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Gota Pardons Sunil: Why?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

At a time when the entire population of Sri Lanka and the whole world is preoccupied with finding the means to escape with minimum damage from the deadly effects of a health and economic crises, caused by Covid-19, also termed as Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus by Epoch Times, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) has picked this moment of despair and despondence to grant a special pardon to an army butcher Sunil Ratnayake, a former staff sergeant, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 after a thirteen year trial, for murdering eight Tamil civilians including four children in Mirusuvil on 19 December 2000. This pardon is mind boggling to say the least, and deservingly met unreserved condemnation from all right minded individuals and institutions, both nationally as well as internationally. It is not only an insult to the families and the community of the butcher’s victims, but also a blatant interference with and callous disregard to the country’s judiciary.

The erosion of the principle of separation of powers, an important pillar of democracy, started in Sri Lanka long before GR came to power. GR’s immediate predecessor Maithripala Sirisena for example, twice granted pardons, first to a Buddhist priest imprisoned for contempt of court, and next, to a murderer sentenced to death for killing a Sweedish teenager in 2005. Now, in the hands of an authoritarian GR, that erosion seems to have reached a new low. His authoritarian measures in handling the Covid-19 calamity, although should have started a few weeks earlier, did, no doubt, receive kudos even from his opponents. Compared to her neighbours Sri Lanka has done well so far. Let us hope that the country would come out of this pandemic with the most minimum damage. So, why did GR decide to tarnish his reputation by pardoning a convicted murderer? Kuma David raised this question, but left the answer in abeyance (“Why Did Gota Pardon Sunil Ratnayake?”, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2020).

One could think of two possible reasons, one political and the other personal. Politically, GR is desperate for his clan’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led Sri Lanka Nidhas Podujana Sandhanaya (SLNPS) to win the forthcoming General Election with two-third majority. That majority would guarantee him an opportunity to radically revise, if not totally abolish, the current constitution with its controversial 19th amendment. He has been complaining for long how that amendment is restricting his ability and willingness to transform Sri Lanka into a nation of “prosperity and splendour”. GR’s ultimate goal is to be an all-powerful executive president, as originally envisioned by JR. From an authoritarian position GR would emerge as a dictatorial president. This is why he allowed nominations to continue uninterrupted amidst the spread of the Coronavirus. He would love to have the election as soon as possible with less opportunity for the opposition to mount any consolidated campaign.   

GR is fully aware of and openly acknowledged the fact that he became a President solely with the backing of Buddhist supremacists. It was their money and campaigning that swayed Sinhala voters to elect him. Even though none of these supremacists now clamoured for the release of Ratnayake, GR’s unilateral interference and meddling with judiciary would have certainly gone a long way to pleasing his backers. As he already announced during the presidential campaign that he would release all those army and police personnel languishing in prison on trumped up charges, more such pardons could be expected from him in the future. Certainly to the supremacists, GR has proved his mettle by the one single and daring act of freeing Ratnayake.  

Recently, there was some grumbling and dissatisfaction among a group of maverick monks that the GR-MR duumvirate was not going far enough towards creating a Sinhala Buddhist polity and economy and was breaking some promises it made earlier. These monks have also formed a new far right political party, Ape Jana Balaya Pakshaya (AJBP). GR is trying his best to thwart their attempt and keep intact the Sinhala Buddhist vote bank within the control of SLNPS. Thus, there is politics behind Ratnayake’s release.

Besides, there may be a personal reason behind that pardon. It arises from a feeling of guilt. After all, Ratnayake and other army and police personnel who are locked up in prison are not the architects of their crimes but acted as instruments and carried out orders from a chain of command. At the top of that chain was Gota himself. It was “Gota’s War”, as captioned by Chandraprema, and it was Gota who masterminded how that war was to be fought and won. Therefore why should the architect remain free and become president of the country while the ones who carried out orders be punished? This question must have pricked Gota’s conscience and made up his resolve to free all of them. Ratnayake is his first choice and beneficiary. 

The Tamil community of course would be hurt by the President’s actions. To GR however, it is not a problem politically, because very few Tamils would vote for SLNPS. He has also decided already that in his modelled Sri Lanka of ‘prosperity and splendour’, Tamils would be excluded politically if not economically; and, in the eyes of the supremacist backers, Tamils as well as Muslims are not the owners of this country, and therefore they are simply disposables.                         

