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Minister Accused Of Holding Tamil Prisoners At Gunpoint Must Face Investigation: Amnesty International

Responding to reports that Sri Lanka’s State Minister for Prison Management and Prisoners Rehabilitation, Lohan Ratwatte, forcibly entered a state prison in Anuradhapura on 12 September and held Tamil prison inmates incarcerated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at gunpoint and threatened to kill them, Yamini Mishra, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director said: “These dumbfounding reports go to show that our ongoing concerns regarding Sri Lanka’s treatment of prisoners, especially the authorities’ torture and other inhumane and degrading treatment of PTA detainees are all too valid. They also demonstrate the level of impunity for criminal behaviour that is indulged at the highest levels of government. There must be a prompt, impartial and effective inquiry and the Minister must be held to account for his actions.

“At yesterday’s UN Human Rights Council session, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister boasted about the early release of 16 Tamil Tiger members under a Presidential pardon. These men were in fact already due for release. Lohan Ratwatte’s alleged conduct further undermines the government’s piecemeal efforts made to address the conditions of PTA prisoners, which is labelled as reconciliation.

“The Foreign Minister also rejected the mechanism being set up to collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes for gross human rights violations in Sri Lanka, saying that domestic processes are ‘vigorously addressing the relevant matters.’ Unless Lohan Ratwatte is held to account for his criminal actions, these words will be hard to take seriously.”

Minister Lohan Ratwatte has reportedly resigned from his prisons portfolio in the past few hours, but remains a Government Minister. According to media reports, he forcibly entered Anuradhapura Prison on 12 September where he had sought out Tamil prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). According to media reports, Minister Lohan Ratwatte also forcibly entered Welikada Prison premises over the weekend accompanied by a group of others and under the influence of liquor and verbally abused prison staff. Sri Lanka’s prisons have a history of violence that’s been met with impunity. Welikada is the site of two prison massacres in 1983 and in 2012.

Lohan Ratwatte was charged for the 2001 murder of 10 Muslim youths in Udathalawinna. Along with his father, a former deputy Defence Minister, Lohan Ratwatte was acquitted of all charges by the Colombo High Court in 2006. Five security forces personnel-security guards of the family were convicted and sentenced to death.

The latest incident comes against the backdrop of the ongoing 48th UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, where the High Commissioner on Monday expressed concern about deaths in custody and continuing reports of torture and ill-treatment by law enforcement officials in Sri Lanka. Echoing the concerns raised by the High Commissioner, Amnesty International urged the government to immediately repeal the PTA, which continues to be used to detain hundreds of people for prolonged periods without trial.

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  • 53
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    Current leaders (so called BROTHER DUO and family politics) returned to power, promising that they would
    – safeguard national saftey – literally failed as of today
    – treat all srilankens with one law – literally failed as of today
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNJ0RrdJTRM
    – implement new systems – through so called ” palpable system changes” – literally failed as of today
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP5YTPQcofg
    – improve the life of less fortunate by offering them more – literally failed as of today
    – leave no room for racism – literally failed as of today
    – bla bla bla….. but all is failed as of today ” almsot over 90% of srilankens regardless who they are, feel today that they are pushed from frying pan to fire.

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      The “Western-education” on primitives can take them on “intellectual” detours ……. impressive long articles, foot-long bibliographies …….. traditions of monkey see, monkey do ……..

      Without wasting valuable time writing long articles on irrelevant nonsense. ……All you highly educated esteemed ladies/gentlemen ……. can you,

      Answer one very simple question clearly, simply, honestly, scientifically and rationally. The answer to all our problems can be easily found. We’ll learn everything about ourselves.

      WHAT DID THE 6.9 MILLION WANT?

      “Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be said can be said clearly.”

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        Nimal, I see you asking the same question repeatedly in vain, which I can relate to, because without knowing the answer, all the rest of these talks and discussions are a waste. As you mentioned before the 6.9 million are sadomasochistic in that they are willing to take the pain such as hunger, sickness and poverty, just to see the suffering in their fellow human being (minority) to feel content. In Lanka Eagle is the face of majority 6.9 million . The guy has never written any thing about pandemic, nflation, food scarcity or economy other than his daily racial rants. He is not alone, many in Lanka feel the same but do not say in public.

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          Let me make it simple. Many of those 6. 9 million, if given the power as this prick , will be happy to do the same. That is Lanka for you.

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        nimal fernando

        I have never had the misfortune of seeing Gota in person nor attended any of his wisecracking open air impromptu gatherings.

        What happens to those who do not laugh when Gota cracks a joke and let a funny growl ?

        Does Gota know the difference between laughing at and laughing with?

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          “What happens to those who do not laugh when Gota cracks a joke and let a funny growl ?”

          “Hier hilft kein Kluger, das seh’ ich klar: hier hilft dem Dummen die Dummheit allein!” :))

          It’s inherent in ape behaviour to fight for power: be the leader.


          “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” — Apes can find morals even in serial-killers ….. if they are in power.

          When all this ends …… what ape is going to own-up they kowtowed to a serial-killer?

          Ah! The stories people will tell! :))


          Checkout Claude Lévi-Strauss ……… Lévi-Strauss argued that the “savage” mind had the same structures as the “civilized” mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere.

          I’m watching “The Planet of the Apes” repeatedly to understand Lankans …… and myself. :))

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            nimal fernando

            “Hier hilft kein Kluger, das seh’ ich klar: hier hilft dem Dummen die Dummheit allein!”

            You mean “Stupid is as stupid does”.

            “I’m watching “The Planet of the Apes” repeatedly to understand Lankans …… and myself. :))”

            When you are bored watching planet of Apes please just look outside your window, that is if you are in Sri Lanka ………….. you will enjoy more than the film.

            Seriously what should we do when we get bored …………………..

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              Native,

              “Hier hilft kein Kluger”

              That’s from Wagner’s Siegfried. I’m trying to listen to my father’s collection of records. They say Puccini’s music is not as good as it sounds and Wagner’s not as bad as it sounds.

