25 July, 2021

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Gota’s “Viyath” Regime Appoints Killer Duminda Silva As Housing Authority Chairman

Moving with lightning speed, President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed convicted murderer Duminda Silva his Chairman of the National Housing Authority, dealing another crushing blow to his electoral pledge of “technocratic” “intellectual” governance.

A letter under the signature of presidential secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, has notified the Secretary to the Ministry of Rural Housing and Construction of Silva’s appointment as Chairman of the Authority. Jayasundera’s letter is copied to the Chairman of the Urban Development Authority.

 

Duminda Silva, a long time Gotabaya-ally who was granted a presidential pardon last month, was convicted of the murder of SLFP strongman and trade union leader Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and sentenced to death for the crime in 2016. The verdict was issued by a High Court Trial at Bar, and upheld by a five judge bench of the Supreme Court in 2018.

His appointment as Housing Authority Chairman vests state power in the drug kingpin and murderer and puts police investigators, prosecutors and Premachandra’s family at grave security risk. As Monitoring MP of the Defence Ministry in 2010-2011, Colombo Telegraph learns that Silva used his influence and power over the security forces to wage war against rival drug gangs, with a spate of murders being chalked up to “underworld wars” during that period. Highly placed sources told Colombo Telegraph that the brutal Welikada Prison massacre in 2012 was also in part connected to this drug-rivalry.

Silva’s appointment sparked outrage and derision on social media.

Politicians also weighed in on the appointment.

“Imprisonment, pardons and appointments by presidential fiat should not subvert the criminal justice system, nor be used as weapons against it,” tweeted Vice Chairman of the SJB Youth Wing and the party’s Chief Organizer for Weligama, Rehaan Jayawickreme.

 

Silva’s pardon was long expected under the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency with the two being intimately associated during the latter’s time as Secretary of Defence.

However, President Nandasena waited nearly two years before pardoning Silva, sources said because powerful sections of the ruling administration were vehemently opposed to the decision to release the convicted murderer.

The pardon was eventually issued after the Hiru broadcasting network revolted against the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration, consistently airing footage of hunger lines and popular discontent against the President and his party. The attacks against the Gotabaya Government escalated soon after former CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera, who cracked the murder investigation that got Silva convicted, was released on bail following an order of the Court of Appeal.

The network is owned by Duminda Silva’s brother Rayynor Silva, who performed yeoman service on behalf of the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) in 2018-2019 in the run up to the presidential election that brought Gotabaya Rajapaksa to power. The channel’s focus while tearing down the Wickremesinghe-Sirisena Government was ensuring a SLPP Government would pardon and release Silva. For the same reason, the channel conducted a vicious campaign of slander and malice against top CID investigator SSP Shani Abeysekera.

Sources told Colombo Telegraph that Rayynor Silva was incensed by SSP Abeysekera’s release on the Court of Appeal under a Gotabaya Administration, while his drug-lord brother languished in prison for murder. Fearing a backlash that would bring down his government from the broadcasting giant, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa moved swiftly to pardon Duminda Silva. (Nimal Ratnaweera)

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  • 37
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    The Letter of Appointment (reproduced) states in Sinhala: “The appointment has been approved by the “RT. HONORABLE PRESIDENT” (ATHIGARU). Can this President be really called “ATHIGARU” (RT.Honorable)? The President “Pardons” a “CRIMINAL” and that does not “Exonerate” this Duminda Silva of the “Conviction”. He remains a “CRIMINAL”. Further, the President has “Approved” (Anumatha Kara Etha) the appointment. Then who “Appointed” this criminal? Must be another “Criminal” and certainly the Secretary to the President Jasundara – another “Convicted” by the Courts. Then who has given the “Approval”? Another, who “Escaped” a “Criminal” case using a “Proviso” of the Constitution.

    The interesting scenario here: A “Criminal” is appointed as the Chairman of a Public Corporation, by a “Criminal” and approved by a “Criminal” (to be) just escaped from Law Enforcement using the Constitution. Ha………….Ha…………Ha………..Ha………Sri Lanka and the “6.9 million”. Than SEPADA?

    • 21
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      Dear Simon,
      Killers became leaders, and what else we can expect today. Would the people welcome the kind of appointments ? our people (majority) are unique. Unfortunatley, the following saying would not work with them “Rae vetunu valeh daval vatenne nae (රෑ වැටුනු වලේ දවල් වැටෙන්නේ නෑ) The man who fell into the pit at night, does not fall into it again in broad daylight. People should learn from their mistakes.”
      :
      All these were public secret to the very same people, nevertheless people got caught by the FAKE PERCEPTIONs made on Nandasini. Today looking at any comments being added to video clips show the degree of bitterness of the people.