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    Very likely the reasoning behind that.
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    1) Kudu TV channel -AKA HIRU TV has collected all the evidence to stand against Gota , Mara, and his family over the years.
    2) Kudu TV channel AKA Hiru TV Owner s background is drug trafficking…. go back to their initial days, today, no matter, and ounce of credibility of what they have been spreading through their TV from dawn to dusk, they just irresponsibly pass them to the nation; So they are just second to that HIGHLY abusive DERANA TV channel, which came into being through Gotas and Rajaksshes black money in MR regime
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    3) Prima facie evidence is there, that Kudu Channel anticipates GOTA and his men to release – current prisoner, former MONITORING minister to MR regime, by name Kudu Duhuminda SIlva, who should long have to be hung by his balls, if all these crimes were perpetrated in a civilized society.
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    Not just Perpetual T company, but through Kudu Dhuminda etc Rajakshes financed their campaigns by self-glorifying their leadership. No matter, even if MOUNTAINS of evidence are seen, nothing would stand on their way when KUDU Channel spread – Aggrandizement of Rajakshes. This is seen as a symbiosis between Rajakashes and Lanken locally held MEDIA mafia.
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    Now by HAVING released SUNIL R… or th elike, Gotler led groups tried to check the situation in the society and how would it be, if Kudu Dhuminda would be released by 1 May 2020 or before.
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    Not even SO POWERFUL SKIN heads wearing sivuru uttered yet a single word against the release of barbaric Sunil Rathnayaka. Mahanayakasa re shut their mouth pieces.

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      I think it is unfair to attack TAMIL community at this critical juncture of the nation that have been fighting for COVID 19.
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      If my son or daughter would have been murdered by Sunil Or someone, nobody can stop me taking the revenge on the the criminals. I think regardless of my race, religion, this is a provocative act of a tastless man.

      Where is the respect to the COURT verdicts in this country. May all gods be on the side of the victimized… and punish these guys.
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      Gota – Karma will take care of you soon than later.

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          Gota ( criminel) came to power with bouddhiste monks and racistes sinhalese people.as hé promises hé releases all thé criminels,
          Who Cares Thïs deadly virus ?

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        Simon De Silva,
        “If my son or daughter would have been murdered by Sunil Or someone, nobody can stop me taking the revenge on the the criminals.”

        Did Sinhala tax payers waste their money and time to promote reconciliation?

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          The Sinhalas do not pay axes. They are Government Servants warming seats in offices, farmers and soldiers killing minorities, It is the minorities who do business and pay taxes

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        Dear Simon,
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        Your comments are always honest and fearless. I share the feeling of outrage that so many have expressed, but yet I don’t believe in any supernatural power that will set all this right.
        .
        Yes, mine is a bleak and pessimistic outlook. However, I am glad that there are persons like you who will always speak out in support of what is right. Be strong in the knowledge that there are others who are grateful for your consistency. Whether all that will get us anywhere – that I don’t pretend to know.

        Thanks for your kind comments.

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          Dear Sinhala Man, .

          Nice to read from you though after long time.
          :
          Take good care of you sir ! Today I got to watch a video clip added by a virologist (a renowed professor in virology/Berlin) who predicted already in Jan 2020, that there will be no such numbers of COVID-19 Victims. But his is broken as of now. So, the danger before all of us is huge and beyond estimations.
          Please take good care you… the older adults depending on theiir immune system, could end up being caught by the virus killing them easily. THat is the case in Lombadi region in Italy. PEOPLE down ther ein SL are not aware of the ground reality of Italy. What is being telecasted is not the true story. Their current situation is based on numerous factors also not forgetting the size of their elderly people in their their population is really high.

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            Dear Simon,
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            I have lived for 71 years.
            I don’t think that that was enough time to do all the things that I wanted to do. But what’s to be done?
            .
            Even without this COVID thing, I couldn’t have expected to live another 71 years. More like another 20 years – maximum. Yes, you are right. Droves of people of my age will start dying quite soon. I’m likely to be among them. There’s little that I can do to take care of myself.
            .
            I’m relatively well off at this moment. My age cannot be changed. I’m the sole inhabitant of a smallish house in which eight people seemed to live at all times when we had tenants. The house is well-equipped. I’m taking seven tablets daily. If I manage to meet the nephrologist, he may remove four of the tablets – hurrah! Both times, I let all the other patients go ahead of me – so he was not under any pressure to finish quickly. But how can I now meet him? I don’t have his phone number or email address. Finding them won’t be impossible, but it may be difficult. “The Ideal Nursing Home” in the town is where I had channelled him, and they will know. The guy’s name was Udara Ratnapala.
            .
            We rather liked each other during my two brief meetings with him.
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            tbc

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            Continuing . . .

            Well, I hope that he really likes me. I told him that he had been to a “parrippu school”, (Royal College) and that all members of the medical fraternity want us old fellows to live long so that they could thereby make more money. He agreed!
            .
            Actually, I did most of the talking. He knew about the Oedipus Complex, but didn’t know the play by Sophocles; so I had to explain it to him. He knew the medical condition known as oedema, but didn’t realise the connection with the play. He hadn’t even heard of the Electra Complex. More teaching by me!
            .
            We agreed on one thing; in a more balanced world, he’d have to pay me, not vice-versa. But the Nursing Home had rules which had to be obeyed. I’m poor, riding a battered motor-cycle. He had a car that looked new. But that is life!
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            Panini Edirisinhe, aka Sinhala_Man

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          There are Always some Sinhala Gentlemen in Thïs beautiful country.thank you sir Silva for your brave statment and please please lookafter you and your family from possible Violent réaction from criminels well supportés by higher authorities
          But Gota should Know and understand that there is no Sri Lanka without Tamils.This Islande belongs to sinhalese Tamils and Muslims but not to Bouddhiste extrémistes monks.

