29 November, 2020

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Gota’s Law: PCoI On Political Victimization Reconvenes To Hear Duminda Silva Complaint

Duminda Silva, a murder convict on death row was afforded a special hearing by the Presidential Commission on political victimisation weeks after its term officially ended.

Silva and Rajapaksa | File photo

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Political Victimization concluded examining evidence in the complaints filed before the controversial body on October 31. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a special gazette notification extending the term of the Commission by 16 days from November 9 2020 to November 25th 2020 to facilitate the finalisation of the Commission Report.

But the PCoI utilized the 16-day special reporting extension by convening especially to hear a complaint brought on behalf of former MP Duminda Silva who was convicted of murdering SLFP politico Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and five others in 2011 by a High Court Trial at Bar. That verdict was upheld and ratified by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2019.

Several questions about the referral of the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case now decided and determined by a High Court Trial at Bar and the highest court in Sri Lanka – the Supreme Court – to a Presidential Commission of Inquiry remain unanswered.

There is no precedent for a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate, vacate or overturn judgments made by Sri Lanka’s highest courts.

Furthermore, the scope of the Commission’s mandate extends only to complaints made by members of the tri-forces or public officials – namely government servants. However, the Commission has routinely interpreted its mandate loosely to include all manner of Gotabaya Rajapaksa acolytes and associates. Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi – a private citizen – also filed a complaint before the commission and had it examined. Duminda Silva is neither a member of the armed forces or a public servant, yet the Commission has not only heard his complaint in a special sitting, but it has also noticed respondents.

Silva’s complaint was filed by his father Lal Silva. Lal Silva alleges that the arrest, prosecution and conviction of Duminda Silva was a “political conspiracy” to destroy his son. He said the conspirators included then CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera, CID Inspector Nishantha Silva and CID officer Ranjan Lamahewa. Appearing for Lal Silva, President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne claimed that the murder case was first heard at High Court 1 before Judge Devika Tennnakoon but the Attorney General had subsequently requested the Chief Justice to appoint a High Court Trial At Bar. Silva’s attorneys also played tapes of conversations between former UNP MP and current SJB Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake and then CID Director SSP Abeysekera and then High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka.

The Commission cited Ramanayake, SSP Abeysekera, former CID IP Nishantha Silva and retired HC judge Padmini Ranawaka as respondents to the Duminda Silva complaint.

Duminda Silva – now on death row – served as monitoring MP to the Ministry of Defence when Gotabaya Rajapaksa held office as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (2005-2015). Silva is a special friend to the current President and his brother Rainor Silva who owns the ABC media empire including the powerful Hiru TV has been a strong backer of the Podujana Party and the Gotabaya Rajapaksa candidacy and subsequently his presidency.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s PCoI on political victimisation has routinely heard complaints by military officials and others who have been indicted in the Sri Lankan courts for high crimes and atrocities including abduction and murder.

The Commission is chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne.

PCoI Chairman Upali Abeyeratne – a Brief History

Abeyratne was disgraced in 1998-1999 as a district judge after he was found to have persecuted a plaintiff suing WAB Jayasekera’s wife for divorce. The plaintiff – WAB Jayasekera – cited former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva as co-respondent in the divorce proceedings. Silva reportedly leaned on the District Judge to act in a punitive manner against Jayasekera. Jayasekera complained to the Judicial Services Commission about the conduct of the district judge. The complaint was investigated by two respected SC justices the late Mark Fernando and Tissa Bandaranayake. The Fernando-Bandaranayake report recommended legal action against Abeyratne and the JSC referred the matter to the Attorney General – then Sarath Silva himself who swept the matter under the carpet.

