10 April, 2021

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Gota Sings A Different Tune On Lasantha Murder

Replying to an article carried in banner headlines in the Island newspaper of 27th February under the caption “Inquiry into Lasantha murder in a muddle” Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was Secretary Defence at the time Lasantha Wickrematunge was brutally murdered offers an explanation as a cover up after his much publicised ” Who is Lasantha?” interview with the BBC shortly after the killing. He also said that he filed action as it was the correct thing to do. Will he file action against the Island? That would also be the correct thing to do by his own admitted standards.

Gotabaya

The infamous interview shocked the entire world when Gotabaya arrogantly said “who is Lasantha? He was a tabloid journalist criticising every President. Why ask about one man? There are so many murders”. In his reply carefully crafted as one suspects by a lawyer, he goes on to put the blame on Brigadier Keppetiwalana a known acolyte of Gen Sarath Fonseka when he was the Commander of the Army. If one were to recall, Brigadier Keppetiwalana and some other Army Intelligence personnel were arrested and kept in CID custody after being held by the Military initially. At the time Gotabaya was yet the all powerful Secretary Defence. They were released after a visit by Rohan Guneratne arranged and approved by Gotabaya himself. It is indeed funny that the former Secretary Defence now places the blame at the feet of Keppetiwalana, having lost power but did release him whilst he was in power. Rumour was rife that Keppetiwalana et al were pushed to blame Gen Fonseka of the murder whilst being held but when they capitulated by saying to Guneratne they would speak of other murders if they were pushed. Hey presto, the release took place. The CID would do well to follow up on that lead too.

Lasantha

The Rajapaksa government with Gotabaya as Secretary of all he surveyed did nothing with investigating murders let alone corruption. Thajudeen’s murder was an accident. Lasantha’s murder was done by LTTE and hence pushed to SSP Wakista in the anti terrorism unit. Keith Noyahr was released after a near death experience when calls were made to MR and GR. Ekaneligoda was found wandering around overseas. Forget the Udayan journalists. They had no chance. Shame on you journalists in the South. How is it that the former Secretary Defence now says these crimes need not be investigated? How is it that it is convenient to hide behind statements made by Ranil Wickremesinghe and Joseph Michael Perera that it was Gen Sarath Fonseka who killed Lasantha Wickramatunge,at a time he was in power ? Why did he not believe those statements at that time and take action? He was in power !!!!

The former Secretary Defence goes on to say that the Government is hell bent on incarcerating the self proclaimed War Winning Hero ( forgetting Gen Fonseka) because of his efforts in defeating the LTTE and beautifying Colombo. All by himself. Due to the super performance by his brother at the recent Local Government elections the Yahapalanaya boys have got jittery and are hell bent on “fixing” them, says he. Perhaps Gotabaya has forgotten that his brother got such a mandate mainly because the Yahapalanaya’s did not move against them after making serious charges prior to defeating MR. The people felt that the Rajapaksa clan were now, spring chicken. Close behind is the looming possibility of Field Marshal Fonseka becoming the Law and Order Minister, that has sent shivers down their collective spines. Hence the reply.

The gung ho super hero who commandeered all he surveyed when he was in power seems to be cowering without the tri forces and the police to hide behind. He goes on to explain that he did file action against the late senior journalist and his newspaper for billions over the reporting of the “MiG Deal” as he himself calls it. Observers will do well to remember that Gotabaya in an interview with Hard Talk during his period as Secretary Defence arrogantly said to a question whether he wished The Sunday Leader to shut down as they will not be able to pay billions “Of course”. Watch You Tube interview. Yet when the paper changed hands he accepted an apology from Rajapaksa codger Asanga Seneviratne who was by then the owner. Observers must also remember that Gotabaya was out of power when he accepted the apology. So, the all powerful Secretary Defence who wanted the Leader Newspaper shut down, meekly accepts a contrived apology from his poodle when out of power.

Having set in motion his papers to revoke US citizenship Gotabaya takes his first steps to run for President in 2020. Viyath Maga stands testimony. For the first time Gotabaya accepted in an interview that he was a US citizen. Why? Because he has already set in motion the revoking of his US citizenship. If readers do not believe it please ask Malraj Silva in California who knows inside out of all, We mean ALL of Gotabaya’s affairs in the USA. Maybe the CID should follow that lead too.

