24 August, 2019

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Gota To Return After Dappula Assures He Will Be Dropped As First Accused In D.A. Rajapaksa Trial

After months of feigning illness in Singapore, where he has spent his days at a luxury hotel since June 2019, former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa is finally headed back to Sri Lanka, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The decision to advance his return to Colombo by a few days came after Attorney General Dappula De Livera reportedly sent Rajapaksa a private assurance that the indictment filed against him in the D.A. Rajapaksa museum case would be amended. The AG has assured Gotabaya Rajapaksa that he will no longer be the First Accused in that case and that several key charges against him would be dropped.

The AG’s decision was conveyed through the family of a state counsel with close ties to De Livera, whose family runs a funeral service and has been long-standing associates of the former Defence Secretary.

Rajapaksa was originally due to return on July 27, after his trial was due to begin.

This would mean that on Friday, July 26 when the D.A. Rajapaksa trial was set to begin, the Attorney General is likely to inform the Permanent Trial at Bar that the indictment against Rajapaksa and others will be amended and refiled. The decision to amend the indictment could set the trial date back by months, sources told Colombo Telegraph.

Interestingly AG De Livera has decided to amend the indictment against Gotabaya Rajapaksa despite the fact that no Court has ordered him to do so.

In fact, when Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s lawyers filed preliminary objections at the Permanent High Court saying the indictments had been erroneously filed, the three judges of the High Court strongly disagreed and ruled in favour of the AG that the indictments would suffice.

However, despite the judges having made no such request, the AG’s Department, on the instructions of De Livera, informed the Supreme Court that the indictments would be amended when Rajapaksa’s lawyers filed an appeal against the Permanent High Court’s rejection of their objections in the Supreme Court.

No reasons have been provided as to why the AG has decided to amend the indictment against Rajapaksa, since De Livera’s prosecutors strongly resisted preliminary objections raised by Gota’s legal team when they found fault with the indictments.

However, legal sources said that De Livera’s conduct has become clearer in recent weeks, specifically with regard to investigations and cases that implicate the former Defence Secretary. De Livera is desperately trying to get the CID to wrap up key investigations into attacks on journalists and other emblematic crimes on the pretext of expediting prosecutions, but suspicions are being raised about his true motives. It is speculated that De Livera may be trying to close those investigations before police can find evidence to irrefutably link the former Defence Secretary to those crimes.

It is unclear if De Livera’s actions are motivated by a desire to buy insurance in case Gotabaya Rajapaksa is made candidate for the SLPP and wins the presidency, or whether his proximity to a family with close links to the former Defence Secretary is driving his desire to save the former President’s brother from prosecution. (By Kamani Ramanayake)

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  • 24
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    A disgraced attorney to disgraced President! Death sentance to Justice!

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      CT Editors you are clearly miss-informed and this attack on the AG who is the first honest AG in a long time in Lanka is totally unwarranted.

      It seem that the US project to re-elect bondscam Ranil or henchment Karu is ongoing with this Fake news pilling up, because the AG is going after BOTH American Puppets- Bondscan Ranil and US citizen Gota -with Avant Guard scandle and Bondscam

      Wake up and stop swallowing this US generated propaganda attack on the AG.

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        Yes indeed, the Washington Peace Corps “volunteers” with full diplomatic immunity under the non-existent SOFA have landed in Sri Lanka and the social media campaign to re-elect Bondscam Ranil and his network has begun.
        US is meanwhile attacking Russia for interference in elections there but how many countries have US interfered in and destroyed in Latin America, Mideast, Southeast Asia etc.?

        Facebook which is a tool of US fake news, propaganda and Hate Speech must be shut down. It is a danger to society which does not need this social media platform and better off without it.

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        Jadon,
        First of all, why are so stupid to suggest that Ranil has more interest in US than GoRa/BaRa do with their citizenship & property interest in the US?

        Secondly, I think that your blind loyalty to MaRa is fooling you to think that he honestly expect to win the next elections. But the reality is against this expectation! This may sounds odd but not for a shrewd politician like MaRa whose primary goal is to make NaRa the next heir to the throne. MaRa knows perfectly well that winning next election means adding an very unfavorable disadvantage of incumbency by 2025 when NaRa is 35. Since MaRa himself is running against time, he wants to make sure that SLPP stay intact under him for NaRa to win.

