The two Muslims who were killed in Welipitiya on Monday the 16th of June, died of gunshot injuries, the Colombo Telegraph learns.
The two were killed after a clash between the Muslims who took safety in the Welipanna mosque when the mobs had run riot in the surrounding areas.
However the Judicial Medical Officers report and the post-morterm had been tampered with to indicate that the two aged 30, and 38 died of “internal haemorrhage” resulting from blows to the head.
There have been no assertions or reports to the effect that the mob had been carrying weapons except petrol bombs and poles.
The only other entity carrying weapons were the law enforcement authorities that night.
The Police and the Special Task Force were deployed in the Welipanna area.
The shooting had taken place while the Police and the STF patrolled the area.
Earlier UNP MP Palitha Thawarapperuma raising a privilege issue in parliament alleged that the Police and the STF did not prevent the mob from attacking the Muslims and instead supported such attack.
Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem also, in an interview with the Ceylon Today newspaper said that the Judicial Medical Officers report and the post-morterm had both lied with regard to the deaths of the two persons.
In the interview, Minister Hakeem who is also the national leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has very explicitly stated his concerns, describing the investigation and the autopsy of the two deceased victims who were shot dead in Welipitiya are ‘ridiculous’.
“I can produce evidence of used bullets where the two were injured. I went to the spot. The bullets weren’t fired by civilians. However, the autopsy report has indicated the deaths were due to serious cut injuries,” he has stated in the interview.
Further expressing his worries, he has added, “It is a preposterous situation if medical reports are being fabricated.”
Moreover, Minister Hakeem has asserted that the SLMC will be working on proving the post-mortem reports have in fact been fabricated and has stated they are planning to revisit the site where the killings had taken place.
He has also expressed views on the shift in the President’s reaction to the Aluthgama violence during and after the return from participating in the G77 Summit in Bolivia- “When he tweeted from Bolivia, he said that he will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands, but after arriving, he changed that position to “calling for an impartial investigation,” Hakeem has stated.
The Minister has gone on to say that the President himself informed him that there is evidence of a well-planned violence that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala last week. “How can you deny the fact? Almost three to four days before the carnage, there have been meetings in Buddhist temples in the area. The Intelligence would have also known about this,” he has said.
When questioned on his stance on the accuracy of UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka, he had stated that they stand by the government’s stance. “I have a collective responsibility as a Cabinet Minister and I cannot defy it,” he has added.
Aman Faris / June 25, 2014
Dear Minister Hakeem,
Congratulations on your forthright comments. But where I disagree with you is when you say collective responsibility as a cabinet minister prevents you from speaking in favour of Navi Pillay’s report and that you cannot defy it. There is a thing called conscience and this should bother you a bit. Collective responsibility is fine if the government is sane. But as it stands today, every Tom, Dick and Harry will tell you your government is backing the racist and fascist BBS.
Ben Hurling / June 25, 2014
Hakeem should resign from his useless Justice Minister post at once.
How silly can it become?
Hakeem is the Minister of Justice. In a goverment that publishes fake JMO reports. To control judicial consequences of grave crimes against citizens. Whom Hakeem is supposed to protect as a Minister.
GOSL under Hambantota Clan is nothing but a circus of clowns.
If Hakeem has any self-respect he must leave now.
Balahamy Mudianse / June 25, 2014
Right at the moment, three is no MINISTRY of Justice in this country.
So his position is just a minister to keep the coalition intact.
Many other ministries too have the same fate.
But they the ministers stay dead silent as if ALL THEIR RIGHTs have been grabed to the very same manner landgrabs were planed by the ruling thuggish, ill natured regime.
Dodo / June 25, 2014
Remember Hakeem was Minister of Justice when the Judicial system hit the lower depths with the illegal impeachment of the Chife Justice and the installation of the corrupt clown Mohan Pereis.
Hakeem is shameless and corrupt to the core so don’t expect anything from him but BETRAYAL – to save his skin and perks..
