By Suranimala Umagiliya –
The daughter of Sunday Leader murdered Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, Ahimsa filed action against Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the courts of Los Angeles, California requesting a Jury trial and compensation. Gotabaya who was the Secretary of the Defence Ministry was widely known to be single minded and ruthless. His ruthlessness pervaded all he perceived and was not restricted to the LTTE.
Unlike strictures that bound other Secretaries of Ministries Gotabaya was not bound to follow any such rules. He was often seen making political speeches on behalf of his brothers and extended family. Any other government servant would have been issued a show cause and summarily dismissed. No, not Gotabaya. Apart from the whispered stories of white van abductions alluded to Gotabaya many were the published news of threats to journalists such as Poddala Jayantha and Fredrica Jansz. Yet this man wishes to be President of this country.
“There is no progress without discipline”, says Gotabaya throwing his hat into the ring to run for President. What about discipline for him? White vans, abductions, murder??? Is he a psychopath? Discipline? Certain signs of a budding dictator.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was seen singing and partying with his ex Army buddies at the residence of his buddy Malraj de Silva ex Army surveyor whose wife runs montessori schools in Los Angeles. Never did he envisage that action would be filed against him as he had hired a legal firm headed by an Indian to cover his back.
Summons were served on Gotabaya on Sunday evening when he was shopping at a Trader’s Joe store. A tap on his back, “Mr Nandasena Gotabaya, summons for you” whilst photo evidence was also obtained shocked the once all powerful man. Let us watch how this action unfolds. Whilst Gotabaya answers whether he gave orders, executed the dastardly deed or supervised. That is the killing of the Internationally celebrated journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge recipient of the World Journalism Hero award and the UN award for Integrity. Lasantha was vilified by the Rajapaksas. But perhaps like all cowards he gave the nod to his trusted ex Army Intelligence Chief who passed down this to the next line and finally to foot soldiers who simply kill people not
known to them for the perks that come with it. Maybe overseas appointments to Embassies et al.
Let us hope that justice for Lasantha and the others will be met by a foreign country as Sri Lanka flounders on.