      Tell me what happened to that Madagoda Piyadassa or the like big mouths. Let alone, that BBS pissu balla from Galle is made silent today.

      • 7
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        If the death sentence that was imposed on Duminda Silva was carried out ……. then Gota wouldn’t have had a Dumnida to release.

        Man, nothing beats finality ……… than this continuous BS!

        Only exhumed him and kept in his glass shark-tank for company. …….. Idi Amin killed and kept the body of the Chief Justice of Uganda who gave a decision against him in his refrigerator ….. take him out and lecture to him about the finer points jurisprudence! (Is that the right word? I want to pull one on Native to make him believe I know more big words than him.)


        Now any of you buggers out there don’t try to give me compassion and Buddha’s Dhamma Pada bullshit ……. Gota is a murderer, Duminda is a murderer, Mahinda is a murderer, Ranil is a protector of murderers, Mahanayakes are supporters of murderers, Cardinal is a supporter of murderers ……. feel free to add ye favourites to the list.

        Native, SJ not a hmm from ye …….. remember I’m the goddamn pacifist here ……. who hasn’t killed even a fly.

        Don’t try to make me the fall guy ……… for other people’s blood lust.

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          Good ol’ Velupillai Prabakaran was a saint ……. without the hypocrisy, the deception and the rest of the bullshit …… if he wanted to kill he just killed …….. at least one can come to terms with it: there is no pseudo morality play ……That’s my kinda guy.

          Compared to the rest of the crooks …….. Good ol’ Wil was thinking of VP: the best principled honest man ever to come out of Lanka ….. “His life was gentle; and the elements. So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up. And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!”

          You buggers can’t stomach the truth ……. because your ethnicity gets in the way? Well too bad ….. kiss my ass!

    • 13
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      To whom it may concern.
      Please listen to the video clip below
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofREAcXfEtY

      The current situation could not be worse.

      Law Enforcement using the Constitution. Ha………….Ha…………Ha………..Ha………Sri Lanka and the “6.9 million”. Than SEPADA?

    • 11
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      Dear Simon & LM:

      So here we have a convicted murderer out and about, now active in this government.

      I think we should be concerned that this convicted murderer is bound to feel empowered to carry out more murders of opponents!

      Reminded by Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s reaction to the matter, I wonder whether the double-Paksa regime planned the release of Duminda Silva to have him finish off Shani Abeyesekera, the man who contributed to his murder conviction.

      Duminda can get away with anything with impunity under the double-Paksa regime… and enjoy freedom until the Rajapaksas get kicked out. But the Rajapaksas have no plans of leaving office.

    • 0
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      Readers, please watch the video clip below
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLxk_8Edb2U

  • 24
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    Once pardoned, anything is game and the presidency cannot be questioned, right!?

    But we can certainly question the ARBITRARY pardoning of convicted murderer Duminda Silva.

    Why has this pardon gone uncontested? As far as I know, except for the selfish protest /hunger strike by the prisoners in Mahara and Welikada and the gasps of shock and disgust of the public, no legal petition has been raised against this ARBITRARY pardoning which is said to be illegal.

    And how is a President who himself is a lawless offender who utters death threats, who has made it a habit of releasing TRIED, CONVICTED, and DEATH SENTENCED murderers, can ensure the SECURITY of the citizenry, and all citizenry!?

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      Dear Sugandh,
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      That is the million dollar question.
      .
      “”””Why has this pardon gone uncontested? As far as I know, except for the selfish protest /hunger strike by the prisoners in Mahara and Welikada and the gasps of shock and disgust of the public, no legal petition has been raised against this ARBITRARY pardoning which is said to be illegal”””””

      Why do main stream media stay blind and deaf on this PARDON ?
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      Why do SO CALLED SUPER POWERFUL Sanga Community stay as if they are no different to CROCODILES fed with clay ?
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      Why dont those judges come forward to stand against this PARDON ? What happened to lawyers community ?
      This is WONDER LAND SRILANKA filled with various kind of criminals… alone not reacting against CRIMEs are no different to the real criminals

      Are you as much of a criminal if you don’t act when there’s a crime taking place in front of you as you are one of the participants? That was something that I was thinking about a lot because there are many moments in ‘Less Than Zero’ where horrific things happen and Clay could do something about them, but his passivity stops him.