The CULTURE OF IMPUNITY is alive and well with Gota the Goon in Charge. Only Navi Pillai’s international investigation will save Sri Lanka from the corrupt and criminal Jarapassa regime which the the REAL ENEMY of the people and DEMOCRACY and FREEDOM in the land of Sinhala Modayas!
Thiru / June 25, 2014
I used to think like you that it’s a shame for Hakeem to hang on as Minister of Justice:
Now I have changed my opinion, because by staying as a minister carries more weight in the international community: They can tell the regime; look here your own Justice minister says so.
The IC can contact him as a minister without breaking protocol!
Now I think it is more creative for Hakeem to stay and expose the racist government, until they force him out: In that situation the govt. will again face the flak from the IC for being racist.
Marwan / June 25, 2014
I agree with you. He can make the right noises whilst in government rather than outside. Resigning will only make the Muslim cause worse. However he needs to be creative (as you rightly said) and ramp up international pressure and worldwide condemnation using his position in government. He can really punch them where it hurts the most.
Don Stanely / June 25, 2014
Come on Thiru and Marwan; fact is Hakeem only speaks for Muslim interests and not for the other minorities – Tamils or Christians who have also been attacked by Balu Sena.
Hakim has brought the Judiciary of Sri Lanka to the LOWEST ever! So really he is a rotten kettle of fish remember illegal impeachment of CJ took place and he did not utter a word.
I guess you all are desperate for a silver lining at this time and willing to grab at straws, but What is necessary is a GRAND coalition of ALL the minorities AGAINST the Rajapaksa regime to bring it down..
M Kuruparan / June 26, 2014
He is just bluffing to Muslims. If International Community contacts him he will simply say that
” “I have a collective responsibility as a Cabinet Minister and I cannot defy it,”
He will NEVER leave this Govt. because so many reasons . . . . Minister post perks, Kumari case . . . etc.etc. . . . .
and Aman Fariz you are talking about ” conscience ” . . . What a joke. . . .Just ask him and other Muslim Ministers & M Ps what this is . . . .Ask whether they know the meaning for this word ? ? ?
Shamless . . . . B…. A.. H…s . . . . .
Burt / June 27, 2014
Resign and do what? I don’t think even his family wants him they are just putting up for the govt perks he gets. He loses that he will lose his family too.
Thambi sold his own people for a song and dance. LOL
Amarasiri / June 25, 2014
Mr. Rauff Hakeem
1. “Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem also, in an interview with the Ceylon Today newspaper said that the Judicial Medical Officers report and the post-morterm had both lied with regard to the deaths of the two persons.”
2. “He has also expressed views on the shift in the President’s reaction to the Aluthgama violence during and after the return from participating in the G77 Summit in Bolivia- “When he tweeted from Bolivia, he said that he will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands, but after arriving, he changed that position to “calling for an impartial investigation,” Hakeem has stated.”
Did you believe the above TWO Sinhalese Buddhist Liars?
They always lie. They Lie to the Citizens, UN, everybody.
That is why UN HRC wants an investigation.
I would suggest you do your own Medical examination, and issue the report, and publish it.
Samson S / June 25, 2014
Yes indeed, this time he seems to have no fears anymore.
But it took that long him to react in this way.
We the right respecting people of this country should back him for JUSTICE. We also understand as to why his ministry appeared to be total paralized to this day – The president has taken over all the authority to be functional under him. There the president has abused the srilanken justice system. No other presidents in the past did that, but the current one seems to have no vision or wisdom but thug nature that his parents has pumped in his blood.
My question looking at all these being out of country is – why people tolerated all these sofar. Why the minister himself tolerated all these to go KANDA become Kenda ( ant to become elephant). We had almost many occasion where we everyone should have radically gone against the STATE¨s unethical behaviours.
Good Boy / June 25, 2014
Very forthright comment.
BBS is a wing of the government as such Hakeem too must take the responsibility for the attack on his people.
When the attack took placed, Hakeem said he was thinking of leaving the government. Then he said he wanted to stay and put the pressure on the government. After that, he went on the say that Mahinda should be protected from war crimes charges.
