the LLRC recommendations should have been implemented without waiting for the international community to force the government to do so?

GR: Actually we have implemented many of those recommendations even before those recommendations came out. Unfortunately we have not projected these things to the international community properly or maybe the international community did not want to see. Certain allegations in the Darusman report were baseless. For example disarming other groups… this is recommended by the LLRC and the international community too brought pressure citing the EPDP and Karuna groups. They concentrated mainly on these groups. But there were many terrorist groups not only the LTTE. Then the LTTE destroyed all these groups but some of them wanted to survive. They were all having weapons and sometimes even successive governments gave them weapons and some like the EPDP and Karuna group supported the government.
But immediately after the war the government decided that the LTTE threat is gone there is no need for these organizations to carry weapons because that would lead to a lot of other difficulties. The government decided it should only be the security that is the police and military that should carry weapons. So we gave them an ultimatum and asked them to surrender. We even did certain operations to recover those weapons. This is something we did even before the LLRC recommendations came in.
Then take Rehabilitation. The rehabilitation process started much before the LLRC report and it was very successful. 11,600 people surrendered to the military. We could have done many things. We could have put them in concentration camps and prosecuted them but the President himself decided it is counterproductive. Because if we had kept 11,600 people in camps just imagine controlling them and just imagine the criticism we would have got. Even in rehabilitating our aim was not to brainwash. Our aim was to give them vocational training and enable them to go back and engage in normal work. We had spiritual programs, drama, cultural and mainly concentrated on giving them skills. It was very successful. Many people commended this program. 955 of the people who went through the rehabilitation program are changed people. I don’t think anybody is willing to take a weapon hereafter because they know the repercussions of the war. So this is something we started much before anybody told us or much before the LLRC recommendations.
Then take the detainees. This was another aspect the LLRC and international community commented on. Over the years mainly last three years when the conflict was going on and even prior to that, the military and police detained various people for various activities – either carrying weapons, transporting explosives, engaging in suicide attacks – on suspicion, people were detained. These people were in various detention camps like Boosa.
So after the war ended there were a little over 4000 detainees. For them also the government decided to go through their activities and select only the people who had committed big crimes like a person responsible for killing many civilians like in a bus or car bomb attacks or attacks and on the international airport, Central Bank, hotels, suicide attacks on railway stations, killing politicians…Except these people we decided to rehabilitate the others. We started with 4000 odd people today we have come down to only 230 odd people. These are things that have not been told to the international community!

FJ: Who is to blame for that?

GR: It is just that we concentrated on doing certain things and not on propaganda. But now we know propaganda is also necessary. We have been criticized about torturing detainees. When we started this program I gave access to many people. The LLRC talks about this – about a database and to give the names of the people being held to the families – we have not only provided them with the names but access to these camps. Yet still… the international community is talking about this database – whereas 4000 odd people we have released them! And we have only 200 odd people.
Ambassador Stephen Rapp who was responsible for writing a report to the US Senate on human rights – when he came here I gave them access everywhere. I provided a helicopter for him to visit the camps because he told me he had no time to go there by road – I even told him to take his own translator and speak to the people. When he got back he commended me on the conditions in Boosa. Unfortunately with all that, he had not written an impartial report. These things I have done even before the LLRC recommendations.
Another recommendation was the removing of restrictions. To remove the HSZs, removing the restrictions on travel…today we have done all that. We have removed the restrictions on travel – anybody can visit these areas – go anywhere including foreigners. We have no HSZs. Other than the cantonments.
Over the years we had many restrictions on fishing. There were areas they could not go. There were restrictions on the size of the boat, the horsepower – the fishing industry was completely destroyed from Mannar, Sillathurai (sic) on the West Coast over to Jaffna Point Pedro and up to Mullaitivu because of the Sea Tigers and the smuggling of weapons. Because of this over the last 25 years the Navy and the government imposed various restrictions. Today, we have taken all those restrictions out. There are no longer any roadblocks.
Another recommendation was that we should allow everybody to go back to their original places. Puthukkudiyiruppu and Puthumathalan where the last battle was fought – lots of people thought we are not allowing civilians to go there because we have things to hide. But this is the remaining place to de-mine and when I reviewed the whole place about a month ago I discussed with the commanders and the NGOs working on demining and made these areas a priority where we are now expediting the process and we will finish the demining in these areas on July 31. Then we can allow the remaining 7000 odd IDPs to go back to their original places – we have nothing to hide. There has been talk that we are hiding these places to conceal mass graves – that is not so. By July 31 we will settle all these people in these areas. This is another recommendation by the LLRC which we are already in the process of expediting.
Then the civilian casualties – we have addressed that issue in a way we thought best. By conducting a survey and not going by arbitrary numbers. The Census and Statistics department conducted this survey and not the military. All the officials who were involved in doing this census were one hundred percent Tamil. Teachers and Engineers were employed to do this. Now their report is out. 7000 odd are untraceable these include the combatants. This is something everybody has forgotten! Where are the dead combatants?