              I used to hate the bloody stuff …… but got into it while using one of my father’s records ( not to ruin my treasured rock records) to set up my cartridge: Mahler’s 4th, Fritz Reiner ……. sat and listened to the whole thing. It was like a spiritual experience. I went overboard on Reiner …….. if you want to listen to classical try Reiner first …… not the definitive interpretations but very listenable. Most people will vote for Carlos Kleiber’s Beethoven’s 5th ….. but Reiner’s is more listenable and my favourite, an obscure recoding by Otto Klemperer.

              Germans (and conductors from that part of Europe) are good at interpreting their music ……. others, like us speaking English: good but not natural.

              Wagner had a lot of influence on ol’ Adolf ….. and not a very nice person to boot …….seduced his sponsor’s wife ……not different to Sinhala_Man trying to seduce Ramona …… the devious bastard! Things haven’t changed much!

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                continued

                “Seriously what should we do when we get bored”

                Travel, travel, travel ………. there are people like EE chased away and living in crazy places ……. A whole community living on reeds in Lake Titicaca ……. in comparison our problems are insignificant …..

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            Nimal,
            “I’m watching “The Planet of the Apes” repeatedly to understand Lankans”
            Those are humans in monkey suits.They didn’t have CGI in those days. You might get a bad impression of monkeys, watching that stuff.

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              OC,

              “Those are humans in monkey suits.”

              True. But you learn more from humans acting like apes where their true nature comes out. Than we apes trying to act like humans without much conviction. :))

              For peace in the forum I won’t mention bananas. :))

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        NF,
        .
        Do you think that they had brains to see when it comes to repond your question ” WHAT DID THE 6.9 MILLIONS WANT ” ????? SINHALA BUDDHISM has made them eternal slaves. When FAKE buddagama monks like Madagoda Abeythissa, Muruththeruttwa man and Walle Baluwansa would take the lead, ……. schaulustiger do their job… joining them…. this is the country the density of MODAYAS is very high also looking at locally produced graduates.

        Just look at that woman, before visiting Mahind BURU Gonthadiya, how spineless she becomes.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP5YTPQcofg
        She still says ” WITHOUT YOU, we would not have a life in SRILANKA …. for all what RAJATHUMA might have gained for the nation…. bla bla… are all these true? or just self glorifications- propagated in order to fool the millions of the kind of women and men ?”

        Truths revealed, by the time, that FLOOR kissing drama at BIA ground went viral- the was was still going on…. but B*** putha acted to become the first ever leader to have liberated the nation….. remember ?

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          LM,

          That’s the genius of SWRD …… he found something in our people that he could tap into.

          SLFP side of politics has been milking it ever since.

          It’s not simply racism, bigotry, ……. but some form of pet peeve, a grudge against a certain section of society they see as successful ……… it’s a form of insecurity than anything else …….

          That’s why, whenever they get a chance, they try to join that segment of society ……… observe where Mahinda, Gota, Basil, Sirisena, Weerawans, …….. sent their kids to.

          If they are fighting against ……. why join them?

          That’s why I’ve discarded everything and studying apes …….. not individual but collective behaviour. Forrest not the trees. :))

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          LM, Can you please spell out what it is that was violated in Buddhism that this 6.9 million tried to correct by bringing in this regime. If we could correct that, far more than the 6.9 m would be relieved of the present agony that most of the nation is currently suffering from.

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      Wolrd’s Human Rights Commission said he was trained in New Zealand Prime Minister

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    I read in another publication on Wednesday, a comment by a reader calling on the police and prisons chief to make sure that their officers, “discharge their duties in preventing such unwanted incidents in correctional centers and control entry by unauthorised persons at unauthorised times.” They questioned whether they have the “Balls to stop the politician’s rampage”, in the administration of Justice?
    Probably they are having a problem with their ‘BALLS’, which they certainly exhibited by not moving to stop the “Break In by State Minister”, perhaps due to unavailability of ‘IMPORTED UNDERWEAR’ in the market to restrain them!
    They are hanging ‘too far down’ and therefore hindrance to ‘RUN’ to meet the exigency!
    Please appeal President to “relax” the import curtailment of underwear!
    Probably Lohan Ratwatte (LR) and cohorts want to exemplify and prove a point to ensure that “Underwear curtailment is relaxed expeditiously”!
    VERY GOOD MOVE LR!!
    Not very far behind the Past Manthrithuma for Kelaniya electorate! Poor GN; Not sure whether, he was wearing underwear as there was no ban, when the belting occurred

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    “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”
    .
    I read this all and listened to young Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam speaking sincerely for fourteen minutes in Sinhala, trying to get the message across to the Sinhala people. I don’t know what the current politics of G.G. Ponambalam’s grandson are, but he spoke effectively.
    .
    The other person who could appeal to the Sinhalese people is young Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam of Batticaloa.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97z-ITTHUYU
    .
    That’s thirteen minutes in Parliament. From 1.45 on speaks in Sinhala. They say that he speaks absolute sense all the time.

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      He will lose the next election in Batticaloa because there are no Sinhala voters in Batticaloa. Among Batticaloa Tamil politicians, Karuna and Arun Thambimuttu have bigger support from Sinhalas.

      This was what happened to Mangala. He won Tamil hearts but not Sinhala votes.

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        Thank you very much for that objective assessment, anonymous GATAM. So you say that he will lose, and I will accept that as a reliable prophecy.
        .
        Do we therefore conclude that he’s mad, bad, foolish and wrong?
        .
        I’m not going to sit on the fence. I think him good, intelligent and decent – but he will not get many votes, you say. However, I will most definitely vote for a person like that. If you want to desert him, so be it.
        .
        This comment has been spontaneously typed by me,
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe, born in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, in 1948, still resident here; National Identity Card number 48 3111 444V. You can do all the checking you want to, you will find that I’m telling you the truth.