        About, AG’s behavior, I think that he is a clever layer who understand both the law & the politics behind them extremely well. Therefore, it is very likely that he is playing to his gallery which is mainly MY 3 at the moment but leaving room to change color of the neck-tie in case the boat turn upside down. I would rather expect an evolving behavior followed by changing political winds!

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          So happy to see someone who is capable of seeing through the blind corners. We sure can do with a few more of your breed.

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        Well then please explain how;
        1. today the SC postponed the hearing of GOTA’s case where he built a museum in honour of his father with robbed public money?
        2. SC judges have prevented ‘only’ his arrest in Avant Garde billion dollar robbery?
        3. SC judges have excused themselves from hearing cases against GOTA?

        Ranil or Gota we don’t care ALL ROGUES & MURDERERS MUST BE JAILED!

  • 7
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    “Colombo Telegraph learns.”

    In other words Fake News.

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      Yes, indeed fake news,
      Politicians over the age of 60 must be banned from contesting. This corrupt generation of politicians is living longer and blocking youth and the next generation taking over. Time for youth and younger generation to lead Sri Lanka.

      Let Saith, Harin, Dayasiri, AKD contest and the best win!

      Enough of this false choice between foreign puppet Bondscam Ranil and now ex-US citizen Gota the white van man who should share a prison cell for Rape and plunder of Lanka at the behest of Washington and its NATO EU, UK friends whose latest scam is dumping garbage in Lanka.

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    The Rajapaksa’s seems to live it up in style, living in luxury hotels, traveling in comfort, lavish weddings, flashy cars, and having endless money, to even flee the country and live elsewhere for a while.
    They started with nothing, but now seems to have too much.

    Many Sri Lankan idiots want them back to do the same. Let me remind them, white vans, journalists threatened, harassed, kidnapped, killed, commissions, lands stolen, plane loads of Rajapaksa’s and golayas on free Sri Lankan flights (business class), people living in fear, but don’t worry folks, the streets will be clean again.

  • 2
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    Livera tried to put the Bank Robbers ,Aloysious and Palisena behind Bars..
    But the Fort Magistrate released them.

    Livera tried to put UNP IGP Pujitha and his mate Hemasiri behind Bars for not preventing the Muslim Boys killing 300 innocent Catholics and maiming another 300 poor Catholics in the Bible Belt.
    But the same Magistrate in Fort released them..

    Now even if it is True ,what chance Livera got to go past even the Fort Magistrate, whom I thought was there to Slam the Hammer and send our Smack Dealers ,Pick Pockets , and Pimps to Welikada.

    What a phenomeinal change are we witnessing after Dr Ranil and MY3 Sira’s Yahapalanaya.?

    Wonder what what happened to those Smack Dealers, Pick Pockets , Pimps and even those Street girls who used to hang around Buhari in Pita Kotuwa?..

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    BP: Can you tell me what “Magananda Kodithuwakku Constitution” is? At a meeting in UK, in answering a question from the “Conveners” he (Nagananda) said: “This is not the FINAL Constitution. It will be amended as and when proposals are sent”. Have you ever seen that FINAL or EXPECT that “Nagananda Constitution”. Please listen to that meeting held in June in UK. In my opinion, he (Nagananda) is a “HITLER” in the offing and “Asgiriya Chapter” will adore him. Please read the history of “Hitler” getting “Elected” to lead “Germany”. Nagananda goes about as “ONE” in public, but mentions of an “Advisory Board” of 24 persons, who are yet to be “NAMED”. That “Hitler” too had the same “SHADOW” team. This, Nagananda says: “All the Judges of the Appeal & Supreme Courts would be “Terminated” and he would “NAME” the “Judges” to be elected by the “PEOPLE”. Many more “Democratic Style” proposals. Please study those carefully, before you VOTE, if you have a “VOTE” here.

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      Looks like Magananda is trying to stitch up some serious Finances for the Election.
      What better place than London for the launch.

      Last time the UNP London and Suren Surendran promised Mangala Samraweera USD 4 Billion, when Samare went to London to launch Dr Ranil ‘s Yahapalana Constitution.

      Wonder what happened to Dr Ranil’s Constitution and Mr Suren Surendran’s USD 4 Billion?…

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      So what’s the issue with Nagananda Kodituwakku’s draft constitution. He can put on paper whatever he wants, and its we who decide finally. Has any of the past and present Presidents ever given the voter the opportunity to say what type of government they want. Though you seems to have a personal vandata against NK, you too can still make a contribution by pointing out the faults or contributing to his cause.

  • 5
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    Are these based on facts and documents or just opinions ?