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      A better question is why not.

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    To give his experience to others

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      To give next president post to Sunil. Sinhalese will only elect mass murderers of Tamils and Muslims.

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    “Gota Pardons Sunil: Why?”
    Because Sunil saved those People from being attacked by the Corona Virus!

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      Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksha was appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence after much later from the date of this crime.Therefore l do not believe that he is in any way responsible for this heinous crime.Hence I am in agreement with the first reason given by Dr Ameer Ali for awarding presidential pardon to this convicted butcher, but I am not in agreement with the second reason given by him for the same

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        Wipula,
        You may be right in the time sense. But it doesn’t change the basic fact of the Rapist Army’s cruelty .

        The internal reasons of incidents are only for political process & analytical purpose. So, Dr. Amir or Prof. Kumar can be right or wrong on that analysis. The obvious outside morality in that action is wrong; that is releasing a convicted criminal, especially under curfew time, when the country is reeling in pandemic infection. It clearly shows the man on the throne is less worried about corona virus affecting his fellow citizens other than his worry of how to please them with only minimal effort and milk the votes. Only spinning story writers comes here to praise this dictator as putting efforts to controlling the virus.

        Last two days I see an Ad on the New York TVs, intended to keep people inside the houses, made out of Governor Cuomo’s press interview. Earlier State government closed all unessential business and asked people to stay in home. Governor passed a park where youngsters were in their social gathering. He very sharply criticized the youngsters in the press meeting, in casual words not connected but colloquial sentences. His eyes, face, mouth & everything moved much more sensual than Sivaji Ganesan to show his disappoint with youngsters.” I am serious; this is not a time we have normal life”. I wish some TV would pick up this Ad and relay it in Lankawe too to educate people. That is Governor Cuomo.

        I tried to attach a link showing how the Telugu Police was smashing people went to Mosque. But I could not. Remember this is not ISIA training camp, a mosque in a village. That is Hindutva educating people not to get out of home and gather in social meetings. In all Western countries performing artist are playing in their private environments to relay to the living rooms people lockdown and donating the collection to reliefs. This is the difference between modern civilization and the world’s oldest religion.

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      Hamlet

      Are you sure?
      Then why do you need Gota, Kamal, Shavendra, what for?

      You mean the country need Rana-virus to concur Corona-virus. Well who is going to protect the people from Rana-virus?

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        Dear Native,

        I hope you are in Self Isolation without any contact even with the Missus.
        And doing exercise and building up the immune system , instead of worrying about Nande , Kamal and Shvendra who are now fighting the Corona Virus….

        My Elders tell me that is what the Australian PM has ordered his inhabitants to do, if they are in that over 70 category….

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “I hope you are in Self Isolation without any contact even with the Missus.”

          Well what do you think what we should do?
          In your case as a loner you can sleep comfortably in your own bed, have a drink or two, and gloat how the Rana-viruses and the Sinhala/Buddhists have been doing a good job.

          Using the current extraordinary state of emergency and despair Basil is planning to take over the entire network of retail trade, under his (clan’s) control. He will force state owned SATHOSA to price its goods in such a way it will go out of business and establish his own family owned monopoly of nationwide retail shops. I am sure you will still batting for Dr Nanda (DSc) and his clan.

          It appears one of the Mahinda’s brats is allowed to import essential Corona related equipments and medicines al be it at exorbitant price.

          As an established b***s carrier to the clan, you should start defending the brat.

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            KASmaalam

            By the way, is Kamal patrolling the streets in one of his imported Tanks, sticking his head out of its top exit/entry door, ceremonial sword in his hand, singing patriotically “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to please his president American Nandasena (DSc), ….. fighting Corona-19 one by one, ….. ?

            Like his American President Trump Dr Nandasena Gota (DSc) also has gone silent. I am surprised to hear that during the war your brethren Thesiath Thalaivar (pseudo Tamil national Leader) VP prescribed chlorine based pills to members of LTTE and the people of Vanni.

            Like your brethren VP, has your present day ජාතික නායකයා (national leader, தேசிய தலைவர்) Dr Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaska (DSc) developed/discovered any new medicine for Cornavirus? If not why was he awarded DSc by Colombo uni and MSc by Madras University?

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    Curfew violence that is coming out looking for food has no leniency than any other.