Maybe, just maybe The Island carried this on the front page to open the debate for Gotabaya
to respond in this fashion since Field Marshal looms large. The Island has been openly supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya with Shamindra Ferdinands and Dayan J, leading the cheer squad. If this is as it seems it’s a shame that a newspaper is helping to cover up for a fellow scribe,s murder let alone of a former colleague within their fold.

The script is clear. Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot run for President in 2020. Gotabaya is the choice of the Pohottuwa. As stated early in this article the Yahapalanaya brought this upon themselves. Between President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe both are guilty of vacillating over the many investigations against the former regime bigwigs. They read it wrong and now there is hardly time but to make haste in getting about what was promised and needed. Thajudeen, Lasantha, Eknaligoda, Udayan journalists and Noyahr, apart from the grand larceny of a corrupt and dictatorial regime.

If President Sirisena thinks that he could join MR and Gota, he lives in cuckoo land. If PM Wickremesinghe thinks he can win by splitting the former SLFP vote it’s La la land. Their political future depends on getting the investigations done and dusted against the former regime top brass. Both are intertwined at their umbilical cords. United the two will stand. Divided? God forbid Sri Lanka. (By Suranimala Umagiliya)

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  • 19
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    Suranimala vs Gotabaya, an interesting contest! Where are the other eight?

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      Give Sarath Fonseka the Presidential Elections the Rajapaksas stole from him…

      If you give him the space to clean up the country all the criminals will run to the airport to catch the first flight out…

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        Don’t forget SF may also be a criminal….

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          Sam,

          It takes a crook to catch other crooks. A ‘nice guy’ cannot handle the job!

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          Idiot, you would not have said that while SF was the Army Commander. He would have given you a real job at the front line to taste what fighting for one’s country is like, instead of yapping around as a damn layabout.

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            I normally dont respct your thoughts,

            But here is an exception.

            This ballige putha should be kept away from hum,an association Mr Thrisu.

            See, when talks about his nationality – him being an US CITIZEN – the media keeps silent.
            But Arjuna Mahendran ( singaporian) but a former lanken, .. his is put above .. WHY ?

            Then that alone putting this bugger as the SECRETARY of defence should be investigated .. under the lanken laws.. were there provision in SL, legality to appoint foreign passport holders to that position ?

            How come a man with other nationalities to be OVER PATRIOTIC ?

            hi hi … huu.. this abusive BARBARIC Rajapakseh animal should be put in jail basta

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              If Sri Lanka can have a USA citizen as defense secretary, why are the Sinhala Buddhists so dead against having foreign involvement in the justice system?

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          Sam,
          It is your buddy and fake war hero GoTa is the most wanted criminal for murdering thousands of innocent Sri Lankans. GoTa says” these crimes need not be investigated”. Why? Because, he committed all those crimes and is now scared of being sent to Guillotine.

          Down with the uneducated moron Gas Station assistant in US who turned into Defence head in the Banana Republic of Sri Lanka!

        • 0
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          Sometimes you have to feed small fish to catch bigger ones.

      • 5
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        I agree with you fully. If as many added, SF was to be blamed for LW s murder – he has to clear it. That he will do for sure, he is straight forward man.
        His truths are known to masses. The manner, SF was imprisoned was beyond all ethics and morals.
        That we know even if we would not want to be part of any side.

        Now President Sirisena is caught not having made the appointment. All attack UNP, but that is mud slinging. Here the virulent part is SLFP and the men behind them.

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      I have no doubt, if SF is alleged to have done it he would never come forward to become Law and order minister.
      He is the honest among all the ministers in today s parliament.

      And the fact, we perfeclty know how Rajapakshe thugs did not even tolerate women – rememmber the incident the way how former CJ was attacked in a manner no civilized folks would ever even see it to have been right.
      All that worked on them by 2015, people have been brainwashed by their media insitittion, … I think people to be blamed.
      Let all the vicious men get back and get cornered as is the case in Sudan or Lybia.
      I hate lanken majority folks for one reason they just let get raped by Rajaakshes rascals easily.