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    There are innumerable corruptions charges has been visibly appear of our country after 2015 Jan 8th .
    By and large charges level against UNP that “good governances and rule of Law” has violated by President of MS and Prime-minster Ministers MPs are above the that court of Law .
    The very reasons are that AG department have been politicization by UNP and fully infiltrated by USA that department of Justice and UAS Embassy in Colombo are behind that.
    Yes even before that charges base on authentic grounds of misdeeds and misappropriation of Tax Payers money of citizens by against political power of ruling Parties led by President or Prime-Ministers…other are not equality before the law of Land. Today rule of law made the mistaken by judgment & verdicts.
    That is ,because the judiciary had survive so well by USA intervention for Judges to so-called revitalization of Law of land by keeping USA interest of looking after current UNP regime remain in power.
    USA not that care of democracy, while nor that Will of the People of island. In fact when UNP has become puppets of US domination by locally hence they go further undermined law of Justice.
    The UNP leadership of Wiickrasimighe of R.. not that needed nothing on their survive because of massive govt. interventions. Today UNP and USA alliance no problems of moral hazard is grater ,by far than it has ever been.
    Needless to say current UNP regime by RW, MS and CBK are hard core leaders Lost Balance of Justice of Law, the Democracy of represtantivies governances and Sustainability of Economy are doing nothing .
    By doing wrong things of USA influence ,now may means doing irreparable damages to future of that Democracy of Sri lanka.

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      So what’s the issue with Nagananda Kodituwakku’s draft constitution. He can put on paper whatever he wants, and its we who decide finally. Has any of the past and present Presidents ever given the voter the opportunity to say what type of government they want. Though you seems to have a personal vandata against NK, you too can still make a contribution by pointing out the faults or contributing to his cause.

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    The two legged donkey spin doctor told that Rajapakses took US$18billion out of Sri Lanka and he knows where they are keeping that money. Nearly four and half years have passed. Can he tell the people where this money is kept and what measures this Government is taking to bring that money.
    This dumbo who is controlling finance of this country has no idea how much is US$18 Billion. God save Sri Lanka when this kind of dumb guys managing the economy.

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      God is looking askance from Sri Lanka. Too much for Him to remedy. Too much wrong doings. Now AG is fiddling while Lanka burns.

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    Whenever the White Supremacists want to get rid of a strong political figure in what they call ‘Third World Countries’, the main catch word they use is ‘CORRUPTION’. By using this catchword it is easy to mislead general public. In 2015, particularly the young voters believed the fabricated stories of ‘Yahapalana’ politicians on corruption and promises given by Ranil to convert this country to a Paradise by bringing foreign investments, creating one million jobs, cheap cars, free wifi etc. etc. After four and half years look what these donk*ys have done.

    People are struggling to meet their ends and Ranil wants to give Gym Kits. This guy cannot understand that Gym Kits cannot reduce malnutrition among children. An election round the corner, Ranil has become Santa Claus using money robbed from various places with his Royal Gang. Politicians use tax payers’ money that belong to people to buy votes in an indirect way.

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    Sarath Silva, Mohan Pieris and now Dappula. Rajapakse money talks even in the highest echelons. Nelson Mandela’s, Martin Luther king, MK Gandhi, please take a bow.

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      Namal Jayaweera,
      You are right. Rajapakse money plays a lot in destroying this country. Unfortunately, the country is still under the influence of Rajapakse money and they are still capable of buying high ranking officials, military, politicians. October 2018 coup is a clear example of how they tried to bribe President Sirisena and some members of parliament. Unfortunately, the UNP government is very weak and afraid to put those crimininals because of the high level Buddhist Monks.

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    Under Mathripala, Law and Order is in the toilet and cleaned by AG.

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    Gota the carpet-bagging champion was getting bored with life as a patient warded in a Singapore hospital following a routine open heart surgery.
    Attorney General Dappula De Livera knows that he is no CJSL material. His gesture in the assurance to drop Gota as “First Accused in D A Rajapaksa Museum trial”, is no more than a Lesson Learned.
    .

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      Strange how these rascals are able to flee, and live in style in some expensive place, pretending to seeking “medical” treatment.
      We have nation of sick criminals.

