10 August, 2022


New Wheeler Dealer Mafia Now Gunning For Iqbal Athas

A dirty media war has broken out in Colombo with a new businessman turned broker and now publisher together with a TV tycoon are jointly gunning for an unnamed Political Correspondent.

Iqbal Athas

Iqbal Athas

The first salvo was fired when the Ceylon Today newspaper (Sunday Edition) owned by Tiran Alles today. Without naming the Correspondent, a front page report said the journalist in question was a rapist, took bribes to build a “palatial house” and was corrupt.

Who is this Political Correspondent? Inquiries by the Colombo Telegraph revealed that the vicious personal attack was on Iqbal Athas now the Political Editor of The Sunday Times.

The cause for the personal offensive against him, initiated by the Editorial Director of the Mawbima Group, is because Athas exposed the role of both Alles and Raja Mahendran alias Kili, the owner of Maharaja Television. However, he did not name them personally in The Sunday Times.

Inquiries by Colombo Telegraph revealed that it was Alles, a close friend and ally of leaders of the UPFA Government, who was responsible for efforts in getting Sajith Premadasa to become the Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP). Wickremesinghe will propose his  name at a Working Committee meeting on September 23. He worked through General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, former UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema and Sagala Ratnayake among others.

Alles, very well informed sources in Colombo told Colombo Telegraph had in fact drafted a letter written by Sajith Premadasa containing a list of demands from Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was helped by Kili Maharajah. After the exposure by The Sunday Times, the two persons have been badly embarrassed. Alles had asked Thushara Gunaratne to give top priority to “exposing” Athas. Gunaratne tried  unsuccessfully to obtain information from his former colleagues at the Lankadeepa but told them something “exclusive” was being published on Sunday.

Reliable sources in Colombo say Attanayake was allegedly paid an advance of Rs 25 million for lobbying to get Ranil Wickremesinghe to agree to making Premadasa Deputy Leader. Through this move both Alles and Kili  Maharajah are helping to ensure there is no common candidate against President Rajapaksa. Premadasa has already declared publicly that the next presidential candidate from the UNP will contest under the elephant symbol.

Iqbal Athas was not available for comment today. A member of his household who answered the telephone said he was out of Colombo and not expected till mid week. His mobile phone was switched off. All this while, the Mawbima has been directing personal attacks against the publisher of The Sunday Times, Ranjit Wijewardene and his son Ruwan Wijewardene, MP. The venom against them has been very poisonous for Thushara Gunaratne who was one time Deputy Editor of the Lankadeepa. He was forced to leave after it was discovered that he was feeding scurrilous material against President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to some non Sri Lankan websites.

Tiran Alles, now an MP in the Democratic Front became wealthy after he became the sole marketeer of mobile phones in the former LTTE controlled Northern Province. As revealed in the Colombo Telegraph, he once told a news conference that he carried money to the LTTE in order to persuade them not to allow voters to take part in the 2005 presidential elections.

A one time mentor of Alles has said that he will expose both Kili Maharajah and Alles soon after the Uva Provincial Council elections are over on September 20.

This week UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe pleaded with Mangala Samaraweera not to issue a strongly worded statement against Alles and Kili Maharaja. He had branded them as “wheeler dealers” trying to make government and defame anyone who is not in line with their thinking.

UNP  MP Ravi Karunanayake told media “Tiran Alles is causing all the mischief from behind the scenes. He is  now exposed. Wait till next week. There will be more known about this small time mudalali who is a traitor to our party.”

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    I thought Athas left the country when he was identified as a journalist working to degrade the war efforts and a LTTE mole in the south. What’s he up to this time as the Political Editor of The Sunday Times.

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      Here is situation report you chose to ignore.

      Columns – Situation Report

      Sunday, August 19, 2007

      MiG deal: More twists, turns and threats

      PM announces select committee will probe multi-billion rupee transaction
      But angry officials hound the messenger
      Judge hands over report on Sandagiri deal but contents remain a top secret
      By Iqbal Athas

      There is another sequel to The Sunday Times exclusive revelations last week on the controversial MiG-27 procurement deal from Ukraine. Now, the Government of Sri Lanka will investigate the billion-rupee transaction, which has led to widespread allegations of corruption and serious irregularities.

      Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake declared on Thursday that the Government had decided to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe matters relating to the MiG-27 deal. This is in addition to another Select Committee to probe Opposition allegations that the Government made cash donations to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ahead of the November 2005 Presidential elections and thereafter. Premier Wickremanayake’s announcement came when he participated in the national television network Rupavahini’s programme “no aesu prashna” (or – questions not asked).

      Government sources said yesterday a resolution for the appointment of the Parliamentary Select Committee will be moved when sittings resume on August 21. It is likely that the terms of reference would be formulated in conjunction with Opposition parties.

      The Government of Ukraine has already ordered a probe into the MiG-27 deal as revealed in The Sunday Times last week. This is to ascertain why it was touted as a “Government to Government” deal when in reality it was made through a third party – an unknown company named Bellimissa Holdings Ltd., which operated from a London address. They suspect this to be a ruse.

      If nothing else is known about Bellimissa Holdings Ltd., The Sunday Times revealed last week, that the name of one individual transpired in the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF)-Ukrinmash Contract. That is M.I. Kuldyrkaev who signed as “Director, for and on behalf of Bellimissa Holdings Ltd.,”

      According to an authoritative source in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, investigating officials there are still unable to make contact with Mr. Kuldirkaev. They have ascertained that the man who lived in the UK with his family has left to a Latin American country despite repeated appeals to return to Ukraine to answer a number of questions.

      There was an inadvertent error last week. The contract between the Sri Lanka Air Force and Ukrinmash, a subsidiary of state owned Ukrspetsexport, was concluded in Kiev and not in Moscow. However, it was signed on behalf of the Commander of the SLAF by Kulasena Thantrige, Counsellor/Head of Chancery, Embassy of Sri Lanka, Moscow. Signing on behalf of Ukrinmash was its Director, D.A. Peregudov.

      More details of why concerns of the Ukranian Government heightened emerged this week. Laws there forbid proceeds from the export of any product being remitted to another country. The requirement is that they should go to a bank in Ukraine. Even payment of commissions, widely practised in Ukraine, is made only thereafter. In all other military deals with Ukraine, some carried out through third parties acknowledged by that Government, as commercial deals, moneys have been directly remitted to Ukranian banks or financiers in that country.

      However, in the case of the MiG-27 deal, the funds involved have, and are still going to Bellimissa Holdings Ltd., in London – a company that has no staff or office. (See Letter of Credit on this page). Nor are other particulars of the company like the Board of Directors, details of shareholders or a profile available. The SLAF-Ukrinmash Contract (article 23.1) stipulates:

      “The BUYER and the SELLER are aware that a Third Party, Bellimissa Holdings Ltd. (in this Contract (Part I) referred to as the DESIGNATED PARTY”) shall be involved to provide the finance needed in executing this project. All payments under this Contract, including direct payments pertaining to freight charge (except freight cost for air transportation of the first three units of the AVIATION PRODUCTS), termination, compensation, etc. shall be irrevocably assigned and paid to the DESIGNATED PARTY in consideration for obtaining the finance package. This shall include naming the DESIGNATED PARTY as the beneficiary in the L/C.”

      That is not all. Page 14 of the contract signed on July 26 says: “Bellimissa Holdings Ltd., represented by M.I. Kuldyrkaev, acting on the basis of the constitution of the Company (hereinafter referred to as the “Designated Party”)…..

      The question that naturally begs answer is whether the authorities in Sri Lanka knew of the Constitution of Bellimissa Holdings Ltd., when no other details of the company are known. This aspect has now come under scrutiny even by the Ukranian Government. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption is now conducting a separate investigation into the MiG-27 deal.

      The fact that no details of Bellimissa Holdings Ltd. is known raises several questions. It could be argued that besides commissions, the moneys paid could go to any questionable organisation.

      The Sri Lanka Government should be commended for deciding, eventually to conduct a probe into the MiG-27 deal. Though the announcement came only after the Ukranian Government had begun its own probe, such a move is an acknowledgement that the issues publicly raised merited investigation. When The Sunday Times first broke the story about the MiG-27 deal on December 3, last year, in a front page report, Air Force and other Government officials were of the view that the deal should be probed. A Government official then suggested that the mandate of a three member Presidential Commission of Inquiry now probing procurements be extended to cover the MiG-27 deal.

