14 April, 2024

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Plea For The Rule Of Law And Personal Safety Of All Citizens

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Letter to the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Judicial Service Commission, Human Rights Commission, Police Commission and the Bar Association

A couple of years back, the police came to my home in Jaffna attempting to arrest me on an arrest warrant that had been recalled. The President, then the Prime Minister, sent me a message apologizing and assuring me that it would not happen again. But it seems to be happening again. These are critical times, especially as the TNA and the President are negotiating on full implementation of the 13th Amendment in which Tamil was declared the language of Court in the North and East by Article 24 of the Constitution. This right is in jeopardy as will be shown below.

This letter is also copied to anyone who can help because here in Sri Lanka there is generally a great reluctance to engage with those whose rights are trampled. For example,

1. I had a major complaint filed at the Judicial Service Commission against Hon. A. Judeson, Presiding Judge then of Mallakam Court. The matter related to case No. 25/2018 under Judeson. My complaint was investigated  and the finding was firmly against the judge. But the JSC (that is, the then Chief Justice) suppressed the report.

2. In the year 2019, my wife and I hosted a family from Afghanistan who had sought refuge in the South, and when Sinhalese mobs turned on them, at the request of the Anglican Church we took the family of four into our home. The police and the Governor ordered their removal and I filed with the Human Rights Commission my complaint HRC/2496/19. I sought to assert my right to host anyone in our home with a valid visa. I saw the HRC to be a complete joke. I would go all the way to Colombo for their inquiry and the Respondents (the Governor and the Police ASP) would either not turn up or send an excuse on the morning of the inquiry after I had come to Colombo. The HRC did nothing except fix another date. The matter has now been dead for some 3 years!

3. While at the Election Commission, when I reported a complaint about the Tamil Congress holding an unlawful meeting on the premises of Maviddapuram Temple, V. Manivannan, the present Mayor of Jaffna, threatened to assault me – “attacks will begin on 11 Feb. 2018. You do your attacks. You be ready to face them.  … You pull us into your dirty work, we too will not let you be,” he boasted on a video. As directed by the Election Commission I filed a complaint at the Magistrate’s Court  Jaffna. I went several times. I was directed to go for arbitration/reconciliation. Although the law says I cannot be forced to go for arbitration, I was forced to go. There was no progress when anivannan failed to turn up. I believe I was being harassed by forcing only me to go. Manivannan had special privileges in court, turning up in his lawyer’s kit to stand in the dock. Then he joined the EPDP (which was and is a government party) and became the Mayor. The Attorney General for no credible reason asked to study the file and is still sitting on it. The Magistrate said he cannot set the hearing date without the file. The matter died there. The AG, now on the Supreme court, as far as I know, is still studying the file on Manivannan!

3. At the end of the last General Election, Ali Sabry warned Muslims that they would face violence unless they voted for Gotabaya Rajapakse. That threat was on a widely circulated video clip.  There was enough evidence to send him to jail. The Election Commission suppressed the complaint. He became Minister of Justice. The EC Chairman because the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission. I was out of a job.

As you, the addressees can see, the highest organs charged with dispensing justice, do nothing except when the culprit is insignificant in society. Big folk get away with anything.

Trincomalee

In Trincomalee our hard-won right to deal with the courts in the Tamil language is jeopardized by a lawyer by the name of S. Chandrasiri and the District Judge of Trincomalee, Mr. M. Ganesharajah who is alleged to be soft on lawyer Chandrasiri’s cases. I am aware that there are ongoing inquiries based on complaints by some 4 lawyers against Ganesharajah’s integrity – the allegation involve giving a judgement in open court and then rewriting it in chambers, keeping cases down for Chandrasiri to turn up late, etc. 

Unfortunately, my lawyer, Mohan Nagarajah, is one of the complainants and gets verbally lambasted in court. A lawyer defending my wife against a plaint filed by Chandrasiri, withdrew saying the judgement will be against my wife if he appears. I will stick to my personal experience without getting into details that court needs to sort out.