But due to pressure from the Bar Association of Sri Lanka then led by Romesh De Silva PC as president, the JSC was forced to appoint a three-judge committee of the Appeal Court to investigate the allegations into Abeyratne. The Committee investigated and recommended compulsory retirement for the errant district court judge. The JSC initially sent him on retirement effective July 31, 1999 but subsequently reversed this decision and gave him a punishment transfer to Moneragala instead. Abeyratne eventually rose through the ranks to become a Supreme Court Justice appointed by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (By Chinthika De Silva) 

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    Thin edge of the wedge on the “Long Walk to Freedom” ( an unreserved apology to the Great Nelson Mandela for using the title of his great book in a despicable context).
    With Abeyratne in charge, it is a matter of time. Bets closed.

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      I reminded the story of that monkey who played with the wedge of tree trunk and got punished by nature
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoOKNMIkvQY
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      Gota will have to face it sooner than later.

      That would be the day when I could go eating milkrice. All what he asked war was given by his slaves. Yet today, his moves are like that of a sloth in amazona.

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      ගුනසෙන මහත්තය.. ඔබගේ හා අපගේ උතසාහයන්ට පලවෙවිද යන්න සැකසහිතයි අද වෙනකොට. පට්ටපල් හොරුන්ට අසුවුන පොදුදේපලක් විදියට අද ස්රීලන්කවාට හිමි වී ඇති තැන ඔබට වෙනමම කිව යුතු නැත. මා හිතන විතිඩියට මේ රටේ, නීතිය හා සභ්යත්වය ට ගරු කරන ආකාරයට මාඅන්වය පරිනාමය උනානම්, තමයි හොන්ද නායකයන් මේ රටට නායකතවය දෙන්න්ට තේරි පත්වන්නෙ. මේ දක්වා අපිට සිතන්න පුලුවන්ද, එවැනි නායකයන් පේන තෙක් මානයේ වත් ඇතිද කිය. ගෝටබයගේ ඉදිරිපත්වීම කරලියට ආවේ පට්ටපල් හොරුන් උන්ගේ පවුල් තුලින් අසීමිත, සමහරවිට තක්සේරු නොකල හැකිව් තරම් උසට, රජයේ සම්පතා සොරා කාපු නිසා, යහපාලනය යටතේ මේ දේවල කරලියට ආපු නිසා, එවුන්ගේ බේරීමට මිසක්, රටේ මහජනයා රැකීමට නොවන බව ඔබ කාටත ඇද පැහැදිලිවිය යුතුයි, ඔබට නොරෝගිමත් සුලුවෙන් හෝ මොලගෙඩියක් හා සුලු බුඩ්දියක් ඇතිනම්.
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      ඊයේ වෙනකොට ඒ තක්කඩියන්ම කරලියට ඇවිදීන්, ඒ රැවටිල්ලට භ්හයන වුන බුරුවන්ගෙන් පිරුන්නු ජනතාව ගේ ඉදිරියට ඇවිදින් කතා කරන්නට තරම් හැකියාවක් රාජපක්ෂ වරුන්ට තීබිම ගැන බලන කොට, අප්පෙ ජාතියේ මිනිසුන්, ගේ මොලගෙඩිවලට හෙනගහලද කියල මට සිතුන වාරගනන අනන්ත අප්රමානයි.
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      රට යුද්දයේන් බේර පසුව, රට වෙනුවෙන් සැබෑ දේශපලාන්යට පැමිනි සරත් ෆොන්සෙකා වැනි උතුමන්ට අපි ගරු කල නමුත්, ඒ ජීඉව්ත බිලිදීම වලින්, උඩම් වී පාදඩයන් මෙන් රටේ සම්පත සොරාකපු රාජපකශ වරුන්ට අපි තව දුරටත් රැවටිලි විය යුතුද යන්න, පින්ගුත්තරයන්ට වටහ් මේ රටේ සින්හල බෞද්ද කියන ජනාතාවට තේරුම් කරදෙන්න තරම් මේ රටේ වාතාවරන්යක් නැති බව පිලිගත යුතුයි. එවුන්ගේ බලුකම් චඩකම්, හපන්කම් ලෙස ඔවා දක්වනව.