FJ: How many civilians then were killed? Because the government consistently maintained there were zero casualties?

GR: No. that is another mistake. What we did say was a ‘zero civilian casualty’ policy! That was what we were aiming at. That was what we told troops. Our goal was to achieve that.

FJ: So what exactly then is the civilian casualty figure?

GR: The possibility is about 1000 – 1200. But we don’t know still. It is a good thing for you all to go into detail. We have found by going house to house, the untraceable are 7000 odd people.
Now in this there are a lot of categories – most of them are LTTE combatants. This is another important factor. A lot of people who left this country and living in Canada after the war – all those boats and ships that went – there are people in these countries who are reported here as missing! But in actual fact they are there. They are in Canada, Europe, Australia and India.

FJ: A key issue is the implementation of the 13th Amendment. Do you think the full implementation creates security issues?

GR: I can talk only about the police powers. This is something we cannot give! This would be detrimental and not practical. Because ours is not a huge country we are small. The biggest complaint we constantly hear where the police is concerned is political influence. If the 13th Amendment is implemented the police would be divided and come under a Chief Minister. So then can you imagine the political influence. So is it good or bad for the police? So we have to identify why somebody is asking for this. They say because people don’t understand the language and the culture – that is not the answer. The answer is to recruit more Tamil speaking policemen. We are recruiting more.

FJ: As of now how many Tamil speaking police officers do you have?

GR: Right now there are 1600 Tamil speaking police officers most of whom are deployed in Jaffna. We will be recruiting more. There is a small difficulty in that they do not have adequate qualifications – there is a huge problem of getting qualified people – at the same time there is still a little reluctance for Tamils to join the police – but it is slowly but gradually being addressed. In the meantime we have a program for Sinhalese and Muslim police officers to learn Tamil. This is how to address this issue – not by dividing the police and giving to a Chief Minister. There is no logic in that. In fact I asked this from Mr. Sampanthan. By doing this it cannot help the reconciliation process – I don’t see how it can. It will only create unnecessary problems – it is simply not good to do.

FJ: The war is over. What in your view is the optimum strength of the security forces needed in peace time and what are the plans to get there?

GR: This is a very complicated issue. Immediately after the war ended this issue came up when the then commander wanted more troops. We had tripled the size of the army after 2005 but after 2009 they wanted to double that. But the government and most of the other officers also thought it is not necessary. Now, after the war we cannot immediately reduce the size of the military by half. It will create so many problems. If you take the composition of the military 90 percent of the soldiers come from the rural areas. They are the bread winners for their families. In the last three years before the war ended they helped the country and the government by joining the forces despite knowing full well the threat.
They reacted positively to our call and we recruited many and that helped the victory. Now that the war is over we cannot send them home – that will create huge social problems. There is a natural wear and tear – some people retire, leave after 5 years, 12 years, 20 years – in the last 3 years we have not recruited anymore. Instead we have allowed the strength to stabilize. More importantly we have identified how to employ them effectively. We have increased the intelligence units, the engineering services. We have encouraged the carpenters and masons to engage in development work including the building of houses. What we are looking at now is to employ the military in a useful productive way so that it can help the country.

FJ: What are we looking at in terms of numbers?

GR: The number we have right now is not unbearable – it is a fair size. The army is a little more but we can employ them in other ways. On the other hand I think we should increase Navy personnel because maritime security is more important. That is how gradually we can ensure the security of Sri Lanka. This is the mistake we made earlier. We need more assets. More ships… and at the same time we will be training even the army to be more skilful… more professional.

FJ: It is well known that many military commanders made hundreds of millions of rupees during the war and no action was ever taken against them. Even this government has been sitting on Justice Shirani Tilakawardene’s report of a former Navy Commander making multi million rupee deals. In any case corruption is rampant in the country today and no action whatsoever has been taken against any one of them. Why?