      Bret Easton Ellis

      God bless srialnka !

  • 21
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    I thought Ali Sabry would pave the for min of justice for him,put min of finance to Hora ,
    Well done to Sangam…….these lavish monks and thaddies…….

  • 12
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    This Jeyasundram holding the doctorate and sign the appointment letter doesn’t he felt it’s immoral,leave alone the street thug ,asked for just pure drinking water……what has he done . same attitude still now the protesters were send to Mullaitivu from cmb don’t know whether they had the privilege to ask for their own clothes……one thing he is secured in 1st world for him and his family.
    Keep reading the soorawamsam,and champions of Buddhism

  • 25
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    I am sure Gota has gone mad. No other way to explain his behaviour. 6.9 million modayas are taken for a good ride.

  • 15
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    Dumi will become Western Province’s governor without standing for election.

  • 25
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    Viyathamaga my foot. Dan Sepada ???

    • 8
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      Viyathamaga my foot. Dan Sepada ???

      Oh Yaa? You wait until we open our dream Chinese Defense University under the name of Kotalawela Comedy! Everybody going to be trained and sent to South Pacific & Arunachal Pradesh to protect Chinese boarders.
      Viva America,
      Viva Japan,
      Jei Hind!

  • 21
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    If NNP/JVP or whatever the crap they call themselves now ……. gives an ironclad guarantee to line these bastards up in The Gall Face Green and shoot them – as if the JVP is not accustomed to violence …… but finally use it for a crying need – my vote is for them.

    There should be a finality/end to all this crap …… now that ol’ VP has bitten the dust, the JVP are the best lot to end this BS. Where is the real JVP when we need them most? ……. better not go soft on us now!

  • 24
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    I am tempted to hurl an insult towards Nande about this murderer whom he has an unusual affinity towards. But there is a more important point to make here. Singapore got to where it is today by religiously sticking to the rule of law and building confidence in its judicial system. Global corporations do not invest in corrupt hell holes run by unstable megalomaniacs who have a tendency to turn the laws in his country upside down, subjugate the judiciary, invent corrupt commissions to pardon criminal cronies etc.. Use henchmen and yes men to run the place into the ground. The future of such a place is in the gutter.

  • 15
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    It is a very unfortunate appointment

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    Yes…
    We welcome him.
    A long delayed move.
    .
    If you don’t like it….. get lost.
    Who cares.

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      Ms SCP,
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      it is high time you to move to Mulleriya. You the kind of stupid (men/women) are to be blamed for today s mess. Please listen to your grand children. At least they could show you something. Tomorrow ll be too late.

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        Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
        .
        How many times do I have to tell you..?
        What you think about any of these not anyone’s concern.
        It’s irrelevant.
        We have pardoned Mr. Duminda Silva… have we not…?
        We have appointed him as we see fit… have we not…?
        We have nominated Basil to parliament… have we not…?
        Etc… Etc…
        What can you do…?

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      S. C. Passqual

      “We welcome him.
      A long delayed move.”

      Of course you missed him for several years.

      As Housing Authority Chairman he could strategically locate his business among the people where his gangs will have almost total control of those territories, hopefully avoiding Pitched battles between competing suppliers, or in fact monopoly on what is sold and how sales and profits are distributed among suppliers, ……………. streamlining the orderly distribution of stuffs, ……. –

      I case if there is territorial disputes among the actors, Sarath Weerasekera is on hand to provide security, STF is idling away its time and resources, it needs work, should provide escorts transporting stuff and cash, …………

      Hope you do well.
      Therefore “you welcome him” which is understandable.

      Please note Bandula Gunawardane, … proposed to open “Rajawasala” throughout the country to sell products of state-owned enterprises at a single location.

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        Native,

        I know you are against the death penalty …… but don’t you think if the death sentence that was imposed on Duminda Silva was carried out ……. then Gota wouldn’t have had a Dumnida to release.

        Man, nothing beats finality ……… than this continuous BS!

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          nimal fernando

          “but don’t you think if the death sentence that was imposed on Duminda Silva was carried out ……. then Gota wouldn’t have had a Dumnida to release.”

          I am afraid you are turning into a member of lynch mob, or hanging judge or have become a member of Ku Klux Klan. Is your Chinese girl friend urging you indulge in such activities as part of ……………………..