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      FM Fonseka rise to power is at the moment a distant and a highly unlikely event. Given the corrupt establishment is extremely busy conspiring against it. Even then, Gota along with rest of the Rajapassa criminals, their cronies & henchmen have started WETTING their pants. PLASTIC WAR HERO! Who ran away to California at the height of the war. Claiming fake mental health issues. After pleading desperately at the feet of the defense minister at the time, Ranjan Wijerathne. RELAX Gota! You are safe from FM Fonseka for the time being.
      Cheers!
      PS: BTW, Gota’s SLA HR file with embarrassing details of his cowardice and deceit has mysteriously disappeared. As soon as he was parachuted in as Defense Secretary by that all-mighty KING Mahinda Raja.

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        You may be right.

        Now the aim is diverted and behave like CRABS in hotwater. That is why the bugger KING hora to have travelled to India YYESTREDAY FOR A 1 day trip.

        These days, good will and good naming programes are in circulation.

        I heard even that one of the 3 bastard sons- the one in the middle to have been alleged with Thadjudeen murder is telling that he has completed a DOCTORATE.
        cAN YOU imagine `?

        We wish to read his thesis.
        Why do they think that all the people are that stupid to believe and trust them ?

        Can anybody complete a thesis while being highly involved in an army/navy/marine…?
        Even partime doctorates in Science and Engineering would take 5-6 years.
        Who do they think we the folk are ?

        Beniie, I think we have to attack LANKEN media men above any other forces. They the idiots dance to the tunes of Rascal rajapakshes.

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          One of them was even named as a future astronaut !!!

      • 0
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        Did u see that file? How do you know something that you yourself allege to have disappeared?

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      Gota is highly alleged not just for LW – murder

      but number of others too.

      What happened to that Wanathamulla Sunil ?

      What went wrong with those Kahawatta area consecutive murders ?

      What went wrong with Ekanligoda family ?

      What went with numbers of unlknow, untold men and women got harrassed by the commands of this particular MOST ABUSIVE aggressive man of Rajapakshe family.

      Now the ball is being thrown on to SF, since blood media biased to them painted a different picture.
      So was the case with Duminda Silva Murder case.
      Duminda SILVA was kept away from Lanka by abusing lanken state funds….. just because GOTABAYA THE AGGRESSIVE GORILLA- thought even if the murderers have done the job, they should be protected.
      That case in Tangalle the man got imprisoned is one good example TO SHOW how crimnal those men are … i mean those close to Rajapasleh rascals.

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      Gotabaya Rajapaksa former Secretary Defence,

      “Rumour was rife that Keppetiwalana et al were pushed to blame Gen Fonseka of the murder whilst being held but when they capitulated by saying to Guneratne they would speak of other murders if they were pushed. Hey presto, the release took place. The CID would do well to follow up on that lead too.”

      When you are caught lying, why do you want to come with with more lies, that will contradict your original lies?

      So you still want to drag in General . Sarath Fonseka?

      Didn’t you get him to Welikada Prison?

      Didn’t you want him hanged as well?

      What Did the Buddha Say About Lying?
      Always tell the truth, even when you’re not.

      Is that what you do when distributing Sil Redi, using stolen public funds?

      https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/buddhist-precept-about-lying/

      “One who feels no shame at telling a deliberate lie,” the Buddha told a monk after dramatically pouring out the contents of a dish, “has as much of a contemplative in them as this empty bowl” (MN 61, The Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone). (The monk he was lecturing, by the way, was said to be his son, Rahula.)

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    Sri lanka has to recycle the same old corrupt politicians because no one presents an acceptable, none from the old boys club type party. I say retired army officers who involed in the war – because they shoed they could do it, and and a smaller parliament would be the best. Cabinet should be there only to take political decisions and not to be technocrats or economists. there is no needs of a PM. No need of NATIONAL LISt MPs. GOVt should be one .like that American president who has a technocrats and experienced professionals as Secretaries under whom ministries function.

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    Suranimala Umagiliya hs not given alternative to gotabaha Rajapakse. ARe you proposing another Yahaepalanaya and a common candidate, not this time. People had enough with that.

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    “Who is Lasantha?”

    Give him some credit at least now he seems to know who Lasantha was.