GR: It is easy to say – but when you go into detail it is not possible, especially in the military. The reason being – somebody can say one item purchased is not good somebody can say it is good. Anyway these are things that happened prior to my taking over. I don’t want to get involved and waste time on those things. It is not easy to go into these. Though the Justice Shirani Tilakawardene report has certain things, I heard a different story – So unless we again start a court of inquiry to go into these – certain allegations just cannot be proved. So it is not useful in my opinion. But I do take action on certain cases – even recently I sent a few officers out for some issues of corruption. You are referring to one officer but within this period a lot of officers have been charged and court martialed. Nevertheless, corruption in the military is now very much less. Procurement is not taking place… There is no point going into these old cases.

FJ: There are waves of abductions taking place in the country allegedly in white vans. Recently some of the abductors were identified as men from the army.

GR: No! Not a single. This is again a misinformation. If you can tell me that incident I will explain.

FJ: When the Chairman of the Kolonnawa Pradeshiya Sabha was nearly abducted.

GR: The commander clarified that issue. In this instance the Chairman of the Kolonnawa PS mis-identified the men. The army men went there to apprehend a deserter. A soldier. It was nothing to do with him. But this man had gone there for a meeting and his security was an ex army personnel and he wrongly identified these people – and the Chairman came out and created an unnecessary scene.

FJ: Why are these abductors not caught? There are so many incidents of abductions.

GR: We have a caught a lot of people! So many people! The thing is the media is not reporting these things! The police spokesman comes out and tells these things but the media does not report!

FJ: But there are lists of names – of people who still remain missing. How come the police cannot trace them?

GR: Recently there was a website – Groundviews which reported 59 names of missing people. Out of those 59 names 13 were completely bogus.

FJ: What happened to Prahaharan who was abducted from outside his home in Wellawatte? To date he remains missing. Neither have his kidnappers been found.

GR: There are some cases – if you go through the names – this is what the media is not saying. Most of them – if you go through the history of these people… they are rapists, murderers, these are underworld criminals. Now in the underworld there are many rival groups. This is the easiest way – saying abducted and putting the blame on the government. Now if you study most of these people -Welle Sudha – where is he? He has vanished. We suspect he is living in India. The wife goes and says my husband has been abducted. Whereas he is living nicely in India and operating. Thel Bala! Living in India. Ice Manju – living in India! Ice Manju, some say, has changed his physical appearance and is back in Sri Lanka. But when his relations say a white van took him the media reports – diplomats ask me if this is an abduction! There is always another side to every story. But the media reports only one side.

FJ: what happened to the two JVPers who were abducted?

GR: They say they are abducted. Kumar – we don’t know if he was here or if he was not or if he was in Australia – the issue is a missing man is missing! Ha ha ha! This is a joke!

FJ: There was the case of Jeevan Kumaratunge’s brother-in-law being abducted. He was released according to reports, only after the President or someone from the Defence Ministry called the driver of the van in which he had been abducted. He later thanked the government for securing his release. Why?

GR: Why should we call?

FJ: Exactly. That is why I am asking you the question.

GR: Why should he thank the government? It is very unfortunate because the media reports and tries to project a white van theory – giving the impression that every abduction is carried out by the police or the army. The bad thing about that is the culprits use that as a cover-up! So any group can carry out these abductions and put the blame on the police or the army. The culprits are at large. The media does this to throw mud at the government – these abductions are either for personal reasons or it is carried out by the underworld.

FJ: My final question. Why have the killers of Lasantha Wickrematunge not been found yet? Are we to believe the police are this impotent?

GR: If you want to help me, do so!… We conducted many investigations. I can give you the details of all those investigations. If Lasantha’s wife, or Lasantha’s daughter or you or anybody can help us and tell us to question this person we will…

FJ: But we are not the police.

GR: That is the thing. But you all are trying to become the police.

FJ: Well we are not professional investigators. Why can’t the police investigators function in this case?

GR: It is not easy. It is not easy! Not only in Sri Lanka! In many other places in the world there are certain things; if there is insufficient evidence a lot of things have not been solved!

FJ: So are you saying you lack sufficient leads to find Lasantha’s killers?

