4 December, 2020

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Makandure Madush, A Criminal Enterprise?

By Ravi Perera

Ravi Perera

“What an age, what customs”~ Cicero

“He would not admit civilization (to the fourth edition of his dictionary), but only civility. With great deference to him, I thought civilization, from to civilize, better in the sense opposed to barbarity, than civility” ~ James Boswell

Makandure Madush died the way he lived, violently, controversially. According to what is being said by the police spokesmen, Madush who had been in police custody for a few months now, had volunteered information about a drug den.  Despite his long absence from the country, he was sure the location would yield incriminating evidence, and had agreed to lead the police there.  We do not know whether their long investigative training decided the time of the raid; in the wee hours of the morning. If an assassination was planned, this was an ideal time. There are very few people about at that hour of the day. The target is isolated, the site is clear, there is little chance of collateral damage (harm to a third party).

As to the assassination, there are no witnesses save for the Police posse. If the motive was to silence him, Madush is silenced for ever now. In the shootout, policemen too have received injuries. We are not certain how serious these injuries are. There is mention of a motorcycle left behind by the assassins. It may, or may not, yield a lead.

Although Makandure Madush had not been convicted for the offence, it is widely believed he was a big player in the local drug mafia. Needless to say, societies are destroyed and lives wrecked by the drug addiction, a scourge threatening the whole world.  Today, nearly every country is a partner in the global war on drugs, countries like the US spending billions of dollars to battle the menace. Most countries have stringent laws in place, drug traffickers face life or even death sentences in courts of law.

Quoting from the Bible, it is commonly averred that wages of sin is death. Criminals who have brought indiscriminate ruin to countless lives cannot expect leniency from countries struggling desperately   to protect their citizens. The odds against law enforcement agencies are high. Drugs bring in big money and the criminal mind is resourceful. With the accumulated black money, crime bosses buy political and even social power. In poor countries, with large populations living in a frenetic state of want, their financial resources enable the drug barons to mock the system. They re-brand themselves as benefactors of the needy, may even get into national politics. With time, these crime bosses become pillars   of religious institutions, promotors of sports and patrons of the arts.

Invariably, the spotlight of law enforcement is focused on the petty street pedlars, the tough guys providing cover for drug operations or the pathetic addicts, the lowest ranks and the weakest links in the hierarchy of what is in fact a global crime syndicate. In this shadowy world, the hidden hands pulling the strings are powerful, faceless and anonymous, masters at flying below the radar.

The high stakes battle against the drug menace is sorely testing the fortitude, resources and the legitimacy of many a State; particularly the small and weak nations. To fight the criminal, the State sometimes adopts the ways of the criminal, becomes a transgressor, is criminalized, the difference between the two is reduced to a matter of degree, not absolute, any longer. Here lies a danger that is even graver than the immediate enemy; a slow diminishing of the legitimacy of the State and the steady erosion of   universal values that all civilized nations aspire to.

In a civilized country, the safest place for a citizen surely is the Police Station. Here is an objective and impartial force; sworn to uphold law and order, tasked to protect the individual and property. They investigate crime, but do not take the law into their own hands. To judge the guilt or innocence of an accused is a matter for the courts of law, after due process. The accused is presumed to be innocent, until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The State is not a criminal enterprise. It does not think and act like a criminal. In every aspect of its functions, the State is expected to affirm its moral superiority.  A criminal may have murdered or plundered; the State will yet look at him objectively, and deal with him according to the law.  Even the most despicable offender will be treated humanely, brought before a court of law, defended by lawyers and enjoy every protection offered by the law, including a right of appeal.

When the concept of a regular police force was introduced to the former colonies of the Indian Subcontinent, it soon became apparent that to obtain the degree of public confidence the British constabulary enjoyed, a vast cultural leap was needed, a certain bluntness of mind and a coarseness of temperament had to be overcome.

