28 June, 2022


Major General Prasanna Silva Involved In A White Van Controversy To Be Transferred

Commander of the Commando Regiment Major General Prasanna De Silva, who got involved in a white van controversy recently, is to be transferred out of the unit, according to reliable sources.

Major General Prasanna De Silva

Major General Prasanna De Silva

He is to be replaced by Brigadier Ralph Nugera. The transfers will be effective from the 19th of this month according to sources.

On July 22, three civil-clad army soldiers were arrested by the police while they were travelling in a white van with a firearm.

Police were suspicious as the vehicle’s registration number did not tally with its papers.

It was later revealed that the van had fake number plates. Also reports suggested that it had been earlier used by the LTTE.

Later the Army said the vehicle and the weapon had been issued to Major General Prasanna Silva.

The major general, who had played a key role during the final stages of the war in 2009, had said that three soldiers were a part of his personal security detail. He had also said the weapon concerned was his service pistol.

Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a public event later had said the white van belonged to the LTTE and it was now being used by the Army. He also said sending the ‘white van’ was an attempt to kill him and the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who happen to live in the surrounding area of Nugegoda.

The Army meanwhile said the preliminary investigations by the Military Police have confirmed that neither those soldiers, nor the vehicle in question, were involved in any criminal act whatsoever.

However, the Army said necessary legal action would be instituted against breach of military law, if any upon completion of Military Police investigations,

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  • 16

    “Commander of the Commando Regiment Major General Prasanna De Silva, who got involved in a white van controversy recently, is to be transferred out of the unit, according to reliable sources.”

    Is being given a diplomatic posting in one of those Western countries?

    • 16

      RE: Major General Prasanna Silva Involved In A White Van Controversy To Be Transferred

      Why don’t they try him, put him in jail or just hang him, if found guilty?

      If not guilty, let him go free.

      He may be taking instructions from Mara and doing his “Duty” to the then President.

      • 2

        Amarasiri, u[Edited out]

  • 26

    Prassana De Silva the so called Major General be court marshalled and demoted or sacked and not transferred. He will never be a honourable soldier and will always be a henchman for MARA & croonies.

    • 2

      Dont know about this statement. I thought Prasanna was sent on diplomatic mission so that being a loyal commander selected by SF to attack the LTTE from north, and later from the south, he was too close to SF for MR’s comfort. Thus he was taken out of operational work to be placed on a shunt line in London.

  • 21

    Strange that Mr GR recognizing the vans that he had been using when he was in power. Who needs other witnesses when the criminals offer voluntary evidence of their past doings!

  • 12

    This is a funny govt. if an official is found guilty, why are they
    reluctant to give the punishment he or she deserved and instead,in
    some cases, a diplomatic position is offered as if diplomatic corps
    is the hiding grounds for high profile culprits and some are trans
    -ferred, holding the same ranks or investigated and discharged or allowed on bail and he is once again a free bird to commit the same crime, for which he was charged for. This is happening now as some
    released on bail are appearing in “Temple’ meetings.

    It is funny indeed. Not one put behind bars yet and how do they
    expect to win an election, after making a hue and cry that they
    are thousands who robbed the treasury and they will be put behind
    bars but none sentenced yet . At least, let the President make couple of statement to the people to explain the reasons for the delays to indict the corruptors,in the media and TV,and that too, he is shy
    to face the cameras & the journalists.

  • 9

    Good to send him to Brazil as Ambassodor. Even the IGP responsible for the shooting was sent there.

    If not Germany since the Rathupaswela Brigadier was sent there.

    If not as a Ministry Secretary since former IGP who owned up for the shooting was posted there.

    MS has many options.

  • 10

    The former defence secretary seems to know a lot more about white vans and their whereabouts.

  • 4

    See how unfiar it is.

    Galleon Ravi, Mangala Samaraweera, Johnston Fernando who werre sleeping with LTTE is doing very well.

    did any ask Ranil wickramsinghe to resign for getting killed the Spies, killing hundreds of youth in a prison camp.

    these officers followed their orders by politicians.

    That is why both Ranil wickramsinghe and Maithripala Sirisena are not leaders with backbones.

    • 5

      Mahinda, Gota, Basil, Weerawanse etc. all slept with former LTTE leaders KP, Karuna & Pillaiyaan. Don’t you know. IT is LTTE’s money, jewels, Vechicles are used by these Mahinda group to abduct, tortue and murder Sinhalese now. Who don’t have the backbone now? Why Mahinda use white van rather than law & order?

  • 7

    First of all, why vehicles belonging to LTTE given to army.

  • 4

    If these soldiers and the van were on a legitimate journey why was that not conveyed to the police and got the soldiers freed with out a fuss.
    There seems to be some hanky panky involved, if not what is the need for high profile investigation.

  • 3

    He should be transferred to Rome, there, to await trial as a war criminal before the International Criminal Court.

    • 3

      Ponkoh Sivakumaran

      “He should be transferred to Rome, there, to await trial as a war criminal before the International Criminal Court.”

      Why should he be allowed to enjoy a detour when you can always send him directly to The Hague in the Netherlands.

  • 2

    Is this yahapalanaya? If Prasanna Silva , a major General or not is involved in this incident, he should be tried and punished if found guilty. Somebody behind him has so much power to get all personnel involved free and him only to be transferred elsewhere. Under Yahapalanaya , I cannot see any difference. Why does the president letting the crooks go free. Is it because the current government also nurturing such crooks?

    • 4

      If you cant see the difference, you should have been blind and deaf especially prior to Jan 8.
      Today, not only Prez but also almost everyone can raise their own issue. Was this the case prior to Jan 8 ?
      In the parliament, no ministers had power to react even if they are ministers.
      No MPs had their voice even if they are elected by people s votes.

      Today I heard Dpty MINISTER of Justice saying that Mr 10% had threatened them in the parliament. Basil had behaved as no others. They thought this donkey nation would stay mum for the rest of their life.
      But all varied forced defeated most abusive man of the nation as if glass wall broke in to pieces within seconds. Even Mr Most abusive never thought that his fate would end up this way. Today, shamelessly him to beg for votes as a defeated person beyond all jokes. He could live with dignity as all other retired presidents, but the bugger s future is decisive..made decisive all because of his greediness to power.

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