GR: A lack of information. A lack of leads – there are many murders we were fortunate to solve but at the same time there were certain we could not solve. I do not think it is because we are not putting any effort. Sometimes people do not know how much effort we are putting. Now for example take the museum. Every day I am trying to get a lead, direct police in different directions but we have not got a single lead into that! But on the other hand there are cases we have solved. Like an old lady who was murdered in Kolonnawa recently, then a robbery in Colombo last week, then the Kahawatte murder… which was a very difficult case. There are things we could solve but unfortunately there are some we could not solve because there is no lead! Take Janaka Perera’s murder. People put the blame on the government. At that time even with the war on,
I still put over 100 police officers to investigate. Ultimately we solved the murder and captured the people who were responsible. So there are things we could do and at the same time there have been cases we could not resolve. If you see the effort that we put on Lasantha’s case – unfortunately we could not get any lead into it.

FJ: Despite the fact that the mobile phones used by the killer squad were traced and 17 army personnel remanded?

GR: No! No phones were traced. No! No! No! That is in a different case.

FJ: No it was not. They were remanded on suspicion for the murder of Lasantha. The Director of the TID himself told me that…
At this point another officer in the room explained to The Sunday Leader that only one army officer was held on suspicion for the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge together with five other civilians but released due to a lack of evidence.

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    DON’T KNOW DON’T KNOW KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT DRUGS AND DISAPPEARINGS.

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      Obviously Gota the white van Goon was opposed to the release of General Fonseka – from the tone of his denials here! MR the politician however knew that the international community was waiting for some sop – so the General has been released. So he released SF and got an invite to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! What a joke the EU and British govts that like to grand stand on human rights are! The main issues of militarization of northeast and war crimes by MR are being swept under the carpet to enable MR to host the Commonwealth Heads show next year and spend billions of rupees extracted from poor people in Sri Lanka who have to pay the bill for the Rajapakse regimes showy life style!
      Gota the goon claims that he does not sleep and is working hard here, The fact is that he has no QUALIFICATIONS to be doing development in Sri Lanka and would have been unemployed in the US if not for his brother MR who kmows how to win elections in a corrupt political culture. Like his brother Basil the uneducated tourist lover, both do not have a basic degree or qualifications and know nothing about SUSTAINABLE development or economics. They are simply doing short term big budget capital and kick-back intensive white elephant infrastructure and increasing the already huge deficit which Lankan taxpayers have to pay for! What Lanka needs for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT is HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT and investment in EDUCATION AND RESEARCH and investment in PUBLIC TRANSPORT rather than luxury cars for car racing! If the economy is as suscessful as they claim why are people queuing to go to work as demestic slave labor in the Middle East which these Rajapakses are encrouaging as the foreign exchange earned by these poor souls may also subsidize the Rajapakse life style of tamashas and shows!

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        Quite right! Gota the goon DOES NOT KNOW the meaning of DEVELOPMENT which as Nobel economist Amatya Sen defined in his book DEVELOPMENT AS FREEDOM is esseantially about enabling human beings to realize their capabilities – this is way too abstract for them!
        These two Rajapakse Bros. tweedle dee and tweedle dum who lack basic tertiary education claim to be doing development but they DO NOT KNOW what it means! What a comedy DEVELOPMENT has become in Lanka with tweedle dee and dum in charge – a means to loot the country thorough huge kick backs for white elepant infrastructre projects by the Hambantota Rajapakse Bros and related cronies! Ant guess what the World Bank is subsidizing the Ministry of Defense via the UDA. The WB and IMF should be shut down having failed miserably to foresee or address the international financial and debt crisis and for encouraging Rajapakse’s muderous Defense establishment while forcing poor people to pay for it given depreciating rupee and rising cost of living!

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    I don’t know why ehema wenne ay..?

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    During the war also he said “Don’t know”. This might be his main problem that he doesn’t know anything. We are now compelled to believe that not only Gota’s war was done by “Thadi Priyantha” but also this “particular war” has been done by someone else.

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      Sathya

      Can you write some thing like that man?

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    This despicable character is the one who pretended not to know who Lasantha Wickrematunge was, after he was murdered. He asked who Lasantha Wickrematunge was? So how can he know anything because he is the person responsible for all the killings and disppearences and now trying to play innocent.

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    The decision to discuss matters with nemesis Frederica is something Gothabaya R must be given credit for. The many “I don’t knows” are symbolic of his insecurity and lack of confidence in articulating his thoughts in English. He fears he will be caught off the wrong foot again. He cannot be faulted for this. He carefully avoided answeing all questions re. Fonseka’s release. What one gathers from the interview is the Rajapakses agree the troop strength must be reduced in the North to win the confidence of the Tamil people and assuage the international community. But what do you do with 250,000 extra soldiers – breathing down the neck of the regime? The Tamils of the North-East should not be made guinea-pigs here. It is the regime’s self-imposed dilemma. They ought to come out with the solutions.