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      GR seems to be suffering from Dementia, (Alzheimer’s Disease)!
      He would not be eligible to stand for Election in SL, as he will not give up His Citizenship of another Country/ Countries?

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    Sri lanka had a brutal war. It was not an invasion. IT was eliminating Terrorists. Sri lankan mey not have had the best approach. but, eliminating certain terrorists supporters were essesntial. Now it is used politically. That is wrong. I think even going to MR personal life was not necessary. But, corruptions or thefts after the war can not forgiven. Every where in the world, People have eliminated because they were a threat to the country’s sovereignity and security. Elimination of cetain people were needed at that time, as that could have affected morale of those fighting at the front.

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      Who was Lasantha? A man who washed his dirty linen in public and had to pay the price for it.

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        Dear Redihodana Hamine,

        Even a man who washed his dirty linen in public has the right to live. No one has the right to deny him his right to live.

        Sorry, but we must understand our fundamental rights first, before we rush into print and expose ourselves.

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          Justice
          Of course he has the right to live. But what he did to Fonny was that he wrote false stories about him in the middle of the Tamil war. That was nothing but treason. Any other govt would have had him shot but Fonny gave him his own treatment. There were many other instances well known where he dug up defamatory stories and hushed up later when he was paid large sums of money.

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      Wonder how you would feel if you or your family members were subject to such extra judicial killing? I think you need to go back to school where they teach common sense.

      But then again, you need first go to written English school for starters!

      And stop licking the bottoms of murderers, together with placing court jesters like that sarong minded but western loving Dayan Jayatilleke, on a pedestal…

      • 9
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        Mahen S. – Give the bugger a break, unfortunately racist/warmonger Dayan has the habit of skipping prescribed medications!

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      Elimination of cetain people were needed at that time, as that could have affected morale of those fighting at the front.

      Softy;

      What do you think, Kathirgamar caused morale affected or moral affected? I guess Kathirgamar is more of Terrorist than Leader Pirapaharan, because there was need to eliminate him first; isn’t it?

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        There you have it from a Tamil horses mouth. Kadirgamar according to Malliyuram was a terrorist. You can say the same of Lasantha. So both deserved to die? Tell us Mallaiyuram

  • 20
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    Murderers want to come power ….then Sri Lanka would be another somalia….

  • 22
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    Suranimala is on the right track. Lasantha was murdered near the Rathmalana Air Force Camp main gate or approximately 100 meters from the gate where at least 6 to 8 Air Force Officers on duty at any given time. But this fateful day there was none at the gate and none saw what happened. Killing Lasantha was connected to MIG deal and Procurement of weapons to the tri-forces. Did then Army Commander Sarath Fonseka had anything to do with these procurements? Answer is NO. Gotabaya establish a Procurement Company with 5shares out of 10 and 2 shares for the then Legal Adviser later AG Mohan Peiris in their personal names and the balance three shares to Three Commanders of the Army, Navy and AIR force. So who is benifited these purchases? Brigadier Keppitiwalana brother in law of Then IGP Balasooriya and many Army Officers very close to SF was arrested and kept in he 6th Floor dungeons for over 4 months to implicate SF for all those murderes committed on Gotabaya instruction. But failed and later they were release using Gunarathna self proclaimed expert as a way to get over the problem after Kapila’s daily visit failed to get any result.
    Lasantha was murdered on Gotabaya’s instruction by some MI and Air Force guys, supposed to be connected the LTTE pistol gang according to reliable informations. Gotabaya Rajapaksa who says he won the LTTE war now trying to shift the evidence and to implicate SF he once removed from the Army on political grounds. Is this man a suitable candidate for the Next President. I think President Sirisena should open his eyes and read what I going to happened in the near future.

  • 25
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    Gota is an accused in this murder case. If what he says is true, why didn’t he take action as Secretary of Defense as Sarath Fonseka came under him. This alone shows that Gota is the culprit. Every accused comes up with a cock and bull story, this is one of those. Not only on this there are few other cases including the prison killing where he is the first accused.

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      What a load of Hog wash. They put SF in jail on cooked-up issues. Do you think they would have spared him if he was involved in this murder?

