21 June, 2024

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Law In Crisis: Government Is Still Controlled By Kaputu Kāk Kā

By M.A. Sumanthiran

M.A. Sumanthiran PC MP

Thank you, honourable presiding member, I’m glad to speak just after the acting Minister of Finance who recognized some good that may have come about as a result of the economic crisis, he did say it, it’s not a good thing to have the economic crisis, but there are some lessons that we are learning from that as well. I agree with him, but before I get on to the Anti – corruption bill I want to just deal with the civil procedure code amendment.  

Honourable Minister for justice it’s a good amendment particularly running down cases, Motor accident cases, and so on, this will be of immense use. So I congratulate the minister for this amendment and the new bill on assistance to have and protection of victims of crimes and witnesses. This has a history, and I’m glad that this is also now being brought in some new features; particularly video evidence is being enabled. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is here, when he was president and he appointed the commission of inquiry and the Justice Udalagama, there was a video evidence that started to be recorded from Dr. Manoharan whose son was one of the five young persons who were killed by security forces in Trincomalee and halfway through his evidence that was stopped. And it was not permitted from that time onwards, to enable video evidence through law was mooted, but it wasn’t possible under that regime, and it was only in 2015 when there was a change in government that for the first time witness victim protection act was enacted but that too had serious shortcomings. And I’m glad that some of those are being rectified here. The point that I want to make here is that accountability is an important issue. 

The High Commissioner for Human Rights has very specifically mentioned that Sri Lanka hasn’t taken enough measures with regard to accountability. When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns. Now that brings me to the main bill that is before us for debate today; the anti-corruption bill. What I am reminded of is what justice C. G.  Weeramantri wrote in his book called “Law in Crisis” in the preface to that book he said, Sri Lanka is embarrassed by the richness of the sources of Law and not the lack of them. We are embarrassed by the richness of the laws that we have, not the lack of laws, but implementation of the laws is what has been the problem and continues to be a problem. And I say continues to be a problem because it’s an irony. It’s an irony that it is this government that is bringing these laws now. By pressure from IMF from various other International actors – you are enacting laws. I’m wondering whether this is just a waste of paper when the country is going through economic crisis. Because only when it is implemented, we can see the efficacy, the benefit of this. Just to satisfy the IMF or other International bodies passing laws is not going to combat corruption in this country. 

It is a shame, it is a shame when the IMF came in, they identified as one of the challenges corruption susceptibilities, corruption susceptibilities and then now they have instituted governance diagnostics. Now these are heavy indictments on the governance structures of this country. There is no politician, no person who has held office , who has held political office, who has been convicted and sentenced in this country for corruption. In a country, where the International Monetary fund, says, one of the greatest challenges is corruption susceptibilities, we don’t have ever; I mean we have had persons who have contested elections for treating and so on being unseated. But those who have held cabinet portfolio, those have helped political office, no one to date has been convicted of corruption. That’s the test of the pudding is in the eating not to look at it and, you know, say oh, how nice it looks, you know, the aroma is lovely, that’s what we are doing today. The test is in the eating only when it is implemented. Will we know whether we have done the right thing or not. So, far we haven’t and I said, it’s an irony that it is this government that is bringing these laws because, I mean, only a year ago, the constant chorus that we heard in this country is Kaputu Kaak ka. Why Kaputu Kaak Ka? the big crow that steals, the big crow that steals. This government is still controlled by that kaputu kaak ka. It is the same people who sit in the government ranks, no change. 

So isn’t it funny that you are now bringing all these laws, right? And the persons who identify as the ones who collapse the economy of this country, ones who stole from this country are still in charge. In fact, news is that as soon as the president returns persons who are kept away from cabinet are going to get cabinet portfolio. Why were they kept away? Because it’s well known. There are no secrets in this country. People know who takes 10%, who takes 15 %? Who takes hundred % – people know. That is why a year ago there was this revolution in this country but you only managed to chase away the president. Others were just you know, put away for a while. They are still in this house; they are still seated in the front rows. They’re not in the cabinet for a little while but they are creeping in, one by one they come back. And so, without that fundamental change, without that change happening, where the control is still in the hands of the wrongdoers and you are the wrongdoers all of you ministers were there in the government. Merely because you made some cosmetic changes, doesn’t mean that you have changed. You are only bringing these laws now, to say okay, we have brought the laws. We have changed it after this there won’t be bribery in this country. No! that is far-fetched. So while appreciating that the law must come in. This was prepared mostly during the last Parliament, still there are lots of shortcomings and for lack of time I won’t go into any of these details. But you have mentioned members of parliament and you should in section 93. But, why don’t you include members of provincial Council and members of local authorities, particularly chairman of local authorities? There are serious allegations everywhere of bribery and with regard to the issue that Honourable Professor G.L. Peiris made, I would say as  was in the original bribery act, I’m not referring to the Act that was passed in 94 one that was prior to that. I think it said the person who makes a false complaint will be punished with the term 11 against  whom, when he made the complaint, if he had been found guilty, was liable to be punished the same punishment. So I think what Hon. Prof. Peiris was raising, was that the punishment for the offense is 7 years. But if the person who made the complaint is unable to substantiate it in some way, he goes in for 10 years. It’s higher than the punishment for bribery itself. I think it will be just if you make it the same, I also agree that the span of what is bribery and Corruption must be expanded and law that was passed in 1975, the Assets and liabilities declaration, was useless in a sense. I remember in 2010 when I was appointed to this house, since there was a delay in certain areas election/polling had to be re-held, the national list members were appointed just a day or two before the Parliament sitting started. And I read the law and I hurriedly made the asset declaration, because the law said, you can’t sit or vote in Parliament. So, I was very concerned. Immediately did it. But when I came to Parliament after a few months, I realized out of the 225 in that Parliament only 17 had actually made the declaration. Only 17 are actually made the declaration. It was useless piece of paper but then there was public consciousness and I think everybody makes a declaration now, but he’s not available to the public because even the person who pays that Seven hundred and fifty rupees and gets it, it’s an offense to publicize it. So it is because of that, some of us, on our own voluntarily, publicized our own asset declarations some years ago, five of us did it and then few others joined, and now it’s all available on the web. So it’s a welcome move to make it public, whether that is the whole purpose of an asset declaration that the people must know. 