    Senguttuvan

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    This is exactly what is wrong with these uneducated, uncultured bastards! Chandrika was dead right! These Madamulana donkeys really don’t know anything about governance or military. What they only know is murder, theft and plundering! They have tarnished and destroyed this once beautiful and respected island! They must be made to pay for this crime!

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      ””you can see I am not sleeping… there is demining,”’. NO DEMINING.
      UNDERMINING.
      HE CANOT SLEEP,BECAUSE WHAT HE HAS DONE COMING TO MEMORY >
      SO HOW CAN SOMEBODY DONE CRUEL SINS abductions, murder, theft and plundering! IN THIS LIFE , CAN SLEEP HAPPILY.

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        Seruwila Sena

        We all can sleep well especially the kids in this country because they know their parents will be definitely back home safely after work becuase no LTTE blood suckers balsting bombs every corner.

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    Sengutt is incorrect to say that Gota had a problem with the English language and that was why he did not answer any questions on Fonseka. The reasons are that there is conflict among the brothers about Fonseka’s release and what has to be done as far his political and civic rights immediately.
    They feel they are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t, since they do not want to do the right thing by Fonseka and his family/supporters. Gota seems to be at a loss, and does not have the courage of his convictions, regarding Fonseka as SF enjoys street support from the Singhalese and many in the military. (silently).

    Is this the Gota, who wants to be and claims to be the War Hero, as promoted by Thadi Priyantha (really Boru Priyantha) in his new book?

    Credit to be given to Gota for an interview with Sunday Leader? Common here. The Rajapakses indirectly owns and controls the Sunday Leader, and that was the reason the interview was given, especially after the several court cases of the White Flag incident, which landed both Fonseka and Fredricka in waist deep of …………. waste. The lengthy interview there was not a word of the White flag incident, which only a few leaders and hundreds died, but hangs like a “Sword of Damocles” on the 4 US citizens, Australian citizen and diplomat Palitha Kohonne and even UNSG’s chief of staff Nambiar who was on the loop, including his chat with KP from the Jordan airport. (Let him dare deny that story?)

    Strangely, Island Newspaper or Thadi Priyantha (Boru), did not interview Gota and nobody among the Singhalese have interviewed Sarath Fonseka. That is incredible as they all practice self imposed censorship, being Sh……….. scared to give any promotion to SF. Everyone knows what happened to Fredrika with her last interview with SF, and I hope she now goes with her note book, witnesses, and recorder for interviews, without asking us to believe she goes “Athha Wanna Wanna, P…… holla holla”?
    lol . LMAO.

    Gota interview has a few confessions, lots of distortions, blatant lies, deliberate misleading statements to put it mildly. Of course with a lot of coaching from PR experts from Qorvis Communications, Patton Boggs USA, and Bell Pottinger UK, Gota kept his cool except when Freddy mentioned the word Sarath or Fonseka and he nearly went ballistic saying I don’ know, I don’t know, or I don’t know why like the popular Gypsies baila – I don’t know why!

    More later, and I have written a short note on the other article on ITAK about the lies, and damn lies. Nothing looks bright for the Rajapakses despite an invitation to the Buckingham Palace together with over hundred heads of state. MR with his white sarong will stand out, and already he is the best known alleged war criminal in the world, beating out Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Pinochet, Gaddafi and Milosevic.

    And no charges has even been filed, and doubtful it ever will be charged as long as he is the head of state. At least he is the only one who is alive among those mentioned above and there are others in Syria, Egypt, Congo and Sudan who are fading from the limelight compared to the Rajapakses who are the leading stars of the War criminals stage.

    Strangely, the Rajapakses blame the LTTE terrorist in the diaspora, for their troubles and justify state terrorism, military rule and a police state for all the Tamils with even full electronic surveillance assisted by the Israelis, KGB, Iran, China, RAW and Pakistan.

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      Donald J.Gnanakone:
      You missed detailing the manner in which the Rajapaksas took control of The Sunday Leader.

      In case you didn’t know, one of their primary “launderers,” Asanga Seneviratne, was taken to the Bank of Ceylon by the eldest of the presidential progeny where that financial institution was ORDERED to deliver a Rs. 100,000,000 UNSECURED loan to him to “invest” in The Sunday Leader.

