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Matters Of Concern Regarding National Security

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

In 2009, we militarily defeated the LTTE which had been officially named by the US Federal Bureau of investigation as the deadliest terrorist organisation in the world. Though we had defeated the military machine of the LTTE, their political and financial structures based in Western countries remained intact. Therefore, my government maintained constant vigilance to ensure that there was no resurgence of terrorism in Sri Lanka. There were about four attempts of varying severity by separatist terrorists to regroup in the North but due to our vigilance my government was able to nip all those attempts in the bud.

I see now that this vigilance no longer exists. My government rehabilitated and released over 11,000 LTTE cadres and retained in custody only those considered to be dangerous to the community. The present government has been hastily releasing hard core terrorists without regard to the nation’s security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters.

While dangerous LTTE detainees are being released, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is being used to imprison members of the military. The PTA was enacted to deal with terrorism, not to detain members of the armed forces.  If any investigation is to be carried out into the conduct of military personnel, the government has a duty to deal with the issue under the laws applicable to the military or under the ordinary law of the country. That is a basic curtsy that we have to extend to members of the armed forces who sacrificed so much for the country. We have to be heedful of the self respect of our armed forces.

Officials of foreign organisations have been permitted unfettered access to Sri Lanka’s military installations such as the Naval base in Trincomalee. This has resulted in an immediate danger posed to members of the intelligence wing of the Navy reminiscent of the situation that arose after the Milenenium city betrayal in 2002.

Hon Speaker,

We have to be mindful of the events which occurred on the so called Mahavir day marked recently. The black flags and the posters on the Jaffna campus openly deified Prabhakaran and called for the establishment of Eelam.  The provincial council of the Northern Province ordered that schools be closed and hartals and hunger strikes were organised in the North to bring pressure to bear on the government to release dangerous terrorists. A 17 year old youth jumped in front of a moving train and committed suicide. It is said that a letter was found in his possession demanding that LTTE prisoners be released forthwith. It is not possible to believe that a teenager would have resorted to this behaviour without instigation and elaborate planning by others. We must be mindful of where these incidents are leading the country.

Despite the danger signs that have been manifesting themselves, the government has taken the ill-advised move of removing the proscriptions on eight pro-LTTE organisations and 269 individuals. I have seen on the internet photographs of the Tamil Youth Organisation and the Canadian Tamil Congress both of which were recently de-proscribed,  hoisting the Eelam flag and paying public homage to Prabhakaran. These are organisations which my government banned to safeguard Sri Lanka’s security but they have all been irresponsibly de-proscribed by the current administration.

Officials of foreign governments have visited our country and made demarches to Sri Lanka’s leadership about withdrawing the military from the Northern province. Decisions with regard to the deployment of troops are matters that should solely be within the sovereign jurisdiction of Sri Lanka. I cannot approve of officials of foreign governments declaring that they will remain ‘cautious and vigilant’ with regard to military matters in Sri Lanka.

The root cause of these problems is the ill-conceived foreign policy of the current administration which is based on bending over backwards to please certain foreign governments which are in turn influenced in their policy towards Sri Lanka by various Tamil Diaspora organisations which can deliver votes at elections in those countries.

Hon Speaker,

In October this year, the present government ill-advisedly accepted and co-sponsored a resolution against Sri Lanka which is based on a report which states that there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that Sri Lanka’s armed forces committed grave crimes during the last phase of the war against the LTTE. In terms of this resolution the government has agreed to establish a war crimes court to try Sri Lankan military personnel with the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and to allow this mechanism to obtain funding from foreign countries. They have also agreed to reform the domestic law to bring it into line with the laws implemented by international war crimes tribunals.  They have also undertaken to remove through an administrative process members of the military suspected of having committed human rights abuses even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law.

When the British prime minister met our President recently, the former made an offer of six million pounds to reform the military. I do not believe that foreign governments should be sponsoring the reform of Sri Lanka’s armed forces nor should any such reform be done due to pressure from overseas.

I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. When these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military. Sending these officers on retirement at a time when war crimes investigations are being spoken of is a clear case of deliberately abandoning these officers. It is my view that these officers should be granted service extensions by the government until the danger abates.

The government has also agreed amend the Public Security Ordinance and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation acceptable to the foreign powers. I see this as a reckless dismantling of the country’s core security legislation.

Hon. Speaker,

The State owned Rakana Lanka Security Service built up a successful maritime security service in the Indian ocean region during my administration. More than twenty private security companies collaborated with Rakna Lanka in this enterprise in various capacities. Sri Lanka earned a considerable amount of foreign exchange through this endeavour and it continued to function under the present government until very recently. But now I find that the government has for political reasons embarked on a course of action aimed at completely destroying this successful maritime security service which functioned with the approval of the relevant UN bodies.

Key individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort are now being hauled virtually on a daily basis before various police financial investigation units and commissions of inquiry probing allegations corruption and fraud. I believe this is being done to tarnish the image that these individuals built up in the country by providing leadership to the war effort. I know that the people are following these developments carefully.

I wish to call upon the government to not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations and due to their antipathy towards me and the government I led.

Thank you.

*Text of the speech made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on Friday 4 December 2015

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa

    RE: Matters Of Concern Regarding National Security

    Is that the reason why you jailed the True National Hero Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka for 2 1/2 years in jail based on false charges?

    Liar.