One matter that while the acting Minister of Finance is here, SOE reforms are important and it’s going to happen. Honourable Minister of Justice in Responding to Prof. Peiris mentioned, two cases that I appeared in the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation privatization and the LMSL matter, which he as a chair of the of cope then, brought out to the public, and I was privileged to appear as counsel for Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara in both matters and in both matters the Supreme Court reversed that privatization. Now the current president was the prime minister at that time, when all of that happened. Recently at a forum, I raised this issue about the Sri Lanka Insurance cooperation privatization because one of the institutions that have been identified is Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, the last time you did that, it was sold for six billion, when its basic asset value itself, was 155 billion. Six billion, basic assets value was 155 billion, not to mention the Goodwill, the Monopoly that it had the actuarial value, Etc. Now when I raised that issue, the Minister of Finance said, no no there was no fraud in it, it was only a question of valuation. I mean, do you say when the difference is 6 billion and 155 billion; it was only a problem of valuation? Obviously there was fraud in it, so I am raising this matter because in the economic reform agenda, you have to, you have to deal with, you have to do, SOE reforms. But how do you ensure that there is no corruption in it? You might say, well, this law will take care of it. No, it won’t. In one of those matters that then secretary to the treasury was found guilty by the Supreme Court he was fined five Hundred thousand Rupees, he was told that he shouldn’t hold public office here after, he gave an affidavit to court. But then what happened? As soon as the judge who gave the order retired, the Supreme Court sat, the full court sat, ten judges sat, subsequently it was a three judge bench that gave the order. But ten judges sat, originally only one, judge is centred, all the others allowed the withdrawal of that affidavit, and that person became the secretary to the treasury all over again. Also under president – Mahinda Rajapaksa who is here. So I’m up flagging this matter to say you can have a perfect law on paper, but how do you ensure that it is implemented? So far so far in this country we have not seen it implemented and that is the concern I have about delayed prosecution agreement, the DPA Arrangement that you have brought in here. That is a concern I have about withdrawal of indictments because we saw as soon as the government change in 2020, indictments have all been withdrawn that the bribery commission had instituted. So that’s the political culture of this country and until that changes, this will be dead later long. Thank you. 

* An edited version of M.A. Sumanthiran’s Speech in Parliament on 21st June 2023. We edited out Tamil part of his speech, but can watch the full speech below:

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    M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP
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    “When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns.” – M.A. Sumanthiran
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    1) It is high time you cut the crap and stop the hypocrisy.
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    2) How can the scourge of CORRUPTION in Sri Lanka be EVER combated when the BASL regulating the legal profession of which you are a senior member is REFUSING to hold to account an attorney-at-law who has ‘Certified and Attested’ a shockingly FRAUDULENT ‘Power of Attorney’?
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    3) Despite it being widely known among the Colombo based business and professional community that the leading businessman purported to have given the ‘Power of Attorney’ is since July 2013 to date sadly INCAPACITATED in every manner with the exception of breathing on his own, the attorney has made the preposterous claim without CORROBORATION from any doctor that he “appeared to be of sound mind memory and understanding”!
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      M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP (continued from above)
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      4) What is worse is the attorney brazenly stating:
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      “the law only requires a Notary to satisfy himself as regards the mental capacity of the Executant”
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      5) You have been made aware of this by me several times to no avail.
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      6) You are also aware that ‘Power of Attorney’ No: 1137 dated 30 July 2017 to be obtained from the ‘Land Registry’ (opposite ‘Colombo Museum’) will disclose the IDENTITY of the Attorney-at-Law and the complicit conglomerate. (‘Land Registry’ reference No: 1578 dated 31 July 2017)
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      7) Those concerned in the BASL (and you) know if they PRISE OPEN one unlawful case, it will lead to a tsunami of exposés.
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      8) Your CREDIBILITY is certainly on the line! Does this matter to our politicians?
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      Amrit Muttukumaru

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        Dear S,
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        Let go back and see how they were elected.
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        Sinhalese brutes ignorantly voted for “beasts” amid strong warnings. Madu madhawa or the like artists spearheaded manipulating the folks, remember?