Client-affidavits filed by Chandrasiri are unlawful and attempt to confound court. For example, the three clients who accuse my wife, are the Rev. Tharmalingam Rames and Rev. Ronald Thileepan who are self-declared pastors, and the Rev. Velu Joseph Jeyaseelan whose title has some status because it is from the Dutch Reformed Church, now renamed the Christian Reformed Church. They have all three filed affidavits, a serious part of any plaint, that are untruthful on the part of the Commissioners of Oaths administering their oath, and have their forged signatures as demonstrated here.

When a Commissioner of Oaths certifies that 3 deponents signed in his presence and there are no three signatures, he or she is lying to and misleading court. When Chandrasiri submits these forgeries to court, he too is party to misleading court.

These forgeries were pointed out by Mohan Nagarajah in court today (14 Dec.). Witnesses described that Chandrasiri objected that Nagarajah should not be allowed to make these submissions, without saying on what grounds he was objecting. Ganesharajah was silent.

That silence betokens Ganesharajah’s own guilt  in not noticing these flaws. After all, he is a senior judge and is expected to read the record. There is no escaping the lies of the Commissioners of Oaths in saying all three were present before him in signing. But not all signature discrepancies can be put down to forgeries. Nagarajah, has called for these to be sent to experts for handwriting testing.

Language Rights

It should be clear from the extracts above that Ganesharajah has been very accommodative of Chandrasiri in allowing court submissions in English, although many lawyers are not versatile enough in English to capture all shades of meanings. In fact, he has accepted affidavits in English by one reverend who failed his GCE O. Levels.

However, Ganesharajah  has gone a step further – leaps further in fact, in undermining Tamil rights. He is accepting plaints in Sinhalese and even serving notices to Tamils in Sinhalese. Two persons I know personally, Dr. Muraleetharan and Dr. Sam Thevabalasingham of Every Home Crusade, were told not to hold the board meeting of a college where they were Assistant Secretary and President. The merits of Chandrasiri’s case are not at issue here. What is at issue is that they were both out of Trinco. Muraleetharan’s notice was pasted on Muraleetharan’s door by Chandrasiri himself. Dr. Thevabalasingham also did not get his copy as his house in Colombo was flooded and he had to move residence out of Colombo. But Chandrasiri’s party kept calling Mrs. J. Muraleetharan (Secretary of Provincial Health, Eastern Province) and issuing several threats. As a result, Dr. Thevabalasingham and Dr. Muraleetharan heard of the stay order and did not hold the meeting. But Narahenpita Police have been going to his home and telling people there that they have come to arrest Dr. Thevabalasigham for a matter he knows nothing about. I think the Narahenpita Police are being paid to harass Dr. Thevabalasingham. He is so scared that he fears to return to Colombo. After his experience, Secretary Muraleetharan is also terrorized. When a Secretary feels terror from these court tactics, what of ordinary folk in our democracy?

The second incident involves me. Today when I returned from Trinco I had an e-mail letter in Sinhalese signed by Chandrasiri and countersigned by Ganesharajah. I have no clue about what it says. If I go to a translator, it will compromise my right to deal with the courts in the Tamil language, a right conferred on me by the constitution. If I do not go, I could have the police calling on me as they have done to Dr. Thevabalasingham.

Is this a Democracy? A call for Action

You, the addressees, and I may have political differences but I think we are agreed that our democratic structures should be preserved and strengthened. This is a call for assistance from you in that noble pursuit.

I therefore call upon the President to strengthen the language laws concerning the 13th Amendment as he negotiates a peace deal. I call upon the Minister of Justice to issue suitable advisories to ensure that Tamils like me are not put in a quandary when a judge is so accommodative of his friends and flouts the language laws of the country to make the Tamil people face problems as when they receive court notices they cannot read. Here such notices have come from lawyers instead of the fiscal or registrar. Such notices have no standing. 