Like the British model, the power and authority conferred on the native recruits to the newly established constabulary, were confined by laws and regulations; not arbitrary. They were baffled, the law applied to the ruler as well as the ruled, to the policeman and the criminal, perhaps in the case of the former, as an officer of the law, even more stringently! Conceptually, the workings of the new police force, challenged the recruit’s idea of the world.   Accustomed to the capricious powers of the old feudal order; office was viewed primarily as an opportunity for personal enrichment, service was something to be only played at. The customary corruption, the inherent bumptiousness and the insensate brutality, simmered under the surface.

In countries where the British legal system prevails, confessions made to a police officer are admissible in a court of law. But in the Indian Subcontinent it was observed that policemen did not hesitate to extract confessions by torture or other forms of rough inducement. By making police confessions inadmissible in general, the people of the Subcontinent, to some degree, have been   spared from torture aimed at extorting confessions.

Makandure Madush is not the first to die in police custody. In recent times, several detainees have met with violent deaths, while supposedly in the protection of our State.  Alleged criminals, and even political activists, leading the police to a scene of a crime, have fallen victim to what is described as a cross fire. There is an eerie sameness in the scenario. Either the detainee, or a member of the gang found napping at the scene, suddenly opens fire or hurls a bomb at the armed police posse, who, defending themselves shoot the detainee dead. There are no outside witnesses, only the police team.

Where the rule of law is paramount, the death of a person in the custody of the State is of the highest concern, a matter perhaps for a Presidential inquiry.   This has happened one too many times for the country to turn a blind eye to what is turning out to be a regular farce. The police are empowered to arrest a person only under the powers given to them by the law. If the police cannot ensure the safety of those they have taken into custody, no one can be sure of his safety in this country any longer.  The question is not whether the man killed was a criminal, that is immaterial: there is a superseding question, can we be indifferent to the regular occurring of such killings, and yet claim a place among the countries subscribing to the rule of law?

We read in the papers about efforts to extradite persons alleged to have committed various offences in this country, and now living overseas. If successfully repatriated, they are to face Sri Lankan courts after investigations by the Sri Lankan police. Under the extradition laws, such cross country deportation is allowed, subject, among other things, to a fair trial in the requesting country.  For argument sake, let us say there is suspect X now living in a foreign country, alleged to have committed in Sri Lanka a fraud relating to Sovereign Bonds. His lawyers could well argue that such an extradition will place his life in jeopardy. The police could take him to a place where some Treasury Bonds are said to be hidden, under the certificates is a gun, there is a sudden shoot out, the man is dead, the case is closed!

The common belief is that Makandure Madush amassed considerable wealth through his criminal activities. We have no reason to doubt this possibility; crime, particularly drugs, can bring in a lot of money. We also believe that the nature of underworld business is such that indeterminable sums of money have to be spent in its execution; to keep the gangs happy, to obtain the drugs, to arrange the transport, to buy protection and to bribe their way through. And, it is a hard life, accompanied at every stage by danger and uncertainty.

Crime is a nuanced concept, perception driven and relative. Who is to be condemned, who is to be embraced, is based on social imperatives, often ignorant, and almost always hypocritical. A person who kills one is a murderer. A soldier who kills one hundred “enemies”, is a hero.

There is also a common belief that most politicians, with neither inherited wealth nor a known source of income, end up accumulating wealth several times more than Makandure Madush ever could.  And, they are serving the people!

Honore Balzac (1799-1850) the celebrated French writer is known for his unvarnished portrayal of society.  One of the originators of the tradition of realism in European literature, Balzac is credited with several perceptive observations, of universal as well as of timeless application.

“The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed” ~ Balzac

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    Sad sorry shithole Lanka is a leader in many a crime the wealth is shared between high tech criminals and the purple amude clad political masters who worship Lord Buddha’ with the left hand and amass hora assets and Salli with the other.
    b.
    The armed forces aided by the police are also fellow abetting and aiding these crimes by sharing in the proceeds of these many unscrupulous basdardly acts.
    c.
    The entire rajapuka clan are the leaders in many a field of crime and have their soiled sordid stinky oozing hands in many illegal underhanded activity.
    d.
    You name the crimes and they are there to make an illegal dime or two.
    e.
    What this now Kota uda land the leader in the colony of the beggars need is a strong strict honest to the core Master classed democratic leader who will work diligently and honestly to bring the island back to its pre 1956 era.