          I read somewhere that there lived a Lord named Denning who was p****d off when he heard then alleged bombers Birmingham Six were suing the police.
          “Lord Denning upheld an appeal by the West Midlands Police against a civil action brought by the Birmingham Six for injuries they received in custody”. Later he was reported to have said had the state hung the 6 immediately everything would have been done and dusted. Later all six were found innocent and awarded compensation.

          For three reasons you should oppose capital punishment.
          1. If wrongly executed what would be compensation?
          2. The deterrent argument for capital punishment never worked anywhere in the world.
          3 Ethically it is wrong to kill, especially state to have the right to judicially kill another person or persons.

          SJ should know, however China regularly executes criminals for murder, drug smuggling, corruption, espionage, free speech, …………………… demanding democracy.

  • 18
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    Rajapussies amusing the 6.9 mills “Mahadana Mutta’s” royally, he shouldn’t be the chairman of housing
    He should be the cabinet minister of Kudu import and export
    Than Sapada …?

  • 17
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    This underworld mobster and drug lord tried to escape punishment for the murder of Premachandra by claiming that he too got shot in the head and went to Singapore and slept in a hospital bed for 18 months. Nobody saw any wound in his head but believed him anyway because money is always a good thing. But eventually he was convicted and locked up – with access to whatever sensual pleasure he fancied. Now he has been pardoned by the 7-Eleven technocratic intellectual in order to get his expertise to clean up the streets of drugs by confining their use strictly to houses that are going to be brought under his control.

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    Gothas Criminality has no boundaries. The Criminal and the Killer was elected by a majority by the majority. So I wont be surprised if the majority approve the appointment just like S C Pasqual. I feel sorry fory for you Hirunika but I am sure you understand how the parents of the Mirusuvil Killers felt when they were pardoned by the President. This is adding insult to injury.
    It is time for UN and the Western Nations to act. and the IMF to refuse to reward a Criminal by denying the Loan.
    Weeratunga was on the run but he was brought back by the Crimninal. Sir Basi the biggest THIEF is money a Minister for Controlling takes the cash. How wonderful.

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      Gothas Criminality has no boundaries.

      Kali Machang don’t be in a hurry. Waiting until Lemon Puff Veeraya take over the ministry. “Kuoolukku Thengai Choddu! (Champaign and chips) . You can enjoy unlimited-ly!
      Where is Champawati?

  • 9
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    The next Minister of Elections has been brought in, equally powerful to over-ride the EC in the
    field, so a ” Democratic” election will see Nanadsena and gang well settled with the 6.9 million+,
    as his Computers will reveal to the world.!

  • 12
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    There should not be any surprises. This is to be expected from the blood, flesh, sinews and bones of the predominant master class of the human race, the Sinhala Buddhists. The greatest pretenders the God or the Nature has created.Viva The Punk Judiciary. Viva Ava Lanka. Power to thugs.

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      UNHRC questioned, whether srilanka is capable of local inveistgations by their own, going by independent investigations on war crimes. There, our pundits representing the nation challenged them that we could manage all the investigations without foreign judges being appointed for such investigations. But today, what is being displayed sofar is that people are compelled to hear day by day that the current rulers cant even handle any kind of crime invesitgations. Most of them are biased and upon the commands being given by Presidet. They have proved that our judges are just remote controlled puppets.
      . Direct mediation of current president in court affairs /Judiciary has made it a laughing stock today even before the school going children. If the children would ask
      ” Teacher, you ask us to respect law and order, but tell us why does the incumbent president release convicted murders today – can you please elaborate on this ?, and he of all people is now appointed as a president of a govt institution”.

      Teachers and parents would have no other choice but to stay ” cratching their head – seeking responses to the questions of the little ones.

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    Buddhist community in Sri Lanka wants to turn Sri Lanka into a land of criminals. Buddhist Maha sangha is with the criminals. Buddhist educated professionals are with criminals. Majority of Buddhist Sinhala are with criminals. Where is Buddhism? Where is Sinhala civilisation? So far, the excuses was Tamils and Muslim terrorism and fundamentalism. Now Criminal Karuna is with them. Criminal Pillaiyan is with them. Criminal Douglas with them. Criminal Duminda is with them who killed another Sinhala. Lasantha a Sinhalese was killed by one of these Criminals. Now, the rulers are Criminals and enemies of Criminals are ordinary Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

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      Ajith,
      Buddhist community never wanted to turn Sinhale/Sri Lanka into a land of criminals but Tamil community tried to convert at least part of the country into a land of criminals. Tamil terrorists are the worst criminals that this country produced. Duminda killed only one person but Tamil terrorists killed hundreds and thousands of men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, AK47s and chemical weapons. Yet, the President pardoned them.
      —-
      “Buddhist community in Sri Lanka wants to turn Sri Lanka into a land of criminals.”