      In disclosing the Ukranian Government’s investigation into this deal, I noted last week that those dabbling in millions of dollars or billions of rupees in military procurements get away in this paradise isle. “The only casualties are those exposing them. They continue to become prime targets and many an embarrassed official want to hound them out. Little wonder, to some, war is big business,” I pointed out. A Sinhala translation of the Situation Report last week appeared in the Lankadeepa last Tuesday.

      Last Thursday, the Free Media Movement said in a statement that “on 16th August it was reported” that protection given to Iqbal Athas, Defence Correspondent and Consultant Editor of The Sunday Times had been removed on August 15 (Wednesday).” I do not propose to discuss personal security matters except to say it was the former Government of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga which directed that I be assigned personal security. That was on the basis of threat perceptions she received as Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief of the armed forces. Thereafter, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who took over in November, 2005 chose to continue it. It is the sole, and undisputed prerogative of the Ministry of Defence to determine whether or not to provide personal protection to those under threat. I do not challenge it nor complain about it. It is their right to determine priorities.

      Suffice to say that Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka as well Commandant of the Police Special Task Force (STF) Nimal Lewke, DIG can be proud of the men they have so tirelessly trained for personal protection. Commandos of the Army and thereafter the STF did a professional job in keeping me away from harms way. Their commitment and dedication is unmatched.

      But, some of the insidious methods that are used when corrupt practices are exposed in The Sunday Times, to say the least, are highly disturbing. Those embarrassed have launched a witch-hunt for sources to a point where travel is a frightening experience. There are unsolicited motorcycle escorts who seemed to want to know where visits are being made. Some of the other hindrances placed cannot be detailed out. But they are clearly acts of intimidation to prevent further disclosures.

      One comical argument was that the recently acquired MiG -27s were used to carry out a string of sorties on targets near Toppigala. That was before the Government declared it had re-captured the entire East. Therefore, attempts are being made to suggest that the purchase of such fighter jets which contributed to military victories should not be commented upon critically. How silly !! Another was the argument that the exposures on the MiG-27 deal were being made as an affront to some top defence officials and military top brass.

      Yet, another is the claim that the MiG-27 (manufactured in Russia) had come from Ukraine and therefore it came for praise by those who flew it. That is not the issue. The fact is that a higher sum was paid for aircraft that were rejected earlier and found to be old.
      Nothing can be furthest from the truth. The facts speak for themselves. If the facts are wrong, the strongest option left to authorities concerned is to point them out. But diverting attention by making irrelevant charges is nothing new. Weeks after President Rajapaksa was voted to power, The Sunday Times revealed exclusively how Admiral Daya Sandagiri ordered 20 year old guns for the Navy’s Fast Attack Craft (FAC) fleet on the grounds they were “brand new.”

      The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, said in a report to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, “this appears to have been done deliberately in order to give time for the contractor to find the guns since they were not in production.’
      Vice Admiral Karannagoda added, “Possibility exists that this was done to buy time until the Royal Navy (United Kingdom) started removing their 20 year-old guns from their vessels.” He declared: “If the deal went through, the Sri Lanka Navy would have been fighting with weapons of outdated technology against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This would have had a serious bearing on national security.”

      The disclosures led to President Rajapaksa calling upon serving judges of the Supreme Court to conduct an inquiry. He wrote in January, last year, to Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva. This was invoking provisions in the Constitution that allows the President to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court on “a question of law or fact” that has arisen or is likely to arise, “which is of such nature and public importance that it is expedient to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court.” The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption also conducted a separate investigation into other aspects including allegations that Admiral Sandagiri had tampered with declarations he made about his own assets. They had been deposited at Navy Headquarters.