What is happening now to Dr. Thevabalasingham (a respected Christian leader close to 80 years of age) and me in being terrorized by a lawyer with the help of the District Judge is simply wrong and must not happen to anyone.

When put in a quandary, between the devil and the deep blue sea as I am in having to choose between my language rights and being terrorized like Dr. Thevabalasignham has been by the Narahenpita Police, I have a right to protest publicly instead of going into hiding. I call upon the Police Commission and the Human Rights Commission to save him and to save me too.  

I am also mindful that in writing this, Ganesharajah may try to charge me with contempt of court. Yet I write because it is my duty to my country. I ask for the protection of the Judicial Service Commission to intervene and rein in a judge who flouts all the language laws. As a senior judge with a master’s degree, he cannot feign ignorance of my rights, rights that I know despite being a layman. 

I also call upon the Bar Association to hold inquiries and strip all these unscrupulous Commissioners of Oaths who sign anything put to them by unethical lawyers like Chandrasiri whose actions too need to be looked into with suitable punishment.

If out laws and constitution are not safeguarded, our democracy will die. Surely that is something that we must work together to preserve and feel good about.

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    Today’s new on Silly Lanka’s Low and Odor 1) Leading businessman, kidnapped, killed and left to die in Colombo cemetery 2) Boxing champ from Kandy, abducted, critically assaulted and burnt. 3) Still no clues on , Social Media activist, attacked with sharp weapon few days ago.

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      Thank you Dr. Hoole, I will always support your brave fight against the level of injustice that these rotten people rule the island, full of racists rather than good people.
      Justice, but may you be blessed with all strength against any resistance to your valiant pursuit of justice. You are Tamil, I am Sinhalese, but we both have the same blood flowing in our vessels, but our cause is against this unfair level of hell. I still remember how you and your family missed the flight to the US during those COVID 19 crisis days. Hateful beasts turned the Covid crisis into a gold mine for their selfish gains and are emptying the treasury today.

      tbc

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        As I read this, I suddenly remembered how some Palestinians in my student dorm(mid 90tie explained to me how some Israelis attack their own people. Or how the Kurds were persecuted in some provinces of Turkey. Or how some Afghans were isolated in their home countries, how the Baha’i people were discriminated against in Pakistan and and and…. for some religious, ethnic or other various reasons. My only wish is to produce “Malala” or similar youth to fight for justice and peace in this country. Alas, they are plenty of various drama queens within so called anglo-dominated colombo circles, but have they ever succeed any of their fights against the levels of injustices, which is on a rise rapidly in this country ?
        :
        In retrospect, humans are more dangerous animals if not guided by strict law enforcement.
        I don’t believe in gods anymore today or divine powers that protect victims. Life is just a cycle of reactions in my eyes, looking back, if there are gods, the Rajapaksas and the real high criminals have no right to continue their living conditions anymore in Sri Lanka

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        Dear All,
        .
        the following link will reveal lot more about Lasantha’s court hearing ….
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3E5cjIoGG4
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        44th minute starts –
        .
        A highly controversial trial, a broad daylight murder of LASANTHA W…. , similar to that of JAMAL KHASHOGI STYLE by the Rajapaksa regime, this video will reveal who did it…
        must see video

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      Chive,
      The brand of “pariah state” is unfortunately getting sharper by the day. I am reluctant to say I am from SRILANKA today.
      I don’t think the JVPs (the so-called theorists) have the tools to do the job, if they will seize power next. JVPrs are babies in srilanken politics. Their arguments donot seem to be polarising in grass root levels as yet in the country. May be their affinity to be away from SINNHALA BUDDHIST monks, cant transport their message further to grass root levels.
      Their big man, who has no experience in practical politics, is now roaming in Milan, Italy. In the same way, the Sri Lankan diaspora people living in the area supported Wimala Weerawansa to bring Gotabhaya in 2019.