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      Velu Anna would have been an ideal leader but he lost the plot by aiding and abetting Alibaba mahindapuka to become the president in 2005 by accepting a bribe and by playing hora boru police he deprived the Tamils of casting there life long privilege of casting a free vote.
      b.
      Not even many a moon 😂🤣 could pass by the ungrateful mangy moron flea ridden war criminal rajapukas used banned chemical weaponry etc to kill and maim many an innocent Tamil life
      c.
      Now these rajapukas are shitting afraid of facing the war crimes court.
      d.
      Hopefully by the graces of the gods they very soon will be hung by their balls.
      E.
      The gift of the country wide now viciously rampaging trumpeting coronavirus will be the beginning of the end of the uncouth unsavoury hypocritical criminal vain making money and increasing their world wide asset portfolio who have to be culled then destroyed beyond any form of redemption.

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        rj1952: Your comment starting with “Velu Anna (in the opening para) ending with: “..life long privilege of casting a free vote”. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to think of “Velu Anna’s demise” with that of “Makandure Madush”. Now please don’t rush to judge me. As you said, “Velu Anna” was an “Accomplice” of Rajapakse to plan and execute that “Treachery” of preventing the Tamils to cast that “Life long privilege of casting a free vote”. In my opinion, that was a “Crime” against Humanity and would be considered “WORSE” than what “Madush” was “accused” of. However, in both the cases (Velu Anna & Madush) the “Creativity” of the drama of “Extinction and Termination” took place under the “Regime & Rule” of now “KING” the “Mighty GR”. In “Velu Ann’s” case, all of us “Witnessed” that “Crime Against Humanity” (preventing Tamils to vote), but in Madush case it was just “Unfolding”, in that, “The KING” decreed to “TERMINATE”. Please don’t think I am going crazy, but just adding spices to very plausible reasoning.

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      Those who brought them back to power, stand against today.
      :
      But most incl. media men react as if an elephant is in th eroom, but nobody talks about him, in terms of all the mess already created by Medamulan bunch of thugs.
      :
      As no times in the past, today world scales compare srilanka with Uganda and Iraq- as the countries that would never be able to come up with the DEBT trap they are fallen in.
      :
      Nevertheless, myths and falshood led srilanka, look as if they know nothing about the danger before them.
      :
      The destitute will have to suffer not only by COVID but also their STRUGGLE for survival while bitch s sons, born to that criminal family and their back lickers continue dreaming of jam on their buttered bread slices.

      My anger is why SO CALLED BUDDHIST MONKS gave them a lead not knowing the gravity of the problems. My elders always warn me, that Rajapakshe are born rascals, and pigs might fly if they would change an inch towards the dignity and respect of life.

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        leelagemalli: Re. “SO-CALLED BUDDHIST MONKS”: Please go to YouTube and type “Muruthettuwe Ananda Thero. Pl. don’t fail to listen to the posting titled “Truth with Pamuditha”. That “Buddhist Monk” is a “King Maker”. Now he is “Regretting” and most importantly vowing to “DETHRONE” the “KING”. Interesting stuff going on in this country. Enjoy and have a nice day.

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          My Dear Simon,
          Thank you. At least few of you the kind of commenters see it right. What happeend to srilanken people as of today ? Have a butcher’s on the comments being posted by Pasquale….
          .

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    Dear Sir

    Good to hear about the due process of law.

    You have to study the “Ratha Pottu Mafia Killing Fields in Jaffna a Tamil crime against Tamil from 1970-1977-1981 by FP/ITAK/TULF/TN” then we talk about due process please.

