18 September, 2020

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London Chief Buddhist Thero Child Abuse Case – High Commission to represent Thero ?

By Colombo Telegraph

charged with rape and three counts of sexual abuse - GSL to help

Sri Lanka High Commission, UK says that it represented at Court to offer consular and legal assistance to Pahalagama Somaratana Thero, the Chief Priest of the Thames Buddhist Vihara.

The thero and the Dayaka Sabha had requested assistance from the Sri Lankan mission. Pahalagama Somaratana Nayaka Thero, charged with raping an underage girl in the 1970s appeared before Court on Monday. The Thero was released on bail.

Head of the Consular Services of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Chaminda Kularatna told BBC Sinhala Service that the accused Thero who holds a Sri Lanka passport had been informed of available consular and legal assistance.

Pahalagama Somaratana Thero has been charged with rape and three counts of sexual abuse, police said. The alleged rape and three counts of indecent assault occurred in Chiswick, west London, in 1977 and 1978.

Related news links  http://colombotelegraph.com/2011/09/23/update-london-chief-buddhist-thero-remanded-for-rape/

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    How cab they represent this kind on man?

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      perhaps they are under pressure from Buddhist groups who think that this whole issue will damage buddhism etc…., perhaps prabakaran is behind the conspiracy to tarnish buddhism…

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    Former Attorney General may be the best councillor this type of charges

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      You are well known to be a mud slinger on the GOSL, and a failed wannby lawyer, because of your inadequate language proficiency. What do you know of this case anyway. You are a master of hearsay. I bet you will somehow leave SL soon, if you haven’t done already, and join the other mud slingers, like Desha apriya, Withanachichi, and the rest. There are plenty of NGOs around to fund you, but you need to learn English first. Have you left Lankadeepa now?

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    There is one thing common among Buddhist, Christian and Hindu priests. They all have active cocks. We all know what Sai Baba did, what the Catholic priests in Rome did, how the Pope covered up everything etc. They are all evil and hypocritical.

    While I condemn this child abuse – we should not pretend that this is a Buddhist phenomenon only and there is no need to get worked up about this as many Tamil are doing.

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    This CHILD ABUSE case goes to 1974, so Piripaharan must have told him to rape the child. yes yes, clearly conspiracy against Buddhism. :) :) :) :)

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    The incident is a very old one….about 32 years ago….as far as I know ….she was waiting till her farther died….the case is favourable to the monk. I had the opportunity to talk to a monk in that temple…there are lot of things to think….specially the duration of the incident….

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      Time lapse is not an issue if the monk committed the crime. He, the monk who is fully aware of the Karmic Concept that they always preach to lay Buddhists, should know that every action has a reaction and that it will come back to the person who committed it. This is really an excellent example of Buddhist Karmic Theory in action. Too bad for the monk if he committed it, but if he did not, then one has to ask, what did he commit in a previous life that made this woman haunt him in this life.

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    This is a typical Michael Jackson type case. A money grabbing woamn had her son lie in Court about Jackson abusing him. It was found however that
    I can see the hands of the GTF and the UNP and their cronies trying to make political milage by this type of idiotic claim.
    A child cannot in any case be a consenting partner to sexual activity. It is statutory rape. But if the case is fabricated then she is looking at a very long term inside a British Prison and things can only get worse.

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      MR CASIE, you may talking because you may have received ” Casi”. what is this GTF and UNP issue??? Did they ask this monk to rape a child??

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        In your little misinformed mind you do not see the conspiracies that take place in England. TYhe UNP and the LTTE are against everyone who supports the Government and the Priest in question has been seeing the President at that Temple many years before he became President. The MP for the area is Gareint Davies a LTTE supporter like all Labour Party MPs are. They give the LTTE fronts support because of the money made fraudulently fills their Party coffers. Do you now understand you dumb-bell?

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    It is not the woman who is prosecuting, but the state prosecutor. The woman seemed to have complained, though belatedly, but the investigation has been done by the UK police and UK crown prosecution service. There is no guarantee that they have got this all buttoned down before going to the courts, but here British experts are involved (unlike the politically driven and often inept Sri Lankan police and state attorney). The motive and timing of the allegation is certainly questionable, but unfortunately for the monk, this is a hot subject in UK (unlike the Duminda raping an underaged girl, where the politcians have blocked the justice to the kid).

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      The crown prosecution takes up such cases straightaway,as they are serious allegations . The evidence is not an issue as it is not expected at the begginning,but on condition it will be produced later at the trial.

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      There is more dubious dealing in the UK than there are in Sri Lanka. That is if you can read and comprehend. Sometimes hard when you kiss the white man’s bum.

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      The woman or the child in this case has to formulate an accusation which is then inquired into. Rape needs penetration. Abuse can mean anything from slapping a child for being naughty or groping the child. You are a white arse kisser because you have not realised that the British Police is the most corrupt in the Western world after the United States. Get your facts and figures straight when you start rimming the white man. If you do not know what rimming is ask any homosexual male… you must have many of them around you. The Sri Lankan Police are just as bad true but that does not make the British Police the right ones for any investigation because the MP for Croydon if you need know is paid by the LTTE.

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    There will have to be a lot of evidence for a Court to conclude that there is in fact any truth in the accuser’s story. Evidently the Colombo Telegraph will make the charge sheet of rape where in law there has to be penetration or there is no rape, abuse in any form touching etc tec. In this day and age it is usual that people in positions of trust misuse such trust be they Hindo swamis, Catholic and other Christian Priests. As this concerns the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Buddhists we must be there to support the man because evidently some people see money foloating around. We must not forget that a woman claimed Michael Jackson had abused her son and was later found out to be a professional fraud trying to trap rich people into paying their money into her account. In other words blackmailing them. This is a similar story so the Colombo telegraph journalist will soon be found out when the case comes to Court again.

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    when did u became Sinhala Buddhist?? its is good that Colombo Chetties can claim they are Sinlaha Buddhists, remeber even late Kadiragamar never even claim he is a SB ??

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      People are born into a race not into a belief. Some Colombo Chetties have Sinhale mothers who were Buddhists and decide that all the Middle Eastern beliefs are rubbish. Lakshman Kadirgamar may not have told you he was a Sinhale Buddhist but it was common knowledge that he had given up being a Christian after he got a liver transplant and a liver donation from a Buddhist Priests. You probably have never heard of agnostic people. By the way Buddhism is a Philosophy not a religion with one million gods like Hinduism.

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      What are you you coward? Chinese? At least I have the guts to put my full name on for you to see. You have to be another Tamil Idiot who thinks you can win wars against a more intelligent race of people.

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    I am not surprised. I have seen this so called high moral buddist monks. Most of them has nothing to do with Buddism, They are opportunist, racist and protected by political thugs. Ordinary citizens cant survive if the they speak out. London this is possible.. Thank god Budda is not alive to witness. I know lots of sinhala people suffer in the hands of this priest that they do not have an oppotunity to speak out in Sril lanka.

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      So are the Christian priests and the Jewish Rabbis. Being a priest is the easiest of professions because there are a lot of idiots who believe that priests are the representatives of “more important” religious leaders like Christ and Jehovah and whoever. That leaves the doors open to abuse of the innocent.

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        peter I love you. and I want to have babies with you.

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    No one talking about our Girls Getting Raped and no one has sympathy. What is so great about this preast for the Councel to support him. Who the hell is he. Force him to remove his Robes and apper in Court.Now that the damage is done it is done. a Monk should not get this sort of complains. Falls or not there is no smoke without fire. there for disrobe him Hon Malwatte and Asgiriya.

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