      The fringe benefits to the launderer is the fact that he is free of any criticism for his disgraceful behaviour both at Sri Lanka Cricket (V.P) and the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (President), with the likes of TMK Samat (the Leader’s senior sports writer) maintaining a deafening silence about the shenanigans at those places.

      That’s the way the cookie now crumbles at The Sunday Leader!

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        @Anti- B-S. You are correct. I did not want to go into too much detail into the transaction. I am known to all parties involved on a personal basis, and bless the soul of my friend Lasantha. May he RIP.
        How these deals are done over his death is unimaginable and sad.
        May be Lal and Fredricka had no choice, and Sonali here in the US did not know or was even consulted.
        I wanted to try and keep to the subject matter and issue on Gotta’s interview, gross distortions and blatant lies. He is only fooling himself and part of the Singhala people.
        All are not Khonde Bathapu Chinno.
        Road building, drain cleaning, dredging lakes and canals are great sources of income to the private sector of their own choice. (ie Friends/relations/cronies). The kick backs will be over 30% or even more depending on the awards without tender. It will be like the Hambantota Projects and road repairs/building nation wide.

        Yes, the government agencies/departments would not get the jobs because they cannot give kick backs, and additionally they will screw it up. Since the army is already paid, and have most of the equipment, and 100,000 extra men they should be put on the job to clean, beautify, dig, and dredge. (May be Navy). Someone in the future have to pay back the World Bank with the $213 Million dollars, with interest and in dollars… WB won’t want to take over the Beirra Lake or some road in lieu of payments and interests?

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      english can not defeat terror sinhalease has done it donald.keep writing long comments.

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        Nor can Singhala cure State Terrorism, which is the root cause of the problem, and now the only cause in 3 years!!!!!

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          srilanka much better than 70s in chicago the gosl might legalize guns if tamils require and three years back you enjoyed in usa the poor tamils suffered.

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    Most probably some PR agencies from UK or US advised him to say I don´t know, I didn´t know, I never heard etc., not to end up like Mladic

    What is the reason for his immigration to US if everything so fantastic in SL?

    How many tons of gold from tamil IDPs are “invested” in his
    “supermarket” in US?

    Vegetarian in terms of his own food, a butcher and a canibale by his role in SL

    3 simple questions,

    Why do you still abduct people?
    Who is your potential enemy today?
    Why do you militarize SL society?

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    Get sf into power and punish these raja horu.. otherwise these criminal crooks will destroy our economy and our country.

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    Do we have a dumb fool with a stutter acting as the Defense Secretary who stutters, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know” like a baby yet books are written on him with wartime credits?

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        He should publish his comments in his own name, he uses the name of a SL diplomate who was an ambassador for Germany for 3 years

        We have plenty of casie chetties, chalvanayagams, ponnambalams and the worst thing is if you read the first word of their comments everyone can identify these sinhala chauvinists

        POOR GUYS!

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    This is exactly how a leader should answer when it comes to past issues that has no value for the future. As the Defense Secretary, he has more work to complete than go on answering questions on a matter now he considers is out of his hands. Well said. Let’s move forward.

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      You are right my friend. He has more questions to answer that the lady reporter from Sunday Leader, whom he terrorizes.
      Justice and Truth will prevail one day!

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    To all:
    Please stop referring to the Rajapaksa Siblings as Tweedlee Dee and Tweedlee Dum.

    The are, in fact Tweedlee Dumb, Tweedlee Dumber and Tweedlee Dumbest.

    This must be the only family in the world with four mentally deficient and morally deprived siblings!

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      Anti B.S.

      Remeber these socalled dumbs got rid off the worst terrorits pest the son goat VP and his blood sucking LTTE monkey army. These Rajapaksas; are not that dumb. Even world super power US cannot do it in Afgan and these westerns super forces have been bogged in a bloody mess.

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        Please do not desecrate the soldiers who got rid of the terror menace that these dummies are trying to take credit.

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    Q: Why do you respond to every questions by murder and disappearances?

    Gota: No!..No!..I don’t know..I don’t know

    Q:Did you order the killings of white flagged PoW’s?

    Gota:No!.!No!..I Don’t know..I Don’t Know!

    Q: Did you order the killing of Lasantha?
    Gota: Me? Ha..ha.. I don’t know.. I don’t know!

    Q:Do you know it is illegal to shell any hospitals?
    Gota: That..I know ..It IS legal!

    Q:Where is Prageeth Egnaligoda?
    Gota: I don’t know I can’t tell you!