        They brought song texts misleading the society and strenghtening the racial thoughts.
        That Sudath Thilakasiri (now a YTUBER) has boomeranged today since the kind of ballige puthas would not have ground to earn their living in australia easily.
        Our so called sinhala buddhists are the most abusive and opportunists of all. I am ashamed to call me sinhalaya today. Alas, what a curse fell on us ?

        Anti-muslim slogans were clouded in the society. Today “Athana methana natana rathana” and that Nathadewiya promoting village ballige putha, by name Jayasumanaya are behaving like patients struggling with constipations or pole cats that are swallowed and stuck with ” kithula seeds”. Wimal weerawanse is nervous as no times in the past. All in all, the picture before us is clear – entire society is upside down.

        They are speechless , neverthleless, srilanken MAIN STREAM media dont vocal against them yet today.

        People were as ignorant as ever. Not a single press conference held prior to election, Rajapakshe brothers were able to convince the nation.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDEXRXjxZKA

        tbc

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          They now place the entire blame on Ranil, who posed as a “red rag” to a wild bull during a Spanish ritual ceremony. Fact has rejected all the challenges but Ranil thought to come forward and lend a hand. He managed it within 8 months. However, Sri Lanka filled with fake Buddhists will easily manipulate anyone to their advantage.

          No one considers our people as a whole to be intelligent, they are real beasts, and the majority blame today’s mess for no good reason.
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          They were re-elected as the parliamentary composition of Rajapaksa thieves, pepper throwers, rioters and other big criminals branded by the good governance government.
          For so long, the JVPs were puffed up by the Rajapaksa mantra. Instead, if they really wanted to change this society, they could improve and uplift the livelihood of the poor farmers and win their hearts. Srialnken farmers are the most unlernt force in the entire developing world.

          tbc

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            Economic difficulties prevent people from thinking rationally. It is logical and acceptable to the whole world.
            Survival first and others later is the motto for them and comparable people.

            I told many people that the future of the country is bleak if the voters are stupid and paved the way Rajapakshes be back.
            However, instead of vanda kottu (sterile kottu roti) and surgery, stories based on fallopian tube compression and similar knitting became commonplace. In any election held in Sri Lanka, the votes of COMMONERS (70%) are decisive, to the same manner, swing states in the United States determine the final outcome of their election victories.

            With this being the reality, with the truth being told, I now feel that there will be no need for cooks, as many abandoners have warned. But the majority of punnaku drinkers have not heard about it.

            They are governed by Sinhala Buddhist slogans manipulated by the Rajapaksas knowing that this nation is completely stupid.

            All these are explained by rationalists and society experts but their thoughts will not be welcome by our rotten society.

            Alas, nothing will change if they loudly bash out on Ranil today.

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              My friend LM: I read all your comments including those that appeared and appear on other articles on this page – CT. Nothing but BASHING the voter population- the Society (the Punnakku drinkers) and Rajapakses – the “bellige Puthas” the Criminals. How long are you going to suffer like this without medication (solutions) to alleviate this chronic defilement?

              Mr friend: You need to take a REST. I feel, your whole neurological messaging system generates that essential brain function of prompting solutions has got polluted by toxins of hatred, anger, anxiety, soreness, and hopelessness.

              I, as a friend, have decided to give you that much-needed REST without bombarding you with counter comments of salvos.

              Wish you all the strength to relax and take a rest. Will meet soon.

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                Dear Simon,
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                I am honoured if you read them all. Very unfortunately, you have not focused the slightest on the content. That is mostly the destny of our comments being posted to CT. My friend HT is in the same view regarding that.

                Btw, I will be visiting Unawatuna next week for few days. You dont need to worry about my health, me being a healthcare professional, I only need to be at sea, while being busy with my home-office activities. That will do lot more to my transquil and inner peace. I have a clear picture about srilanken people from my childhood onwards. That is why I strongly believe mirror image of the society is more or less like your Kadamandiya-like people.
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                I am so fed up of voting matuarity srilankens which is the truth. But i AM even more upset if your kind of educated individuals dont seem to differentiate things as it is obvious. So what more talks about the majority of the people which are like Kadamaniya-mentality ?

                There are times that CT readership feels that you and SM are like two sides of the same coin. However you usually focus on the subject being addressed even if you both have not entlightened us with the responses to all of our awaiting questions about JVP led NPP:

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        M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP
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        1) The BASL regulating the legal profession of which you are a senior member is well on the way to joining the corrupt CA Sri Lanka regulating the chartered accountancy/audit profession in cahoots with ‘key’ sections of the private sector said to be the ‘engine of growth’.
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        2) I know a thing or two about corruption in CA Sri Lanka since I am the complainant on the ‘professional misconduct’ of PwC and EY in relation to the fraudulent privatization of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC). The chartered accountants concerned have still not been made accountable. Some of them have entered the board rooms of the conglomerate COMPLICIT in the fraudulent ‘Power of Attorney’.
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        3) While referring to the fraudulent SLIC privatization in your discourse in parliament on the proposed anti-corruption legislation, it is REPREHENSIBLE you have glaringly omitted naming PwC and EY. Why?
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          M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP (continued from above)
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          4) If only the legal and chartered accountancy professionals in particular conduct themselves in the manner expected of them, it will mitigate/prevent most of the egregious corruption we witness in Sri Lanka.
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          5) I am not stating that the integrity of ALL professionals is questionable. The problem is the SILENCE of the principled category.
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          6) Conflict of interest which is a major cause of corruption seems ingrained in the psyche of most Sri Lankans. A glaring example is a ‘Partner’ of Ernst & Young being the Vice Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. No one questions how an auditor could be INDEPENDENT when coalescing with business chambers!
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          7) No anti-corruption legislation can mitigate/prevent corruption if the INTEGRITY of professionals is questionable. Surely you know this ground reality?
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          Amrit Muttukumaru