This man is a fiasco. This is why Muslims are called hat swingers. It means that you cannot ‘trust’ them.
The Muslims must realise that Hakeem too must take collective responsibility for the attack. He cannot be allowed to escape as he is still propping up the government without leaving.
He has lot to loose personally if he leaves. There won’t be pagars and battas for him if he leaves. Mahinda has a file about his dirty deals and the President knows how to keep Hakeem in his place.
Out of the four people killed one is a Tamil. Did Hakeem say a few words for this innocent victim leave aside visiting the dead Tamils family?
More I read Hakeem’s utterances I become bemused and detest him. He is an educated and opportunistic fool. One of the wonderful creation of Almighty Allah.
Ajith / June 25, 2014
You are elected by people, not by Mahinda Rajapakse. You are answerable to the people who elected you, not those who offered ministerial posts. Don’t try to give excuses. What prevent you from resigning your ministerial Post? Is it something personal? Do you have any obligations to MR family?
Davidson Panabokke / June 25, 2014
This is relevant evidence:
On11 May 2014 a Sri Lankan government Minister told an audience in Paris:
‘’the Sinhala race is about to be wiped out by minorities that entered the island under the welcome protection of a benign host population’’ – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/champika-ranawaka-is-conning/
Amarasiri / June 26, 2014
Let’s Target the JMO,
Ask him to resin and confess,
If not he is air game, and is part of the Crimes, for aiding and abetting.
Give two options.
Confess or Leave, Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah..
Real Peace / June 29, 2014
This idiot Hakeem kept quiet when his boss slaughtered 40,000 civilians in the Vanni. Hakeem even went to Geneva to defend the actions of his boss in Vanni. Only now he says everything is bad with the SL govt. He is a man without any principle
Lasantha / June 25, 2014
Rauff Hakeem should reveal everything what he knows to the Parliament and the the outside world.
There will be no justice nor stoppage of violance by keeping silent or in hiding.
Every evidance including video footages,still photos,phone calls, behaviour of Police and STF, forensic evidance,eye witnesses, samples of ashes and soil etc, should be collected and preserved to file cases against perpetrators both in Sri Lanka and at the UNHCR.
In Sri Lanka Justice could be achieved only through struggle.
It’s time for Mr.Hakeem to show justice to his own people.
Ajith / June 25, 2014
Why cover up?
Mallaiyuran / June 25, 2014
“When questioned on his stance on the accuracy of UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka, he had stated that they stand by the government’s stance. “I have a collective responsibility as a Cabinet Minister and I cannot defy it,” he has added.”
Hakeem will not change, but if King wants, he can change.
“He has also expressed views on the shift in the President’s reaction to the Aluthgama violence during and after the return from participating in the G77 Summit in Bolivia- “When he tweeted from Bolivia, he said that he will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands, but after arriving, he changed that position to “calling for an impartial investigation,” Hakeem has stated”
What a somersault on Kings part! He changed from “he will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands” to “calling for an impartial investigation,”
BBS Rep / June 25, 2014
In a country where the leadership lies so blatantly the JMO lying is only a matter of course.
The STF are the most successful hitmen for the Rajapaksa Mafia. The Mafia will ensure that the STF involvement in the killings is whitewashed.
Park / June 25, 2014
It is time Muslims give evidence when UN inquiry begins. Since Rauff Hakim has openly stated that he has evidence of this action, it will be difficult for him to deny giving the proof to the UN inquiry.
justice / June 25, 2014
Injustice has come down to the level of the state tampering with judicial post-mortem findings.
This is new “low” in so called “law enforcement”.
In the old days,the medical officer who performed the post-mortem,told police verbally the cause of death,but kept the report until he read it out in court,at the trial/inquest.
The report belonged to court.
Nowadays, it is reported that there is coercion on doctors to write reports as dictated by police.
Sri lanka has come down to the level of the many “Lawless States”.
Now the southern citizenry know what actually happens in the Lawless North & East.