    All else is in our Nation is nothing until the entire world learn about what this Mafia did in Jaffna then under the watch of the International Community/SL Law and order and been attending the parliment and been flying around the world shaking hands/making deals/making babies/family’s/family life etc…. may be Makandure is connected to the same too???

    Can you kindly write about the killings in Jaffna one by one in CT will mean something to us please.

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      Mr. TV,
      Why don’t you write about those former MPs who bought Rs 500,000 to get a clerk or peon job for a Tamil boy?

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        Dear Ajith

        I can not speak for other MP’s and what they did as I have no material to support that.

        Are you referring to my father Mr Thiagarajah is all you have to be clear when make such accusations??

        Are you??

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        Dear Ajith
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sri_Lankan_mobsters

        May be of interest to you? I am not sure about the validity of the Wikipedia anymore either after reading stuff about my father on that I qualify in advance.

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    – ‘The State is not a criminal enterprise. It does not think and act like a criminal’.
    Sure, you are not talking of our Sri Lanka.
    _________________________________
    There is also a common belief that most politicians, with neither inherited wealth nor a known source of income, end up accumulating wealth several times more than Makandure Madush ever could. And, they are serving the people!
    Now, you are talking of our bloody Sri Lanka.

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    Human rights activists are still studying how could a man in custody be permitted to get killed the way MMadhush fated it.
    :
    But under Rajapakshes the kind of KILLINGs are very common.
    .
    List
    1) How was Lasantha Wikramathunga gunned down on broad day light ?
    .
    2) How could those sons of some families of colombo living tamil families, just getting ready to leave for their higher studies in the UK, could be abducted and murdered… this happened under previous Regime of MR
    .
    3) Eknaligoda- a catoonist, went missing, not yet known whehter or not dead or live
    The fatherless/husbandless family is TORN and no justice would ever be served to the victimized famly. Instead, if would question it, victimized are being attacked by srilanken press biased to RAJAAKSHES:
    .
    4) Those Rathupaswala protesters went asking -cheapest food stuff of human being- which is pure water, were shot down injuring 50 or more under the direct COMMAND of former defence secretary/incumbent PRESIDENT…. nothing works for serving justice for those victimized families.
    :
    5) Nearly 25 or so unarmed prisoners were found gunned down under the orders of MIGHTY Rajakashes, pictures were akin to that of DUTERTE who killed thousands if caught by drugs/drug dealings.

    This list continues…… and it is public secret… NOBODY CARES much about … why ?

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      Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
      .
      Need any help in “Human rights activists’s studies…..?

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        Ms SCP,
        Thank you. But
        not even my bull dog would seek help from you the kind of low lives.
        :
        Get well soon.

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    “In a civilized country, the safest place for a citizen surely is the Police Station. Here is an objective and impartial force; sworn to uphold law and order, tasked to protect the individual and property.“

    In most civilised states, the min. requirements for even an entry level policing job (e.g. education and/or training, etc) are generally higher than in SL. Rigorous checks and evaluations further qualify the candidates. Just as importantly, the police force is compensated well (I.e. salary).

    Morally and habitually qualified and fairly compensated, such a police force is bound to adhere to professional and ethical standards. A policeman doesn’t find himself in a position that’s motivating to resort to corruption and crime for financial gains. Noted, there are always a few bad apples.

    A good salary and relevant insurances and securities to round off the overall compensation is critical to ensuring the integrity of such an essential service. Noted, this isn’t the only shortcoming in SL.

    To fix the issues, we must examine who and how one ends up in SL’s police force and what underly the systemic corruption/crimes and abuses within the police force. Needless to say, SLAFs too need the scrutiny.