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          Mr. AM seems to have a bee in his bonnet about this mysterious businessman (in whom he says he has no personal interest). I cannot understand why he is now bothering Mr.Sumanthiran with it . Surely there are more public spaces than CT to raise the issue?
          But at least, AM could tell us the identity of the person and the conglomerate. I trust this doesn’t lead to AM telling us to find our own details, as in the case of his other hobby-horse, the non-existent “bond scam”.

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            old codger
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            1) You are back to your ‘game’ of mischief and subterfuge under cover of anonymity.
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            2) Don’t put words in my mouth to TRIVIALIZE the complicity of professionals in the systemic corruption in this country – particularly lawyers and chartered accountants/auditors.
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            3) Not even hundred anti-corruption plans can mitigate/prevent corruption if this is not honestly addressed.
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            4) I am not stating that the integrity of ALL professionals is questionable. The problem is the SILENCE of the principled category.
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              old codger (continued from above)
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              5) I have stated several times that the IDENTITY of the Attorney-at-Law and the complicit conglomerate can be obtained from ‘Power of Attorney’ No: 1137 dated 30 July 2017 to be obtained from the ‘Land Registry’ (opposite ‘Colombo Museum’) – ‘Land Registry’ reference No: 1578 dated 31 July 2017.
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              6) Don’t give an excuse for the apparent HYPOCRISY of senior BASL member M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP who states in his parliamentary discourse on the proposed anti-corruption legislation – “When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns.”
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              Amrit Muttukumaru

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              old codger (continued from above)
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              5) I have stated several times that the IDENTITY of the Attorney-at-Law and the complicit conglomerate can be obtained from ‘Power of Attorney’ No: 1137 dated 30 July 2017 to be obtained from the ‘Land Registry’ (opposite ‘Colombo Museum’) – ‘Land Registry’ reference No: 1578 dated 31 July 2017.
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              6) Don’t give an excuse for the apparent HYPOCRISY of senior BASL member M.A. Sumanthiran, PC MP who states in his parliamentary discourse on the proposed anti-corruption legislation – “When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns.”
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              Amrit Muttukumaru

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                AM,
                “IDENTITY of the Attorney-at-Law and the complicit conglomerate can be obtained from ‘Power of Attorney’ No: 1137 dated 30 July 2017 to be obtained from the ‘Land Registry”
                If your accusations are true, why not publish the names here? This sounds a lot like your “bond scam evidence”. Very predictable, aren’t we?
                BTW, is Sumanthiran the attorney?

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            OC, ” having an axe to grind in others expense “. Don’t bother about details, there is none. A Sickening display of selfishness and Ego.

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              Chiv,
              I suspect Vishwamitra and Sumanthiran are involved in this case.🤣🤣🤣

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                OC, looks like it. Don’t know how many more are there in rambling “emptyblower’s hit list.

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            Non-Existent Bond Scam !!! If OC is correct (OC=Charlie / Arjun Mahendran )

            If Charlie (OC) is right Aloysius has a fundamental rights case for illegal detention, and Government must immediately release the several Billions from Perpetual now held by the government ) RW must for the sake of good governance clear the name of his close family friends.

            Looks like OC is saying all Mahendran’s labours for Perpetual were all correct and Aloysious gave all those bribes in a fit of madness. Whole thing was a honest act ! ! !

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              Joker Deepthi Silva,

              If it is not a “planted bond scam story”, why is the Singapore government (owned by Arjuna Mahendran) still silent on the matter?

              That donkey- Sirisena once said, that he signed 20 000 times in those documents FOCUSING on getting Arjuna caught for this so called ” bond scam”: All these were ridiculed by European press pointing finger at former President SIrisena. However srilanken BIASED media made it in favour of the donkey sirisena (SIRASA TV, whose owner LATE Killi was an arch rival of RW).

              AM has proven himself to be spotless during his previous stints in various types of reputed banks. Professor Deepti Silva, how would you explain it?
              You as a ” know-all” charactor may know lot more than we do. Is it not high time you to enlighten us with your knowledge ?

              We know very well that Mara, the Nation’s biggest criminal, has been at the helm of bond irregularities since 2008. or you the kind of former backlickers of MaRa, dont you agree ?

              That Cabral man (another candidates deserves to be HANGED by a public execution parade), no matter what book he published about his exploits, why on earth the Sri Lankan authorities still couldn’t?

              Why on earth LANKEN MEDIA dont take it serious ? aiyoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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                Leela I like your language, educated and cultured !