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        “Machang Leelagemalli”: Commendable writing in Sinhala. That reference to Sarath Fonseka. I don’t agree. He did not know from “WHERE” and “HOW” to enter politics. I don’t deny his skills and capabilities in winning a war, but he chose a “Political Party” managed by a” Gang, of Crooks” to enter politics. In that context, he has FAILED”.

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          I did not want to post it on CT English. But it was a mistake.
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          I know SF in person. I think he could not tolerate the stupidities of Rajapakshes then. SF is a honest person. May be his politics would not be a match to a country whose majority are being misled by high criminals such as Rajapakshes. I could not be a soldier and give my services to the motherland, but SF mastered it to the top. That is one good reasons me to continue respecting him. But Mahinda as thakadi politician stole the credit.. by that FLOOR kissing event. Mahinda Rajakshe is a good actor whose real face is not yet clear to even his thakkadi woman. That is the truth. I happened to watch few videos about Ms SERASINGHE there I thought how beautiful the life had then been in SRILANKA.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPcM4_Byrco

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            Some delightful digressions, dear LM.

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    All crooks are released. Journalists are arrested!

    The president is a sociopath.

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      Sinhala Buddhist knew this and still voted. The stupid got what they deserved.

      During last MR govt this guy used so much of money and military labor to clean canals and build bridges.
      Is the traffic any better? Last week it rained and you could not drive because the F King roads are flooded.

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        Shed that racist view of the world. Look at it without race, etc. Otherwise people like GR, MR will always rule SL.

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      GATAM

      “The president is a sociopath.”

      Well done, this must be your Eureka! moment.
      Congratulations.
      However can you check the streets?

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      Gatam,
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      it is sad all other convicted criminals being treated with the same spoon right ?

      Leadership is pure HIGH CRIMINALS.
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      Society is lovers of CRIMINALs
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      Why dont they release all the CONVICTED crimminals free from the PRISONS today ?
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      SRILANKA under RAJAPKSHES are a hell in making 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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    Xixtimiztion Victimisation of the opponent is the outcome of absolute power. No legal remedies are possible in an Undemocratic country like Sri Lanka. . Appointment of judges are politically linked So are the promotions Victimizing the opponent who did not support or criticized the actions is sadistic action. When in power, forgetting the pardoning of the enemy is absent. But the President I follower of Buddhism there is a proverb in Tamil which has the same meaning as” Reading the Bible for people
    But destroying the churches is done without people knowing it. Once thrown out of control, they ignore the fact thaey will face the same situation

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    Dear Convicted criminals/prisoners and their lawyers @ This appeal is to you.
    Responsible authorities over to you

    If DUMINDA SILVA AKA Kudu DUmiya as a mult-murdereer, drug trafficker should be given pardon, why not all other convicted criminals now in imprisonment should be given the same chance ?

    Just because KUDU DUMIYA and his BROTHER Reno De Silva as the OWNER of HIRU TV should not be given any privliledges while others as SRILANKEN CITIZENS are paid with the blind eye.
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    Almost everyone imprisoned, their lawyers should have filed an appeal asking release. Why should only KUDU Dumiyas LAWYER be given upPerhand. Please come forward and fight for your rights.

    Rajapkshes would not care much about the BASIC rights of the people, this we reiterated to you guys prior to Nov 2019, however, your were like deaf elephants.

    Today, GR came to power repeating ” one law for all”; but to support KUDU DUMIYA illegal release should be the TURNING point of this govt s fall. 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

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    Release of kudu dumiya will be the start of the early fall of the current barbarian rule😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉
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    Release of such criminals would reveal the biased nature of prevailing justice system in the country.
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    UNHRC will brand srilanka as the high ground for breeding high criminals.
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    As a country which is compared with fallen Greece today, the situation will turn out to be fall from frying pan to fire
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    Tourism industry ll be affected since tourists would nt like to get abducted or raped while travelling across the island.
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    😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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      Let me hope, LM, that you’re right about all these unacceptable turns necessarily presaging the fall of these evil guys.
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      At least we’ve got to live in such hope.