    MaRa Mara Chatu maRa
    MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa
    MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
    MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

    Sathyagaraya – Sarath Fonseka Full Interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqHgk56GjaY

    Published on Feb 21, 2015
    Answering to critics, rumors and lies – Important and interesting interview of former army Commander General Sarath Fonseka conducted after the presidential victory of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Fonseka endorsed Mr. Maithripala for the said election.
    Featuring: Mr. Upul Shantha Sannasgala

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa

      RE: Matters Of Concern Regarding National Security

      Do you know anything about How Thajudeen was murdered – Latest JMO report reveals ?

      What role did you play? Please do not lie as usual.

      http://ceylontoday.lk/51-111279-news-detail-how-thajudeen-was-murdered-latest-jmo-report-reveals.html

      Colombo Chief JMO Ajith Tennakoon yesterday informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris that former Sri Lanka rugby star Wasim Thajudeen had not been driving his vehicle at the time of his death.The initial verdict was that Thajudeen had died of injuries sustained in a car accident.Tennakoon told the Colombo Additional Magistrate that the former rugby star had been assaulted before his body was dumped into the left seat of his car before the accident was staged.

      Tennakoon made this observation after performing a special judicial medical examination of Wasim Thajudeen’s badly-charred body which was exhumed three months ago from his grave in the cemetery in Dehiwela.

      Colombo Chief JMO Ajith Tennakoon yesterday informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris that former Sri Lanka rugby star Wasim Thajudeen had not been driving his vehicle at the time of his death.The initial verdict was that Thajudeen had died of injuries sustained in a car accident.Tennakoon told the Colombo Additional Magistrate that the former rugby star had been assaulted before his body was dumped into the left seat of his car before the accident was staged.
      Tennakoon made this observation after performing a special judicial medical examination of Wasim Thajudeen’s badly-charred body which was exhumed three months ago from his grave in the cemetery in Dehiwela.

      Tennakoon said Thajudeen’s death had been caused by the infliction of multiple injuries to his legs, neck and stomach, the severity of which had been aggravated with injuries caused by the fire when the car had been torched.
      Thajudeen may have died a few minutes before the car was set ablaze or just when it was being torched, Tennakoon said.
      The entire disclosure made by the Colombo Chief JMO to the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris on the charred remains of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen after it was exhumed is as follows.

      1. The parts of the corpse that was exhumed and the samples that had been kept at the JMO office were identified as that of late Mohammad Wasim Thajudeen. This was further proved and ascertained through DNA tests carried out on the samples taken from the victim’s remains and after having examined and re-examined x-ray photos taken both before and after the victim’s death.
      2. From the parts of the corpse that was exhumed there were only dried bones. Smooth particles were not found on the bones.
      3. We found the fractures at the higher and lower sections of the bone. These fractures are horizontal. In our opinion, these horizontal fractures, in both thigh bones, are on the same level, and cannot occur in a motor accident. These fractures can only have been caused through repeated blows with a blunt weapon.

      4. The head injury might have caused the victim to lapse into an unconscious state.
      5. The bone below the knee of the left leg was also broken. We believe that this was caused by assault. Examination of the car showed us that it had not met with a motor accident.
      6. The wounds on the chest and the neck looked as if they were pierced with some object. The wound in the neck had pierced the Oesophagus (windpipe). The pole to which the steering wheel is attached or the lever on the pole cannot cause such a wound. Therefore we believe that this was caused by a blunt weapon.
      7. There had been heavy bleeding from the wound on the lower neck. This can be the wound that was the cause of death. However, we are not one hundred per cent sure because the body was burnt.
      8. According to the photographs taken by officials from SOCO and CID, the body was in the front passenger seat. Also, it had turned towards the left door. If this incident occurred when the deceased was driving it would have been impossible, given the nature of the wounds, for him to move to the passenger seat. He could not have been thrown to the passenger seat.
      9. Considering all evidence we believe that the deceased was not driving when the accident took place. The victim was placed in the passenger seat after he was assaulted. He was placed and the perpetrators had then stage-managed what appeared to be an accident.

      10. We believe that death was caused by injuries to the leg, neck and the chest and subsequently by the effects of the fire. Therefore, the fire occurred right before his death.

      11. There was no carbon monoxide found in the first blood sample taken at the post-mortem. However, in the first post-mortem report it is said that they suspect that there might have been carbon monoxide in the blood. The blood samples were taken from the chest cavity and the abdomen. If the blood was from the wounds before the fire was caused, there cannot be carbon monoxide in these samples.

      According to Tennakoon’s as well as the panel of medical experts’ opinions and observations related to the bone samples and bone fragments obtained from Thajudeen’s body, which have since been lost (previously the authorities had been warned to ensure safety of that evidence) are:
      1 Two thigh bones and some parts of the sternum were not among the body parts which were exhumed.
      2. In the last post-mortem, the Chief Judicial Medical Officer Ananda Samarasekara writes in the last paragraph of the 14th page that “I have asked to place the above-mentioned bone samples in the deep freezer in our institution.” However, these bone samples could not be found. There was no evidence of action taken to ensure the safety of that evidence.
      3. Both assistants who took part in the first post-mortem said they were not instructed by the three doctors to hold the bone samples. The procedure of the institute is to label such samples, number them, record the samples, and place them in the deep freezer under the supervision of laboratory officials.