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                  OMG, you talk about culturedness ?
                  Come to the point, will you please. You would never answer our questions. Do you perhaps have blood relatedness with Champa and Sinhala man ? because they both react similar to you for our questions. hope you will realize it soon.

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              O Deepthi the financial wizard,
              How many times have I challenged AM and you to provide real figures (any OL kid can do it), without quoting clueless third parties?
              If you can’t do that (I can) please keep quiet.
              Oh, BTW, a hint… go have a look at how the CSE works.

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                old codger
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                1) It is disgusting that you refer to a “non-existent bond scam” under cover of ANONYMITY.
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                2) How can anyone take you seriously after you SHAMELESSLY assert “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.”!
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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                3) Apart from the financial loss to the people, the ‘Bond Scam’ is EGREGIOUS because of the terrible ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ involving state agencies under the WATCH of Ranil Wickremesinghe who UNPRECEDENTEDLY brought the issuing agency for Treasury Bonds (CBSL) under his DIRECT purview with the Governor being his HANDPICKED Arjuna Mahendran.
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                  old codger (continued from above)
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                  4) If the bond scam is “non-existent” as you disingenuously state, why did the CBSL under then Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy UNPRECEDENTEDLY seek the approval of the Attorney-General to place in the public domain the long delayed FORENSIC AUDIT as it “could influence the upcoming presidential election”?
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                  5) Could it be that Singapore has not acceded to our request to extradite Arjuna Mahendran due to the POOR quality of our request?
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                  6) In the CURRENT context where senior BASL member M.A. Sumanthiran asserted in parliament “When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns.” why are you trying to give him an untenable EXCUSE not to hold the BASL accountable for REFUSING to hold to account the attorney-at-law who has ‘Certified and Attested’ a shockingly FRAUDULENT ‘Power of Attorney’?
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                  Amrit Muttukumaru

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                  O AM the broken record,
                  How many times have I challenged you to provide real figures (any OL kid can do it), without quoting third parties?
                  If you can’t do that (I can) please keep quiet.
                  Oh, BTW, a hint… go have a look at how the CSE works.
                  If you want to make accusations, please provide evidence, like who lost money, how much, and when. Saying something is EGREGIOUS is not credible enough, neither is it credible to tell people to pay the Land Registry to get at the names of people you accuse of fraud. Surely you can write an article with a photo of the document?

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                    AM,
                    “Could it be that Singapore has not acceded to our request to extradite Arjuna Mahendran due to the POOR quality of our request?
                    .Surely you don’t think the Singaporeans are so stupid that they can’t recognize a politically motivated case? Contrary to your disingenuous accusation, there WAS NO MISUSE OF STATE FUNDS, as borne out by two court verdicts. ALL the money was Aloysius’s. You may have some personal axe to grind with these people, and, I suspect in the “conglomerate ” case, but please don’t make a nuisance of yourself repeatedly on CT to promote it.

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                      OC, Is it on the same basis that Dubai refused to cooperate when Ranil government sent their A team to Dubai to examine a supposed bank statement of Rohitha Rajapaksa (son of MR) .

                      Just like Singapore !

                      OC,stop trying to mislead the reader ! Your one sidedness and intellectual dishonesty is so obvious.

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                      DS,
                      So where are the calculations to prove that there WAS a bond scam? If you want help, just ask.

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                    AM
                    “1) It is disgusting that you refer to a “non-existent bond scam” under cover of ANONYMITY.”
                    Says the guy who accuses eminent lawyers of fraud but asks readers to pay for the evidence at the Land Registry! 🤣🤣

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                Codger you men Ranil and his old Royalists friends are committing another ” non-existent” scam at the CSE ! !

                Since they are doing it in English let us wait for Leela to analogize this scam in his posh English

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                  DS
                  So…..as I expected, no figures on this “bond scam”. Could it be because it never existed (as AM might put it)?

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                    old codger
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                    1) You are probably the ONLY person in Sri Lanka apart from Ranil Wickremesinghe and his hangers-on who say that the bond scam is “NON-EXISTENT”. You do so under cover of ANONYMITY without any responsibility.
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                    2) This is not unexpected after your APPALLING assertion:
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                    “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.”
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                    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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                    3) In the CURRENT context vis-à-vis M.A. Sumanthiran’s above CT article where his assertion in parliament “When there is no accountability, it is impunity that reigns.” has been published, it is CONDEMNABLE that you are attempting to give him – a senior BASL member an untenable EXCUSE not to hold the BASL accountable for REFUSING to hold to account the attorney-at-law who has ‘Certified and Attested’ a shockingly FRAUDULENT ‘Power of Attorney’.
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                    (continued below)

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                      old codger (continued from above)
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                      4) I have SEVERAL times placed in the public domain and advised BASL/Sumanthiran:
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                      The IDENTITY of the Attorney-at-Law and the complicit conglomerate can be obtained from ‘Power of Attorney’ No: 1137 dated 30 July 2017 available in the ‘Land Registry’ (opposite ‘Colombo Museum’) – ‘Land Registry’ reference No: 1578 dated 31 July 2017.
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                      5) What more does the BASL, Sumanthiran and you need if all of you are SINCERE on ‘accountability’. It only requires a few hundred rupees to obtain this.
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                      6) If only the legal and chartered accountancy professionals in particular conduct themselves in the manner expected of them, it will mitigate/prevent most of the egregious corruption we witness in Sri Lanka.
                      .