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Tamil community tried to convert at least part of the country into a land of criminals.”

        Probably they might want to build a open prison and dump people like you, clan, the crooks, racists, murderers, rapists, ……………… into what you describe as the land of criminals? You seem to be very eager/enthusiastic about settling down in the land of criminals.
        Good luck.

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      My dear Ajith,
      .
      Not just wanted, but they have made it a land of high criminals.
      :
      Just imagine, not a single discussion as to why alleged high criminal/incumbent defactor president of the country unanimously made the decisions regarding the unethical pardon being given to KUDU Duminda.
      :
      Pinguththara COMMUNITY stays as if their both ends are sealed of today, not uttering a single word about the unethical action taken by Gotabaya.
      :
      And again Kudu Dumiya to be appointed as the president of a govt institution – is even beyond all bearing, but not many would even criticise it today… meaning EVEN if thei rmothers woudl ahve been aducted by CRIMINALs today, nobody would stand against the justice… so what more talks we need… JUDGES should be hung by their balls by bringing to Galle face green…. most of them became lawyers thanks to tax payers funds. But after becoming lawyers judges how they react against own people is beyond comprehension. This is the nature of SINHALAYA abusive mind set.

  • 12
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    Where is our Blind eagle guy? dont know whether he had a heart attack after Duminda’s new appointment. he must be feeling jealous that his credentials were not recognised. Pathetic creatures.

  • 10
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    I now wonder if Gota got Kudu Salli from Duminda? Is this the reason why Kudu Duminda was appointed the Chairman? Are the Rajapakses the kingpin of Kudu business in Sri Lanka?

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      Buddhist 01,
      .
      Why dont those officers in such institutions yet come forward standing against the tastless appoinment ?

      A grotesque distortion of the truth !…. this is going beyond all ethics and morals. What happened to GOTABAYA ? Wiyath balu maga over to you … !

  • 9
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    Duminda Silva’s pardon was not a surprise, nor is his appointment to govt. office, so expect Silva to contest in the next election (if we are to have one) & I am sure the grateful public will vote for him, expecting govt. housing under his benevolent patronage. In fact, I wont be surprised if he opens shop in his housing developments to peddle drugs ( or even a ‘murder for hire’ shop). Just another service to the public, his customers can shop freely without fear of police intervention. Once in Parliament, who knows, drugs could be even legalised. An example of “technocratic” “intellectual” governance.

    • 6
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      Duminda Silva release factor will cause incumbent govt to face all the unexpected. No doubt about that.
      . Wait and see. None in and out of the country would commend it except majority of criminals in Pohottuwa.
      :
      Not just released him going against all the ethics and morals but to appoint him as one powerful president of a state institution – as if people are blind and deaf, nothing seems to work against the shocking decision of Gota ( I would not call him his excellency, since we know he is defacto man got elected by a fake perception). Any successive govt will have to hang Gota only for this highly distorated act. Wait and see, no doubt, as some young men loud it today, the days when the people would punish them are not far away. The destiny will be even worst than that of Tripoli man who ruined that country over the years.

  • 8
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    My view is this post to Siva by Gota is to check the gravity how people react.
    Next shuffle he will be min of law and order….he knows what his master expect and the taste he likes…….

    It’s lockdown anyway ,people all have to unite and comes to street and blocks
    The movement and bring down the Govt,put interim administration and put new election bring back the power to parliament and rid of the prez system.
    Mr.Nagananda Kodittuwaku along with law society,civil ,…..take the charge
    Amend the law if convicted for murder automatically loose the civic rights,a high criminal in prison,then taking higher up in the office……is it being gazzeted or any short list candidates what is the qualifications required…
    Is he still allowed to carry firearms….official vehicle easy to transport his magic powder unchecked.

  • 9
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    WHAT YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP It applies to all Buddhists and Hindus as per karma. The Mahinda dynasty is full of Drug dealers Crriksm Self Centered people and MURDERERS, Birds of the same fathers flock together
    The people will CUT soon the feathers of these birds

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    Send Duminda Silva back to jail along with Tamil terrorist criminals who were pardoned by Rajapakshes.

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      What a really stupid idea!