      4. Although we inspected all deep freezers and freezers that held corpses, we could not find the bone samples.

      5. Dr. Samarasekara visited the institute with CID officials on 30 September but he could also not find the samples.

      6. We believe that, after considering all the evidence, the two thigh bones and chest bones were not held at the institute.
      The final report of the examination, after his body was exhumed, was issued with the signatures of the Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Ajith Tennakoon, Dr. N. Perera and the Additional Judicial Medical Officer N.P.A. Hewage. The next hearing will be on 10 December. Magistrate Nishantha Peiris, who was taking swift action to solve the Thajudeen case was transferred on 3 November to the Matara District Court with effect from 1 January 2016 by the Judicial Services Commission.

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    Get lost!

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      Who gave him the freedom to write here , shameless Liar back again in the hope of swindling. His servant DDeSilva promised to get the kingdom back , so he writes up the Sh…..t for him to feel the waters.

      The stupid man MR is still dreaming of a great Xmas like it used to be. The only difference is the informed masses now knows what sort of a man he was and how he duped the voters.
      Every single comment here shows how he’s been hated . When will he realise that he’s in the garbage pit.

      So please fool get back to your animal kingdom. You have been expelled and your family too faces the same future.
      Is there an animal kingdom in Mallaca where his forefathers came from? You and your families are illegal citizens of SL

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        When will he realise that he’s in the CESS PIT !

        Shameless bugger !!

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          Point of View

          “When will he realise that he’s in the CESS PIT !”

          When his b***s carriers realise he is a deadwood.

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        Analyst,

        *Text of the speech made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on Friday 4 December 2015

        In case you did not notice MR the MP made a speech today and somebody posted it on CT.

        Freedom of expression is one of the fundamental rights.

        Unless we want to become like MR we allow him to talk. Do you disagree?

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          @inspector d h. ” Unless we want to become MR we allow him to speak do you disagree”
          Certainly we have passed the dark ages of white vans and torture chambers that visited us when one expressed their dissatisfaction like the fate meted out to the journalist Ekneliyagoda, Lasantha and others.

          He infact so shameless to admit that he’s living in a free country where one can express their views. Doesn’t he not?
          We need to remind him that he’s allowed as a citizen of a democratic country he was able to exercise the human right of freedom of expression.

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        President Rajapaksa would not write on a British propaganda rag like Colombo Telegraph. Uvindu Kurukulasuriya has published the text of his speech in the Sri Lankan parliament.

        I agree with every word he has said, and I have been warning about the resurgent LTTE ready to start Eelam War VI. They are building the campaign up on the Internet – on Facebook and YouTube, from their bases in Tamil Nadu (Vaiko and Seeman), the USA (TGTE), Canada (Tamil Canadian) and London (BTF and GTF). My father Brian Senewiratne is flying to the USA to meet with the TGTE boss Rudrakumaran on 17th December, planning to stay till the 28th.

        I am urging the US authorities to arrest him for his crimes in Sri Lanka and Australia over the past decades. Details are on the Holistic University Network (HUN) sites on Facebook and YouTube and on the Holistic University of Brisbane (HUB) websites.

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          Your warning about resurgent of the LTTE is confirmed by reading the posts here. This is the very reason SL should not remove defense forces from the north and east.
          Sadly not a single Tamil here is writing their gratitude for ending the 30 year terror reign by the LTTE and bringing peace to the country. That says all!

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          The prodigal son part 4.

          President Barack Obama is deeply disturbed at some of the
          “political rhetoric” directed against the Muslim community in the US in the aftermath of the California mass shooting that killed 14 people,

          SWAT may STOP your music at kangaroo-land.

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          Romesh, we will excuse your confusion knowing your history of mental instability, but you must excuse the majority of us when we diss your bull-crap as the bull-crap it is.

          You obviously have the foggiest idea of the insidious, perfidious and shameless nature of the Rajapakses, whose ripping off the country was only a miniscule part of their agenda. The abductions, murders and shameless nepotism they are guilty of will (if the law takes it proper course) lead straight to jail, if not the gallows (if the Hangman gets the gig that’s being discussed).

          We are also aware of the Oedipus complex you have with regard to your father, hence your plea to the US authorities to arrest him.

          Time to take your medication and give us a break!

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          This man sure needs Medical Help. He should be put to an Asylum. The hatred towards his own biological father vented out in public is evidence of his imbalance. As for MR the great intellectual who can not speak impromptu but reading off a script written by some one else in the Parliament, probably by Dayan J or Grand Liar P. is a JOKE!

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          Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam

          “I have been warning about the resurgent LTTE ready to start Eelam War VI. “

          Leave the worrying to Hindians.

          Please visit the news item which appeared on colombogazette.com
          December 4, 2015 19:03 under the headlne:

          India, US gave navy intelligence to fight the LTTE

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          It is evident that you have never been cured of your mental illness, schizophrenia or something else. Anyone who clicks on your name will see your illness: “Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam Arya Chakravarti”

          As the illness gets worse or is re-triggered, the name gets longer and your site gets wackier.

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          Yes yes yes ,we know that Kashyappa entombed his father to become the king, likewise this patient is trying to get HIS FATHER arrested in USA for the ?crimes he had committed in SL.
          What’s wrong with this chap? Has he gone nuts completely? Oh man we are in the 21st century aren’t we?

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    The late elder statesman of Asia, Lee Kuan Yew said that this man Rajapakse is a racist, and what happened in 20009 in Sri Lanka is ethnic cleansing of Tamils.

    this man is a devil like the former ruling devils of Sri Lanka that nurtured Sinhala Buddhist racism in the island from independence.