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        S.M,
        I think you take Gatam too seriously.
        He says :”there are no Sinhala voters in Batticaloa. “
        Then, he says :”Among Batticaloa Tamil politicians, Karuna and Arun Thambimuttu have bigger support from Sinhalas.”
        Only one of those statements can be true, not both.

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        How do I vote?
        .
        For the Parliamentary Elections in August 2020, I had prepared to vote “realistically” for the SJB. On the day of voting, I decided to vote (Badulla District) for the NPP. I knew only one name: Samantha Vidyaratne, who had been a JVP M.P.
        .
        At the polling station, I found that there were two lists of candidates, both in Sinhalese. No problem for me, but what would a Tamil only guy have done. I asked a Police damsel on duty, and she smiled benignly. I called other voters hurrying to join the queue, and told them that this was an important election – just a few came to look at the list. I’m not an idiot: I did not reveal there whom I was going to vote for; it would have been an election offence.
        .
        I stretched my study out for fifteen minutes. I can’t remember the names of the guys I noted, but their numbers were 1, 5, and 10 – Muslim name, Hindu name, and Vidyaratne (Sinhalese).
        .
        No NPP persons elected from the Badulla District. A wasted vote? Not absolutely. Harini Amarasuriya (not a member of the JVP ) is in Parliament because of “mad” guys like me.

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        He is trained in New Zealand under New Zealand Prime Minister, World’s Human Rights Commission said

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      Gambadaiskolemahaththaya@

      Thanks for the LINK.

      This young politician, Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam of Batticaloa. will become their voice for the future. No doubt about that. From what I am aware, those conventional politicians in north of SL are even more corrupted than our Rajapakshe-brainwashed-politicians, however, I think if SRR or th elike young men continue their fearless, brave speeches, people will change their attitudes.

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    Uncivilized low creature created by God.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM: The FIRST time I heard the GOD accused of creating “Uncivilized low creatures”.

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        When Lord Buddha said, ‘There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than your thoughts’, how can I describe Lohan Ratwatte. He has demonstrated himself to be an uncivilized low creature.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM

      “Uncivilized low creature created by God.”

      By insulting Lohan Ratwatte who is a close relative of SiriMao Bandaranayake clan you are upsetting SJ.

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        What to do. Lohan Ratwatte has failed to realize the teachings of Lord Buddha.

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    Kudos to Gajen Ponnambalam for bringing attention to this and highlighting the plight of tamil political prisoners or reading colombo media I would not have known much more.
    So much for reconciliation puppeted by the west.

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    This low life thug is the very same person who gave orders to kill Kumar Ponnambalam.

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      Tamil from the north

      How are you?

      “This low life thug is the very same person who gave orders to kill Kumar Ponnambalam.”

      Gota needs thugs to run a Kakistocracy.

      A Kakistocracy
      is a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.

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        Dear NV,
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        What is the full meaning of Kakistocracy? (it is high time, GOTABAYAs head to be analysed…. he promised no family memember would be appointed as lawmakers, but he has only been appointing even his domestic animals as power men to his govt – no place to meritocracy.
        A kakistocracy (/kækɪˈstɒkrəsi/, /kækɪsˈtɒkrəsi/) is a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century.

        Premier – Pattapal hora of the nation – also in Bolonge/Italy he has hired men to play housannas, thinking that people are stupdier than appeared to be
        .
        Minister of Finanace- none other than B””putha Basil Rajapkshes
        if any school going pupils would question ” who built that big palace in the GAMAPAHA on the cost of statefunds “….. everyone would have the answer, but so called SRILANKEN courts could not catch the person yet today….. how independent should be our JUDICIARY ?
        .
        Minster of Roads and Construction – being caught by COVID today, ChamaL Rajapshes….. not sure he would kick the bucket next days… but is appoinnted to help ridicule this nation
        .
        Namal DONKEY Baby- Minister of Sports- as of today, all is ruined by him knowingly or unknowingly.

        Yoshita Rajaashes- The other bastard son iwth his wife has, joined to the DELEGATION of Meeharahara wasting over 50 millions of STATE funds… for the current visit to Italy.

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          LM,
          .
          Dr Ameer Ali wrote this article about four years ago:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/is-sri-lanka-descending-towards-kakistocracy/
          .
          It is a coinage from Greek, but the Ancient Greeks (of 2,400 years ago) did not use the word. As you say, it’s been coined by English writers much more recently.
          .
          Yes, this is being talked about with disapproval by Sinhala speakers, and I did watch Sepal A. here:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEfk8hqGDZ0
          .
          chiv, with disapproval! I don’t think all 6.9 million wanted these Rajapaksas to sink so low, but as you say, if elections are held, voting is going by slogans and family units. We have to change that to voting after thinking.

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      LOGAN RATWATTA was involved in the murder of a foreign rugger player who had lanakn girl friend called VANESA SELVARATNAM.KUMAR PONNAMPALAM appeared for VANESA and for some time LOGAN WAS SENT TO REMAND PRISON.HE TOOK THE REVENGE BY ARRANGING THE KILLING OF KUMAR PONNAMPALAM.At that time every body was under impression that it was a political murder.but actually in was a CONTRACT KILLING BY RATHWAATA CLAN.

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    New York Times reporting on this story.

    Is Lohan Ratwatte,descendent of the Ratwatte family?

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      Yes, unfortuntely this scum is one of the sons of the now deceased thug Anurudha Ratwatte, a cousin of Srimavo.

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      Rajash

      Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic General
      Anuruddha Ratwatte’s eldest son.

      Lohan Ratwatte has a long history of thuggery, intimidation, threatening to shoot ………………….
      https://groups.google.com/g/soc.culture.sri-lanka/c/VvCi3-tE7d4

      Ex-minister’s sons surrender for their alleged involvement in massacre
      https://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/exministers-sons-surrender-for-their-alleged-involvement-in-massacre_35111.html

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        Indian proverb “if you see TAMIL and COBRA kill TAMIL first”

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          N. Pererass

          “Indian proverb “if you see TAMIL and COBRA kill TAMIL first”

          For your information Lohan Ratwatte is directly descended from Tamil ancestors.
          It is up to you to act the way you want to, however don’t be stupid, he is not only from a rich and powerful family and the family love violence.