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    What this ruthless criminal did was reprehensible, and any leader should be disgusted by it. He truly deserves the sentence he got. The mere fact that this man was pardoned, simply shows that Gota is looking out for those he gave orders to, and taking care of them. It also mean GR is okay with the brutality of the crimes, His supporters however don’t care, because it was not their children who was tortured and killed this way.
    It is sad we have leaders like this in our Buddhist nation. Where is the compassion for the victims and their families? Is it because they were Tamils?

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      Gotta revels in crimes and also because he is of very low IQ he cannot comprehend anything that goes in the country. He has now paved the way for Food Riots when there will be mass looting and destruction of properties and Gotta will order his so called forced to shoot the mob. Mob violence is building up. He wants action,the blood thirst in him has no barriers a psycopath that he is digging his own grave. Buddhism is a facade to dupe the masses do you think he can recite one single verse from the Buddhist theology. He is full of unadulterated shit

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        NAKia

        Brilliant.
        Thanks for keeping it brief.

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    This is the Devil taking care of it’s own. If you look at the past months, you will see these ruthless war criminals being given top posts (like Shavendra Silva), put back in charge of vital departments, treated like heroes, or pardoned. The Man who issued the orders to kill, is now trying to reward those who did his bidding. We have seen the Rajapaksa’s reward loyalty time and time again.

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    The Mirusuvil Massacre took place in Dec: 2000. Gota was then in the USA.
    His sibling MaRa came to power in 2005 or thereabouts.It was only after that Gota parachuted and landed in Srilanka to head the War Machinery.
    Therefore Gota could not have possibly given the orders.
    Besides, Gota does not have a conscience that could be pricked! The whole nation knows his psyche!
    So, the question Why did Gota Pardon Sunil Ratnayake? assumes other overtones.His backers todate have not even uttered a gentle chide!
    Possibly, he is testing the waters for the release of Dumminda Silva, who had no direct role to play in Gotas war but is widely believed to have been trafficking in Drugs. It could be a little Dicey for Gota to release Dumminda in one go.

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      US govt pardoned war criminal Lt Calley for his part in MyLai massacre. 400 or more unarmed Vietnamese men, women and children were shot and killed. Only Lt Calley was found guilty though several barbaric US military personnel were charged with crimes. Barbaric Lt Calley of US military was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment but served only 3 years and pardoned by then US President (Nixon). US justice on full view. Sunil Ratnayake paid a bigger price serving 5 years. Sri Lankan justice is at a higher level than US justice.Murderous, racist Tamil terrorists have been pardoned too for more serious crimes. Nothing unusual about Sunil Ratnayake being pardoned. Perhaps it’s a presidential privilege.
      (My Lai was one of many massacres and rape of unarmed civilians by US military in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Germany. Are there any US military personnel in jail? No!)

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        lal loo

        “US govt pardoned war criminal Lt Calley for his part in MyLai massacre. “

        USA invented the following:

        Google Duplex
        3D Ocean Farms
        Tesla Model X
        Lab-Grown Burger
        Fitbit
        iPhone
        Twitter
        YouTube
        Facebook
        Bio-Artificial Liver
        Segway
        iPod
        Human Genome Map
        Wi-Fi
        Google
        Predator Drone
        Smart Pill (not viagra)
        Photoshop
        Hubble Space Telescope
        Stealth Bomber
        Disposable Contact Lenses
        3D Printing
        Macintosh Personal Computer
        Space Shuttle
        The Electronic Spreadsheet
        Digital Cameras
        Voicemail
        Cellphones
        Magnetic Resonance Imaging
        Universal Product Code (UPC)
        Personal Computer
        Laser Printer
        Lunar Module
        Taser
        ….
        ….
        ….
        All these and more were invented between 1969 and 2019.
        What have you(Sinhala/Buddhist fascists) invented that USA and other countries have copied, mimicked, benefited from?

        Tell us about some clever things that you and your fellow a******es discovered and contributed to the world at large?

        Perhaps new and innovative ways of torturing people, …… rape and blame the victims, …………….

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          Native …Native.. The most ridiculous argument I ever heard.

          They also invented the nuclear bomb and many more mass destructive weapons and does that mean they are entitle to massacre and murder and get immunity for the crimes too.

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            NAK

            They invented almost all the modern weapons in this world. I agree Nuke is a form of madness (mutually assured destruction).

            The point is Sri Lanka had no culture of invention (apart from manifesting different shades of racism, aggression, violence, bigotry,…. ) yet the state tends to kill people mostly innocent in large numbers with borrowed technology and weapon system.

            Killing is very very ……………….. bad. Killing with borrowed technology and purchased weapon systems is bader.

            In essence the smart patriots and their b***s carriers must stop gloating about how they killed Tamils and start spending time and resources inventing things and sell them to USA.

            There is no pride in borrowed technology.
            USA invents.
            This island full asses who borrow technology from outside, kill their own people and blame others.
            Why don’t you get your asses to invent Nuclear bomb and nuke whom you think are your enemies.