    This man won’t even retire gracefully! The devil wants to come back.

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      This criminal against humanity should be behind bars in the Hague – not a man in Sri Lanka:

      Imagine the mind set of the people who elected him as an MP. They are not much different from the Saudi Arabian society of barbarians.

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      thiru,
      in 2009 he cleansed terrorists not Tamils and brought peace to the country. If it is ethnic cleansing you won’t be here today righting this kind of garbage!

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        You too would have been clreared if you were a Tamil civilian thanks to Mahinda mama’s shelling.

        I guess you happen to be a miserable Sinhalese racist?

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          mr simon
          when did telling the truth became racism?

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            The undentable truth is that thousands of Tamil civilans were kill in a clensing process.Only racist modayas are in dinyal mode – lying to thier idiot selves.

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              ” kill in a cleansing process”

              nuisence is part of it and also the whole- prejudice and bigotry because an element of energy is lost in him that makes him the animal of mahawamse breed.

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    Sri Lanka got rid of the most ruthless terrorist only to be replaced by a megalomaniac by the name of Mahindra Percy Rajapakse who for 10 years raped the 20 million population of its wealth, rights and peace.
    This evil genius Rajapakse hunted with its pack of wolves emptying the state coffers, burdening the people with massive Chinese loans taken at high interest for white elephant projects whilst pocketing half the money (resulting in us now having to pay more taxes), made parliament just a post office to stamp his moronic orders, appointed crooks to the judiciary, Central Bank and other high echelons of power.

    This barbarian appointed LTTE terrorist accused of slaughtering 600 policemen to parliament. Under his watch it is alleged that the Army intelligence and Navy were involved with these same terrorists to kidnap and murder those who did their jobs as reporters and others who were a threat to him.

    Now MP Mahinda Jarapasse who in your opinion was more a threat to this country, was it PRABAKARAN OR MAHENDRA PERCY JARAPASSE (MP)? You win hands down!

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      Well said Richard.

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      Mr. Richard,
      I agree with you on how he damaged Sri Lanka with his governing style. But majority Sri Lankans including myself will always value his work towards completely eliminating terrorism from SL.

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    Bloody I…., are you reading the comments in this forum. If you do,without talking bull here and there and writing craps through your henchia Dayan [Edited out], go to parliament and serve the idiots and fools who voted you in as an MP without wasting public funds allocated to you from our taxes.

    I know that you are immune to swindling public funds without an iota of shame starting from Tsunami funds to the last days of your regime. Mend your ways you rogue and wait for the Thajudeen verdict of your killer son. What a family of rogues and murderers. Like father like son and also uncles, if I may add.

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      You forgot the Wife/Mother !

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        Does the Wife/Mother Shiranthi feel the pain and agony felt

        by Wasim Thajudeen’s mother on this revelation of the way he

        was tortured and killed? Does she Shiranthi, share the guilt?

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    Mr Rajapaksa

    You won the war but your brother killed so many unarmed civilians and you condoned it . Bothe of you will be hauled up for war crimes and then Mother Sri Lanka will start prospering .

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    I believe Mahinda Rajapakse has already made his headstone and on it is etched “Here Lies Mahinda who singlehandedly defeated the LTTE”

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      Sylvia Haik

      “I believe Mahinda Rajapakse has already made his headstone and on it is etched “Here Lies Mahinda who singlehandedly defeated the LTTE””

      Headstone should read “Here lies the crook and a war criminal who bribed VP to win elections in 2005”.

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        vedda,
        It shows how smart MR is and how stupid VP is! That was MR’s first step towards wiping the terrorist out of Sri Lanka!

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          Nuisance

          “It shows how smart MR is and how stupid VP is! That was MR’s first step towards wiping the terrorist out of Sri Lanka!”

          That shows how stupid the majority people are.

          Where did he get that kind of neat sum?

          Aiding, abetting, financing, …. terrorists were/are chargeable criminal acts under PTA.

          Rigging elections are chargeable criminal act under Presidential Elections Act No 15 of 1981.

          The elections should have been declared null & void.

          You are being proud of a fraudster who deprived the people of their democratic choices. And you are indeed happy the people had been cheated by this fraudster.

          He should be serving life sentence for bribing VP, Cheating people, money laundering, ………….

          What is the difference between you and a knife?

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      Sylvia (take a Haik!)- I guess we citizens will have to add on that gravestone, the long list of crimes Mara is guilty of!

      And by the way your “singlehandedly” description is way off the mark and just displays your stupidity!

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    This low life [Edited out] does not want to give up. Can someone[Edited out]

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      Tamil from the north

      Mahinda types:

      “In 2009, we militarily defeated the LTTE”

      Could you inform MR that VP single-handedly defeated LTTE with a lot of support from Hindia and USA.

      With age catching up MR tends to forget minor details of war.