          Go get your triple or more vaccinations.

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          Horrible, uneducated, N.Perera, you have said that before, and I took you to task. I think that it was oc who observed that you seem to be a man of little education.

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          There is also another Indian saying ” If you see a rotten pear squash on it” It is a very popular saying. This is why lots of rotten Pears from Thamizh Nadu fled to southern Sri Lanka as menial labourers and slaves. Your ancestors as they did not want to be squashed or killed befor a cobra.

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          NP@
          What is in making, if u see mlechcha Rajapakshe supporters, instantly come to mind is, they be punished for the destruction, they self created so far by paving the way fascist s take ground today. Before long these men ll all have to face the music. The country was in good shape until Sirisena was caught by MaRa for his comeback.🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃 big talks ” we can manage as brother s” is obvio6 backfired. 😡😡😡😡😡

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      Yes from the same Ratwatte family. Anti Thamizh of recent Thamizh origin.

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        Shouldn’t all the Tamil nationalists on CT be applauding Ratwatte instead of condemning the poor bugger? After all, he single-handedly proved everything that Ms.Bachelet was saying at the UNHRC. Wiggy should invite Ratwatte to join his party.

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          Oc, exactly the truth.
          .
          There are speculations that MaRa et al should have organized that pro-Raja meeting with a slave woman in saree added praises being caught in the act. Those men and women should have been brainwashed to act like that. What Meeharaka s only reaction seen was ” I m used to such protests ” .

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    Why weren’t the “Law Enforcement” agents, within the Prisons (both Welikada & Anuradhapura) who are tasked with the responsibility of maintaining “Law and Order” “SHOOT” at the INTRUDERS who went on a rampage inside the facility? What were they doing when prisoners were “Pulled” out and ordered to kneel down and put a fir-arm on their heads and threatened to kill them? Why isn’t he “ARRESTED” still, pending a full-scale investigation?

    The BASTARD used a Helicopter to travel to Anuradhapura. Who is the owner of this aircraft? Has the Civil Aviation Authority granted permission for its fly to Anuradhapura? If the “Owner” is a private party, has “He/She” obtained permission from the Air Force to operate the flight, and what was the “Flight Route”, “Destination” the “Time” of departure, “WHO” was on board and “What” was the purpose? I know, Civil Aviation, Air Force and Flight Controls, and other Security agencies must be involved to operate an aircraft within and outside the country. Who was the “Pilot” who operated this flight? If all those procedures were not followed, what were those “Authorities” doing, simply allowing any “Dick/Tom/Harry” to fly an aircraft and pose a “Threat” to the Security of the country?

    Hope all these and many more “Questions” would be “Answered” in connection with this incident.

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      Dear OC.
      Hope – most live by this credo – a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. Exemplified by Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”.
      Going by the past, and especially by the Easter Sunday episode, and so many crimes like the first robbery – MIG deal – paid for by Lasantha’s life,
      let me wish your hope will not be in vain, for once.

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        Dear OC.
        “Dearie me & a thousand apologies” a la Mind your Language.
        Above was really my view of Simon’s comment.
        Regrets.

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      Bro Simon, not shit eating astrologers that sing prashasthi recitals in favour of mlechcha MaRa survival yet today, through TVderana and TV Hiru but we the healthy souls on CT as regular commenters,well predicted that GOTA, would end up being a lone wolf by his unexpected/ estranged nature, to that he has reached today. Next week h ll reach his suicide if current situ continues. He was seen to me as an anti- social from the day one, but an empty vessel who polished his fake vision. People and yellow pets should
      change their “staple ” to ” ratathanakola”. Wiyathmaga is no given chance at all as of today. Sarath Weerasekere as minister of police services is gone missing as of today. 🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃😐😐😐😐🍬🍬🍬🍬

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    USA does not face this problem because they have a clever “take no prisoner” approach.

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      This is the policy of Islamic state and the Taliban. Fake Arab Thulluka Jadam. You are now stating would not have happened if the Thamizh political prisoners had been eliminated? They had already eliminated hundreds of thousands of innocent Thamizh and you want more to be eliminated? Typical low caste converted menatlity. May be they will remember your recommendations, later when dealing with your community and take no prisoner and you can be happy.

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    When a war criminal is the President, what else you expect. If a child murderer is given Presidential pardon, what is threatening to kill. If it a Tamil who is threatened, he should be made National Hero. Like Karanagofa who was responsible for killing of 11 youngsters after being kidnapped for ransom.
    Western countries have to take the moral responsibility since they supported the war that killed many innocent civilians
    Should not they immediately ban travel to their counties all these goons and Murderers including Gotler

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      Exactly Dilshan. Spot on friend.

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      You are 100% correct Dilshan, it is India and the western countries who supported and armed thesse Sinhalese racists and war criminals to kill and ethnically cleanse hundreds of thousands of Tamils and are still protecting them. They are indeed morally responsible for the suffering of the Tamils. This so called reconciliation and Human rights abuses Etc at the UN are all a charade, nothing will come out it and will peter out and the Sinhalese also know this. They pretend that they are going to do something and appoint commissions to buy time and to do nothing, and the UN applauds and states, things are improving. If you want to imporove and really reconcile, you pass laws and implement them and do not appoint useless commissions, that are not going to do anything. If the west and India really want to punish these racist war criminals and implement justice and true reconcliliation, they can do so, just like what happened in the former Yugoslavia, Indonesia, Sudan ETC but they do not want to but please the Sinhalese at the expense of the island’s Tamils , who are now facing structural genocide.

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        Hindia was the primary partner on the ground in the military phase of the Genocide.

        Others were half-sleeping partners for pleasing Hinda (for their interests, against their conscience).

        However, as more history comes to light, Hindia pathologically hate / hated Tamils, and after Tamil Nadu opposition to Hindi imposition and demand for independence, Hindia made the unofficial policy of removing Tamilness from the Island by hook and crook as a permanent feature in its internal and external policy.