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        Dear leelagemalli,
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        See how many unacceptable/ridiculous things you’ve managed to pack here. They arise primarily from your unconcern about submitting rubbish.
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        1. The guy who has “seized power” illegitimately is Ranil Wickremasinghe.
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        2. How can “babies” entertain hopes of seizing power?
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        3. AKD, at the age of 54, has no “experience“. You sometimes say you want “young” people. Could you please be specific.
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        4. AKD is now in Lanka. He was in Milan on 11th November; Como on the 12th. So we learnt from at least three separate YouTubes, one of which was posted by you. It is true that those videos got displayed on the Internet somewhat later.
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        There is more arrant nonsense above. I hate giving a “thumbs down” to anything you’ve written, but I’ve done it, hoping that you’ll come to your senses. There were two “thumbs up” before I did my bit to “improve” the score. What is most sad is that LM tries to be honest and decent, but there’s something wrong with his head, which ought to contain a functioning brain.
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        Much too difficult for me to analyse.
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        Panini Edirisinhe, usually of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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          TWO COMMENTS posted by my y day@@

          Sorry for my mistake yesterday, posting in this thread is not appropriate. It is a placement error for this article. Two of them were mistakenly added yesterday due to some technical glitch.
          Some of you may have already seen it.

          I am not stubborn enough not to reach out to you even if some of the idiots on this lovely forum continue to harass us all by claiming to be “so-called senior professionals”.
          And further to this, I am not dying to find “likes” or “dislikes” like the Sinhalese man. I don’t need it. It’s not for me. I respect Manel, OC, HT, SJ, NV and few others for their valuable opinion content.
          I have no respect for hero worshippers, JVP’s new torchbearers. I’ve been getting e-mails all these weeks saying that the Sinhalese man is not a neutral commenter on CT.

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          I’d been wondering for quite some time about only one ” thumb”
          up or down to my comments ! Got some clue now !

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            WHYWHY,

            most of them dont care but hang on with their gossips. I have always added mine to yours since I consider your comments are unbiased and worth reading.

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            Your style brings out the best in other people on this forum !
            Thank you for being there for me leelagemalli . I appreciate
            your thumb both up and down ! Your attention is what
            matters most .

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          Part 1
          2. How can the “babies” hope to seize power?
          Answer:
          If the JVP had done their duty properly, how could they have been ostracized from Sri Lanka in the past?
          Btw, What did they do to this nation for 3 decades? If the mentality of rural people is read correctly,actually they should, they could improve rural agriculture and livestock. Rural farming can be easily developed if the farmers are given proper training. That’s what today’s experts confirm.
          Of course they could not kill our youth like they did in 89 and that is a remarkable progress. I can only agree with you there

          tbc

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            Part 2
            3. AKD, at age 54, has no “experience”. You sometimes say you want “younger” people. Can you be specific please?
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Answer: 
If Somavansa woke up from the grave, he had better open your eyes. As stubborn as all of us CT reviewers are, it will take longer than any normal. Please think about it.
Unfortunately, AKD attacks all the previous politicians only to lump them all together and become popular someday. They know very well that they are stupid people who have been brainwashed by Rajapaksaism for the last 15 years, and they deliberately avoid distinguishing Rajapakshes from other politicians.
Most of their stage presentations are hearsay complaints based on allegations. I challenge them today, if the so-called bond scam alleged by the Ranil-Maitree government, they should have highlighted it. But the JVP made the same mistake as the local media. To date, there is no proper investigation into the bond scam – the powerful Singaporean state remains silent on this highly controversial matter.Latter is the MOST ACCEPTABLE answer, that the bond-scam was not introduced by Arjun Mahendran but by CABRAL-MAHINDA administration.
. It is common for any developing country in South Asia to plant their rival politicians only to make baseless accusations.I am against repeating that 75 years were a waste. .
            tbc