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    What’s the problem here ?? Why are hypocrite buddhist moda people all up in arms ??

    The moda easily fooled majority treat this sociopathic lunatic’s gazette notifications as devine law right ?? That’s the foolish majority allow this fools’ unconstitutional gazzete notices to illegaly seize land that belongs to Tamil people and allow this fools’ inhumane gazette notices to make cremation mandatory against all medical advice ?? The moda easily fooled buddhist majority think this sociopath they elected into office to bring about a backward ‘buddhist state’ ?? Lol this guy and his goons (who belong to various religious backgrounds) will loot this country into the dark ages. The majority will be lucky if they can find some beats to eat from the ground. XD

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    My dear Mahanayake’s and Buddhist Monks,
    I have an open question for you.
    Do you think the governments come to power should change the supreme court orders under previous governments according to their wishes. Do you want the constitution should be changed whenever the government changes? Do you think whether the country needs rule of law and justice system which is influenced by political parties govern the country? Do you support the country should be divided one for SLFP (SLPP) and other for UNP (SJB)?

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      They must be happy. Sil clothes to their congregation!

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      Ajith: Did you listen to President’s “Address to the Nation? He said: “I have appointed an “Advisory Council” of Buddhist Priests and meet on a monthly basis to seek advice on Governance”. So why you question Mahanayakas and Buddhist Monks? Re. Constitution the President in his address gave a hint on what is to come. He said: “We have done away with 19A and introduced the 20A to remove some of the obstacles, but that is not enough. We will bring a New Constitution to further strengthen the Government”. To do that I have appointed a “Committee” to draft a new” Constitution”. You ask: “Do you think……country needs rule of law and justice”. The President dealt with this too and said: “We will not interfere with rule of law and justice”. But today, the PC set up to inquire into “Political Victimization” of Public servants and Armed Forces personnel, by “Decree” “REOPENED” its sessions to inquire into the case of Duminda Silva – a “Convict” for murder, whose appeal was rejected by the Highest Court, the SC. Just a day after the “Address” two of the President’s “Inner Circle” have been found “NOT GUILTY” and released from all charges by the Court of Appeal. Many more to “DO” on the “ADVICE” of that “Advisory Council” of “Buddhist Priests”. Await further “NEWS”.

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        Simon: You got it right.

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          Glad to sense the perspicacity of so many.
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          Of course, one also needs the passionate commitment of Dilip Wedaarachchi (who bit into the raw fish)!
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          However, I continue to be concerned about how people seem to love rj1952 comments, when he exults in expressing disrespect for all and sundry.

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    Only the other day I read Marisa de Silva’s article about the injustice & hardships suffered by many who have been affected by the PTA, indeed, a credit to investigative journalism in SL. The notion of terrorism in SL is closely associated with race crime & many civilians have been a pawn in political wrangling. SSP Shani Abeysekara, Dr Safi & Lawyer Hejaaz comes to mind. When affluent people are subjected to this treatment, the fate of the poor who are unable to afford legal representation or a voice is only too obvious. The PTA is necessary in times of terror but indefinite incarceration (apparently 20 years & counting in some cases) without charge, is only to be found in dictatorships & oppressive regimes, not in a democracy. The fact that murderers are pardoned, & in this case, an attempt to overturn the ruling of the highest court of the land, only confirms despotic regime of GR. Shouldn’t all those locked up without being charged deserve a Presidential enquiry too?