            The issue is about granting impunity for a mass murdering psychopath in this island and not about American Nuclear Policy.

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    justice in Sri Lanka is conditional..? you can interpret this conditional justice in many ways. I leave it for you that…

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    By claiming “Tamils homeland” in Island by TNA +LTTE terrorist and are blaming for Sinhalese-Buddhist by lost their “homeland” has become new fashion of modern Politics of Tamils in Island . But illicit immigrated Tamil community of living Island migrated from Tamil Nadu was their >real homeland> is no other than current Republic of India.
    The origin Sinhalese race was name of as in pre-history period had been migrated from African Continental This race called as Home Spain over 125,000 years before being Island .
    Well More than hundred thousands years of evaluation that Race had been settle down in south Part of Island in very incepations. The Balangoda skull has sufficient proof to be given ongoing archaeologist research by Archaeologist of base of scientific facts time being.
    We have to have more facts and ongoing researches on Heleya origin and development of their civilization last centuries .
    What the doctrines of “homeland of tamils” were and how they develop make fascinating story. They provide most exaggerating and most extreme political groups that certain weird beliefs and theory in the eyes of observers in the mainstream politics of democratic society by TNA, TULF and Federal Party since 1950 tees.
    The claim of “homeland” itself Tamil Nadu is politically which si Separatism by Island to be divided on racial Roots. Which that so-called “Tamil homeland” is an undermined the Territorial Integrity of Republic Of Sri lanka, This so-called political demand has has been reveled Tamil separatism which is illuminate by discarded National sovereignty & Independence of Island Republic came into being 1972 May 22nd.
    Indeed Tamil Sepetrism and Islam regional autonomy by Muslim Religion extremism that both are apply by mode of struggle of Terrorism of Rule by GUN politics island since last 70 years. LTTE launch War politics by 30 years.

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    Displays a complete lack of decency and deficit of moral values. Absolutely a disgusting action which only shows the extremely poor character and brutality of this so called president who is not worthy to hold this position. No respect for the law so how can you expect this country to prosper. will be seen by the international community and all respectable decent and law abiding people as a criminal and scumbag who has got to this position but is certainly not fit to hold it. Piss on you.

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    He did this cheap, vulgar act to show the Sinhala race that he’s their superman of a godfather.
    LordvBuddha’s gift to sad, sorry shitty Sri Lanka.?
    =
    as he has a liability of a brain, he does not have the intelligence to comprehend that there are more decent Buddhists than the petty-minded racists in this sad, sorry shitty land.
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    none of the other rajapuk’s or their closet gang murderers have opened their big stinky traps to applaud this kallathoni of a war criminal for his disgusting, putrid action.
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    so till after the elections which he dreams of being a victor, he will not release any multi-faceted criminals and if the sitting and shitting on their tiny midget brainless clueless Sinhala votes will once again get carried away with the rhetoric of their false racist propaganda.
    =
    if he and the SLPP become the unlikely victor’s, kudu silva, the tangalle rapist of a shotgun-wielding murderer and many others will gloriously receive the kallathoni war criminal’s pardon of a signature on a single ply toilet paper.
    =
    it is already an underworld paradise and the only thing missing are the white vans.?
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    disgusting hellhole to be in.?, R. J.

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      Your hate will burn what you try to save!

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    Ugly racist Rajapakse apologists on this forum like Eagle Eye and S.C. Pasqual, take note…

    These Rajapaksa lowlifes have overseen and ensured the degradation of morals among the Buddhist clergy and the Sri Lankan military, and the tranishing of their collective image by protecting bad eggs and criminals within the ranks of the above mentioned.The Rajapakses have also used these two groups to carry out their dirty work and crimes.

    The Rajapakse clan is an utterly disgusting mafia family that has singlehandedly corrupted the psyche of Sri Lanka, capitalising on the lack of a strong moral compass in too many Sri Lankans.

    No amount of economic development is going to make up for an undignified society with so much injustice ..

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      Eagle Eye would eat shit of Rajakashe on one go. The kind of so called educated people to fall that deep is the wonder of this nation. Sinhalaya modaya kewum kanna weeraya.
      I think our people should finally learn to see it right. This Eagle Bp would not stay live longer for sure, he is becoming a pain to us all. Always the same, about his hero men Rajaksahes. How can a man who lives in Australia to see it like that ?
      From morning to evening the bugger would utter all loads pleasing the backsides of the Rajano.

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    The current understanding is a covid infected person can spread it to 500 people in a month time. If you take all precautions it can be cut down to 2.5 . Got it. Today I saw a comment saying all this are just a “mass hysteria”. That is 600, 000 people getting infected and 30,000 death for an Stupid Lankan is just a “mass hysteria”. With this in mind now see what is happening with Rajapaksas. Started with one and they gradually multiplied into hundreds and now in thousands , (siblings, family,relatives and their realives, families, in laws, financiers, crooked businessman,Wimal, Vasu , goman and rest , military appointments in all civil services) slowly but steadily taking over all positions, sectors and portfolios and now more than 50 % of the public are under their spell, where at any cost wanting to hand over more power and Rajapaksa are aiming for 2/3 to complete the epidemic. This will eventually see the rest being either destroyed , wiped out , disappearing or leaving country. Now which one is bad Covid or the Rajapaksas.