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              Part 3

              As a BA graduate you should not look like idiots, but should be able to change it. That’s my wish if you look back. You know it very well, yet your servitude does not seem to respect the truth. I’m afraid I can’t help you there. You attack us because the issues are not studied properly, unfortunately, you are a crab to us.
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Can you honestly compare AKD with Kiwi Premier (?
Can you honestly compare ADK to Austrian Premier?
Wimal Weerawansa also has the same tricks and MR capitalized on that skill to fool the nation itself which is dominated by stupid people. The consequences are in front of your eyes today.
              4. Now AKD in Sri Lanka. He was in Milan on November 11. Commo on the 12th. So we learned from at least three separate YouTubes, one of which was posted by you. It is true that the videos later surfaced on the Internet.”

              Answer
              I wonder why you couldn’t join their foreign delegation to Milan? Can you tell us why?

              You are blessed with AKDISM, like no other in your age group; It’s not my fault. You always act like self-proclaimed scholars, but your knowledge is not at par with that of a common man in Uva province. I’m sorry, I have to share with you the GROUND reality of your knowledge.
              -.

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        TWO COMMENTS posted by my y day@

        Sorry for my mistake yesterday, posting in this thread is not appropriate. It is a placement error for this article. Two of them were mistakenly added yesterday due to some technical glitch.
        Some of you may have already seen it.

        I am not stubborn enough not to reach out to you even if some of the idiots on this lovely forum continue to harass us all by claiming to be “so-called senior professionals”.
        And further to this, I am not dying to find “likes” or “dislikes” like the Sinhalese man. I don’t need it. It’s not for me. I respect Manel, OC, HT, SJ, NV and few others for their valuable opinion content.
        I have no respect for hero worshippers, JVP’s new torchbearers. I’ve been getting e-mails all these weeks saying that the Sinhalese man is not a neutral commenter on CT.

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      Mr. Hoole , I sincerely feel your pain, frustration and state of helplessness in dealing with our Low and Odor. As long I remember this has been the case especially for the minority..

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        “Plea For The Rule Of Law And Personal Safety Of All Citizens”

        You are asking the wrong man ……. who jails the innocent under the PTA!

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          nimal fernando ,

          ” The man ” is not wrong ! He is talking about the ” Law ” that he
          along with the rest of his ” associates ” created for themselves !
          The whole of General public is warned to Read That Law before
          they raise their both hands and then cry foul !

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      In the first case, it appears the White Van of Langkang Rapist Air Force did it. If somebody fearing of Air Force would not go into the Air Force area and torture somebody, while a worker was active around. If the worker gone to the scene, asked what was going there, the murderers would have shown the Air Force IDs and asked him to get out of there. Other wise they have to eliminate the witness too, which they may not be willing to do on that circumstances.

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      chiv

      Here is an interesting interview with Ajith Kanagasundaram, the author of
      “The Tale of Two Countries”::
      Biz 1st Infocus TV1 25th September 2018
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa8mbp0sRJA

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        Our very own Buddha, Christ, ………. born among us by the name Lacille …… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzpnDCyp9IM

        The truth he speaks is unpalatable: I’m livid, want to kill him …….. should we nail him to a cross …… or stone him to death?

        What say ye Native …….. do you want his blood to be on you and your children?

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          My thanks to nimal fernando, because I recognise your use of irony.
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          No, actually it is sarcasm that you use. I’m taking a bit of a risk, and I’m quite ready to accept that I’m using the wrong labels.
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          Please see this:
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          https://www.masterclass.com/articles/learn-the-differences-between-irony-sarcasm-satire-and-paradox
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          As is emphasised there, it is difficult to distinguish among those three terms:
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          irony, sarcasm, and satire. I get confused myself. Which of them is “nimal fernando” using?
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          In those 24 minutes Lacille de Silva is not using any of those problematic devices. He’s denouncing in the clearest possible terms. I’ve commented on YouTube. After some time you will find it difficult to identify what I have said using “Newest First”. There will be so many other comments. Already there’s one above mine.
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          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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          nimal fernando

          “The truth he speaks is unpalatable: I’m livid, want to kill him …….. should we nail him to a cross …… or stone him to death?”