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    The FBI classified the LTTE as the deadliest in the world, due to their discipline, well organized international network, courage, ruthlessness, intelligence, support and funding that other movements do not have or rather unable to obtain and maintain. The task of eliminating the LTTE was not rocket science, because this was a organization consisting of just 500 rag tag youth who boomeranged to 12,000 overnight (thanks to the Sinhalese for 1983 riots) with a specific identity of being Tamils (identity) and fighting in an area surrounded by complete sea. The SL armed forces were 50,000 and bloomed to almost 350,000.00++ when it was able to claim victory. That the LTTE was able to hold fort and control huge swaths of land for 30 years is the shame that needs analysis rather than talking about the heroism of the SL armed forces. That the SL armed forces consisting of more than 50 times man power, fire power, infrastructure, foreign intelligence, foreign military and technological support were made to eat banana’s for 30 years by just 5,000 LTTE simply says a lot on the ability of the SLAF. Furthermore, in that process of victory annihilating thousands of innocent civilians Tamils for which a war crimes investigation has begun is placing the lid on this so called bull shit heroism. Of course, in any war their is bound to be civilian causalities, but UN investigations have found incriminating proof and clearly show indiscipline, indiscriminate fire power, racist and simply unprofessional behavior of soldiers at all levels probably even implicating the Defense Secretary and President. Obviously, MaRa and his team of coyotes are worried about all these happenings and findings which may bring their own shame and disaster, thus all this grumbling statements about the present regime allowing too much freedom into investigating the cowardly acts of the past.

    “While dangerous LTTE detainees are being released, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is being used to imprison members of the military”…. conveniently MaRa forgets jailing General Sarath Fonseka. Those “dangerous LTTE detainees” are ones who have been in the slammer for 10 to 15 years or more without any charges….as a lawyer and so called human rights campaigner, honestly MaRa is this right or wrong or don’t you have any other political card to play with other than living your life by trampling Tamil cards?

    “We have to be mindful of the events which occurred on the so called Mahavir day marked recently. The black flags and the posters on the Jaffna campus openly deified Prabhakaran and called for the establishment of Eelam. The provincial council of the Northern Province ordered that schools be closed and hartals and hunger strikes were organised in the North to bring pressure to bear on the government to release dangerous terrorists. A 17 year old youth jumped in front of a moving train and committed suicide. It is said that a letter was found in his possession demanding that LTTE prisoners be released forthwith. It is not possible to believe that a teenager would have resorted to this behaviour without instigation and elaborate planning by others. We must be mindful of where these incidents are leading the country”….. such events need to be allowed inside a vibrant democracy and if one is able to understand and respect the sensitivities of another community who are also citizens of this country, then harping on this is just a misnomer.

    “In October this year, the present government ill-advisedly accepted and co-sponsored a resolution against Sri Lanka which is based on a report which states that there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that Sri Lanka’s armed forces committed grave crimes during the last phase of the war against the LTTE”…..MaRa needs to visit his conscience and honestly ask whether such crimes happened or not. Obviously, if it happened and if such criminal happenings took place with approval and guidance from the very top including himself, then that could be the reason he is worried however camouflaging this worry under “self respect for the armed forces” and the present government’s acknowledgement on this issue.

    “When the British prime minister met our President recently, the former made an offer of six million pounds to reform the military. I do not believe that foreign governments should be sponsoring the reform of Sri Lanka’s armed forces nor should any such reform be done due to pressure from overseas”….does MaRa forget that the origin of the Sri Lanka Armed forces and its setup, discipline and laws of combat are itself by the British? Then why the hullaballoo for the present reform package if finally it is beneficial to the SLAF. Certainly it is not a training to harass Tamils, use white vans, kidnap, thrash opponents who oppose, arrange state sponsored killings such as Lasantha, Raviraj, Ekneligoda, Kumar Ponnambalam, Taraki and many thousands of ordinary civilians….

    “I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. When these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military. Sending these officers on retirement at a time when war crimes investigations are being spoken of is a clear case of deliberately abandoning these officers. It is my view that these officers should be granted service extensions by the government until the danger abates”…..Why give them extensions once their service is over? How can the soldiers below them get promotions if one does not retire the guys at the top. If those Sen. Military Officers have not done anything wrong, and as MaRa has always harped that they fought with the UN Law book in one hand and gun in the other, their is nothing for them to worry in the name of war crimes, as this investigation and tribunal is an internationally transparent apparatus consisting of many countries including your favorites Japan, China and Russia. Or is it that you also may get implicated in this exercise that makes you bar these good happenings.

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    “Though we had defeated the military machine of the LTTE,… their political and financial structures based in Western countries remained intact”

    Remained intact? even with the help of KP ?

    or are you sying it’s intact and safe in my hands?

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      Addida Rajash Adi.

      This is what I want.

      Keep it up.

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      Rajash,

      “Though we had defeated the military machine of the LTTE,… their political and financial structures based in Western countries remained intact”

      Is that not a fact?

      What happened after the defeat is another matter.

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        ” kill in a cleansing process”
        motta harry,

        there cannot be another matter-
        the earth rotates round the sun with the force of the sun.
        nothing exist as wholes and parts in their natural context.

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    “I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. When these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military.

    Then why you, as the supreme commander, ordered Gen. Fonseka and Admiral Karannagoda to retire, just after the conclusion of the war, despite they being the two commanders who spearheaded the war to defeat LTTE.

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    It looks that the speech has been authored by GLP, the Royal Nanny and the third grade professori.

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    Dear Mahinda R….. by the middle of 20th century and beginning World has divided between a few numbers of wealthy countries/nations and large numbers of developing countries/nations struggle varying degree of poverty and exploitations by US EU and Japan.

    We have been witnessed that last six decades extraordinary growth on global scale in national economics in rich nations. The last 7 or 8 decades excepts for a handful countries mostly Asia ,that few poor developing countries were able to closed gap between them and advance capitalist nations in a sustained manner of development, democracy and Socialism .