      The Chief Justice named two Commissions of Inquiry. The procurement by the Navy of “high value weapons, military equipment, material and services between 2001 and 2005 – the period when Admiral Daya Sandagiri was the Commander of the Navy – was placed in the hands of Justice Nimal Gamini Ameratunga. Among the aspects he was called upon to probe were:

      Whether proper appraisal was made on the need to procure weapons, military equipment, materials and services etc.
      Whether contract and/or agreements were entered into for the relevant procurement regarding Age and Condition of Product, Warranty, Training, Technical Services Support , After Sales Service etc.
      Whether due to negligence and/or dereliction of duty and/or impropriety and /or bribery or corruption, loss or damage was caused to the Government and, if so, persons responsible for such loss or damage.
      Justice Gamini Ameratunga has already completed his investigations. His report has been handed over to President Rajapaksa but the findings still remain a Top Secret. It is clear that the revelations in The Sunday Times led to President Rajapaksa taking note. That led to the appointment of the one-man Commission on allegations against Admiral Sandagiri. Some of the charges that were probed, listed above, apply in equal measure to the MiG-27 deal. In addition there are many other aspects. One can only hope the Parliamentary Select Committee will unravel them in the national interest.

      The Chief Justice also named a threemember bench comprising Justice Shirani Tillekewardena, Justice N.K. Udalagama and Justice N.E. Dissanayake. This was on the same request from President Rajapaksa. This three-member Commission, which is still sitting, is probing all military procurements during the period 2001 to 2005. If the period of reference of this Commission is extended to cover up to 2007, there is no doubt many more questionable deals would come under their scrutiny.

      The fact that such Commissions have been appointed highlights that that there is, in the least, prima facie evidence that corrupt and irregular activity does take place in military procurements. The volume of money involved is enormous and the influence wielded by those benefiting in corrupt deals is so high that they could turn fact into fiction. All the recent deals have come into focus only under the Rajapaksa administration. That is not to say corruption or highly irregular activity did not take place earlier.
      There were many occasions during the previous United National Front (UNF) administration where such corrupt activity was exposed by The Sunday Times. The catalogue is too long to list, but long-time readers of the newspapers would have read about them. Many who were powerful and influential were hurt by such revelations. In one instance, some even thrust a loaded automatic pistol on my head whilst a traumatised (then) seven-year-old daughter watched with desperation and mortal fear. Besides revealing such corrupt activity, The Sunday Times also bared the truth behind the Operations Cell of the Army’s Directorate of Military Intelligence at Athurugiriya.

      However, today there is a new and unprecedented climate. Baring the truth hurts and even deeply embarrasses some. The answer seems to be revenge, unbridled revenge. That is for not saying things that is sweet music to their ears. The message is thus clear for those who do not tell the truth the way the high and mighty see it, the way they want it said and the way they want themselves glorified.



      We know corruption in arms deals is rife in USA, UK, Japan, Europe, ……….. Please lets not go into corruption in other countries.

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        “We know corruption in arms deals is rife in USA, UK, Japan, Europe, ……….. Please lets not go into corruption in other countries”.
        I agree and we should not.
        But I want to know who were the defence minister and the president of the country during this period for the buck(s) shoud stop there.

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          “But I want to know who were the defence minister and the president of the country during this period for the buck(s) shoud stop there”

          The presidency, Defence Ministry, and Finance Ministry were and are under MR. Defence secretary was and is Gota, the white van operator in chief.

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            Thank you for enlightening me that the people in charge when “The procurement by the Navy of “high value weapons, military equipment, material and services between 2001 and 2005 – the period when Admiral Daya Sandagiri was the Commander of the Navy” were Rajapaksa brothers.
            Let us hope someone will tell us their side of the story, if there is any.

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          There certainly is corruption in other countries but they seem to have the decency to disguise them under other terms. In Sri Lanka it’s blatant and committed in a ‘Devil May Care’ attitude. We have an established tendering process however, former General Sarath Fonseka was able to override their decisions as Army Procurement Officer and hand over contracts worth Rs. Billions to the firm his daughter’s husband was involved in. Sarath Fonseka’s family own extensive properties in Oklahoma, USA. Where is the inquiry into how they achieved them on Army pay and how the money was transferred to USA. I suspect the reason could be that at that time he was chums of the Rajapakse regime and they were probably involved. The source for most of my information was Iqbal Atthas’ fearless reporting of old. I missed him.