          We have had enough blood spilled all over the world in the “NAME OF THE FIRST CROSS BEARER”, Stoning to death is seen as another legitimate blood sports.
          You are becoming madder and madder. Does your wife know about your blood thirsty psychopathic desires.

          We should advise her to sleep in a separate secured bed.

          Man, happy holidays weekend is nearing and you are in a miserable mood.

          You should see a religious counselor, have a go at him (mostly him nor her) come out and see if you are refreshed, elated, …………. You need a break with you your mundane, …. whatever, …..

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          nimal fernando

          What is Sunil Handunnetti up to?
          He is reviving competitive racism among JVP members.

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            Native Vedda, You are a Nadia Comăneci. You scored an absolute 10 on Latest Comments.

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    Dear Ratnajeevan
    This is the first thing I read this morning — rather late, I am afraid since I wake later & later, tireder & tireder — & I am appalled, disgusted, & extremely sorry that you & others are endlessly subjected to the vagaries, injustices & criminal treatment meted out by this country’s guardians of the law & other officials.

    That you have not totally despaired by now & given up the fight speaks volumes for yr courage & endurance. And how quickly you have come back after yet another bad experience only 2 days ago.

    Unable to be of any assistance myself, I can only think of sending your account to several people, one of whom might, hopefully, intervene in some way. But I am not, alas, at all optimistic. You — we — are between a rock & a hard place in this country now.

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    I wonder what happened to the Afghan family you so generously offered help to. What kind of justice prevails in a country that turns goodness of heart into a crime?
    Here is someone, from a community and place that has suffered so much thru years of war, ready to care for another family that has lost its home & country, & that generous undertaking is turned against both the giver & the given.

    Where is the Afghan family now, Ratnajeevan?

    Who was it first said, I wonder, “The Law’s an ass!”

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      Who was it first said, I wonder, “The Law’s an ass!”

      The phrase is from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

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        Thank you, Nathan.
        Dickens was my favourite read when I was a child but I think the only line I probably remember now is “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. I wonder if I’ve even got that right. A Tale of 2 Cities?

        Once I had my nose in a book I was dead to the world. Now I can barely focus for long. Very sad.

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          Manel,
          Thank you.
          I cherished A Tale of 2 Cities. Jerry Cruncher and Madam Defarge come to mind. Sydney Carton is, of course, the central character.

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            BTW, You got that perfectly right:
            It was the best of times, it was the worst of times;
            It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness;

            It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

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        Nathan

        “Who was it first said, I wonder, “The Law’s an ass!”

        It was George Chapman who wrote in his play – Revenge for Honour in 1654 according to The Phrase Finder web. However some scholars believe it was neither Chapman nor Dickens authored the phrase but an unknown person in 1620.

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      Dear Manel. I have got more shocking news about the Judiciary and the police for you. Corrupted to the core. Wonder, how I could pass them on to you? They have made law an ass and a dead one too.

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        Sorry, Hanchopancha, but I have far too much on my diminishing plate to take on yr legal, judicial or policing problems. I’m still trying to go thru thousands of files, going up 2 walls to the ceiling, left in my lap 7 years ago — before I can even commence trying to handle my own. I really shouldnt be looking at CT at all.

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          Sorry Manel. Thank you for responding. They are two feature articles which appeared in the Island by Mike Andree and Sunday Leader by Frederika Janz respectively were available online but not anymore. They are not about me but the terrible state of the Judiciary and the Police which has a bearing to me as well. They took precedence to what Prof. Hoole revealed. Now we read about the gruesome murder of Mr. Dinesh Shaffter. Instead of Low & Odor if we have Law & Order such would not happen. It is important that people become more practical than wishful

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            CT. I wonder if you be interested to reproduce them if I email them to you for all to read since it is a cause of common concern? Bribery and corruption strangling the Nation.

