Taking a leaf out of his former boss’ book President Maithripala’s government today arrested an astrologer.
Sailor turned astrologer, Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni is swimming in troubled waters after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested him today on charges that he made false predictions.
Wijemuni who shot to limelight in 1987 for attacking Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with a rifle butt during his visit to Sri Lanka, recently predicted the death of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2017. In December, Wijemuni said that Sirisena will die by January 26 this year.
Following the prediction, Nimal Bopage, secretary to the ministry of media and Parliamentary affairs lodged a complaint with the police citing that there could be a plot to assassinate Sirisena.
Wijemuni has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department on charges that he made false predictions and for misleading the public. He will be produced before court.
His other predictions include that former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be the next president in Sri Lanka at the 2021 presidential election.
On 24th of June 2009, the Criminal Investigations Department had arrested a popular astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara, who predicted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be ejected from office. Chandrasiri Bandara said that the government would flounder in September and October because of political and economic problems. The opposition have condemned the arrest of Chandrasiri Bandara and warned that the country is heading towards a dictatorship. “The crime which Chandrasiri Bandara committed was publishing an astrological column which was adverse to the government,” said opposition United National Party.
Astrology is taken seriously by numerous Sri Lankan politicians. Regardless the opposition of Sri Lanka’s main Buddhist institutions, Sirisena appointed his personal astrologer Sattambige Don Neil Sriyaratne alias Niluka Ekanayake to the post of Governor Central Province on the 17th, March 2016. Niluka Ekanakayake has no qualifications to justify her appointment to such a lucrative government position. Niluka was the first transgender Governor in Sri Lanka.
Silva / January 31, 2017
This government is still underestimating how far the Rajapaksas will go to gain total control of the country!!
Looks like they even go to the extent of using these astrologers to make death threats!!?
Expose this Rajapaksas criminal network and their serious crimes and deal with them without wasting time…
Amarasiri / January 31, 2017
RE: Maithri Does A Mahinda, Arrests Astrologer
1. “Taking a leaf out of his former boss’ book President Maithripala’s government today arrested an astrologer.”
2. “Sailor turned astrologer, Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni is swimming in troubled waters after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested him today on charges that he made false predictions.”
3. “His other predictions include that former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be the next president in Sri Lanka at the 2021 presidential election.”
Looks like MaRa Maa ChaTu MaRa AmaNa MaRa’s stolen billions are being put to work in consultation with Gotabaya Rajapaksa and cronies.
Why is Sirisena, the Turncoat, Traitor, Gona, Mala-Petethaya ( to those who were killed by MaRa and GoTa), elected by 6.2 million voters, being misled?
Sinchuappu / January 31, 2017
Agree with you except the last line. It was not his incapablity but to protect everyone including his all highly corrupted party seniors, he has been fallen to the levels… so I really dont think you as a science graduate – it is right to Mr Sirisena as [Edited out] .. etc.. If you use the terms for him, what words you will remain to use at MOST ABUSIVE PRESIDENT OF THE NATION -Mahinda Raja ?
Amarasiri / February 1, 2017
” it is right to Mr Sirisena as [Edited out] .. etc.. If you use the terms for him, what words you will remain to use at MOST ABUSIVE PRESIDENT OF THE NATION -Mahinda Raja ?
Need to go with supporting data. It moves says, Copernicus and Galileo.
The 6.2 million voters with common sense voted in Sirisena to correct the excesses and abuses of MaRa MaRa and cronies. While it is true, that the abuses by Sirisena pale in comparison to those of MaRa, nevertheless, Sirisena has turned out to be Turncoat and Traitor, by schmoozing and in cahoot with MaRa and cronies, against the wishes of the voters and those who wanted Law and Order and Justice.
The crooks and criminals are still at large, courtesy of Sririsena.
Did the voters get a quarter loaf of bread?
Sangeetha / February 1, 2017
MR, MY3 or Ranil? Its all Hobson’s choice. o
Sad to say they should all be in prison together!
Samuel Jayaweera / February 1, 2017
Did you Amarasiri, ever guess that the system would change after 8th Jan 2015 ?
I only wanted to see a change in leadership, becauase I know pretty well the nature of lanken politics. Even if I have never worked with lankens, but each time travel back to the country what I got to know is no systems at all in tihs country.