    Luckily country like People’s Republic of China, that their set of policies of CPC led governances had been successful get rid of poverty level of improved unprecedented scale so the development of socialist market Economy system, which recorded in last decades was quite impressive. Since 1979 New Economy policies of CPC that Hundred of millions of People of China bail out from poverty level and set to be Made in China production in the Globe market economy remarkable portion of Global GDP.

    In fact compare with other emerging nations and few rich countries unable to match this performance that ensuring peace and development of New world Order by PRC led CPC. That has give security of guaranteed that peace and development of Global economy and growth by leadership of CPC of PRC. This is first time in HISTORY 20th and 21 century economy growth and improved Billions of people life, guaranteed that without MAJOR WORLD WARS BIG POWERS SINCE LAST 100 YEARS SINCE 1914.

    The contemporary China, nowadays has change upside down that old Global order into the Second World largest economy and it has been enter into SRD of IMF currency basket from 2016 next years, after the China Yuan holding 10.85 % of total US-Dollar, 40% EU-currency of 30%, Japanese Yen of 8.05% and UK sterling pound of 7% which make US $ 11.3 trillions of IMF reserves fund of SDR.

    Well Sri Lankan has to LERAN LESSONS OF TRUTH OF DEVELOPEMNT OF DEMOCRCAY. The China’s performance that ensuring how get rid of poor nations widen gap of unprecedented depths between rich nations and poor countries.

    What is our role of development of economy of political system of governance we want?
    What can country like Sri Lankan do to redress poverty and uplift nation from US led occupational economics plundering and exploitation. And bully by backward Indian big bourgeoisies power of small nation like Sri lanka?

    These are question remain in UNP-Ranil W… CBK and MS led regime
    re-introduce neo-colonial system since 2015 9th January of back to poor nation by New regime implement by current budget proposals.
    UNP will back proximate cause of poverty is low productivity and
    un-development of national economy.

    Majority nations of people are poor that because their labor enable them to produce to little to adequately feed and house themselves ,let along provide for other needs much such as education, health and jobs.

    Indeed that low national productivity in turn has diverse and multiple causes. It may be the result of lack of credit which prevent producers from making the investments that would not increased their output and hence family incomes. It may be result of lack of access to new innovation of better technologies. The very development that driving forces is nothing else is that New innovation of all spheres of life.

    Leaders of UNP elites gang may be due to exploitive of foreign capital by US led forces typically in cahoots with UNP led regime ,that who block any remarkable improvement in economic conditions; that it would be threaten to power of MS-President, CBK of SLFP family clan and Ranil.W.. led UNP junta regime.

    Ultimately UNP led forces that reasons cause of poverty cannot be traced to that road map given everyone access to market, capital and technology by so-called foster ‘good governances and rule of law’ is the myth of ‘democracy’ .

    We remain sustain poverty that is end of day that budget policies result of end of UNP regime back neo-liberals by MS and CBK side line policies. We want strong policies and powerful nation state of engine for economic catch-up in the lagging behind world politics of democracy-economy.
    What I have say is that MR has done good job during his 10 years in modern history of Sri Lankan since 1948.

    Due respect should be given to his leadership by achieving successful mission all difficulties era of US and Indian hegemonies bullying our Sri Lankan nation, country and people by big power stick of US policies of pivot Asia.

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    The usual Wolf-Wolf [LTTE] Speech.He made his fortune on diverting the attention of the Sinhala voter,but at the same time had Karuna,Pillaiyan and KP as his pet Pussy Cats.This is one man who capitalized on the Mahavamsa.

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    Hey Amarasiri, Analyst, Richard, Tamil from the North etc., People tend to forget the facts about General Sarath Fonseka. Here are some facts in case you have forgotten.
    “Sarath Fonseka, his son-in-law Danuna Tilakaratne and Director of HiCorp Pvt. Ltd. Wellington De Hoedt were accused of defrauding the Army by purchasing military hardware going beyond the tender procedure.”

    http://www.adaderana.lk/news/29126/danuna-thilakaratne-surrenders-to-court-released-on-bail

    In addition you have to realize that during the 2010 election Sarath Fonseka threatened to kill the entire Rajapaksa family on the Bogambara grounds. As you would know to threat to kill someone is a criminal offence. Furthermore after the election he holed up in a lake front hotel with 600 army deserters in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Due to these reasons he was brought before a Military Tribunal and was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison. President Mahinda Rajapaksa then pardoned him after 2 years.

    It is obvious from the large number of comments that many Tamils have got galvanized against President Mahinda Rajapaksa to write so many comments against him. You ungrateful people must realize that you can move around freely in the North and East today thanks to MR. He gave back all the infrastructure the LTTE had destroyed in the North and East. In addition he gave new lives to 300,000 Tamils by giving them houses and money to make a fresh start in life. As usual the Tamils have no gratitude. They come from Tamil Nadu with their caste problems and take out their anger against the Sinhalese. You think you have the West in your pocket. You will realize as the people of Iraq, Libya, Syria did that these countries have no love for you. What they wish to do is to break up countries, divide them up so that they destroy each other. That is what was done with India and Pakistan long ago and they are still fighting. They tried hard to provoke China and India to fight fortunately they did not bite the bait. Now the stupid Tamils have been promised a separate state. What can you do with a separate state? The minorities are like the vines on the tree, the tree being the majority community. As someone said if you kill the tree the vines will also die. If the Tamils really want a Tamil state it is not very far away. Tamil Nadu is only 12 miles away. Please go there.