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          Dear MF. If I were you I would call it QUITS immediately and save the day for the unassuming and gullible CT readership. You should be able to stand up and be counted. I thought you were a different breed from some commentators without naming them as it is too easy to guess.

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            Part 1.
            Dear MF. This comment applies to others as well. It is vital to stop the “cackle and get to the horses”.
            1. Under the heading “Sarath Silva as Chief Justice made an ass of the law” by Frederika Janz which appeared in Sunday Leader vividly describes how he abused his authority. As the Chief Justice he destroyed the adversarial justice system adopted by the Law Courts of Srilanka. The community labeled him of “on the way home fame” and the defendant of a court case as “pals at play and prey”. The CJ jury-rigged the Bench with a corrupt judge when he failed to pressure the sitting judge to favour the defendant in spite of evidence overwhelmingly stacked against the Defendant during the course of the trial.

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              Part 2.
              2. “Justice versus the Police” by Mike Andree which appeared in the Island is about how a local Police Station became a vassal of Nawala Nihal Underworld Gang. A high crime was committed by this Gang. The above court case was instituted in DC Colombo because the Police told to do so. In the Counterclaim which was backed by faked documents, the Plot featured a member of the above gang as the Prima Donna.

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                Part 3.
                3. “A Letter To The Public From A Retired Judge” which appeared in Colombo Telegraph supports how the Defendant, an egregious felon secured victory in spite of overwhelming evidence stacked up against him.

                4. It is a greater tragedy as His Lordship the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, the IGP and the President of BASL are sitting heavily on the lid to not to let the monster out,

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      Dear M,
      Where law and order transcends all destructive levels, what about such families? I know many such incidents from low caste people in Sinhalese villages. Some recently reported them to me from near Kandy.

      Our eyes could not believe how the Rohingya refugees were suddenly treated by the Sinhalese fake monks. Those fake monks were like people trying to act in front of poisonous reptiles. How did God (if god exists) work to change the “free food” given to these fake-monks into eternal “hate”?

      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br2ILdbUedk

      When we remember these things, our nation’s respect is lost day by day. Some attack me for having a “low opinion” of Sri Lankans, but how can I change my attitude towards them? All the other incidents that we have to hear/see today from student hostels in Peradeniya are unacceptable.

      tbc

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        cont.
        May the valiant efforts of the present rulers be real and strengthened to be able to implement the 13th constitutional amendment and go beyond it. A number of groups are now emerging to oppose any form of “devolution”.

        My appeal to Sri Lankan mainstream media@
        may you be blessed with truths and be wise to handle this extremely dangerous issue for the benefit of us who are the majority of this country. my only hope, you the main stream media be free from any influences steadily coming on you. If media would be neutral from any pay masters, people would be energertised towards respecting law and order.
        .
        Finally, our average mindset must be clear, and for any development in this country, the huge real problem before our nation must first be solved.

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      Manel.
      Mr. Abbas used to come regularly to the hearings, but when nothing happened he stopped coming. He used to keep in touch with my 3rd daughter by some kind of mail but that stopped.

      Last I heard he was of good standing and was doing a course at Colombo University

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        Dear Jaffna Man
        I’m having severe memory problems nowadays.
        Dont understand to whom you are referring. The name Hiam/Hiram Abbas crops up but I dont know in what context. Oh, yes, Hiam Abbas, the Palestinian actress (have you seen “The Lemon Tree”? A must). But who is the Mr A you speak of? And what is the relevance anyway? I havent a clue what you are speaking about.

        Is he Palestinian, too?

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    Dr. Hoole, While you fight for Tamil language rights in the courts, as a practical matter, if the Sinhala text can somehow be copied, you can pass the text through Google Translate or some other translation engine and see if that helps.

