15 December, 2017

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IGP’s Videogate: Police Spokesman Ducks 8 Consecutive Weekly Press Briefings After Lying To Journalists

Ever since he lied to journalists at the last Cabinet Press Briefing he attended on the 16th of August 2017, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara has now refrained from attending eight consecutive weekly Press Briefings.

ASP Ruwan Gunasekara

During his last appearance Police Spokesman Gunasekara denied all accusations made against IGP Pujith Jayasundara‘s widely publicized video footage seen by millions in the country and also globally of his assault of a fellow police staffer and lift operator. He then went on to lie to journalists present that no official complaint had been made against IGP Jayasundara even up until the morning of that particular Press Briefing.

However sources close to ASP Gunasekara said, it was IGP Jaysundara who had advised him to duck the weekly Cabinet Press Briefings.

In an incident that had taken place earlier on 11 April 2017, IGP Pujith Jayasundara had assaulted a fellow police staffer and lift operator by the name of Abeykoon Mudiyansalage Samarakone Banda. It is reported that the IGP had been incensed that the said lift operator had not attended a meditation program he had made compulsory for all staff in the morning.

In the same video, which went viral on social media, IGP Jayasundara was also caught threatening to rape a fellow police staff receptionist. Incidentally this particular video which went viral on many social and news media platforms on the 14th of August 2017, was two days prior to Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasena’s last appearance at a Cabinet Press Briefing.

However on the 26th of August 2017, social media published the official letter of complaint that the victim Abeykoon Mudiyansalage Samarakone Banda had made to the Speaker of Parliament.

His Letter dated the 7th of June 2017, further proved that Police Spokesman Gunasekara had lied earlier and misled the media.

In the published news article on social media it confirmed that the victim Abeykoon Mudiyansalage Samarakone Banda had on the day of the incident first complained to his DIG Ravi Seneviratne in charge of the CID. As no inquiry was conducted into his complaint he was compelled to officially write to the Speaker of Parliament with a copy sent to the Police Commission.

Sources close to the Speaker’s Office told Colombo Telegraph that the official complaint made by Abeykoon Mudiyansalage Samarakone Banda was authentic.

Meanwhile with several questions yet to be asked regarding the IGP Pujith Jayasundara’s assault charge, journalists of many media institutions have been left perplexed, as to the sudden disappearance and non-attendance of Police Spokesman Gunasekara at the weekly Cabinet Press Briefings.

The Cabinet Press Briefings are traditionally attended every Wednesday by Government Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne, other Cabinet Ministers and Spokesmen representing the Military, Army and Police.

Meanwhile whilst the IGP Pujith Jayasundara’s video captured assault of a fellow police staff member has gone unpunished, it has set a bad precedent for other ranking police officers below him to follow suit.

During the past few weeks police brutality against the public of Sri Lanka has seen a sudden rise.

Several cases besides being reported have also been captured on video proving that those police officers who are supposed to maintain law and order, are the very offenders who now go on to break the law.

The bashing of protesting SAITM youth with iron bars on the 10th of October 2017, the excessive police force used against a peaceful public protest at Hambantota Town on 6th of October 2017 and the video footage capture of Superintendent of Police I.T. Daluwatte slapping Journalist Susantha Bandara Karunarathna across his left ear and the extra-judicial attempt to kill Jayalath Pedige Udaya Samantha Sooriyakumara by police officers when he was walking along with his mother in Veyangoda on the 15th of August 2017, are a few incidents of police brutality reported recently. (By Manishka Unantenne)

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    Do they have a problem with low IQ ?

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      Jimsofty ,

      “Do they have a problem with low IQ ?”

      Most Parasin the Land of Native Veddah Aethho have problems with low IQ’s.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105
      4 Italy 102

      28 Sri Lanka 79

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    The Police brutality is not new. Village and Colombo failed youths joins the Police force for one reason , one reason alone.
    Everything comes free.
    Underage , Overage girls and boys are there for them to pick , terrorise, rape and kill. Bribery and corruption is prevalent in the force.
    The crimes are covered up by these so called law enforcers.
    Crimes in the country has multiplied because of these law enforcers.
    They cover up crimes for money.
    Recent case of rape and murder of school girl Vidya. An IP was jailed for taking a bribe .
    The heirachis turn a blind eye because they too are involved.
    The kind of behaviour we see now in the South is not a new occurrence.
    They have practised and executed well in the North and East for the last 7 decades.
    Though the kind of Torture and Bribery took place in the South under clandestine operations.
    All covered up and hushed.
    No cameras , no witnesses. Covert actions were carried out , the Police crimes went UNNOTICED WITH THE HELP OF POLITICIANS AND OTHERS IN HIGH PLACES,
    NOW IT HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC , THE COUNTRY FACES THE THUGGERY OF THE POLICE FORCE IN DAILY LIFE.
    That’s the difference. It’s not a recent phenomena!! It has been part and parcel of the Srilankan secrecy, which KEPT HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC OR FROM THE WORLD.
    Srilankan Money Launderers , Bank Hackers , Murdererers , Mere thieves of Sinhala Buddhists men and women are all over the world are getting caught for their crimes.
    Before only the Tamils and the Muslims were labelled as thieves and law breakers of the world.
    What we see now are Buddhist Thieves and murderers are flying around the world until they get caught.
    Yahapalana is doing something good, but it can do better without the untrustworthy PM. Surely.