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    He He He

    Defeated LTTE ?????

    It is because of chemical weapons from poverty India and help from 34 countries you managed to silence them ..any donkey at your place could have done it….

    Sinhala military have no brain..muscle ..to challenge LTTE this is 30 years history ……

    Cheers

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    Mahinda, you are responsible and answerable for all heinous crimes committed under your regime and you cannot escape from it.
    You have tarnished the image of Buddha due to your alleged war crimes and genocide committed against the Tamils and the ghosts will haunt you and your generation for ever.

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    The only M.P. drawingn two salaries etc. as reported in the media:
    “Speaking during the second reading of the budget, Karunanayake said Rajapaksa had drawn both his MP salary and his full pension benefits as the former President since he won a seat in the August parliamentary election.”

    “Including his pension of Rs.97,000 and a Rs. 50,000 fee for keeping a secretary he withdraws Rs.397,000/- on a monthly basis as a part of his pension benefit. On the other side he continues to enjoy benefits as an MP,” charged Minister Karunanayake. “

    Elsewhere MRs financial feats are disclosed as follows:

    “The expenditure pertaining to the presidential secretariat and connected offices …

    Expenditure relating to functions and meetings in 2014 of MaRa is Rs. 335 million , whereas the expenditure of Maithri in 2015 for the same purposes is only Rs. 34 million

    Expenditure in relation to delivering flower trays to funeral houses when expressing condolences in 2014 of MaRa is Rs. 15 million whereas that of Maithripala in 2015 for the same purposes is only Rs. 363,000.00

    In 2014 , the expenditure of MaRa towards water bills is Rs. 44 million whereas that of Maithripala in 2015 is only Rs. 24 million

    In 2014 , the expenditure of MaRa towards electricity bills is Rs. 227 million whereas that of Maithripala in 2015 is Rs.91 million

    In 2014 , the expenditure towards phone bills of MaRa is Rs. 69 million whereas that of Maithripala is only Rs.45 million.

    The worst part ? When MaRa the JaRa spent Rs. 732 million as miscellaneous expenses in 2014 , his successor Maithripala Sirisena has spent only Rs. 22 million in that regard in 2015 .

    In addition MaRa had ordered two luxury buses . MaRa has also instructed to make cubicles with all facilities in those buses that can transport 150 passengers .Maithri on the other hand had cancelled that. 5 buildings that were taken on rent at Rs. 5 million by Mara had also been rejected as unnecessary by Maithri .”

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    What he says is quite true. We don’t know if the present Gosl is moving towards an eventual split of the Island (they might not want it either, but will be quietly pressurized from higher powers to do so). They did, however, put out a warrant against the celebration of terrorist war-heroes.

    I mean, we like all what this new Gosl is implementing, and building the country ground up, compared to Rajapaksa’ s policies . If Rajapaksa had been given a 3rd term, would have probably wanted to implement better tax codes, and cut down on too much foreign investment. However, can you imagine what backlash he would have got, with minorities and old-elite not particularly favoring him? It’s an easier deal with the new Gosl.

    But if the new Gosl is gradually moving towards federalism, and on top of that a land-bridge with or without federalism), Sri Lanka will not be Sri Lanka anymore. It would be the demise of Sinhala civilization. In that case, a Rajapaksa rule would be preferable.

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      Mahinda Rajapakshe and his family took the 20 million Sri Lankans for a jolly good ride for 10 long years. If that idiot V. Prabakaran had cooperated with him like those hard core terrorists Karuna (who bombed Dalada Maligawa), KP (who brought heavy arms to LTTE), and many others, Mahinda Rajapakshe would have given him many things. Mahinda Rajapakshe is a very good actor, he has all the abilities to fool the 20 million Sri Lankans.

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      Reply to ramona therese fernando
      Still you stupid idiots are talking about a illegal 3rd term? You live in USA and talk about Sri Lanka and Rajavassas you stupid moron. Mahinda Rajapakshe and his family took the 20 million Sri Lankans for a jolly good ride for 10 long years.People like you are the biggest fools cock suckers.Oh! may be you are one of the vassas.

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    LTTE Rump, Tigers, Tiger supporters,both local and Overseas and the Vellalas are having the last laugh.

    Dalits are doomed . So are the Sinhala Buddhists.

    What a sorry state of affairs.

    A lousy Six Million Pounds for betraying the nine Commanders who liberated the Nation from Thamil Terrorists.

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      Sumaney stop shedding crocodile tears for the 9-commanders that liberated the Nation. Your paymaster and his shameless brother did not waste much time taking their teeth out and banishing them to distant lands under the pretense of diplomatic jobs, just in case they decided to turn against your crooked boss and liberate country from a pretentious card board cut-out Dutugemunu of Hamba Tota. Shame on you and your boss now for you two to come out of the shells pretending to defend their work. No they do not need his protection as the nation and the world at large knew who were the villains, and who were the usurpers of other peoples victories and who murdered their own people!

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Dalits are doomed . So are the Sinhala Buddhists.”

      Why?

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    hypocrite and criminal, you cannot afford to open your mouth on the issues of law and order and democracy. When you were president every rule of decency was broken by you , in fact there was no rule of law in the country. How dare you try to express your views on these matters when you were the culprit most guilty of breaking the law. Best you keep your mouth shut and focus on how you will spend your time in prison once these investigations are completed.