    • 3

      Writing bunkum earns a living only in SL.

      Some people made a lot of money war mongering. Now no war to sell.

    • 10

      The shills Working th Keep MaRa , Mara, in Power

      “UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake told media “Tiran Alles is causing all the mischief from behind the scenes. He is now exposed. Wait till next week. There will be more known about this small time mudalali who is a traitor to our party.”

      Expose, Expose and Expose.

      The MaRa and his Shills and Cronies are afraid of the Truth…Why Hide

      Now Try to blackmail Atthas..

      Want to know the truth…

  • 11

    dayam mechanic.

    your comment above shows how much you know about Sri Lankan affairs.
    Don’t stop commenting though, i’m getting bored with the tele-dramas.
    I prefer the entertainment you provide

  • 18

    Iqbal Athas is an intrepid and honest journalist. He is respected the world over and he has also been a CNN correspondent for many years.

    You do not get journalists like him any more which is a pity. His nose for news is amazing and his intellect far supercedes those who genuflect before politicians.

    He nurtured many aspiring journalists including this commentator at the Independent newsgroup.

    For crying out loud, leave him alone.

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      The ‘witch’ is making noises again. From her hide out in the UK, she always pokes her head out to support anyone trying to undermine Sri Lanka.

      For the record, Athas became a media “hero” by gaining access to military intelligence and inside information through the late Colonel [Edited out], but compromised by ethnic Muslim bonds to Athas. He reproduced all the information on his “column” on the Times, indirectly passing vlauable information to the LTTE on army strategy.

      Whether Alles and Maharaja are out to get him or not, Athas is a [Edited out]and the establishment should not allow him access to inner circles, and must take stern action against those who attempt to pass information to him.

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        Suffice to add that the LTTE did not rely entirely or even solely on Iqbal Athas for ‘valuable’ information on army strategy. There was a fair number of rotten apples in the barrel.

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        The Observer

        “Athas is a [Edited out]and the establishment should not allow him access to inner circles, and must take stern action against those who attempt to pass information to him.”

        I don’t understand many things, particularly the cloak and dagger stuff, conspiracy theories, plain truth, corruption in arms deal, ……….

        You would prefer to keep everything in the family or under their kurakkan shawl, though the family has under various shady deals siphoned billions off the people.

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          MR has eradicated LTTE and that’s what we have elected him for. Many a good eggs turned rotten like Athas ran away, gone missing or disappeared are of little concern now for they’re all bygone matters. What matters is we’re at absolute peace now when compared to Iraq. And corruption is the easiest man made allegation that can vilify the war heroes.

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            “MR has eradicated LTTE and that’s what we have elected him for.”

            Here we go again.

            Both MR and Gota stated that if not for Hindia’s invaluable support LTTE never would have been defeated.

            Hindia in 2005 persuaded Chandrika to go for a all out war against LTTE and provided all kind of support. So it was a Hindian initiative backed by all kind of military and financial aid.

            “And corruption is the easiest man made allegation that can vilify the war heroes.”

            Pigs love pigsty. For pigs pigsty is not dirty nor untidy but a normal shelter.

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              Here we go again NV. Getting Hindia’s or any other devil’s support and achieving the goal is the hallmark of all strategists, visionaries and patriots. So you are making a moot point here.

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                “Getting Hindia’s or any other devil’s support and achieving the goal is the hallmark of all strategists, visionaries and patriots. So you are making a moot point here.”

                JR also said he didn’t mind shaking devils had if he could finish off LTTE. As you know the war went on for 25 years. Duting the course of the war do you think the people benefited from the war? The arms suppliers, middlemen, suppliers of various war related materials, the top men in the armed forces, politicians, ……. The people as a whole lost everything, including their dear ones.

                I am sure you are aware of the story, Appa, two cats and the monkey which arbitrated between the cats.

                Remember all strategies end in tears.

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            you can visit to any of so many massage clinics[ male or female] sponsored by Jarapassa Clan, if you do not have permanent job from jarapassa governance.
            Mara and clan is raking all the tax money sucking blood to celebrate war victory for his lifetime won by people.

  • 6

    The white van mentality is still alive.