                      7) I am not stating that the integrity of ALL professionals is questionable. The problem is the SILENCE of the principled category.
                      .

                      Amrit Muttukumaru

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                    AM
                    “You are probably the ONLY person in Sri Lanka apart from Ranil Wickremesinghe and his hangers-on who say that the bond scam is “NON-EXISTENT”.”
                    Why don’t you read the mathematical proof I have given so many times? Do you not understand simple arithmetic? Or is that inability to understand simply “disingenuous” as you put it?
                    As to my spending a “few hundred rupees” to pull your irons out of the fire, do you not think that, not being a resident of Colombo 7, I might have better uses for the money? Stop repeating yourself. If you have the courage of your convictions, stop bleating and reveal all. I am seriously beginning to suspect a personal interest behind this.

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                    OC
                    That there was a serious irregularity is one matter, alongside the conduct of an inquiry into it which left much to be desired.
                    That apart, whether the loss to the government was as large as it is suggested to be is another matter.
                    I suspect that the long ongoing debate is conducted at cross purposes.

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                      SJ,
                      The dead horse is being flogged by people who have not the foggiest notion what a bond is.
                      If purported “professionals” are so ignorant, what can we expect from ordinary voters?

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                      mR. Muttukumaru et al, PC,
                      I am so honoured to address yr eminence,. In my whole life I have never come across a person as brave as you. Who else would dare to take on the BASL un-anonymousely, while also fighting the evil dictator and his crook Mahendran!!!! you are daring to take on the shareolder of the place where you employed (without corruption) by your relatives and you are right to tell to go find the name in the land register, which may be page.
                      You are very honest, and very clever like deepthi.. is she also your relative? Please continue with yr corruption fighting, after all retireing is boring, no?

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                    OC what an unscrupulous and sly man you are ! Typical of your race !

                    Only the fraudster knows how much he made from a fraud . Do you know how much the Rajapaksa family made ?

                    The fact is that in the so called Treasury Bill auction conducted by the father in law (Mahendran) for his son in law Aloysius , Perpetual Treasury ( owned by son in law ) were the only bidder( primary dealer) The other dealers were kept out by father in law.

                    Father in law ordered the bank to accept every bid laced by son in law !

                    Father in law changed the interest rate for the bids by son n law.

                    As to how much he made, ask Aloysius

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                      Deepthi the arithmetic genius,
                      “As to how much he made, ask Aloysius”
                      If YOU don’t know, and Amrit doesn’t know, what is this argument about? I know how much he made, and I have revealed it many times.
                      Making a profit is not a crime.
                      Stop arguing about things you know nothing about.
                      “Typical of your race !”
                      At least I don’t have to protect my knees from dangling TTs.

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                      old codger
                      .

                      1) “non-existent “bond scam” – old codger
                      .

                      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/law-in-crisis-government-is-still-controlled-by-kaputu-kak-ka/
                      .

                      2) “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.” – old codger
                      .

                      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
                      .

                      Amrit Muttukumaru

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                      Dear OC.
                      I repeatedly questioned as to why Singapore 🇸🇬 govt remains silent on Arjun Mahendra, if their citizen directly involved in that bond scam? Is that at all possible? Singapore is one of the few countries where law and order rigorously in action. They would nt stay away not reacting timely, if all what is being allegedly occurred in SLCB in the tenure of AM.Rajapakses can fool everyone in JVPERS but not every srilanken.Maycthe truth be revealed🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐

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    We all know that Rajapaksa bastards are behind RW.
    But who is behind them, backing them?
    The punnaku drinking buffalos are still behind Rajapaksa bastards, hence they will continue to wield political power where it matters.

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      Dear Human Touch,
      .
      In what sense are the Rajapaksas “bastards”? What if they produce Birth Certificates?
      .
      I know that, collectively, they are horrible people. But please try to ensure that there is some objective meaning in what you say.
      .
      Conditions are pretty bad in Lanka, but not many are yet eating/drinking poonac. You possibly don’t know what the stuff is.
      .
      https://www.adamjeelukmanjee.com/domestic-products/animal-feed/poonac.html
      .
      But are you speaking of buffaloes, or people?
      .
      I have now, at 04.15 am got the entire article as a link:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kKc5zFiye8&t=9329s
      .
      That was to see what comments there are below the YouTube. I found that there were none, but I have made two comments. There’s something wrong. As you know, my name is Panini Edirisinhe. But for many hours now it has got to be something different. Since you are a good electrical engineer, it may be possible for you to diagnose the problem.
      .
      The quickest way to get rid of the Rajapaksas would be for Ranil Wickremasinghe to dissolve Parliament and conduct elections. Why doesn’t RW do that? The Maldives is to have elections in September. For more on that look at my comment here:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/paris-summit-to-push-for-global-debt-reforms-what-sri-lanka-could-bring-to-the-table/

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        Sinhala_Man, You showed that vulgarity doesn’t need to be vulgar!