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        Yes. This is the most valued point. If there was a true case without using it why did MR/GR go for fabricated ones?

  • 3
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    Is Umagiliya’s sudden desperate (though incoherent) article the result of ‘shivers’ in the yahapalanaya that the Rajapakses are on the way back?

    • 5
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      Bond Scam Ranil tried to disqualify his opponenents. They arestill trying. Ranil knows Mahinda Rajapakse is not going to be a contestant. bond Scam Ranil was trying to corner even the president though it looks it did not work yet.

  • 18
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    I don’t know anything about the murderer/s of Lasanatha. Gotabhaya may not be the murderer. But he was the most powerful man in the last regime. Therefore, he cannot shift the responsibility of his failure to take action on Lasantha’s murder on other people. He says Ranil W as the Leader of the Opposition made a statement in Parliament accusing SF and that this government should investigate on that line. If so, why didn’t he take any action on RW’s statement at the time?
    I heard that Gotabhaya is aspiring to be the next President. I also thought he is good in 2016 before I saw their dark side.
    One thing is sure. If asked, over 80% of the population will say they don’t want a 2010-2015 type government again.
    Mahinda eliminated LTTE and the nation is indebted to him. That doesn’t mean that people are under obligation to bring back Basil and Gotabhaya even in the name of Mahinda. Hotu Pohottuwa can field Gotabhaya and see the reaction of people. I bet he will receive maximum 20%.
    When I talked about an alternative, someone asked me whether I think that anybody would come forward against Rajapaksas. Seriously, why do people are so scared of them? I am 100% sure there is someone out there who will challenge Rajapaksa clan and contest for 2019/2020 Presidential elections. I am waiting and waiting. OMG, there are 10 million males in this country. I am only looking for one single manly man to field as the candidate from the general public.

    .

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      ‘I am only looking for one single manly man to field as the candidate from the general public.’
      *
      Oh, Poor Champa, You rule yourself out so readily! Don’t do that. Service to SL is your best gift to our land of birth! Don’t give up the opportunity to contest 2020 Presidential elections.
      *
      But again, if you are not a ‘manly man’ forget it!

  • 12
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    This case is going nowhere, Sri Lanka justice system is bought and paid for.

    “he Supreme Court today issued an interim injunction preventing former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jayantha Wickramaratne from being arrested over the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga. “

    When will Sri Lankans realize that they need international help in dealing with all these cases if justice is to be served.

  • 25
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    It is bloody sickening to this vile murderer sitting there grinning away. Throw this scoundrel in prison for life for the murder of poor Lasantha

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    It’s sad that people have forgotten the undemocratic dragonian way of rule right after the defeat of LTTE. We have to forge ahead as a decent nation and provide the people with a rich cultured life we inherited!

  • 0
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    Well Journals problems has o be handled by International Organization. Internally they are really corrupted. This is weeded field, on the opposite way, so only poisonous plants survived.
    Ranil has his grudges on Media, but during the election they justified his thought. They sounded like attempting to provoke what was limit in imposing new blackouts.

    If a man thinks something good, God blow it. If he thinks bad, he fan it. If not, whom can you blame for Yahapalanaya, which was brought to clean Chitanta, now has gone this way? They are not ready to have an action figure on Law and Order.

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    Everybody who is somebody in our country knows the crime committed by the other. Looks like all these fellas should be sent to the gallows.
    Why these people pretend to be religious? One goes to a kovil the other goes to either a temple or a mosque or a shrine. Who are they trying to fool ? – Themselves?
    One thing is sure that on the day they face their creator their billions & whatever power they had wont stand a chance.

  • 4
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    winston churchill won the war for England and was acclaimed as britains greatest englishman
    but at the very next election after the war ended the people voted him out and Attlee became prime minister why ?
    because a war minister is not necessarily a suitable minister for tackling the problems in the ensuing peace era
    i hope i have made my point

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      Nalmen,

      Five years later British people realized their mistake and elected Churchill. The same thing is happening in Sri Lanka. President Rajapakse who eliminated Tamil terrorism in the country did an excellent job during peace time compared to this dumbo who claims that he is an economic maestro. From 2009 to 2015 all the economic indicators were showing positive signs. After 2015 all the economic indicators show a negative trend.