Desperate Lanken / February 1, 2017
It seems the country’s law and orders systems are short the essentials in the line of respective law provisions in protecting privacies of its people. Who would be happy to hear in public “ you will be killed by someone on or before 26th January ? and further challenging, if this would be a lie – I will challenge to do something…. Etc..” nobody will like to hear this – but Prez Sirisena and his people were compelled to hear for the past few weeks since nothing came into being effective in terms of of the arrest. May be Prez Sirisena as one who would NOT place astrological predictions above everything, as his predecessor- donkey Rajakshe held them. But I don’t think his family and close ones to them would NOT have been going through various set of worries. Further to this, there were nothing in the local or international press to have come from President himself or from his family on the predictions. That I find is very strong.
However, this should be connected to a conspiracy weakening the mindset of the incumbent president. President’s rival men – none other than Rajapakshe led anti Sirisena elements have been on every attempt to take a revenge on him. Unlike some leaders like Obama or Cameran – Rajapakshe is still miles away from relinquish the political power – ridiculously – Obama and Cameran are both much younger than srilanka ‘s Mugabe- Rajaakshe. That is a very unique to MR–not to have made his mind yet, though already 2 years are gone since the vicious man was rejected by various forces in the country. Sadly the man’ estranged power struggle has gradually been becoming a laughing stock to the all of us.
The fact is – if anyone would have predicted assassinations of MR in the high days of MR ‘s tyranny, no doubt, his brother GOTA would have torn the person into pieces – to the manner, north Korean current day leader’s fated it being thrown to a groups starved fierce dogs.
Leelawathie / January 31, 2017
Entire world was criticising the manner, all presidential task forces or the like stayed that mum -over the last 3 months or so the manner this paritcular challenging astrolger who made public statements one behind the other all about no body else, elected president s death. The kind of tolerance woudl nt not have been seen NOT even in democracy over flowing -UK -that is why the people were surprised as to why the man was not long ago arrested. Just letting the kind of men to dance according the tunes of a power intoxicated senior politician – is a great threat to lanken life by today. Just the name of freedom given to them, the manner the freedom of speech have now been abused to the core in this country. Anyone does anything through Face book or other web sites – should finally be find its end. Repsonsiblity to own statements should see within a code of ethics.
Most dont know how to treat the other, since there have bene almost no laws to protect the lives of the people. Law makers though elected have been incapable of getting passed the respective provisions to the prevailing laws- when would this be ended ? Why cant they make laws … and serve the its people with law and order stricly applied country instead. If not for that for what the policians are there ?
In gERMANY or any developed country, would nt leave the kindo Wijemunis to add the kind fo thought not even about just average people. Here it was focused on the FIRST citizen of the country. Mr President -over to you – guide this nation to a law bound country, use your executive power for that if not the crimes rising to sky levels will be a greater threats to our second generations.
Simon De Silva / January 31, 2017
Believe me – if the presiden tof the country was Trump, this man Wijemuni would have been hung his balls by today.
So long to wait for the arrest – is a wonder in asia really. That shows the levels of freedom offered to the people in this country. This fool – wijemuni and the like minded astro men have been manipulating all high fools including former president Rajaakshe so easily. If mind sets would be that shakey only, you would ever rely on the predictions of the kind of idiots. Besides, this son of a bitch -Wijemuni is said to be not a lernt person. He is justseeking the attention – may be suffering from Media Attention Seeking Syndrome.
Rajapakashe jocky opposition men to abuse the kind of DOWN syndrome patients to send the message across to the grasseatin rjapakshe supporters is the real joke of January 2017.
Don Juan Appuhamy / January 31, 2017
There are plenty of modayas of the Wijemuni kind have been abusing their freedom of speech to this date. This is why I thought these monkey would do anything and everything being stuck to rabble rousers such as former president and their men to continue destroying this nation.
Current Duo seem not taking the monkey affairs of Rajapakse being behing the curtain, but they have been doing anything and everything to grab power – power intoxicated Rajapakshe cant even sleep today – when knowing that how deep he is fallen in – not just he himself, but his beloved beauty queen wife- atleast two sons have been alleged to have directly invovled in murder cases, high profile money scandals… what else, may be rape cases as Namal baby the eldest son is said to have raped numourous young ladies. What cant be the consequences when parents lost their control like a mad soldier was given the weapon – Rajaakshe ended up this way. The day all ballige puthas are caught – the day of start for this country.
Sam Fernando / January 31, 2017
The easiest job for many today- have been soothsayer, astrologer, or yanthra manthra gurus – all these are men of Rajaapakshe idiots.