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    GR’s immediate predecessor Maithripala Sirisena for example, twice granted pardons, first to a Buddhist priest imprisoned for contempt of court, and next, to a murderer sentenced to death for killing a Sweedish teenager in 2005.————-

    This is wrong. MS executed his power to pardon prisoners three times and not twice. The first criminal pardoned was an LTTE terrorist who were arrested for setting a bomb to target Maithreepala Sirisena. While GR’s action is despicable it is also interesting, similar condemnation is not shown by CT crowd when LTTE terrorists were pardoned.

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      Sach, aren’t you comparing apples to oranges?
      1a) Sunil Ratnayake, a sadistic murderer of a civilian family including young children who was convicted and sentenced to death, reaffirmed by the highest court in the country.
      1b) Jenivan Sivaraja was arrested in 2006 accused of being part of an attempt a year earlier to kill Mr. Sirisena, but was only convicted and given a 10-year prison sentence in 2015 by which time he had already served 9 years; let’s be clear that he wasn’t sentenced to death and was released after serving 10 years. He didn’t require the pomp and pageantry of President Sirisena’s pardoning ceremony. Nonetheless it was a great reconciliatory gesture by the former Pres Sirisena setting the mood for peace and reconciliation in this country.
      2a) Sunil Ratnayake is a sadistic murderer; whether he was the most hateful racist or he took sheer pleasure in mutilating and dismembering these innocent family is unknown. But we know he did not shoot these people down in the line of duty or threat. He is still a threat to the community at large.
      2b) Jenivan Sivaraja was involved in a politically driven civil war. He wasn’t a sadistic deranged individual nor danger to the community at a time LTTE was already destroyed and government undertook rehabilitation of the LTTE soldiers.

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    Why Gota pardoned Sunil? Because Gota and his men believe his boys in the army should not be subject to any punishment as they suffered a lot in ending the war. Any crime they have committed is either collateral damage or a massacre that could not be avoided. While I do acknowledge collateral damage cannot be avoided, massacres of civilians which is not related to war by army soldiers should be given maximum punishment. It is a war crime, no doubt abt that.

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      The most important aspect of this case is, while it must be proven beyond any doubt to be handed a death sentence, how come only one person is proven to be guilty while all the other accused were found not guilty?

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    Just like the current Covid crisis answers are many. The recent election results are encouraging and has given the confidence, that without minority support they still can win elections. Rajapaksa believe if they can pull enough disgruntled SB voters from SLFP,UNP and other parties they may get to that magic number. Even though they may not get an outright 2/3 , closer the better, because MR has proven his ability to porch members from other parties (remember MS saga, now with current status of opposition ,it is much easier). How ever it may be disgusting there are non SLPP SB,s who rejoice this decision. Other wise there is nothing standing out between now and elections for people to switch their choice. Hence in a way it is a desperate move, and message behind this is “what ever may come we are with you/SB “. By doing so some of the military men who are thinking of giving evidence against them (like Nishantha) will be put in conundrum. Her the message is much clear “if you go against it will be of SF,s fate if you are with us, “a guy sentenced to death is now free to live his life”. Other reason is what you had already mentioned which we are seeing right now with Trump who was never a right wing nationalist but HAD to change because of the finances, support he got from them. Desperate situations call for desperate actions. None of them expected Covid to come in between their success . From now on nothing can be expected to help with their re- election bid. (if at all it will be negative). I guess Covid was never in their original agenda, which seems to have shattered their dreams.

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    people think corona was brought by nature to punish this kind of unscrupulous law enforcing authorities. no one is going to correct themselves. we need some supernatural power that is non-existent.
    -dayal

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    Ameer Ali,
    “He has also decided already that in his modelled Sri Lanka of ‘prosperity and splendour’, Tamils would be excluded politically if not economically… “

    Did Gotabhaya Rajapakse tell you that he has already decided that Tamils will be excluded politically if not economically? Do not talk BS based on assumptions.

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      What a BP you should be Evil Eagle Eye ?.
      .
      What is your problem ?
      .
      Even 10 year old school boy would see, releasing a massmurderer would be a great mistake, unless done by a mad person or not ? Please talk to you own conscience and come back to us again !
      .
      Entire world is grieiving today, not being able to face up the COVID-19 crisis, – with everyone psychology turning out to be that anxious….. day by day, but incumbent president, to release a mass murderer ?
      What could go through the heads of the victimized families ?
      If I were them, I would not control myself at all. I believe i am just normal srilanken… though living out of the country for such a long time.