Minister Hakim knew, but is only now forced to tell the truth – when it has happened to his own community.
shiro / June 25, 2014
No surprise the criminals behind this, are desperately trying to cover their crimes. From the top to the bottom, and criminals lie. No one believes the government of Sri Lanka anymore. Lying is their only way to cover the violence they are responsible for.
Rohan / June 25, 2014
What are you talking about, mate? They were self inflictedTraining is ON tonight @ 6pm. Thank you deaths. Suicides, murder- suicide, whatever! You are the Minister for Justice in a country, where responsible authorities claim that someone can cut his genital himself and tie his hands behind himself, and be ready to die in a remote place. The hospital authorities, rather than taking the statement from the victim and passing to the law enforcement agencies, make judgement about the statement of a victim and oh to public. Shame I you, the Minister for Justice of the Miracle of Asia. We’ll, we are the miracle of the world now.
Raizuh Langai / June 25, 2014
When things happened in North & East the rest of the country sided with the govt. But Now the whole population knows what kind of a government are they dealing with. This could be the beginning of the end of this MARA clan.
But MR has the ability to pull a rabbit out of his hat anytime. Watch out for his move as Ramadan is a few days ahead.He will give a grand Ifthar Party and all will be forgiven and forgotten.
For the ones lost their lives and their families HULANG Saranai!
ela kolla / June 25, 2014
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Upul / June 25, 2014
You are a disgrace to your faith and your community. You should remember the only thing you owe loyalty is your creator not your cabinet portfolio, and your comments above says a lot about what you are not!
Kuddus in Matale / June 25, 2014
Rauff Hakeem is a political opportunist and his excellency the president should redesignate his as Minister of Injustice.Hakeem is simply running with the rabbit and hunting with the hound as his commenters here show.The fellow is hiding under the Principle of collective responsibility of the Cabinet for just ONE REASON alone : To keep his ministerial perks.
The SLMC has deserted and abandoned the Muslims but will the ordinary Muslim remember this and teach Rauff and his gang a lesson is the big question .Rauff is perfectly capable of offering the voters a Carnival ice cream From his father in law’s ice cream parlor and influencing them otherwise .
K.A Sumanasekera / June 25, 2014
The great majority of the inhabitant population know which side the LTTE was and its proxy the TNA is….
But SLMC chief Hakeem is a puzzle.
Is he having a bob each way?.
A senior Opposition MP is about to divulge the names of the Military Intelligence Officers who prevented Darga Town making its way to Galle Town and Jaffna Town.
And this MP evidently took his current Boss to task for delivering the earlier lot of our Military Intelligence Officers to Prabakaran on plate. .
And those young brave men were killed like the goats in a Tamil Temples in the North, to please the Western Lords who were then protecting the MP’s current Boss.
Are they all in this together this time, yet again to please the same Lords plus the new addition.
Native Vedda / June 25, 2014
“The great majority of the inhabitant population know which side the LTTE was and its proxy the TNA is….”
The great majority stupid inhabitant population does not know that LTTE worked for the Sinhala elites, still they do, KP, Karuna, etc.
VP fought against IPKF for the Sinhalese, the only one to protect the sovereignty of this island.
VP helped elect MR.
VP killed members of other Tamil militant organisations and made it easier for the armed forces to wipe off LTTE.
VP killed Rajiv and tuned India into a enemy of Tamils.
VP won the war for the Sinhalese to gloat for ever.
MR should honour VP for his services to Sinhala/Buddhists.
K.A Sumanasekera / June 26, 2014
Vellala CM should hire you as the Media Guru for for Sambnadan.
You will do a better job to convince our great majority of inhabitants than Managalam is doing on behalf of the UNP Christian Faction…..
Native Vedda / June 27, 2014
“Vellala CM should hire you as the Media Guru for for Sambnadan.”
What did make you to think that I would work as spin doctor for Vellala or Govia?
Spin doctors “create truth”. Do you think I would want to become a prince of darkness?