Uneducated folks have been caught by Asiri or other Hakgedi promotors – since the king of stupdity is after all superstitous agendas. It is believed Rajapakshe has been wearting over 35 talishments inhis body on visible and invisble places – to protect him from invisible forces.. can you imagine ?
What is wrong with the bugger ? There is a sentence if you know what you have done wrong – it is no easy you to concentrate on yourself.. you loose all the self confidence set on you – Rajapakshe when remind his all the failurse, murders to high profile money grabs (depositing in Dubai banks)he has to go after all abusive soothsayers. Basta.
Sam Fernando / January 31, 2017
Anyone based on the kind of not 100% sure prediction makers along with soothsayers spring up like mushrooms in the country today should be subjected ot close observation – they should be warned not to mislead all the stupid folks in this country. They easily abuse the naive mind sets – and have been becoming a greater threat the nation by now. The fact that some politicians and prominent men andwomen have been highly caught by the fields, they must not allow send the message across the country fooling the nation. These politicians should make public statements on the poor folks, it is always upto the blind beliefs of the ones that go after them. Be it Chandrasiri Bandarara or this fool -wijemuni all have something in common -none of them owned university level education. Exception would be one young man coming from Matara or somewhere is a graduate student in Moratuwa. All others, just make public statements – some learn the stuff like parrots got to anything heard – and leave it all at once misleading folks. And senders like Hiru and Derana have been making profits let these soother sayers and the like men to sponsor programmes in their senders – just a highly punishable act in European soils.
Authortieis and politicians, over to you – it is you who got elected from people – and it is upto you to save the nation from superstitous beliefs/tricks, even Cowdung would have been marketed by some Asiri like personlities in the days to come – cheating uneducated masses in this country.
Ajith / January 31, 2017
This astrologer should have been sentenced to death for attempted murder of Rajiv Gandhi. That murder attempt was directed by former President (Dictator) JRJ whotook a Patha Yatharai to stop Banda-Chelva pact. Now this murderer is working for Mahinda who is now on Patha Yatharai to recapture on the same factor.
Rajash / February 2, 2017
The astrologer was surprised when he was arrested.
He said “I didn’t know this was coming. I have high connections. No one warned me.!”
PARAGON / January 31, 2017
THE CHANGE OF PLANET SATURN ON 26TH JANUARY DID NOT HAVE ANY BAD EFFECT ON MY3 OR MAHAKINDA BUT WE CAN SEE NOW SATURN STARTED GIVING LOT OF TROUBLE TO THE SAME ASTROLOGER WHO IS UNABLE TO READ HIS OWEN CHART
Paul / January 31, 2017
Imagine Trump appointing a transgender astrologer as Governor of Arkansas!
Sri Lankan politicians are morons, clowns and thieves. These are three of their better qualities. Imagine what the rest are.
Simon De Silva / January 31, 2017
what the hell are u talking man.. he has evenappointed his nephew or some as his adviser to the Trump cabinet… please read about the Trump – who is having a zero experience in american politics but in business. You cant defend an idiot assuming the americans are most powerful in the world. Gone were the days that people ever thought so, just hearing british premier Theresasa invetation sent to Trump has been caught by all the kind of disagreements already in the UK.
srinath gunaratne / January 31, 2017
Miracle of Asia!
Samson Gunaratne / January 31, 2017
Sure so long – Rajaakshe are still roaming in the city – things cant be predictable.
Please god work all various forces to catch Rajaakshe and their goons preveting the harm being done to this nation. Stupid Srinaths will never grasp it – even if their young generations would make efforts them to take to the tracks.
K A Sumanasekera / February 1, 2017
Has Batlanda Ranil handed over his UNP CID to Bodhi Sira? Is it a two year Contract?.
In the two years under Batalanda ,CID couldn’t crack the big ticket item which was to nail Rajapaksas for killing Lasantha.
Now Batlanada is in his own poo.
When Batalanada was the Opposition Leader, he accused the 6 Star Sergent Schultz for killing Lasantha.
And I saw it on a Video clip on the Web.Say no more.
Sira’s first brief to the CID is laughable. I mean Viramuni didn’t name names .
Although Batalanada Ranil, the part time Buddhist took it seriously
Went to Tripathi Poosaris to get the Saturn exorcised at a great cost to the UNP treasury. Thankfuly Malik Samare took care of it with his Buddy Aloysious.
Sira in contrast, has taken the sledge hammer to poor Vire.