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    Any bet takers for a wager bet on how long will it take for a presidential pardon to be😃given to king duminda.?
    B.
    I say within the next six 6 months he will be pardoned and will be on the streets pedalling his kudu wares.
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    After that he will get a national seat to sit as a MP in the ponna rajapuka party.
    D.
    Law order and justice are things of the past it is now the era of the pompous criminals who will continue to rule the roost for many a moon to come.
    E.
    Ever since 1956 the Yakkos have driven the once prosperous island down the pallan to sit as the undisputed dictator chieftains of the colony of the beggars where only criminal s and thieves survive.
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    As for me I enjoy sipping a glass of wine every evening living in the lap of luxury far far away from this mangy maggot infested shithole known to all the old white uncle’s as the kingdom of rajapukistan.
    G.
    Now what will stanley Soma and the eager less Tamil meenachi fornicating puntak say.

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    This so called “Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Political Victimization” is the biggest scandal and sabotage of law and order in recent memory. This is why Gota rammed through the 20th Amendment. Now it’s a slap in the face to all the victims of these criminals who raped, killed, plundered and peddled drugs. Gota the ‘disciplinarian’ is allowing these psychopaths to further victimize the victims of their crimes. This commission is what should be investigated for political victimization.

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      Ajay: Don’t worry. Another Government will come to Govern and another Presidential Commission will be appointed to inquire into the appointment and conduct of this Commission. Commissions, Commissions, and Commissions. That is another “GIL MART” to “Dole” out Public Funds to “COHORTS”.

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        Simon

        Are you suggesting we must appoint foreigners as members of commissions, judges, investigators, executioners, …. ?

        If a foreigner can be elected as president and his brother Basil (an American) can play a crucial role (one stop shop) why not foreign judges, lawyers, governors, head of financial institutions, ministers, executioner, head of armed forces, Viharathipathy, Chancellors, gravediggers, ……….

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          Native Vedda: Have you forgotten the appointments of Gota’s “Travel Agent” as the Chairman of the Airport & Aviation and another “Kootadiya” to the Embassay in a Middle Eastern country.? This is the beginning and waits to see many more to come. Perhaps Karuna Amman in the “Camp” some from the so-called “Diaspora” would come as “Judges” too. Wake up, man!

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            Simon,
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            Although your cynicism appears justified, we’ve got to keep reaching out constructively to the man-in-the-street. Many here are doing just that – including you!

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              Sinhala_Man: Thanks. What you say “reach out to the man-in. the-street” is the ONLY way. Unfortunately, we still don’t have “Spartacus” types to tell the “Slaves”, You are Slaves and make them understand they are “Slaves”. Anyway, nothing like trying. Let us try.

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        If you want to kill or delay an idea, appoint a committee. R I P.

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    Sri Lanka’s Judiciary has become a Rajapaksa playground.
    The decision of the politically appointed Presidential Commission to review a closed case involving a buddy of the President is an insult to the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

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      Champa

      “Sri Lanka’s Judiciary has become a Rajapaksa playground.”

      When exactly did Sri Lanka’s Judiciary become a Rajapaksa playground?
      Many wise people here in this forum as well as elsewhere have consistently been informing us. What made you suddenly change your mindset as you were once a staunch supporter of Rajapaksas and Wimal Weerawansa? Did the clan ignore you?

      “The decision of the politically appointed Presidential Commission to review a closed case involving a buddy of the President is an insult to the rule of law in Sri Lanka.”

      Did you have any reservations about the release of Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake by Gota immediately after he was elected as president?

      Now you are no longer with Gota, are you with LTTE supporters, Tamil Diaspora, a secret admirer of VP, NGO paid lackey ….. ?