        JR’s actions were just aberrations. Rajiv Ghanthi and then Kerala Mafia Dixit pretended like slave dogs to JR in the pretext of States’ relationship. Those were calculated decisions and actions by Rajiv, Dixit, a Menon (at that time), Narayanan etc. for destroying LTTE, so that Sori Sinhalam could finish it with structural genocide.

        Though all Tamil militant groups would have opposed this, Hindia & RAW split them.

        Hindia is now hell bent on for Sori Sinhalam finishing the genocide by hook and crook by providing cover, time and space for winning the hearts and mind of Sinhalese.

        Hindia must be vociferously accused by Tamils for the genocide.

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    Nothing will happen, as his way of thinking is how the vast majority of the Chingkallams think. Most probably most of them must be applauding his actions and calling him a ” Golden Hero”. This is why keep on voting for these racists and war criminals, who constantly promise them, of marginalizing the Thamizh minorities. See Jadam’s statement above which states if there was a policy of not taking prisoner this would have not happened, meaning if all of them were eliminated at the beginning , this would not have happened, proving what I stated. Now they will state he resigned at our request and no further action is needed. Once all the attention goes off, will be rewarded with another portfolio.

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      In another country he would have been arrested and charged for this behaviour but is getting off scott free as he is a Chingkallam and also from a Kandyan aristocratic family and the victims are Thamizh. As history has shown, you can do anything to a Thamizh in this island and get away without punishment and even in case you are punished you will be pardoned. Kill them, loot their homes, destroy their business, rape them, ethnically cleanse them, steal their lands and places of worship, jail and torture them. Nothing will happen. It is this man who is a terrorist and not the Thamizh political prisoners and should be charged under this ACT and punished. What can you expect from a family of anti Thamizh, who ironically are descended from recently migrated South Indian Thamizh. All this proves what the UN human rights commission stated is true and accurate with regards to the island’s Thamizh.

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    These Ratwattes are basically thugs and racists. Shame on the Rajapaksas to appoint such criminals, and once again bring embarrassment to our country. How many international agencies have warned our politicians about their disgraceful behavior, and how many times has our government refused to be held accountable for human rights abuses? These Rajapaksa’s and Ratwattes, act like they are above our laws, and show their arrogance not only to us, but the international community too.

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      Yes all these people who a-se licked the British. Now calling themselves Chingkalla Buddhist patriots, are in reality neither Chingkallam or patriotic but opportunists, who have been changing their identity and religion, to gain maximum advantage. One of Malaccan Catholic immigrant origin, that is still stamped on their features. The other of South Indian Thamizh immigrant origin, also marrying into other South Indian Thamizh immigrant families, like the Pandaranayakams and other low and high borns but all now opportunistically calling and identifying themselves as Chingkalla Buddhists and beating the anti Thamizh drum.

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      Dear Ashan.
      “Shame on the Rajapaksas to appoint such criminals”.
      Firstly R’s have no shame – after looting the country of 74% Sinhala voters, they paint themselves saviours to these same people.
      And then “birds of a feather” and all that …. so no shame there again.

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    Patience will achieve more than force, All past action reappearing on the table.

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    “The Minister can meet the prisoners at any time. Lohan discussed the pardon of the prisoners – Commissioner General of Prisons The above is Google Translation of a heading of the news piece appearing in Lanka C News. UN says government is responsible for prisoners’ safety. But Commissioner Modaya is talking like this. Then we all can understand the mind of the prison commissioner, who is seems to more brute than Logan. Nirmalarupan was beaten near death in Anuradhapura Prison and was taken to Anuradhapura hospital and tied to the bed’s leg until he died. Parents, lawyers, NGO and Tamil MPs were not allowed to visit him until he died. When a fundamental lawsuit was brought, the current, Lankawe, permanent resident of the UNHRC, Mokan Pieris said that the Tamils have no fundamental rights and dismissed the case. So that Mokan is representing Tamil in UNHRC. Comedy GLP is saying that he has released 16 political prisoners because he want UNHRC to cancel the decision taken in 46 sitting. The Lohan beast went to prison with gun to have the prisoners released. Commissioner Modaya said Logan beast went to Anuradhapura prison only to release Tamil prisoners. But did not say why Puspika went to Welikada Prison. Logan took women to prison in the night to entertain those were saddened by prison life. Did Lohan too take change cloth to the women with him?

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    Trinitians ( present and past) are seen as role models ( good example is Sangakkara) in our country.
    Unfortunately the subject Minister has tarnished the image of his Alma Mater. It is hoped that all Trinitians (here and abroad ) will advise him to change and to adhere to their Collège Motto “Respice Finem” as the youth of today will be leaders of tomorrow.

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      MohamedM.

      Whilst agreeing with you on Standards @ Trinity, the home environment too has to be taken into account.

      Anuraddha Ratwatte entered public life as a Municipal Councillor @ Kandy. His wife Mallika, a teacher in one of those girl schools in Kandy was of a different breed. Iam not aware of her background though.
      Right along Anuraddha R. lived on handouts from Mrs. B. In fact Anura.B. has said so in Parliament. After he became deputy Minister Defence in the regime of CBK HE MADE HIS MONEY.

      After leaving them he embraced the Rajapakses and his sons went into crime. Mallikas bloodline too may have helped to develop those instincts!

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      MohamedM

      The Rajapakse brats, the leaders of tomorrow, are Thomains. Esto per petua.

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        How did they get in, Raj-UK?
        .
        Apparently, Shiranth’s brother, that Wickrmasinghe guy who was allowed to use Sri Lankan airlines as his private property was with me in College, but I have no memory of him.
        .
        Yes, we have to be truthful and acknowledge that such scum existed.

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        Dear Raj.
        Though not absolute, it is upto a very high percentage that inherited traits are controlled by genes.
        Yes environment of a school can have some effect, but then some are ‘incorrigible” if genes are stronger.