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      Dear Sugandh,
      .
      I asked myself – what had those officials been doing until Makandure Madhush was handed over to CID?: Can anyone believe ther blatant lies being spread by current thugs, that no information based on Makandure Madhush ‘s dealiings were not yet clear. There are whole lot of evidence that they collected during the last 15 months from him, and most of them provided PRIMA FACIE evidence many of the POHOTTUWA SLPPers to have been connected with MADHUSHA affairs direclty….. in order to relieve it, only Madhush was murdered.
      :
      These are not new to the people, nevertheless NOT many within local journalists community questioned how MAKANDURE MADHUSH could be gunned down in that so called drug searching mission.
      :
      Human Rights activists, over to you, please dont let this be burried under the carpet as was done with Thadjudeen and several other murders committed by Rajapkshes family:

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    Recently, I read about a “Massive Scale” raid conducted by a Police Force in a foreign country. Later, I checked with an Officer, who took part in the raid, of that Police Force and got it confirmed. The “RAID” was of a “Multy Billion Dollar” illegal gambling and criminal operations conducted in a “Palace” type premises (over 6000 sq.ft) manned by “Heavily Armed” Security Sleuths and other relevant staff of nearly 150 men and women. The “Raid” was planned after so “Many Leads” were received mainly from “Neighbors” and a “Host” witnesses. The planning of the “Raid” has taken a short period of three months, including the planting of Police “Sleuths” through contacts. The “Raid” operated on one night by a Police Team of around forty personnel including “Helicopter” surveillance. It was a “GREAT SUCCESS” and reported in all Media (both print & electronic). After this “Madush” operation, I asked that Police Officer (who actually participated) “Did you all take any of the “INFORMANTS” to “SHOW” you the “Place” or the “Operation” within the premises”. He gave me a very “SCORNFUL” loud laugh and said: ” Don’t be an idiot to ask such idiotic questions. Do you think our Police Forces in this country to be manned with IDIOTS like you of your country.

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    Deaths while in Police custody is nothing new in SL. Richard de Zoysa was abducted from his home in front of his mother, who identified the VIP Police officer as the abductor, even confirmed by the first Lady at the time that Richard was ‘safe’ in Police custody when enquired by a media personality, only to find his dead body the next morning on the beach. It was ‘karma’ that provided justice, not our legal system. The alleged killer of Lasantha, a Tamil mechanic if I am not mistaken, also died in custody from ill health & the case was closed. On the other hand, a ‘war hero’ who slit the throats of a group of civilians, including children, was pardoned, as he was, presumably, doing his duty as a member of the armed forces, & now, another convicted murderer & alleged drug lord may very well be pardoned as well on the strength of a petition signed by serving parliamentarians of the ruling party.

    With an all powerful President, surrounded by a bunch of Army personnel, many of who are accused by the International community for war crimes, helping to run the country, who needs a judicial system to maintain law & order? After all, if Trump can be supported by gun wielding civilian vigilantes to maintain law & order, why not in SL?

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      Dear Nathan

      The killings fields in Jaffna was conducted by the gun wielding vigilante’s (the abused children of our Nation) in the first place and they were the vigilantes trained in India and used by FP/ITAK/TULF for that shaped our Nation thereafter. You are merely referring to the consequences but not the causes that even let to the 1977 and 1983 riots in the first place that let top even more innocent people killed by a different kind of vigilantes??.

      So now we are focused on law and order not having to refer so much to the past but to a future.

      Anyhow why you so worried about a drug dealer is my concern??

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        Is this Madush fellow a Sri Lankan?? this is the first time I ever heard this name?? does not sound very Sri lankan to me??

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      Raj-UK,
      .
      but Mr, we still need to differentiate those killing in an insurgency from that of a normalized situation as is the case today. In insurgency situation, with war was at its heights, over 50 or more youth went missing in late 80ties. JVPrs were blamed, but not only JVPrs but also govt forces were part and parcel of committing such high crimes.

      Today we dont have a civil war, nor have we an insurgency situation in the country.

      My mates were gunned down in 89 period, of whom, we dont have any reliable news left yet, with their victimized parents are gone to life long misery not knowing their dearest sons are.