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        Native Vedda
        My comment was based on what I saw.
        The internal and external retail politicking of the Judiciary has turned it into a Rajapaksa political institution.
        The 20A is a classic testament of the fear of Rajapaksas losing their grip on politics.
        The judges appointed by Rajapaksas are personally known to them and the others are those who aligned with them. Therefore, under a RajapaksaRegime, SC/Appeal Court judges will never give a judgement that will upset their Masters.
        Take the judgements in favour of Bathiudeen, LalithW & AnushaP, for example.
        Bathiudeen, who is a political veteran, has razed to the ground 2500-acres of a Reserved Forest to illegally settle down people of his race. The judgement against this crime was reforestation!!!
        Is this a judicial judgement or a reprimand by a nursery teacher?
        The courts have decided that deforestation carried out by Bathiudeen was illegal. That means the settlement of people in the cleared area is also illegal. This is a serious violation of the law in two ways.
        Unless the judgement was given under a Replanting of Trees Act or something, a severe punishment should have been imposed against him. Why did the courts give a “gracious punishment” to Bathiudeen? It’s because the judges didn’t want to earn the wrath of their Masters.

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        Native Vedda
        About Sunil Ratnayake, I have no reservations at all. He deserved to be freed from jail.
        Unlike Duminda, there were no eye witnesses against Sunil Ratnayake. The only witness, who said that he heard a bleat like a sound coming from the area, was dead a long time ago. (I forgot his name.) A bleat is different from goat to goat as sometimes it can be heard like a child screaming. Other evidence by former LTTE cadre were fabricated.

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          Champa

          “About Sunil Ratnayake, I have no reservations at all. He deserved to be freed from jail.”

          Why?

          There was eye witness, there were witness statement by fellow war criminals, those areas where this war crime was perpetrated were under the control of other war criminals, ……………….
          Champa Justice is supposed to be blind.

          Do you fantasize?
          Or faking …..

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        Native Vedda
        You say “Now you are no longer with Gota…….”
        I was never with Gotabhaya.
        If you check my comments last year, you will see that I was all against him based on many reasons.
        My repeated warnings against Gotabhaya with regard to the safety of women and children were proved by this year’s alarming statistics of sexual abuses against women and children.
        Gotabhaya’s inherent disregard to rape related crimes was evident even during his tenure as the Defence Secretary. Even when he was elected as the President, he further discriminated against women and children by abolishing the Cabinet Ministry for Women and Children’s Affairs for no apparent reason. The only reason for his disregard could be due to the fact that the victims are Sinhalese and not Muslims.
        As for Mahinda and Wimal, yes, I am done with them.
        The only purpose of sharing my independent opinion is to protect my country, Buddhism and the Sinhalese nation from treachery. Hence, I will not tolerate deceptions or double deals.
        The Sinhalese Buddhist people have now presented with their long awaited opportunity to reject all current politicians. They should not align themselves with Pohottuwa anymore. Then the next question comes. How should the country get rid of them? Will wait and see.

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          Dear NV,
          .
          You are a treasure – always spot on – almost.
          .
          However, I’ve always seen consistency in Champa.
          .
          OTOH, the Sunil Ratnayake release was not one that I was happy with, but, as you see, she appears to have studied that more seriously than us.

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            Sinhala_Man

            “…………………….. but, as you see, she appears to have studied that more seriously than us.”

            I am supposed to start work at 8 Am.
            However everyday I start work at 8.35 AM.
            In a way I am late but punctual.

            Champa is wrong.
            I need to retrieve my factsheets on Sunil Ratnayake. It’s going to take some time. I will come back on this later.

            Are you keeping well?

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      My Dear Champa,
      ,
      very sad to hear, but the truth.

      Today, masses would not utter a single word against, irrespective of various injustices. deliberately being practised.

      I think not just COVID, but many other diseases could destroy the nation sooner than later. Almost everything is lost as of today. Nothing is achieved during the last 12 months.

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        Leelagemalli
        The fake second corona wave and subsequent quarantine laws are the most convenient way for the government to suppress public dissension.

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          Champa,

          I think it was just the false publicity that they contained the virus as no others in order to go for elections. See how many of the african countries score much less numbers of COVID patients yet today, all becuase most of thoese countries dont perform sufficient PCR tests. No tests, meaning much less number of Infected patients.