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          Grandma repeated,
          ” u cant straighten a dog s tail even if u put in a bamboo sheath ” remember?
          Balla ballamayi.
          .🐃☹😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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      Dear M.
      Some like Sangakkara live by “Respice finem”.
      Lohan lives by credo : the end justify the means. even kill and win at politics.
      (Excerpt of old story) ……..
      Case LKA 171201
      Extrajudicial killing
      ………of the killing of ten supporters of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), in Sri Lanka’s Katugastota district, following recent parliamentary elections.
      “En route, a “thug squad” allegedly under control of Lohan Ratwatte, the son of the former Peoples’ Alliance’s (PA) Deputy Defence Minister Anurudda Ratwatte, ran the vehicle off the road, where it crashed into a lamppost. “
      “The perpetrators subsequently approached the vehicle, opened the doors, and shot the ten SLMC supporters at point blank range, before fleeing the scene.”

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      MohamedM,
      .
      I dont think in today s context, you could generalise it as ” “Trinitians ( present and past) are seen as role models ( good example is Sangakkara) in our country.”

      Please dont put the blame on to ALMAMATER, it is no fair, … it matters more to which family they were born to and how their adolesence worked (what is decisive is how the nurture was done from year 3 – 16 or 18) .

      Just lets look at all those highly abusive men in today s cabinet/parliament

      Gonthadipila – so called the best buddhist college – ANANDA COLLEGE colombo
      .
      Aluthgamage Mahindananda- the curse for the ROYAL COLLEGE- one of the king of PATTAPAL HORA of the day/ – ROYAL COLLEGE colombo/ even us being tied to well paid jobs, would not buy palaces in CENTRAL london, bu tthis man, made a wonder, bought a house for 1 million of B pounds. can you imagine ?
      .
      Prof GLP – THurstan College, Colombo University, Oxford UK (PhD). I studied his profile also yesterday last, I am very sorry fo rthis guys self made fate.
      .
      Sarath WEERASEKARA – Ananada College, Colombo. THis man is a curse to humanity. We know how he directly invovled in Kandy riots against muslims ….. this was confirmed by former president SORYSENA publicly.

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    Sri Lanka’s State Minister for Prisons, Lohan Ratwatte breaking into two targetted prisons is all pre-planned drama to coincide with UNHRC Sessions.
    Why should the Minister-in-charge of Prisons enter the prison at night by force? Even fools don’t believe this childish drama.
    Isn’t it obvious that the aim of Lohan Ratwatte’s ‘prison play’ directed by the Rajapaksas themselves was to give ammunition to the UNHRC, HR organizations and the LTTE diaspora to “accuse the Rajapaksa government for mistreating LTTE terrorists in prison”?
    As I mentioned in March this year too, the Rajapaksas and the LTTE diaspora are buddy-buddies who mislead the international community together. It is pretty obvious that the Rajapaksas wanted to ‘create a reason’ to release more hadcore LTTE terrorists in exchange of bribes from the LTTE diaspora! Hence the Lohan Ratwatte drama in prison and his subsequent resignation from the ministerial portfolio.
    The Rajapaksas may be able to fool the international community, but not the Sinhalese people anymore.

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      Champa,
      I agree that this could be a pre-planned drama by Rajapaksas as usual. But your Buddhist Sinhala fundamentalist mentality do not willing to accept the fact it is only Rajapaksas family master plan along with Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists. There is no single LTTE hard core terrorists in the prison. Most of them are dead or murdered or escaped after paying Rajapaksa family. It is a drama to show the UNHRC that the government had taken immediate action to remove the minister from post. But, he will be released in Rajapaksa courts like many other cases.
      However, now the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists creating an enviornment

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        Sorry, it is accidentally submitted before completing my comment.

        However, now the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists creating an environment with an eminent threat of warning of bomb threat by terrorists. I understand that BBS Gnanarasa thero meeting with the President to discuss bomb threat from terrorists. So, there is going to be a drama to arrest with ammunitions of few Tamils (LTTE) or few Muslims (ISIS) or a real bomb blast like Easter Bombing to say the world that we need PTA to face Terrorists. This will also help them to get back all the Buddhist Sinhala votes and to cover up the economic disaster and Corona control failure.

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      The LTTE and all sinhala governments are freemasons (illuminati).

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      Champa,
      Have you considered writing detective fiction? You know, like Agatha Christie?

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      Champa,
      .
      It’ll be very difficult for anybody like “the LTTE diaspora” to bribe the Rajapaksas. Bribes will be accepted only by people who need money; the Rajapaksas have all the money that they need.
      .
      I don’t understand Economics. However, if they want more money? Simple. They can get Cabral to print it, and never mind if we need Rs 2K to by an American Dollar. OR Cook up a story about all of us needing a third shot, and import the least effective COVID vaccine, and pocket a huge bribe from its manufacturers.
      .
      I may sound paranoid to you, but that is the pass these fellows have brought us to.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Sm,
        If they want more money @.
        .
        The mechanism is being ready now.
        .
        Seychelles ambassador ll be highly corrupted shiranthi s brother.
        .
        In Italy, as u saw their men are well organized to what they ask for.
        .
        NEW SL AMBASSADOR to US ll be another donkey similar to that of man Jaliya soon.
        .
        Dubai they gave their men.
        .
        AND Belarus too they have slaves already set.
        .
        Places mentioned above are known as where their loot in billions of US being deposited.
        .
        And not to forget all record breaking corrupted man but their man loyal cabral is the incumbent governor in SLCB🐃🐃🐃🐃😡😡😡😡😡😡☹☹☹☹

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        Dear SM.
        “Bribes will be accepted only by people who need money; the Rajapaksas HAVE ALL THE MONEY that they need.”
        “ and import the least effective COVID vaccine, and pocket a huge bribe from its manufacturers.”
        Some incongruity there between these two statements.
        May be you have doubts about first DEFINITE statement re Rajapakse’s, to say the second as an afterthought.