K.A Sumanasekera / June 27, 2014
Your spin on VP is better than the best Doosra from our own Dark Prince Muralitharan…..
twofortytwo / June 25, 2014
UN or OIC should consider to give a role in their organization such that Rauf Hakeem can speak on behalf of his people, Government is now trying to mute him.
Lapatiya / June 25, 2014
Muslimm People in our Country are very proud about your Leadership and your courage to stand by the Govt’s stance regarding Madam Pillay’s report. There is nothing wrong your being Justice Minister in our Dharmadveepaya as we heard there is Port Minister also in Afghanistan where there is no Sea. Our Muslim People wishes that in the next Cabinet you be the Ports Minister – Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksha International port- as there are no movement of ships. Sir, you can become a Hero among Muslim Peoples in Sri Lanka by disclosing this kind of Information and can expect more and more when the election is close. You can do the same trick again and collect the Muslim Votes for our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi. I am pretty sure Sir, things will be other way around when police decided to close Kumari Cooray’s case
shahensha / June 25, 2014
can we know the Name of Doctors who performed the postmortem.
Spark / June 25, 2014
This obviously has to be a Sinhalese.
K.A Sumanasekera / June 25, 2014
Batti courts havs give orders to exhume over 100 Muslim bodies from a mass grave close to Kathankaddy.
Does Mr Hakeem trust his employees to do the Forensics?.
Or would he be asking Ms Pillai to send her Western Forensic teams from England or Toronto to ensure these poor victims have Sinhala Buddhist Army bullets and or cut and chop lacerations from BBS machetes?..
Estate Labourer / June 25, 2014
At this rate, with fabricated JMO and post mortem reports it won’t be long before Sri Lanka occupies the Top Position (or is it the Bottom Position) in the Failed States Index.
Saji / June 26, 2014
Hakeem is a great person, it’s just he is a minister of justice in a awfully injustice country
concerned / June 26, 2014
If yo have the bullets, the ballistics can identify the weapon! It was possible even 50 years ago! It is possible to exhume the bodies and give another opinion! If the MOJ cannot do it, one can imagine the state of dictatorship! Why is the poor beggar hanging on???
JMO can be corrupt! We have not seen authentic reports in any of the deaths in police custody? The rape of the Russian woman is another example! Did they take vaginal samples for DNA? But I suppose one cannot put all JMO’s in the same basket. What happened to the Matale JMO who exhumed the jvp bodies? From what we saw he was honest!! When the President, family, cronies, cabinet including the MOJ are corrupt, the CJ and a huge number of judges are corrupt, why not the handful of JMO’S.? I am not justifying corruption! It is bound to happen with a government and law that doesn’t work?
Ashcharyamath Subha Anagathayak!
Dr.Goebells / June 26, 2014
………… and he is the Minister of Justice ?
Sarong Johnny / June 26, 2014
Thambi and his thoppi! This man cannot be trusted by anyone because of his hunger to be in a powerful Ministry to enjoy the perks that come with it. Like Ashraff they don’t care whose arse they kiss as long as they have all the perks. His sits and sings from two hymn sheets at a time. The LTTE/Muslim (we are “Tamil speakers” then he wants 20% of Ananda College so that Muslims could have education at a “good school”. What about Zahira? Why don’t you stop building mosques and open more schools? Muslims will be butchers and tailors or candlestick holders like you Mr Hakeem. It is time to get real and stop trying to start a Jihad. Use the money you get from the Wahabis and build schools so that your people will be educated about the false prophets and the rubbish about creation. Get real my friend.
Peabody / June 27, 2014
Well done, you have done uncle mahinda proud.
I went to school with you and you apparently haven’t changed much.
Still an a***hole
gamarala / June 27, 2014
So, why does Hakeem still remain a Minister? And, why does he, while remaining a minister of the Government criticise the Police, and worse, complain to Mrs Pillay?
Native Vedda / June 27, 2014
“So, why does Hakeem still remain a Minister?”
Where is he safe, being part of the clan security arrangement or outside their ring of firewall?
Once you are with them you cannot leave the clan unless they chuck you out on the streets.
Who will provide security to Hakeem? Will you?