    Q: people call you ” The King of kidnap and Ransom”. Do you approve?
    Gota: I don’t know.. I don’t know..but I am the king

    Q: Do you white van people?
    Gota:I don’t know I don’t know..but that’s a nice word. I give you that?

    Q:Can you say “yes” or “no”?
    GOTA: I don’t know.. but If you want yes or no I cannot possibly continue this interview.

    Q: Anti-Social Minister Mervin Silva publicly claimed that he killed Lasantha and threatened to break the limbs and bones of everyone he regards as traitors by him. Why not arrest him?
    Gota:I don’t know..but good on you buddy Mervin..

    Q: Your brother’s cabinet is full of under world gangs and vicious murderers. Is that right?
    Gota:I don’t know.. But if you say so..May be.I know I am..

    Q: If you don’t know anything, do you think you are fit to be in the cabinet?
    Gota: I don’t know but people don’t think straight.. like Mad max. easy to fool them.
    Q:WHAT THE HECK DO YOU KNOW THEN?
    Gota:uh! That’s a good question. I know how to get people killed,how to lie through my teeth,how to steal, how to kidnap above all I know how to run a 7-11 store.

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      Dear A-Gowrie

      I am sure Gota knows what exactly happened to the blood suckeing terra leaader VP in Nandikadal mud bath.

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    Have mercy. People have black outs.

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      Yes Tamil people have more black outs than others. Try remembering the bombs that killed a lot of civilians. I know that is hard for you people.

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      Hey Anu

      Do not forget your beloved blood sucking LTTE terrorist leader VP got the best balckout in Nandikadal mud bath.

      Every SL think that was the best bloack out even better than SL Electricity Board.

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    Ant-B.S. is right on the ball. The Royalty cannot be faulted if they manouvered to silence the S/Leader – Machivellian style; sans violence. The question is they used public funds (BoC) in an environment when the Opposition is toothless. Any any rate, in the Lankan kind of democracy even if Harsha and friends raise the point in Parliament the result will be zilch. It is unfortunate – in the given situation in the country – if the S/Leader has also fallen prey. But that could well only a battle lost. The silent War of the people – short of food, forced to pay high electricity rates, impossible transport costs, poor education to the kids, a Health system that is virtually zero, unemployment of gradudates and others on the rise, medieval law and order system to mention some of the probelms minus the serious mess in the diplomatic front — will continue in different ways. The deception of the Tamil-Tiger-Diaspora bogey and deception is losing its sting. The Sinhala electorate is beginning to learn they have been taken for a ride on the National Question – far too long.

    Senguttuvan

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    Why do people waste their time interviewing morons like Gotabaya Rajapakse who knows nothing but working at a seven eleven shop in the USA. In his various interviews you will gather that he is very shallow, and is more suitable for the laws of the jungle. So Sri Lankan’s move on please and ignore this so called Gotabaya from the jungles.

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      So who should she had interviewed who is not a moron? Ranil? Mangala? Sarath Fonseka? Pakiyasothy?

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      Better than Kamani who relies on dole (in Western world) funded by hard working people. Shame on you!!!!!!!! Gota at least worked in 7-11 and contributed to the US society unlike you – dole bludger..

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    Well if the Opposition is toothless regarding the Sunday leader acquisition, will Fonseka together with Tiran Alles, Mangala, Arjuna Ranatunge, and the JVP take on the issue of how SL was acquired with the use of public money and front man Asanga?

    Will Fonseka even comprehend the economics to sustain such a debate?

    Anyway, before all that Fonseka needs to answer all the questions regarding the military involvement in the murder of Lasantha and subsequent cover up, silencing of the culprits using Prof. Rohana Gunaratne visiting the jail and buying their silence while negotiating the deal.. These are the Singhala Terror experts?

    There are 2 crimes here.
    1. Murder
    2. Cover up and suppressing the investigation and evidence.
    We all remember how long it took to release the Inquest Report. Months. The murder weapon was not guns without bullets/exit wounds, but “Cattle Prods” which does not make any noise in the middle of the road, in broad daylight? (9.30 AM).
    Strange Lasantha’s driver was on sick leave that day, similar to God Father movie/book. (ie No witness ).
    The 4 motor cyclist dressed in black rode into the army camps nearby.

    What a disgraceful Singhala army!!!!
    But the Fish rots from the head and not the tail.
    Head of the army, military intelligence and the Secretory!
    The President and Minister of Defense should also take full responsibility, for the actions of the army and the Police for lack of investigations/cover up.