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        Eagle Eye,
        Are you feeling horny about bringing back Mahinda Raja? Only one caveat. Most of them are accused of major crimes. Ranging from massive embezzlement to cold-blooded murder. A lot of them are on bail or fugitives already. Yours is a DREAM. If FM FONNY becomes Law and Order Minister, they will be herded at Welikada Remand Prison within 6 months. Keep on DREAMING.
        Cheers!
        PS: Tsunami Hora is no CHURCHILL. Laughable comparison.

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    Ranjith Siyambalapitiya needs RS 2.5 billion to buy elelctricity news says. People say, instead, can buy so many solar panel kits and install on houses which will be suatainable. Simply and surely buying electricity from private owners is a humongous corruption scandle. It was revealed in Polonnaruwa in a Devala where a Udakki natana god living place, that this same minister did the same theft during the Rajapakse govt. A woman (she at present possesses only a leased building} looks like a tigress had done the commis kakka – broker job. but she says he had others and one Sakunthala did the Commis collection duty.

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      Yeah Jims, that “urgent need” shows why Ajith Perera was furious in removing him from lucrative Power and Renewable Energy portfolio. I hope the President will not give into pressure and change his new portfolio back to former.
      UNP has extremely few number of good fellows like Kabeer, who are not crooks. Ranil has no guts to remove Mangala and Malik from their portfolios.

      • 0
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        Chimpa maybe you should have married Jimba, copulated and produced a bunch bloody fools. Your children would have hit the world record for the stupidest children of the planet in history and many centuries to come.

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    Gota returning after Pohottuwa win, says at the airport that he is a US citizen. If so how did he become the Defense Secretary, after taking an oath to defend the USA. In Sri Lanka he is provided with high security. If he is a US citizen why should he be provided with security. Sirisena should immediately withdraw his security.

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      Don’t forget he is also a Sri Lankan citizen…..

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        Surely there are limitations to dual citizens when it comes to politics.

        I know in many countries you are not allowed to hold political power if you have a second citizenship.

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    The current regime might have held back against arresting and prosecuting the Rajapaksa mafia in view of the LG elections, but now they have to act speedily. There is no time to waste. There will be the next Presidential elections and doing any arrests and detention close to the elections will be problematic again.

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    Ranil has to be put on the court and ordered to spit all out he knows about murders. He has to be sternly instructed that if he talk anything outside that was not revealed inside the court after that, he would be put in prison for life(Not in the Hospital Hotel. Then he will either stop unwanted stirring or will be honestly help to prosecute murderers.

    I never believed Ponny 100% clean on Lasantha’s Murders. He was so attached to Brother Prince those days. It was unlikely Brother Prince did it alone. Now Ponny remains once again destroyed. When he was inside the Hotel at the election night, so many soldiers guns were point toward the Hotel. He missed the bid for Law and Order ministry by a titbit. Revenge is coming for him for that sooner or later. LTTE targeted Ponny and missed. Ponny revenged. Old Royals targeted Ponny and missed. Ponny had the turn to go on Old Royals to do what he did to LTTE. Now he has missed. If Old Royals capture the power, the entire family will have their wishes on everybody as the target of whole family or individually. Like Thajudeen get targeted by entire family or like Eknaligoda, by only one member. Not even Thero or New King can feel they safe, san Ranil. Ranil played his card by saving, from Pillaiyan, Karuna to Wimal Champika, to all Old Royals.

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    Umagiliya is writing stories to fight emerging Pohottuwa… Keep on doing this. Sufferings of people will translate to Pohottuwa votes. There will be more protests for anything and everything…

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    There can’t be a different tune. GR sang the only tune that is left behind. It fairly certain that even under the present setup the investigations are taking at a slow pace. As in the ruggerite Thajudeen murder, we know for certain that police at that time covered up things. The difference is now police say this is Army hit men work but the Police bigwigs at that time covered it up. What was the need to cover up the work of Army hit-men? The answer is either possible consequences or instructions from the “heaven” to “do something”. The fact remains that both fonny and gota were in the same camp at the time of the murder. Both can be suspected for the foul deed as there were publications affecting them. Gota claims innocence on grounds that he followed the democratic path in taking legal action whereas Fonny did not. Fonny is hot tempered and can take quick action. My bets are on the possibility that Fonny did the needful with the knowledge or agreement or approval of Gota. The collusion is visible because when they were buddies nothing has come out. Gota gave full cover to Fonny as long as the latter was the Army chief. To me, this is a classic case of rogues falling apart.