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          Dear MyView,
          .
          I’ve contrasted needs and wants.
          .
          By now the Rajapaksas have lots of money, but like many rich people they crave more.
          .
          However, obtaining money from Tamil sources would be risky, and having espoused extreme racism as a vote-winning strategy, they may, by now, have become pretty chauvinistic.
          .
          Although we have no way of proving current rumours, many feel that they made money on vaccine purchases. We read clear statements that the Sinopharm vaccine (which I got) was sold to Bangladesh at $ 10/= per dose. The Chinese, furious that the Bangladeshi’s revealed the discounted price that they were charged, imposed a condition on our government that the price paid by us should not be divulged.
          .
          Let me add this: patronage-politics has infected people at all levels. A well-spoken retired senior planter, had messed things up for himself, and has rented a house close by owing to the STC school in the vicinity. He had scored forty-four runs in the Royal-Thomian and considers himself a thorough blue-blood. Besides, his paternal grandfather had been knighted by George VI. I’m not a genuine product, he says, because I spent only two years by the sea.

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      Champa Akki,

      are u sitting on your head ?

      “As I mentioned in March this year too, the Rajapaksas and the LTTE diaspora are buddy-buddies who mislead the international community together. It is pretty obvious that the Rajapaksas wanted to ‘create a reason’ to release more hadcore LTTE terrorists in exchange of bribes from the LTTE diaspora! Hence the Lohan Ratwatte drama in prison and his subsequent resignation from the ministerial portfolio.”

      To some extent, PULLI GONA#s visit to Bolonge to settle many issues in their hidden agendas, but if anyone would believe what you say “Rajakshes and Tamil Diaspora work together”….. oh no….. I know this very well since I have been studying this me being out of the country all along.
      .
      Now it is becoming clear to me, Tamil diaspora should have good intentions to help out srilanka than RAJAPKSHE FAMILY.

      Rajapakshes returned to power – to get exonerated/discharged from their loads of high crime investigations filed /processed against them. Over 90% are already done for their sake. This was on the top of the list, howeve,r all tehse will be back and JUSTICE would work well, once they will be gone in 3 years. Entire man kind would join hand to throw RAJAPAKSEHS into the drains, to the manner, we were compelled to see the last phase of TRIPOLI man and his family members.

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    Readers must understand that Sri Lanka is currently in a state of emergency, and emergency regulations give sweeping powers for the executive to arbitrarily arrest and detain people with ambiguity in interpretation of what constitutes an “offence”. My guess is that the police will arrest this man and lay charges. He would be convicted by a court of law and sent to jail. However, within a short period of time, after people’s attention has been distracted by other fiascos as usual, he will be pardoned by executive order, while the investigating policemen could be jailed instead. He could even be given chairmanship of a govt corporation if any precedents are to be any guide.

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      Ummm! Lasantha, a bit far-fetched!
      .
      But no! Duminda Silva was on death-row.
      .
      Now, isn’t he Chairman of some Buildings Corporation.
      .
      Why doesn’t somebody write a novel on this, on the lines of what V.S. Naipaul wrote about the Duvaliers of Haiti?

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    We heard this sort of things happened in Afghanistan,but slowly its norm in our blessed land,but our master like these sort of characters,he still holds gem and jewelry portfolio wonder how Sea street mudalalies feel…..
    Wouldn’t surprise if Duminda may in line for prison reform

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      You have to be a murderer, crook, or willing to lie, to be in the Rajapaksa circle.
      Honest, decent, and qualified, Sri Lankans are not tolerated. They are either sacked, force to resign, or jailed.

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      For God’s sake, this is a Prison and not a country club.

      No one said life inside a prison is a bed of roses.

      If Tamils think prisons in the West are different, they can feel free to go to one. Perhaps, that explains why so many Tamils in the West break laws and are incarcerated. They must be pretty happy going into one.

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        RSP — You’re joking, of course…?

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          This freak is so dangerous to society he may have pleasure/use asylum but very dangerous mentally Sir Reginald if you are straight and smart reveal which country you shield.

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        RSHEMALE,
        we really dont know from what end you ave been uttering this….. anatomical changes should be there either after moved to TORONTO as a refugee or by birth.

        This is how you guys (former army men, whether or not worked for kitchen or the millitary) feel about disipline right ?

        If his counterparts would have behaved like that in an any country in europe, the bugger would have been remanded by today, by treating him with the same law and order work for any citizen.

        But this bugger by name Rathwatta, is a backlicker of RAJAPAKSHES clan, not matter, allowed, or not, the buggers would do, for some reasons, so that Rajapaksehs would not survive without the kind of men. These offsprings of Rathwatthas, brought only insult to those families.

        We know it from the past… those days, that thrisian sathwaya, Mervin DE Silva acted like ” decoy birds” by delivering any low level work, Amundugama and few others in current bunch…… do the similar acts today.

        We should be glad, at least TAMIL leader had BALLS to come forward and reveal his name, so that entire world could see who this MINISTER has been.
        Until then, Biased MEDIA refrained from revealing the name of Rathwatta…. this bugger, as OUR REAL WAR HERO added it, ” should have been the example to test that gallow”, taking one headache away from current CRIMINAl bunch.

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    This is absolutely unfair for the Jaffna Population to be ruled by the morons of the South who are comparatively much inferior in every aspect of social life like lower IQ, inferior culture, etc., and to be dictated to by those very crowd who are deprived and clueless of all ways and manners of decency. It is high time for the North to be self governed. The Jaffna Tamils have come out tops all over the world where they were engaged to serve in high administrative jobs.

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    I heard from reliable sources that his alcohol abuse has taken a heavy toll on his health. When his moment finally arrives after all the maneuvering … … he gets performance anxiety. He gets all jittery and his device is not going anywhere. This naturally drives him over the edge and makes him behave in the most bizarre manner. To compensate for his shortcoming and prove to his groupies that he still got his ‘virility,’ he attacks helpless people like a coward. If there is a proper government in the country, he would have been stripped of all his ministerial positions and thrown into jail by now.