      Eagle Eye, were those “Tamil terrorist criminals” tried in a court of Law, convicted and sentenced like Duminda Silva was?

      Or were they held in detention for numerous years without ever having been tried as often happens in lawless states?

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        Sugandh,
        They were hard core terrorists who had blood in their hands.

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          EE, you and the likes of you have blood in your hands, literally and/or figuratively. You have proven that time and again here, persistently with extremist fervour.

          Mission overdrive lately trying to do free PR for the Double-paksa government which is drowning in its own boundless stupidity besides all its evils???

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        What do those judges say about the release?
        .
        If convicted multi murderers are to be released that way why should we continue with courts?.
        .
        Lawlessness is governing since medamulana thugs are brought back to power.😐🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

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        Sugandh, Evil is talking about Pillayan, Karuna, Douglas and KP.

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      EE
      Those who were released along with ……no charges nor not even convicted ,same as Bathideen just languishing in prison.. for ….all because…..
      This curse country have unpredictable,our old disgusting king thought he will be the king for ever all because he killed VP along with young Balachandran…dady had capsule for himself,but thought they the Ranavirous have some compassion ….towards biscuits eating young kid.
      Only small hole in that child chest,
      Am not fan of VP like many of us not most…..EE basically we minorities doesn’t feel any difference make any

      .

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Send Duminda Silva back to jail along with Tamil terrorist criminals who were pardoned by Rajapakshes.”

      Good idea.
      Could you provide us with case details, details of the court decision, sentencing, name and details of Tamil Terrorist criminals, ………

      The president can pardon only those who actually sentenced by a court of law, not because they were detained in remand prison indefinitely.
      Why don’t you pull your from wherever it is now then you can see things clearly.

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    While making these projects on the move, they brought back Ranil and Younger Brother Prince to buy out Germany and EU on auction. East German Communist Chancellor Markel has no idea with whom she is dealing nor she seems to be have tasted Aappa Diplomacy. She is thinking “Is Appe Aanduwa smarter than Communist Russia?”

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    The inference of this appointment is that he has been given a free pardon, that is even he is deemed to have not been convicted. This is not something good for the country. There are people who comment on the unfairness of the trial conducted but all that is negated when a five judge bench of the top court affirmed the conviction. Obviously the fellow must catch up lost time and housing is a platform for him to have “Public Relations”. One notes that publicity was given to the meeting between Duminda and the PM and it can be surmised that the meeting should have been centered on the topic “How would I be compensated for the suffering I underwent?”.

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      From what I understand, assuming what i understood for the reason for his conviction is correct. That is, Duminda de Silva was convicted purely being the leader for the group he led when it was banned by law to conduct processions and public meetings, being the election day.
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      There was no eyewitness or video evidence through CCTV camera to say Duminda Silva pulled the trigger and that bullet from his gun killed Premachandra.
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      This is my assumption from what I have read from the papers. If my assumption is wrong and there was evidence beyond reasonable doubts as to he who shot Premachandra then I apologise and what I say beyond is not valid.
      .
      In the melee the two group leaders Duminda Silva and Premachandra were shot and seriously injured. Premachandra succumbed while Duminda Silva survived.
      .
      If my assumption is correct, then you don’t need to be a lawyer or judge to say the verdict is wrong! Just because the Professor of mathematics says 1 + 1 = 3, it cannot be correct you need not be a Professor of mathematics to saw 1 + 1 =2.
      .
      You need not be a judge to ssy the verdict is unfair to convict Duminda for murder just because he happened to lead an illegal procession.

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        Continued……….

        Premachandra’s daughter is slandering Duminda Silva by calling him the murderer of her father, but she does not realize if the same argument is applied and if Duminda Silva would have died in the cross fire and Premachandra have survuved, her father would have been convicted for murder and similarly sentenced to life imprisonment.

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    Blind eagle alias HLD I hear Gota wants to have a new ministry for Drainage Cleaning in Colombo and you are tipped to be its minister. Many feel you are the best and you will just do it with your hands. Since you are always immerged in garbage and filth this is nothing for you. You will get a latest BMW, 10 body guards, House in Colombo 7, subsidised food, handsome salary and many more. Lucky bugger bang. Your hard work, filth, foul mouth and degradation has been rewarded by Gota the Emperror. But you will have lot of shit to clean.

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      Moderator,
      Can you tell me what is the relevance of what Black Lankan has written to the article. It is just a personal attack. Where is your comment policy? Allowing this kind of comments show bankruptcy of journalism in CT.

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