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          SM,
          “In what sense are the Rajapaksas “bastards”? What if they produce Birth Certificates?”
          I don’t know if it is different in Bandarawela, especially at 4.15 am, but even “bastards” have birth certificates. There is no such category nowadays, because the parents are not required to be married (“marital status” has been dropped.
          It is curious that an English scholar doesn’t know the alternate meaning of the words “bastard”, “buffalo”, or even “electrical engineer”.

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            OC,
            .
            There is a big difference between an English scholar and a self-proclaimed scholar. The same is the case with self-proclaimed political scientist – Dayan Jayathilaka.
            :
            I think that is known to even little ones today.

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        SM and other readers,
        .
        1
        “The quickest way to get rid of the Rajapaksas would be for Ranil Wickremasinghe to dissolve Parliament and conduct elections. Why doesn’t RW do that? The Maldives is to have elections in September. For more on that look at my comment here:”

        No election shall be held until the end of the term. Recent elections have brought nothing to this nation:

        CBK and RANIL are intelligent leaders, that the land has produced in recent times. They may not care much about low-level criticism, but engage with the international community and do the right thing. If not for CBK and her external politicas, things would not have worked with the elemination of terror in this hell.

        However indecent rascals produced by DA Rajapakshe grabed the entire credit out of her. Today, most of our people believe that RAJAPAKSHES ARE REAL THIEVES.

        Tbc

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          2
          These are not magic but international standards. Even that self-proclaimed political scientist, Dayan J Thilaka, once said that even if we err on the side of foreign policy, we should engage diplomatically with powerful nations. Both leaders did that, and the result was always clear. People are misled by local media networks, not giving some respect to them. That is what they called sinhala doggy culture.

          We are indeed a beggar nation that cannot survive without the constant support of the international community. No matter what the uneducated sons of bitches say and do, the truth is that we must first save our people from starvation, which is what the RW-led Interim Government is doing. Gossips may be thrown by youtubers and others, facts aside.
          .
          Tbc

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            3/SINHALA man never see it right, it’s in his genetics; He belongs to the category, if you point your finger at MOON, they would try to criticise your finger deformations.
            IF HE questions about bastards, how dare people use ” ashhole” as a dirty word ? It s literary meaning does not play a role, however, even if someone not a real bastard, if he or she behaves like them, it is fair to use it to them. This is obvious to everyone but not to him, questions only to divert the topic and the discusisons. Or he is stupdier than appeared to be ??????????????
            .
            How can any educated person question the snap polls knowing that the entire population of this “Rajapakse looted land” is struggling for their 3 MEALs?

            Almost everyone living in rural or urban areas faces it. It increases when they live in urban areas.

            The number of beggars in cities including Colombo has increased greatly. Some are left as street corners, while others spend their days under the shade of trees.

            Today more than ever, elderly women and men are pushed to the edge of the city without the care of their children.

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          LM,
          “Today, most of our people believe that RAJAPAKSHES ARE REAL THIEVES.”!!!???
          Isn’t it realisation that is too little and FAR too late!!!???

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            Mahila,.
            .
            Is nt that primary issue of this nation.? Ours is a nation that would nt care much about “facts”. ALAS, what a nation.

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        S_M,
        “Conditions are pretty bad in Lanka, but not many are yet eating/drinking Poonac. You possibly don’t know what the stuff is.”
        May be it isn’t that well known and in the public domain!!??
        Don David Rajapaksa’s “Occupation” was declared, Vidanarachchi Ihala Valikada Korale, “Landed Proprietor – Animal Husbandry”!!!???
        Undoubtedly, they had good knowledge of Animal Foods (Forage) such as Coconut Poonac, and Fodder – Grass – in ample measure, which includes their FOLLOWERS and helpers!!??
        No imputation, they imbibed in Forage or Fodder!!?? Which is another matter and Moot point!!??
        As others have already said, one cannot prove, whether Bastards or not, their familiarity to Forage and Fodder is unquestionable!!!???
        Perhaps special reason, they showed utter disregard to ‘FOOD SECURITY’ and clamoured and foisted untested, insufficiently trialed for sustainability, ‘ORGANIC AGRICULTURE’, made people to starve over year!!!???

    • 8
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      Dear HT,
      .
      Whole lot of people don’t care about politics 😴 in our motherland today. Society is similar to garbage dumps. Not even divine forces did the job well. We perfectly know the level of high crimes deliberately committed by Mafia boss et al with direct mediation of Mahanayaka s backing. Saddest reality is not even most literate state which is Western province, people uses their brain. Rodias misled 6.9mio or more 🤔 to elect them in parliament, after that just little u can do in a situation such as ” current context”. Crying babies aka JVP can be sensitive but walking the talk 👄 is not at all easy in lanken politics. Only Ranil and CBK can give saline to the nation,at this highly critical stage basta. We are btw listed as 11th poorest nation.aiyooooo

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      “So I’m up flagging this matter to say you can have a perfect law on paper, but how do you ensure that it is implemented?”
      That is the core of the matter. Laws are implemented (or not), depending on political or personal considerations. Diana Gamage and Weerawansa’s wife aren’t locked up for immigration offences. They have political power. But a poor female comedian is jailed under the ICCPR for joking about the Buddha. The Magistrate himself seems personally offended. Can a Buddhist person not criticize her own religion?
      It all boils down to the dominant culture, which is intrinsically corrupt. Colonial rule was socially inequitable. Its laws did favour the rich, but rarely were laws implemented with such open inequity as now. Equality before the law doesn’t exist in local culture, but only in the law books. Just ask the Mahanayakas.