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    There is naked crisis in Judiciary of legal system since 2015 Jan 8th has been very acute that antagonistic contradictions between Ruling party of UNP and system of Law and Order of that nation of that Sri lanka.
    Because of that Judiciary system has failure to address so many number of cases by court of law function by direct political decisions of Prime-Minister naked intervention. Judiciary is ongoing investigations of so many of large scale corruptions by Primer of Wiickrasimighe of R and 21/4 that ISIS of Muslim Terrorist attacked has gone under carpet in cognition . No way for frame of INDICATIVEMNT or CHARGES by Judiciary against Primer -Minster, Minsters, govt. MPS ,while that Team of offices kids and kilns President of Republic and CBK of SLFP leader that her underhand indirectly engaged so many frauds by Dep. of Attorney General NO POWER of Authority time being.
    That is tragedy a Judiciary which that has lost Independence since 15/1/8 by regime change of Island democracy ; that misinterpreted by RULE OF LAW advocated by USA?
    While USA involvement of interfere of Judiciary in Lankan has increased has become most corrupted nation Third world countries. >
    That is the facts here and there an undoubtedly. This matter of fact cannot that debate by any Right thinking citizens of world of that incontrovertible .
    I am in fervor of all corruptions and failure to address of nation security issues has brought before Judiciary of all also important an irrespective of political roots of Sri Lanka.! @@@

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    Now you know – does anyone need more proof that SriLanka’s whole justice system is corrupt to the core.😣 And that’s why the UNHRC has insisted on foreign prosecutors and judges in a domestic judicial accountability system to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity…And genocide yes.
    That’s why Canada’s House of Commons in a unanimous motion has quite rightly called for an international investigation into allegations of genocide committed in Srilanka against the Tamil people.

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      Dear Native,

      Dr Ranil through his UNP London signed a MOU with Suren Surendran, the boss of the GTF in London just before the Yahapalana Government kicked in, in 2015 .

      But I haven’t heard Dr Ranil signing anything with the Global Tamil Government which the International Diaspora in the West elected using their Universal Franchise .
      And also elected this Senator Ms Skatharaja to represent them…

      I have also heard that Ms Skantharaja’s boss the Elected PM Dr Rudrkumran is in New Jersey in the United States of America.

      How come we don’t hear about them anymore, after Suren signed the MOU with Dr Ranil with the help of Samoathar and Abraham..

      Tell me Native, Are Sampathar and Abraham aligned with GTF Suren?.
      Is that why the ex Vellala CM is cheesed off and now bags the TNA and its Vellala Clan.

      Is the ex Velalla CM Wigneswaran aligned with the ex PM Dr Rudrakumran?..

      .I know it is a bit too late, but isn’t it better if Dr Rudrakuran and Mr Suren Surendran are holding hands to together to force Dr Ranil and his mates to fulfill their demands in the MOU, which Ms Skanthraja has outlined here?..

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        KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

        “Tell me Native, Are Sampathar and Abraham aligned with GTF Suren?.”

        Who is Suren?
        Is he a one man army likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, ….. John Wayne, ……………….. MGR, ….. ?

        “Is the ex Velalla CM Wigneswaran aligned with the ex PM Dr Rudrakumran?..”

        You should ask former C M Wigneswaran, Trinco Sam, ………….. or the the blue beret Pathikada Bandula.

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      USS Eelam so you are still afloat? You should know that in reality there will never be foreign judges in Sri Lanka.

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      Usha S Sri Skanda Rajah

      “That’s why Canada’s House of Commons in a unanimous motion has quite rightly called for an international investigation into allegations of genocide committed in Srilanka against the Tamil people.”

      My friend wants the UNHRC to investigate two important issues and find answers to two questions:
      1. Is VP still alive?
      2. If not who has control over LTTE’s internal and external investments, assets, including cash?

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        Native Vedda,
        For your questions, the answer is only known to Mahinda Rajapakse & Gotapaya Rajapakse.

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          Ajith

          “For your questions, the answer is only known to Mahinda Rajapakse & Gotapaya Rajapakse.”

          How about the LTTE commission crooks who buried their ill gotten treasures in various parts of the world and investments. They like the clan sitting on people’s money.

          My question was aimed at Usha S Sri Skanda Rajah to clear the air.
          How long is she going keep a deafening silence VP, the psychopath while the other living psychopath is preparing to contest presidential elections..

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    Gota demanded “Drop me as an accused in the Rajapaksa Museum Fund Embezzlement Case”
    Dappula is no Chitta Ranjan De Silva but is certainly no Aluwihare.

    Gota roared “Not as first accused. If not I will not recover from open heart surgery”.
    Dappula meekly agreed.

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