    I wonder if Iqbal Athas will just disaapear of if he will be gunned down in public like Lasantha was.

    This government and its cronies such as this despicable Tiran Alles must silence every criticism and engage in opposition skulduggery if they are to continue holding on to power and accumulating wealth like any other feared Mafia family do.

  • 3

    I’m not surprised…..

    As K.A.Sumane says, Vellala Kandyn Sinhalese are cornered and Dalits from Hambantota taking over.

    Soon, Asgiriya will be moved to Kataragama.


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    Tiran Alles is bad news for any political party. We remember that bogus bomb incident he organised in his own home at Nawala – to win publicity and some sympathy. It is common knowledge when he delivered the parcel of millions (Rs.800 mln?) to the LTTE he kept part of it for himself. Some patriots we have. What a pity the dubious character is the son of a well known educationist.


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    [journalist in question was a rapist, took bribes to build a “palatial house” and was corrupt.]

    This is the kind of people CT is promoting.

  • 3

    So to put it in a nut shell. Two crooked and greedy businesmen one of whom is guilty by his own admission of being part of a planned and executed rigging of a presidential election is now trying to foist upon the UNP a dullard who lied about his qualifications and has done nothing but undermine the UNP. The son who rebelled against his own father. There should be a criminal investigation into this blackmail. No media entity can be allowed to get away with this type of brazen thuggery.

  • 1

    I think he overstayed his welcome by being negative . and ended up having no place when the army turned a new page .at least he is back in the country now , Now should take over issues like mosquito breeding fiasco ,



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      “Now should take over issues like mosquito breeding fiasco,”

      Or should he join you singing Hosana?

  • 7

    One of the down-sides to being able to comment is that the commentators have to be able to share and inform at the same time. When it becomes a medium to insult and criticize, it becomes an exercise in futility, however much the editors would like to play refree!

    Iqbal Athas is a rarity in Sri Lankan journalism. His reporting ‘nose’ and contact list is impressive indeed. I hope the politicians who keep promising to ‘reveal’ secrets will someday reveal them before they are bought off. Maybe these claims are about leveraging their secrets for some goodies? We have heard these claims from Mangala, Ravi, Sajith and the like. I think the skeletons in their cupboards should make them think twice about revealing anyone else’s and their claims are simply bullshit!

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    Isn’t this the ‘defense correspondent’ who didn’t know the difference between a prop plane and a jet? :D

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      Oh nooooooo.
      better to mention,
      IS This the Defence Secretary who could not, who didn’t know the difference between civilians and terrorists.
      [ What is the Difference between “CIVIL SERVENT, AND COMMISSION KAAKKA”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!].

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        Remember those few civilian casualties caused due to Praba’s selfish stand stopped thousands more civilian casualties since May 2009. I call it an investment well worth.
        Iraq, Afghanistan are no ‘zero civilian casualties’ conflicts either.

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    Interesting to see different names but using
    same words with same idea – block access to
    information Athas is getting.

    Whether it is Athas or not, there is no way
    such information can be blocked. But I am
    amazed that what some are preaching is censorship
    by denying a journalist’s right to keep the public

    One writer claims the reporting is negative. Ha haa!!
    What has happened now. They could not disseminate the
    correct information and the worse is playing out before
    the UN investigators. Whilst the vast majority of troops,
    officers and men, are gentlemen and honest, there are
    those who are now millionaires. Is reporting them negative?

    What a joke from jokers!!

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    I don’t know Athas at all. what I do know is that a lot
    of people have been hurt by his exposures. There are
    others in the journalistic profession who are envious.
    Yet others who hold extremist viewpoints expected him to
    glorify things. The very fact that he is still in focus is
    because of his active role.

    He exposed the Millennium City scandal. He exposed the racket
    behind the import of over 32,400 mortar shells from Zimbabwe. His
    exposure of a Norwegian peace facilitator who wanted the LTTE
    navy recognised as a “de facto” was led to his be asked to leave.
    There is a long list.

    Athas survived death threats and media reports have said he fled
    the country. Whether he will be gunned down by a Alles mudalali or
    a broker journalist Thushara Gunaratne is the issue. I am sure he
    will prove his point as he has done in the past.

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