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    Many in Kandy voted for this germ. What do you think of the intelligence, culture and standards of Kandy people ?

    Ratwatte started his killing spree in his early twenties with the shooting of the PNG ruggerite. The foreign rugger player who was a guest of this country, was unarmed, and was attempting to protect his girl friend at a night club from a drunk and vulgar Ratwatte.

    Ratwatte’s father who was a corrupt man was then Defence Minister ( the guy could not explain his wealth). Ratwatte (son) escaped because of his political influence ( remember we have an independent judiciary !)

    Then he went and shot some Muslim people who were politically opposed to his father. These victims too were unarmed.Again he escaped. The police at the time was under the supervision of his father ! ( remember we have an independent judiciary!)

    Now, he as the Minister for the welfare of the prisoners has threatened to shoot helpless prisoners . The prisoners were unarmed . Until now no inquiry, the criminal has not even being questioned (remember we have a world class police and an independent judiciary !)

    Ranjan Ramanayake an elected member of parliament who said our judiciary was corrupt was sentenced to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment by the judiciary.

    Remember we have an independent judiciary !

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      Deepthi Silva,

      Your statements are very inaccurate.

      First Joel Pera had no girl friend. His wife Vanessa Selvaratnam was at the same night club but was not at the time of the shooting.

      Regarding the killing of Muslims, he did so in self defense. You know the violence they can bring. From beheading to Taliban to ISIS to female abuse. They are capable of anything. His life was in danger, so he fired their heads off.

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    Minister Must Face Investigation: Amnesty International – excellent idea. Is that what happened to these torturers when they went back home? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Calley
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse

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    Taking a few Tamil prisoners for a “bite” during a few drinks is quite normal. It’s been happening for decades and it will continue to happen. Like ragging at Universities. Common, we all got to have some once in a while.

    There are bigger issues to deal with. I am predicting the SL Rupee will fall to Rs 300 versus the USD in the next 18 months provided that not at least 50% of the population is vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna.

    For Christ’s sake there is a pandemic and can we stop worrying about a few prisoners.

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      RSP,
      I accidentally posted under yr shorter comment when I meant to respond to this one.

      You’re joking, of course….??

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      Not for Christ’s sake but for Buddha’s sake. after all this is a thrice blessed country with plenty of morons.

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      This thug trying to proof he.is smart by predicting currency rate and vaccines…..sad gig

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      How did you creep into Canada? Taking a few Thamizh prisoners and told the Canadian authorities you were a very good Chingkallam who was trying to save them?

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    This thug has a history of gun violence & murder but it was the poor bodyguards who were sacrificed. Poverty makes desperate people but I can’t imagine why poor sods are willing to work for this punk & take the rap. Taking the bullet as a bodyguard has taken a different meaning.

    As far as this incident is concerned, I suppose Ratwatta was bored & decided to have some fun. If I remember correctly, the late Sunil got beaten up inside a dance hall for singing about this punk coming to the murder trial by helicopter, so it seems govt. helicopters were always at his disposal, so why not a quick trip courtesy of the tax payer to Anuradhapura to bash some convicts in prison for some evening entertainment? Other thugs in Parliament can also join in now. There are enough & more Tamils, Muslims & even irritating Sinhala critics who can be banged up without charge for some high fun for govt. thugs. After all, if the Americans had fun with Iraqi prisoners, why not our own thugs & war heroes?

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    Hindia was the primary partner on the ground in the military phase of the Genocide.

    Others were half-sleeping partners for pleasing Hinda (against their conscience for their interests).

    However, as we come know more of the history, Hindia pathologically hate / hated Tamils, and after Tamil Nadu opposition to Hindi imposition and demand for independence, Hindia made the unofficial policy of removing Tamilness from the Island by hook and crook as a permanent feature in its internal and external policy.

    JR’s actions were just aberrations, and this was why Rajiv and then Kerala Mafia Dixit acted like (pretended) like slave dogs to JR in the pretext of States’ relationship. Those were calculated decisions and actions by Rajiv, Dixit, a Menon (at that time), Narayanan etc. for destroying LTTE, so that Sori Sinhalam could finish it with structural genocide.

    It was Prabha and LTTE that stood against this Hindia and RAW’s designs.

    Rest is history.

    The point is Hindia and RAW are now hell bent on finishing the genocide by providing cover, especially in making sure that Sori Sinhalam is not opposed in any armed manner, which is at this point may well be impossible and must not be resorted to.

    Hindia must be vociferously accused by Tamils for the genocide.

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    ‘Minister Accused Of Holding Tamil Prisoners At Gunpoint Must Face Investigation: Amnesty International’

    No way, Amnesty International. Our parliament consists of uneducated bum sucking yobs, convicts & drug dealers, murderers & psychopaths. Murderers are pardoned & war criminals are heroes, so who is going to investigate a trivial incident where the Minister was conducting a surprise visit in the night on a seemingly ‘fact finding mission’?

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    Hope Mr G gets rid of this scum bag soon.

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      Whimpy Kid

      “Hope Mr G gets rid of this scum bag soon.”

      If you want Gota to get rid of scum bag, first he should start from the top, himself, then the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Defense and Irrigation Minister, Sports Minister, ……………………. Kamala Gunaratne, Shavendra, all his ministers, MPs, ……………………

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    RSP,
    I accidentally posted under yr shorter comment when I meant to respond to this one.

    You’re joking, of course….??

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    This low life must be tried and convicted but his most exalted excellenty will give him a presidential pardon and reappoint him minister

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    There is nothing called Lohan Ratwatte, Honorable or Dishonorable. facing an investigation. The entire affair has to to be INVESTIGATED. Nothing short of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry comprising of senior judges. Unfortunately, should the findings be in favor of the Red Gardens (the literal translation of the name in English), the Trinitian jibe, I understand, we are quick to pounce at the judges to say the least that they were influenced. If the findings are against him then we say only in hush-hush that still we have upright judges.

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