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      Correction and Amendment

      In School girl Vidya rape and murder A SINHALA IP was improsoned and released .
      So this is the pattern of Sinhale Buddhists and Sinhala Christian’s behaviour against fellow human beings , let alone of enemies Of the Minority groups BUT ITS SO OBVIOUS THEY TORTURE THEIR OWN BUDDHA WORSHIPPERS AND JOINED BY SO CALLED SINHALA SPEAKING KALATHONIES THE REMNANTS OF JAAVAIANS, PORTUGESE, DUTCH, SPANISH, AND OTHER COLONIES AND SO CALLED COOLIES ARE NOW BATTING FOR SRILANKA.
      REALLY LAUGHABLE , THE DNAs are there to prove.
      Under the gimmick of religion all these politicicians, law enforcers and even the Pseudo Monks wearing yellow robes are burning and killing fellow human beings.
      It’s too bad for a country to cCOVER UP CRIMES AND CRIMINALS.
      WHEN THE PANDORA BOX OPENS ALL WILL BE SPILT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.
      THIS IS EXACTLY WHATS HAPPENING TO SRILANKA AND SRILANKA IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA.
      WE ARE THE PARAYAHS OF THE WORLD.
      COVERING UP CRIMES WITH MILLION DOLLAR BILLS USED FROM TAX PAYERS MONEY TO THE MEDIA COMPANIES AND P R COMPANIES ARE JUST WASTE OF MONEY. THIS ACT CAN ONLY ACT AS A STICKING PLASTER GIVING A SHORT TERM REMEDY.
      EVEN THE PM AND THE. PREZ IS USING LOCAL MEDIAS TO COVER UP CRIMES OF THE POLITICIANS WILL NOT W ORK IN THE LONG TERM.
      IGNORANCE IS BLISS. BUT CONTINUE WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR LAND CALLED SRILANKA IS A SIN. Totally unacceptable.
      On the subject of Srilankan forces trained by American forces, utterly laughable.
      We know how the American forces treats and kills their own black Americans.
      Remember Martin Luther King.
      That psyche has not changed even in 2017 America.
      Utter waste of training.

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    When the Interpol arrest warrant for our former ambassador to Ukraine was issued this guy said if this doesn’t work we will send another?
    He knew it would not be sent because of little Gota MIG fraud?

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    Police and personnel of tri forces in future should not attend press conferences. It is a job for civilian officers.
    By bringing them in front of Media coolies they only play easy balls to bat Government Bashers.
    These media coolies are paid by Rajapakse cronies to ask embarasing questions to put the government on spot

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    Politicians are deceiving. So every spokesman has to follow by deceiving more. It is all a matter of listening to lies. Top leaders have to bluff better.

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    These “spokesmen” ( army, navy, air-force, police and so on) proliferated our media scene at some stage.. The purpose was to mislead the public and “paid” media also helped.
    The police spokesman often shielded VIPs but in this case it is a police officer – IGP at that. Remember the effort the police spokesman put in to protect the X’mas day 2011 killers of Khuram Sheikh. He nearly pulled it off but the Prince Charles intervention during 2013CHOGM was too much to be dismissed.
    It is to be noted that the GoSL AND Opposition never ever mention the shortcomings of these spokesmen.

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    The Curse of Keheliya Kehelmalla sttrikes again!

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      Spring Koha a.k.a. Kehel Mal Koha has obviously taken an overdose of Lamprais from the DBU at Thunmulla.He is a regular there!Watch out old man or Mr Cholesterol will get you soon!!

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    This rotter of a IGP Pujita should be sent home.This man from Mahamunkalaya is totally unfit for the job and should be medically examined for mental illness.
    Just watch how he goes on ranting for hours at staff meetings and the idiots unsuitability is clear.Never in the long history of the Police have we had a lunatic IGP like this .

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    It looks even the cops are enjoying impunity in yahapalanaya, no wonder when they are well protected by Minister for Law and Order. You are only a phone call away.
    It is said that’ every man has his day and every dog has his hour.’ and ‘time and tide waits for none’.

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