      What d you expect by having provoked the victimized rather than serving them with due justice ?.
      :
      Can we as a NATION ever be peaceful one another… if verdicts of high crimes would not be taken serious ?: What would the interntional community feel towards lanken JUSTICE sytems ?

      Just get your lessions from your GRAND CHILDREN, then they could guide you to open your sealed-off demented little brain.
      :
      may gods be punished the criminals, even if stupid leaders block them.

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        Angered sinhalaya

        Mass murderer of killing 500 Sinhala police officers is living freely in our society. Did you open your mouth then?

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          Of course yes. ‘

          We even stood against JVPrs while they were killing the innocient studs in late 80ties. But your sanity would not allow you attack anyone even if your family would have been met with terror attacks right… I mean, just because innocient people were bombed down by LTTERs, is it right to kill innocient kids as a revengeful act ?

          Calling us buddhists but to behave other way around should not be allowed right ?:
          :’
          Just because these family bandits see it right, if over 60 lacks of voter eligible disagree with that release of SR, that should be cancelled. WHAT SI THE RESPECT you guys have been holding to COURT VERDICTs in general ?

          Courts verdicts should not be changed by a single person a family.
          :
          Be it to my family or any others, if mass murderers are convicted by courts, the leaders regardless of their own opinions should respect them.
          :
          Basta.
          You lATHA; please go to MONTISORI… if you have time to do so. Or corona house arrests could lead you better aware of the basic things. THat can help your family circles better… for sure.

          May true teachings of buddhas be blessed to our PUNNAKU drinkers dominated srilanka.

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          lathass

          “Mass murderer of killing 500 Sinhala police officers is living freely in our society. Did you open your mouth then?”

          It is not just about those who killed policemen, also about those who killed innocent muslims Tamils and Sinhalese, including, LTTE, and other Tamil armed groups, Green Tigers, Muslim Home Guards, UNP, SLFP and members of army run paramilitary, JVP, …………………. anyone involved in terrorism be it state sponsored or otherwise, non state actors who have committed war crimes, …. between 1971 and 2015, including those responsible for burning the library, ……………. should be investigated and charged if found guilty.

          Why don’t you just open your mouth and yell from morning until you go to bed on 7/52 basis?

          If the present Sinhala/Buddhist fascist system of justice is incapable of dealing honourably with such humongous problem the racist fascist state should employ others, reputed international jurists to look into the rotten judiciary and see if it can be salvaged anything at all, …………………… rather than wasting your time like old scratched record, ……….. Grandma’s old stories or in the case of Sinhala/Buddhists’ historical tall story or old wives’ tale.

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        The most important aspect of this case is, while it must be proven beyond any doubt to be handed a death sentence, how come only one person is proven to be guilty while all the other accused were found not guilty?

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    Reason – Only a cold blooded murderer will recognize the gory of another cold blooded murderer and pardon him. How come none of the politicians including opposition leader and members have not come out in force to oppose this action of the President?

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      Mr Buddhist,
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      I could not agree with you more.
      :
      Let s wait Karma to take over and Rajakshes be dragged on and being found in drains to the very same manner Gadafi family faced it few years ago.
      :

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    Now we know why no-one is sentenced to death only life imprisonment while the victim had been brutally massacred to death. I really feel murderers should be legally murdered and that is the death sentence should be implimented.

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      Morally speaking…
      Shouldn’t killing be illegal even within the judicial process, i.e. death penalty?

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    The Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka voted Sajit Premadasa at the last presidential election. I didn’t hear anything from Sajith yet about SR’s release. He is the one who should say something, not the TNA that speaks now like a Corona patient in an ICU! That’s the mind-boggling question.
    As far as Gota is concerned, he made a promise and he kept it!
    Before the election, you guys coined the word Gotler! Didn’t you? According to what I hear from SL, he has been doing comparatively a good job! Even now the way he handles the Corona issue is commendable.
    You talk about SR, but does anyone talk about LTTE butchers who were decimated decisively by Gota and the armed forces in 2009, specially on this Website? Why are you silent on them and on their clandestine activities even today?
    Many of those who write comments to this Web have no knowledge of what’s going on in the country or world. Just think of this: Gota was elected by Sinhala votes and Gota managed to crumble the myth of ‘king-makers’ in Sri Lanka. He wants to prove that if he gets a 2/3 majority at the next parliamentary election, he will change the constitution so that nobody else in the foreseeable future can change it. And Sinhala people believe that it is in their favor, and I too agree with them! As a result, king-makers as well as political opportunists like Sajith, and parties with religious and ethnic names (such as ‘Muslim’, ‘Tamil’, including those that have extremist Sinhalese ethnic names) will disappear from the island’s political screen.

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    Nice one Mr Ali..

    How can Gota commit a War Crime , while pumping Petrol in a California 7/11 Gas Shed.?.