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        old codger,
        Equitable is not in judicial lingo; Sri Lanka exemplifies it!

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          equitable
          adj. 1) just, based on fairness and not legal technicalities. 2) refers to positive remedies (orders to do something, not money damages) employed by the courts to solve disputes or give relief.”
          (Source: dictionary.law.com)
          *
          “The distinction arose in England where there were separate courts of law and courts of equity. Following this pattern in America, some states created chancery courts which deal only with equitable relief. In other states, the courts of common law were empowered to exercise equity jurisdiction. Today, separate courts of chancery have largely been abolished, as the same court that may fashion a legal remedy has the power to prescribe an equitable one.”
          (https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/equity)

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        OC:
        “The Magistrate himself seems personally offended.”

        Yes, that’s the impression I, too, got when listening to the opinion of Thilina Gamage, the magistrate who extended Nathasha’s period of remand yesterday. His/her bias and hostility towards her seemed evident in his/her interpretation of the relevant laws, which I don’t think was sound and would be upheld in the higher courts.

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          LJ
          I don’t know if Natasha has the resources to approach the SC, or will cave in like Sepal, but she should. That will reveal whether these attitudes go all the way to the top of the judiciary. If they do, we are all screwed.

          • 5
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            Yes, couldn’t agree with you more. I very much hope that she won’t cave in like Sepal so that we could learn how the higher courts interpret the relevant laws.

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              OC::

              By the way, I also wish that the magistrate would read my article “Psychology of the Religiously Offended” 😄

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                LJ,
                I don’t think His Honour reads anything but his Bana Potha.

    • 0
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      “The punnaku drinking buffalos”?
      Buffalos are essentially free range animals with good taste and love grass. (They do not even eat the paddy in the fields.)

  • 4
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    This is a gem of an article. Standard is very high compared to other printed peaces in Colombo telegraph some of which you even can’t read up to the end. Author should be hailed. My only comment is readers should read it again and again and again.
    I quote one sentence from a article which says a lot
    “There is no politician, no person who has held office , who has held political office, who has been convicted and sentenced in this country for corruption. “

    • 7
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      Jack, as you say, the article is worth much more but the standout quote, was mentioned many times here, by a few.

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    A “complete clean up” is warranted.
    A new constitution is the answer with age limits and term limits to elected office.
    Pension off the “oldies with crooked brains” and a newer younger set of politicians be given the opportunity to run the country, with fresh elections ASAP.
    The alternative is continuous chaos, starvation infighting and India taking over the country and Sri Lanka becoming a part of India.

  • 7
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    The Deputy of the Human Rights Commission has requested the international community to take to task those who are violating human rights in Sri Lanka. She should have further added that it’s not just the violators but also, more importantly, Senior Police Officers and Judges who are not discharging their duties to protect the violated by taking biased illegal actions and making biased judgments. At least a travel ban should be imposed on Senior Polic Officers who are illegally discharging human rights violations and also on Judges in Courts who do not take to task these officers but illegally punish the violated.

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    Law In Crisis: Government Is Still Controlled By Kaputu Kāk Kā

    All Talks will be successful because of he election Old Tricks and after the election different story.

    Why is the President like Cuckoo Bird Laying Eggs in Crows Nest

    This may be one of the reasons why crow numbers are declining in some areas.

    The visionaries and dream President is need to put in Sr ilanka history books that he was the president of sri lanka

  • 7
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    It is a den of thieves. 6.9 million voted for them. Sumanthiran’s colleagues were no better. They did their dirty work too though not to the same extent as the guys in the SOuth. The Southern politician keeps the Sinhalaya ignorant and blissful in Buddhism while they suck him dry. The Buddhist priests join in. It takes little to bring the looted property back to SL. The US Government and the World Bank run a free service to recover the proceeds of bribery that has been taken abroad. It is easy to invoke their assistance. Why has this been not done? Because all in government are involved in the corruption. Simple answer. No point in passing laws. when there is no will to enforce them. The exercise only deludes the followers of the corrupt who cannot crawl out of their Mahatmasa madness.

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    I hope Sumanthiran can tell the nation how Ranil W met the designated buyer of SLT in London ? Why in London ? What about transparency ? What will the other bidders feel ?

    Most important who is the professional operator in Colombo who organized this meeting between Ranil and this criminal businessman from Malaysia ?

    I hope our investigators can reveal all .

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      If this is true, then the “Supreme” race is royally screwed.

      Karma is a B!tch.

      LOL

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      DS,
      “criminal businessman from Malaysia?”
      Why go all the way to London to meet Businessman from Malaysia!??

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    ” Law in crisis . ” Since when ? Whose hands is it in ? Is it not the People who
    are in crisis Because of the law ? The biggest crisis of the law is the President
    RW . An Interim Executive working on a 25 year future , this is the crisis the
    law has to find a solution for !

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