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    Written by a Journalist who go tthe free Lap TOP and the Interest Free Car Loan.

    [Edited out]

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    Mahinda Mama,

    Did you not pay LTTE to keep your good friend Ranil out of office ?

    Did they not support you because they felt you were a bigger modaya than the alternative ?

    Where they made a mistake in not judging you to be a bigger moron than Vellupillai in your willingness to subject thousands on innocent civilians to death.The big Tamil Moron was thankfully relived at a moronic cost.

    But now you too are now relived.Preoare your self for the electric chair that DonCarolis is making for you.

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    Some one who Licked Bones thrown away by Mahinda Rajapakse wrote this article.

    This is how Mahinda Rajapakse did it. He did not respect even his brother spilled Blood because of LTTE suicide caders.

    ” Sri Lanka asks U.S. to abandon prosecution of Suresh Sriskandarajah

    The Sri Lankan government has asked the United States to abandon the prosecution of a Canadian charged with buying equipment and laundering money for the separatist Tamil Tigers rebels.

    The extraordinary request, in a letter sent to the U.S. State Department, concerns Suresh Sriskandarajah, 32, who was extradited to New York in December to stand trial on terrorism charges.

    The letter, which surfaced at Mr. Suresh s bail hearing last month, urged the U.S. to drop the charges against Mr. Suresh”

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    LTTE cader Eelavanthan became an innocent person by paying Ransom to Basil Rajapakse.

    “Sri Lanka asks U.S. to abandon prosecution of Suresh Sriskandarajah

    The Sri Lankan government has asked the United States to abandon the prosecution of a Canadian charged with buying equipment and laundering money for the separatist Tamil Tigers rebels.

    The extraordinary request, in a letter sent to the U.S. State Department, concerns Suresh Sriskandarajah, 32, who was extradited to New York in December to stand trial on terrorism charges.

    The letter, which surfaced at Mr. Suresh s bail hearing last month, urged the U.S. to drop the charges against Mr. Suresh

    This Canadian LTTE terrorist who paid RANSOM to Basil received freedom and cleared all wrongdoings.

    But now, he is in charge of over 20 Petrol Station and directly or indirectly helping LTTE terrorists. “

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    What a pathetic situation MARA is in. It is ironic that the SOB who closed down down CT is now seeking its assistance to convey his views to the public. Go to hell MARA.

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    I really did not want to comment on this speech of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse in Parliament, because it was necessary to analyze what this “sudden” address to the Parliament was about. He expressed opinion on the Bidget and the economy from Abeyaramaya Temple; then suddenly appears for the first time in Parliament to TALK on National Security. This is the subject he thrives on and rely on to secure support of the public. Now he knows the NOOSE is getting little tightened with the facts coming to light on the Thajudeen’s accident, (that which under his Governance was declared an accident)but in actual fact a “Murder” and the two arrests made viz. that of Dammika Perera and another high official for illegal payments made to Tharunayata Hetak of Namal Rajapakse.On the same case Godahewa cannot be contacted todate. So far his Brother-in-Law has failed to answer the summons by the Presidential Commission, as regards Sri Lankan Air matters. After this speech in Parliament it is reported that he had a “SECRET” meeting with the Prime Minister in the Parliamentary complex. That SMELLS a RAT. He cannot go to Temple Trees in the same manner the then Leader of the Opposition did in the early hours of January 9th; mind you accompanied by Thiru Nadesan – the “Deal Maker” for Rajapakses. I feel this “SPEECH” was the “Sprig Board” for that “MEETING” and a “BAIT” thrown to the Public. Still this Thiru Nadesan is the “Deal Maker” and his operations are not even understood by the President. That is how I assess this “Sudden” speech in Parliament even without participating in the main Budget Debate. He knows coming days are very critical for him and his “NADE”. It is time for him to make the MOVES in ADVANCE. I am encouraged by the PRESSURE that keeps building on him and his clan. That PRESSURE BUILDING is the NEED of the HOUR and the DAYS to come and that is the highest respect anyone can give to Late Rev. Sobith.

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    We appreciate you as a sportsman and for playing the game. Offer to confess excesses and monies accepted for politics. Then you can bargain to protect your nation and have a say. This is an urgent necessity.

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    Mr X President, you were a bit rich saying

    “””I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions.”””

    Does this bring to mind what you did to the Chiefs of the various forces immediately after the war?

    Mr X President, methinks your memory is very short (and selective) these days.
    Live in hope, die in despair!

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    Mr.Mahinda Raja are you disputing the statement by JR’S nephew PM Ranil’s statement in the youth parliament that the war was won with the help of US, China & India. If Ranil is wrong you must rebut him in parliament and publicly out side parliament.

    Majority of the Sri Lankans have been taken on a ride by either SLFP leaders or UP leaders since 1948. Both the parties when in opposition plays the anti minorities card and comes back to power. The cycle recur.

    Since Jan 8 2015 you are acting like how JR and Budharahita jointly did in 1958.

    I hope and pray majority of the Singapore Buddhists become more enlightened and reject political leaders who are morally and materialistically corrupted.

    Hope the crusaders like Sarath Fonseka, Ranjan Ramanayake , Arjuna Rantunga and the likes continue with their mission now that Ven Sobhita is no more with us.

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