    I thought Mr Ali would have helped the suckers to understand why 300 innocent Catholics were killed and 800 maimed exactly a Year ago in the most Holy Churches in Lankawe .-

    And who are behind the Killers?..

    That would have helped immensely to give at least some relief to our inhabitants who are still in the dark with the added Corona Curfew about what happened to them. .
    And are unable to attend Mass on Holy Easter to remember and pray for their beloved, whose lives were taken away on a Holy Day..

    I hope Prez Nandasena lifts the Curfew for 12 hours on Easter Sunday so our Catholic inhabitants attend Mid Day Mass..

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    Gotabhaya was obliged to pardon Sunil for the dirty work he did for him. Likewise the current army commander Sushendra de Silva was promoted for the work that he did for the Rajapakses. Bensen

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    All religions have become temples of vicous racism, nastiness, total rejection of democracy or decency. The patron deity of all religions have been replaced with utter nonsense and rubbish to suite the hatreds of their practitioners. Unfortunately most humans cannot see what has happened and keep on believing in their respective gods. To find out about how the followers of religions have and are being manipulated requires a superior intellect, an open mind, and a thirst for knowledge. Most humans do not have these qualities. Their access to information is limited to a daily does of propaganda usually dished out by their religeous leaders and vernacular media. So they live like frogs in a well all the while being more and more radicalized. The facts about the Rajapukshes have been written over and over again. 18 Billion USD in swindled money, thus making MR one of the most richest in Asia according to Forbes. Murder after murder going way back to the beginning when short on funds a bank was robbed and the perpetrators ruthlessly gunned down one by one to make sure it was covered up. The cruelty knows no bounds. The greed for power also knows no bounds. The sycophants willing to prostrate them selves for filthy lucre knows no bounds in the wonder of Asia.

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    Gots have paved way for food riots, racial riots, have not vs have riots.
    General anarchy, then he can call him self the pol pot dictator funded by Chinese ccp. Chinese will be policing, out there bloody virus drugs and infect more people, and organ harvest from others like what’s happening in Tibet/uiger East Turkestan and Fologong Buddhist.
    Monks will be the first when they start organ harvesting.

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    Ameer Ali,
    “… in the eyes of the supremacist backers, Tamils as well as Muslims are not the owners of this country, and therefore they are simply disposables.”

    How do you expect those who betrayed Sinhalayo after helping them when they were in desperate situations as owners of this country?
    Native Sinhalayo shed blood and sacrificed their lives to protect this country from ‘Para’ people. So, who else can claim ownership?

    As an academic at least for once try to put yourself into the shoes of Sinhalayo and look at the situation without getting carried away and use fashionable terms like ‘Buddhist Supremacists’, ‘Sinhala Supremacists’.

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      Eagle Eye, .

      Dont you think that you too are “para”.
      You left sl for DOWN UNDER seeking greener pastures but stayed back there.
      :
      What matters is in simple langauge – regardless of where you are, you should be treated as human. Our ballige puthas of your and Rajapakshe nature would never leave room people to see it right. Your medival, hedgemonic mentality would have been good for the country in 70ties or prior ot that. But today, every living being is entitled to respect others rights. What is the problem of enjoying equal rights regardless of the race, relgiion or whatever other barriers ?

      Just look at the manner MAFIA boss and his family rules the nation today… some 40 lacks of people left to be in hunger, these ballige puthas do nothing to get them their basic necessities. Why cant they give some rice rations knowing that the govt save billions by the reduing oil prices in world market.

      Believe me, you may come with your thoughts, but you would never be respected by anyone on CT… so long you would grasp the little – which is we are SAME srilankens, not NATIVE sinhalayos.

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    The general public dislikes this kind od act according to the comments , One has a lesson in it

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      Those who comment mostly here are not general public Renu they are LTTE separatists.

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        Nice one NAK(ed)

        You mean the JDs , Eagle Eyes , Lesters Helas, Sumanasekara and thousands more are all LTTE seperatists . If it is true numbers are swelling by the minute. Well don Sinkalam

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    Gota Pardons Sunil: Why?

    Ameer

    You dont have to be a Rocket Scientist to work out why.
    Gotha is a born Racist and a CRIMINAL & A MUREDERER. For him any one who kills a Tamil must be Garlanded. Gotha is a desperate man trying to free himself from the Clutches of American and World Justice. So before he bites the bullet he wants to set free as many War CRIMINAls as he can a luxury not available to him after he retires. But for his bad luck he continues to commit all theses CRIMES as an American Citizen. Basil the THIEF went US to test the waters and Mike Pompeo declared Shavendra a Personna Non Grata to send a message the Gotha as his Commanding Officer is equally Guilty. Basil ( the Sinkala DIASPORA) Fled before the announcement. He is Gotha is on DEATH ROW and will die a desperate man. while in office the only thing that gives him Immunity against COVID- 19 A BRAVE President

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