If I was Sira I would have thrown party with a few bottles of single malt and have a laugh at Vire for defying his prediction.
Instead Sira was like a mad dog in Moneragala.
Have you seen the clip of his speech?.
Sira was like a man possessed by the Devil not Saturn.
Looks like Vire’s prediction is right although Sira didn’t die.
jim softy / February 1, 2017
It is over Reaction. These astrologers work for money.
Maithripala Sirisena does not have courage to prosecute thieves becuase, they did not steal from his personal account.
Sam Fernando / February 1, 2017
What else you the like idiots would say.. ?
If i were IGP – I would have hung the man by his balls already few weeks ago.
Just letting the kind of idiots to abuse and mislead nation that way should have long been avoided. We need rigorous law enforsement if we want to see a better future.
thrishu / February 1, 2017
Why these top politicians are being controlled by fake astrologers? Are the politicians blind as bats that they cannot see and differentiate between reason and superstitious beliefs. It is not a criticism of true and pure astrology, but I am talking about fake conmen masquerading as astrologers, manipulating the politicians, and the otherwise intelligent politicians losing their senses and heads under the influence of these fake fakirs.
Sama / February 1, 2017
Thrisu – it has been the culture in the country today. Those pvt TV senders like HIRU and DERANA worked diehard to promote all devious kind of astrologers ascending from 2005. By fooling innocient masses across the country, like blood sucking insects-they men cheat the poor masses today. Not just astrologers but also Asiri or others of Yanthra Manthra Gurus that introduce any kind of Hakgediya if anything to be successful -make millions within short period of their emerges
Sadly there are no law to control these buggers inthe country. Law makers seem taking months or years to stand against these evil men. I wonder why they always accuse of not having law provisions when it is to punish the kind of men. If Queen Elisabath or Ms Theresa would have been warned by any kind of Astro men in the Uk – what would have been the action they would take… immediate arrest, but in srilanka, they just ignored the predictions of this bitches son-who repeatedly made it… because he was not invited by president .. not a single time. Can you imagine ?
Nimal / February 1, 2017
This show how stupid our leaders to take this joker serious. These are the weak leaders we are lumbered with.
virgo fernando / February 1, 2017
This is a minor offence compared to what this idiot sailor did to Rajiv Ghandi. This imbecile must be arrested now and locked up for the attempted murder of Rajiv.
B S Perera / February 1, 2017
His Prediction was Gota to become the resident in July 2017 not in 2021 as CT says
Good Sense / February 1, 2017
The complainant in this case is Nimal Bopage. Based on his complaint an investigation either relevant or irrelevant to the complaint was done resulting in the so called astrologer being arrested. Are we then to infer that the process was instigated by MY3? It is to be inferred that there is instigation from the “powers that may be”. But who they are is not clear. Bopage is one who did not sign certain documents in spite of the ultimatum “Sign or Resign”. At the moment all Secretaries to Ministries can be hired and fired by the President (No constitutional council safeguard either). But we have seen that even IGP is saying Sir, Sir, Sir and playing the role of a robot to a Minister in-spite of all the safeguards possible. Bopage has his own record and is not clear who his master is and there is a possibility that he too can have his own agenda while partially complying with his political bosses.
This society takes the view of Astrologers very seriously. Don’t forget that even as far back as 1972, when Sri Lanka was made a republic, then speaker signed the relevant document on top of a box, which happens to be a clock which displayed the time dead accurate. So, comments of this nature concerning the powers that may be reduce the standing of those in authority. I am sure; some would have postponed some important decisions beyond the deadline of Jan 26, in view of the uncertainty. Predictions of this kind can be harmful to the society but this is also a mature society. I am definitely against unfair arrests or for the equivalent of lèse-majesté laws prevailing in some countries.
Mila Fing / February 1, 2017
Those who predict the future should do a selfie first!
Justice & Fairplay / February 2, 2017
The fault lies with not the astrologer but those who believed what he said.
He said what he saw (probably) and was proven dead wrong. A more enlightened society might have laughed it off officially, while tightening the security network around the president. Not us.
It is likely that this A’lodger is a Rajapakse sympathizer. Or he is given to extreme nationalist tendencies and colours his pronouncement to suit his inner beliefs. (His assault attempt on Rajiv G proves this). At the rate he is going, he might soon predict Wimal W to be the President by 2030, if WW can last that long and Gomanpila to be the Prime Minister.
Silly action by the security services, all in all.