      Some may think, they may have been burnt down on the tyre pyres while others make hopes about they could leave the country for other destinations. situation is Exactly those mothers whose sons were abducted and killed (very likely) by Rajaakshe hidden forces with the direct mediation of Navy ( I am talking about those sons of colombo living tamil mothers, … those sons were then ready to leave srilanka for other destinations for their uni education).

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        It should be 50 k or more.. .appologies.

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          Dear L

          “Mr, we still need to differentiate those killing in an insurgency from that of a normalised situation as is the case today”

          In other Nations when we have normalised situation we the Sri Lankans (assuming all the commnetors are SL’s) will not have media articles/comments of this Nature?

          Where MP’s will not be able to sit around rather expected to have an action list/mile stones/progress reporting/surgery reporting to the Nation of their services to their electorates/constituents??

          Have ever seen one??

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            They would have put their neck out and gone after the drug dealers in each and every constituents??? no need for the police/security services??? That is what an MP suppose to do in a developing Nation supporting the elected President and PM?

            The reason they just make noise and deliver nothing for the past 70 years is because most of them have no idea/interest and waste of spaces in their own right?? they just live off the state and part of the problem rather than being a solution providers???

            How you propose we run the country pls??

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    Rule of law cannot be applied to organized criminals and Terrorists. It is amazing how similar both these entities are. I watched the biography of pablo escobar – el patron de mal. on netflix and was surprised how similar his life and methods were to Prabakaran.

    The Normal police is helpless against these sort of criminals as the judicial system run against threatened witnesses and fear and these criminals get out. That is why the US govt had to bring in the RICO statute to keep these criminals at bay with the Italian Mafia. But even a system like this is hopeless against the prison system in Sri Lanka where these gangsters will run their mafias from inside.

    What the govt is doing is unfortunately necessary. and all this talk about silencing madush is just a political smokescreen. I have listened to the interview of his mistress with Chamudita. if you listened to this woman Madush is a saint just a few steps from enlightenment.

    All I can say is GROBR – (madush – praba- Rohana Wijeweera and all the other criminals)

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      Dear a14455

      You missed the head of whatever you wanted to remove that is FP/ITAL/TULF…………I can see how these guys have managed to divert attention down south as to what did really take place in Jaffna?

      Do you know how the LTTE/PLOTE/TELO….AND NUMEROUS OTHER ORGANISATIONS WERE CREATED IN JAFFNA? How the killings fields were conducted in Jaffna? if you are not from Jaffna is hard to know the ground zero realities as no one has documented this to date?? because all who set out to documents/investigate also killed??

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    Madush, although a successful drug intermediary, was probably not as smart as his handlers and superiors. He probably knew far too much for him to remain alive, as too many names and deals could have been exposed if he decided to spill any beans. Therefore he probably had to be eliminated and met his end with very few witnesses to what actually happened. Now his handlers can relax and continue the lucrative trade while pretending piety, dressed in pure white etc..

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    The man was murdered by the state and departed with everything he knew and everyone he knew.

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      Sonali,
      .
      That is not new to Rajapakshe politics
      .
      1) Lasantha Wickramathunga -Sunday Leader News Paper Editor – killed under MR regime.
      .
      2) Eknaligoda – catoonist – killed under MR regime.
      3) Wasim Thadjudeen – Rugby player, an innocient young man in NAMAL BABY s age killed under MR regime.
      4) Mothers who have been thrown to ETERNAL MOURNING mode-not being able to realize whether or not their only sons are alive – were killed killed under MR regime…. these mothers behave like PATACHARAS in colombo viciinty tremouring their mournings from dawn to dusk…. ballige puthas did not allow CRIMINAL rajapakshe be convicted… i wish that SIRISENA would have been beheaded for all the escape of rajaakshes…..
      5) THere are whole lot of journos …… left the country fear of being gunned down by Gotabaya.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIe6yVWiKn8
      6) Rathupaswala ….
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf92czDhL3Q commander to shoot was Gotabaya rajapakshe …. but where is the justice gone ?

      THIS LIST CAN NEVER BE CEASED:::::

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