          You and I know it very well, that ISLAND nations could control it much easier than any other countries. If CHINA could do it, as a border country, and if Taiwan and Newzealand could manage it why have we failed ?
          ;
          Looking back, almsot every voter contributed their RETURN would agree today…. that Rajapakshes are fake politicians. They only want to play with human lives. Basta.

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          No, Champa, I don’t think it fake this time. Gota was very fortunate from March onwards – and we, too, were very fortunate. We want this to end, but we don’t know how to bring that about.
          .
          I’m hoping that Dr M.M. Janapriya will come up with another of his careful studies. Please keep an eye open – there haven’t, so far, been enough responses to what he writes.
          .
          I hadn’t even heard of him ten months ago, but I’ve managed to get through to him. Right now his wife is indisposed.

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            Dear SM/Dear Champa,

            I agree with SM. There is indeed a second wave. Believe me, many countries in Europe are getting ready to face it in high winter days. In Europe, it is becoming a threat as of today. And the situation in Trump s land is even thousand times worst than that in EUrope. However, Island nations could do their best if their leaders were intelligent. But we all know that our leaders are the most rude, and no words in dictionaries to describe their MLECHCHA politics. There is a saying in sinhala vernacular, ලිහාපු මල්ල ඔබල බලන්ඩ වෙඩක් නැහැ, මුන් පවුල් පිටින්ම පට්ටපල අපරාද කරුවො… එවුන්ට ජීවිත වලින් වන්දිගෙවන්න වෙනවා මයි.. ඒකට නකෂත්‍ර කාරයො වෙඩක් නැහැ. -we dont need to touch the bag once was checked before. :

            October 13 – it was 13 deaths for 1697 infected patients
            *********************************************************************************
            I have no doubt, if Dr Senaratne remained as the minsiter of Health, things would not have ended up this way… I dont know much about his links with Rascal rajaakshes prior to 2015, but Rajitha did a great job during GOOD GOVERNANCE as the minister of health.
            November 21 – 74 deaths for 13 271 infected patients( if nothing would act properly, but Rajapakshes stupdities would CONINTUE, this will become 33 068 or more in 100 days- meaning in another 2 months). Then the deaths would be nearly 175 or more)

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    Tell me of one case where the crooks of 2010 to 2015 who had cases filed against them have been charged by the courts after the Rajapakses/SLPP/Vyath Maga/ Yuthukama Government took over? All those crooks have been freed by the courts. Is this due to the “santhosams” given to the Judges or inefficiency of the AG’s department?

    I was also shocked to see a present civilian Jaliya who is the cousin of the President has been provided “Diplomatic Immunity” by this Government. Is this what the Vyath Maga which is now has been dropped on “Maha Maga/Para” and the Yuthukama which has become “Ayuthukama” fought for? Are the so called “educated” in these two groups not ashamed to be still part of this Government? Do they know what Shame is?

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      B1,
      NEXT step would be to block social media. Internationally srilanka is compared with somalia and the like minded countries. Now the ball is being passed to former govt being unable to the little of what polonnaruwa kakakanniya did.GOTLER S FAILED TO THE EYES OF MASSES TODAY.

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      Let’s wait until Devine forces do the job for us taking away these criminal s one by one. Alone power greedy but physically weakened MR was unable to continue his speech in the the parliament yesterday. I have no doubt they ll have to face it sooner than later. Abusing power to the manner Rajapakshe are doi is only comparable to the leader in tribal Africa 😉😎😉😎😉😎😉😎😉😎

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        We were talking about MR’s health even around 2014, but I agree that the signs aren’t good for him now.
        .
        But the Rajapaksa line seems to stretch out till the crack of doom.

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        leelagemalli
        All of the Sri Lankan politicians were/are power greedy. Otherwise, even after 72 years, we don’t have to see “development budgets” solely dependent on foreign loans which are now renamed as investments.