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    “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

    https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test/naturalization-oath-allegiance-united-states-america

    GOTA as a self proclaimed US citizen has pledged this. What ever happens in the future the public can decide. So help us all 33,000 Gods!

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    Inhabitants gathered around Pohottuwa because they were sick and tired of Dr Ranil’s and his Robber Barons giga Pilfering and Sillysen’s betrayal of the War Heroes .
    They were even more pissed off about Dr Ranil and Mangi bending over to the Diaspora and encouraging the LTTE Tigers to wave Pirahaparan Flag in front of our War Winning soldiers, and getting their friends in England to sack our Diplomatic Staff.
    Arrest Gotabaya on bullshit charges , even the few left over SLFP members won’t be able to go home .

    Dr Ranil with his loya servant Poojitha may arrest Gota.
    But will the CJ and his fellow Judges accept Field Marshall Ponny and his cohorts evidence as the truth, when Dr Ranil himself has declared ,Ponny killed Lasantha.

    Will Gota’s Lawyers call Dr Ranil to give evidence?.
    Will Dr Ranil do another Aloysious and not attend. Or Will Dr Ranil get his AG to write the question and courier to Temple Trees and hand over to the SC?.
    And tell the Government Barristers not to cross examine Dr Ranil, just the same way Dr Ranil arranged to protect his Royal mate Mahendran?..
    Interesting Stuff Folks”’ Can’t wait for the next Election…

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    Lasantha was murdered by a freign Pentacostal religious cult for misusing their money to rebuild Sunday Leader. It is well known Lasantha had close involvement with this group and his funeral was conducted at their so-called church. There won’t be a solution to Lasantha’s murder until the CID starts this line of inquiry.

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    What is this big deal about Lasantha? How many journalists were murdered since 1977. 60,000 Sinhala youths were killed during UNP regime. Several hundred were tortured at the Batalanda torture chamber and killed. Where are the investigations and even in instances where investigation has been carried out (e.g. Batalanda case), no action has been taken and the guy who is responsible is going around as Mr. Clean.

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    GR was a rock star when he sang the “He will be hung He will be hung” at the infamous 2010 BBC Hardtalk with Stephen Sackur .
    GR’s latest is melancholic but surely did anyone expect rock star performance?

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    Sri Lankan politics has unprecedented number of high profile murders some of which were swept under carpet, some were forgotten and another lot were put on LTTE’s account. Politicians in Sri Lanka with the help of armed men ( official or underworld) eliminated their political enemies and no murders saw the light of the day. Now, SF has been implicated in the murder of LW which is now out dated and if GR had made the accusation before his name being surfaced, it would have held some water. Present day Govt. has to dig all the murder cases though some have been forgotten and some files have been closed.

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    Law and Order: The main opposition to SF will come from the Tiger Terrorist remnants like the Global Terrorist (Oops sorry, Tamil) Forum. Putting SF in charge of Law and Order would be the best for the country. Whoever is in charge of this portfolio has to be tough guy and SF is that.

    If The President Vetoes it, then he will have to take responsibility for the consequences.

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      Edwin Rodrigo: That won’t happen as long as Ranil is the PM. The minister, in California, who said that, for seven decades Srilanka did not do anything right ask how do you say now you do that. Even Maithripala sirisena is against that. Anyway, tht particular minister says IT is difficult to work in the Financial minsitry because both the president and the PM are watching. the reason may be the contry is bankrupt. Expenses can not meet the income coming from overseas. One who had the heart bypasse surgery in Singapore, also wants to spend Rs 217 million for the next two years to lease a building near his home owned by a medical company for his ministry. His complain is in the middle of so mych traffic his car has to drive a long distance. The politician from the area where Watala Geya area had said for the next two years not to do that kind of work. But, he thinks his income of a few million is not enough per a day so he is doing that evryday even from PAriorru and Dumkola neti.

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