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      So get all your drug money and buy the Sunday leader Gnana. You have like the Jews a lot to complain about! So the more papers you buy the better for you. But Elaam? PIPE DREAM matchang.
      WAR CRIMES? Another pipe dream. Now they are intersted in Syria and all the horse dung is there.
      BBC was caught out passing out pictures taken by an Italian journalist in Iraq as if they were Syria.Like the Channel 4 Killing fields. Those lies will be demolished one by one. Take my word for it and they will hang you for the crimes committed by the LTTE and those of the UNP as well.

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    Gota can avoid answering on SF but “I don’t know,Idon’t know” is an answer that everybody knows.

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    what happened to GOTA’s security man
    [Edited out] When they leave power the countries wealth will be hidden in China Japan Singapore etc etc.May be in the name of bogus accounts. Wait for the empty shells.But then there is always something called KARMA. What you sow what you reap.

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    One of the articles published in CT especially by Frederica Jansz, our superwoman of the nation we ever had, was commented by the most people

    Normally the sinhalese extreamist block writes their comments, Tamil diaspora responds and they insult each other. This is the usual scenario at CT

    But in Gota´s matter there is noone, really noone, even the last sinhalese chauvinist, writes something favourable to support this man

    WHY?

    In previous interviews he was very arrogant, the last interview made by BBC we discover he can have a different voice as if someone has removed his vocal chords.

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    Vasu – The Havilland BBC interview with Gota was yet another ridiculous affair that goes further to advertise the man lacks education, diplomacy and honesty. Tamils in numbers in Hambantota?
    Does he think others are as crazy as he is. And the comment “it is easy for anyone to go into India” will not go unchallenged from the Indian side. There were other diplomatic ways of making your point here – but this power-ebriated man simply does not have it. As to sending a large number of Sinhala officers to the Jaffna District and argue “this is one country anyone can live anywhere” he
    once more exposes his stupidity. Suresh Premachandran answers this
    point by charging Gota personally for personally engineeering the demographic reality to reduce the Tamil presence even in their own areas. There is sufficient evidence to charge Gota with racial-cultural genocide in the appropriate forums in due course.

    Senguttuvan

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      There is sufficient evidence to charge Gota with racial-cultural genocide in the appropriate forums in due course.

      Senguttuvan

      Tamils have the habit of making so called fashionable statements not comprehending the difficulties in bringing such charges via expensive attorneys, and such allegations have hardly any precedence. GR is a US citizen and there are enough evidence to bring this matter to US courts where there is clear jurisdiction. Bruce Fein dropped the ball, and so has TAG, TGTE, GTF and others, but they keep making all kinds of grandiose statements.

      This is “low hanging fruit”. From GR’s latest interviews after the release of General Fonseka, he exudes new arrogance and confidence, but does not want to or too scared to talk about Fonseka, White Flag murders, # of civilians killed. Giving vague answers to specific questions or threatening to cancel the interview, shows his insecurity, lack of confidence and fear!

      Despite such interviews, this matter is not over yet. There will be independent investigations, prosecutions in the US, and possibly some action via the UN. (Not the ICC)

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      Senga

      What about [Edited out] like Donald Gnanakoon. He has bolld in his hand too. Remember – “Those you live in galss house do not throw stone at others”.

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        @Walpola. I have no blood on my hands.
        It is the Rajapakses, Fonsekas, JHU, JVP and those tens of thousands of Singhala civilians who rioted, looted, burnt, raped, molested, tortured, and stole during the 1983 race riots who have blood in their hands.

        The crimes committed in the concentration camps holding 310,000 Tamil civilians under cruel and inhuman conditions committing rapes, tortured and disappearances have blood in their hands.

        So are the para military, home guards, and the “Grease Devils”…

        So are the Buddhist monks who cheered and blessed all above.

        I have never advocated killing Singhala civilians and half the Singhala political parties know that. In fact, even the SLFP never accused me of it either. It is just some street jhonnies!

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    Yes, If Ranil, SF, Mangala or even R Sambandan were to be interviewed rather than these uncivilized, uncultured bastards something worthwhile and valuable would have been come to light whereas when you dig muck you would discover and smell only filth and stench!

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    Looks like we have a new court jester after the ever nincompoopish Mervyn has been sidelined. Whenever I need a quick comedy relief I google for Gotabaya and watch his ever funny stupid comments. Hilarious. What a fool.

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