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        Social media has commented on the Prime Minister asking Speaker’s permission to be seated while presenting the 3-hour-budget.
        I don’t understand the big deal here.
        Former PM Sir John Kotalawela has used a walking stick.
        Former PM Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike was in a wheelchair.
        Former President J R Jayewardene retired at the age of 83.
        I don’t think anybody highlighted physical weaknesses of those leaders. I guess the reason was Sri Lankans were lot civilized at the time.
        As Buddhists, we were taught at a very early age not to highlight physical weaknesses of others as one day we will also have to pass that age and experience such physical weaknesses.
        There are young people who cannot stand or sit for 3 hours.
        I have seen people who are younger than Mahinda finding it difficult to sit on the floor when they listen to Dhamma sermons. Those who are in good health, sit on chairs even when they observe Pansil, which is an insult to the resolution they promise to adhere to.
        Sitting on the floor in front of Lord Buddha makes you relinquish your ego.
        Keeping one’s body aligned with the earth at 90 degrees is an exercise that helps you to relax and concentrate. Both sitting and walking Buddhist meditation poses are exercises.

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      Buddhist1: Another Minister who was charged for “Murder” by the AG has been “DISCHARGED” by the Appeal Court yesterday. The newly appointed Chairman, Judge Nawaz in “Discharging” Minister stated that the “Charges” are “ILLEGAL”. That “Yuthukama” “Hon” MP (entered through the back-door) must be having “Kiri Bath” for all three meals a day. I heard some “Tremblings” from the grave of his “Grand-Pa” for what his “Grand-Son” is campaigning. Don’t worry now we have a “Denga-Denga Advisory Council” to “ADVISE” the President on “GOVERNANCE”. Aren’t you delighted as a “Buddhist1”?

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    Under the Rajapaksa governments convicted murderers, war criminals, and crooks, are pardoned or released. Some given prominent posts in their government and rewarded.

    Unfortunately some poor people still languish in jail at the whim of the Rajapaksa’s for racial or political motivation, still wait to hear what exactly they are charged with without proper legal representation. While world bodies involved with human rights, and judicial organizations keep pleading for their release, the vindictiveness of the Rajapaksa’s are plain to see, and it convinces the world we are indeed a banana republic led by a fascist government.

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    Evil Eagle waiting for your most anticipated response. Didn’t public ask for a LAWFUL VIRTUOUS nation. The murder took place in daylight, witnessed by many, found guilty by highest courts, but the verdict is decided by Gotas court.(Gotas Law). Fully deserve it.

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    Sorry after typing I realized it is better to say “fixed in Gota’s court” than decided.

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    On Gota’s much talked about administration, today the front line people in Covid management told press 1) PHI (public health inspectors/ground level coordinators of Covid management) complained of inadequate support from government and an attempt to pass the blame whenever there is a short coming 2) front line cops charged negligence by higher-ups worsened police cluster (infection among front line police personal) 3)we also heard from poor garment factory workers who were scapegoated by our own government.

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    “The EAGLE has gone into hiding”. Any takers ????

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    Justice has never been served equitably in Sri Lanka. Even four or five decades ago, powerful lawyers like Dr Colvin R De Silva at great expense would ensure that wealthy clients would not be punished. Those traditions have come down the generations of Sri Lankans despite adopting the British justice system, nurtured by Roman-Dutch traditions. It has been and always will be, the exchange of favours between powerful entities against the poor, the oppressed and the weak. To imagine another outcome would be naive.

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    Even judges having skeletons in their cupboards is nothing new. Duminda’s crowd is going to a PCOI and that it self is not drama. Somebody brought to my attention to the following: When Duminda was injured there were people who rushed to the hospital to see how he is. It is the same hand that pardoned the Mirusuvil murder convict in the quickest possible time. But why was not Duminda pardoned in the speed that was expected by some? If it is to be surmised that a recommendation of a commission is helpful in pardoning Duminda for a complete release where was that Commission in the release of Mirusuvil murder convict? Don’t get me wrong as I take no side in this matter, but the inconsistency pointed out by my friend makes me feel that there is a very interesting story yet untold.

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