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      A tourist guide may do a better job the Google Translate which cannot handle idiom.

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        Dear SJ (apologies to CT for barging in here)
        I have finally looked at “Broken Palmyrah” & KT Rajasingham (I knew him years ago…Is he still with us?) & refreshed my aging memory.
        I humbly concede that u were perfectly right re the half-hearted role of the TULF in the Referendum campaign.

        I append 2 quotes mirroring yr opinion?
        No need to respond, except perhaps with a single word: “Noted.” Or even “Told u so!”

        “The position adopted by the TULF was ambiguous…. a clear indication of foot-dragging adopted by Amirthalingham, the leader of the opposition, by refusing to join the opposition groups for a joint campaign against the referendum. President Jayewardene came out to publicly state… he had received assurance from the TULF leadership that it would not actively canvas against the referendum. This statement went unchallenged, thus the TULF failed to give a clear direction to Tamils.” (KTR)

        “To many, it seems unbelievable that the TULF under a once combative leader like Amirthalingham, should sit back and allow things to drift, waiting for a promised jam (?). The TULF too had reflected the general lack of conviction about democracy amongst the Tamil elites, whose public conduct was for the most part based on patronage.” (BP)

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          P.S. Despite this, however, the Tamil voter in the N and E (with the exception of Amparai) came out trumps as far as I’m concerned, voting heavily against the LAMP!

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            That is to the credit of the Tamil voter, despite the TULF.

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          Thank you Manel for an acknowledgment that is rare these days.

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        SJ,

        I am saying having something is better than nothing. I don’t know how well or how badly it works with Sinhala, but I have tried other languages where it has been reasonably accurate.

        What has the official languages ministry that once functioned under Mano Ganesan done about this? They could have worked on options including some technology tools.

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          I have only seen Tamil-English jobs.
          Something is not necessarily better than nothing., as the something can be a disaster at times.

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        Yes, SJ, that is the situation right now.
        .
        But isn’t Artificial Intelligence (AI to the “in set”) developing with dizzying speed, which makes me feel that we will not be able to recognise the avant-garde as it will be in much less than a decade.
        .
        The discomfort that we feel with Google Translate indicates how inadequate we, as humans; feel with the exciting pace with changes are taking place in the intellectual life of “the few” today. There seems to be no possibility of of these aspects of :development becoming the norm for the citizens who keep our society running.
        .
        Immanuel Kant, in the late 18th Century wouldn’t seriously have been worried about the brevity of human life. It’s becoming almost a nightmare now.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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      In so doing I would accept the government’s right to communicate with me in Sinhalese

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        Dr. Hoole, I agree, and I did have that in mind. But consider the plight of the people who are not in as strong a position as you, socially or economically. We need to do something to help them on a practical level even as we fight for the rights of the people, including language rights.

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          “We need to do something to help them…”
          Any thoughts from the ‘us’?

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        Dear Jaffna Man
        Who is Mr Abbas??

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          Sorry Manel. Abbas is the father in the Afghan refugee family that stayed in our home.
          He is Afghan and was a high-up in the Afghan civil service but belonged to a Muslim faction that is in minority in Afghanistan

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    Dear Professor Hoole,
    Sri Lanka has already fallen in to the deep crisis because of the majoritarian Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism over the centuray and you and me cannot expect the law and order in this corrupted country.

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      Ajith, Until these corrupt leaders stop greedy craving for money and more money, and realise law and order towards honesty and godliness is more important finally, they will never come right in the long term eternal life after death, far above SB majoritarian belief now.

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    Many thanks, dear Professor Hoole,
    .
    We have to speak out! From North, South, East, West, and from the Central Hills.
    .
    There may be dangers in speaking out, but it must be done.
    .
    I’ve just submitted my clear view of what I hope will get done, in a comment here:
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ranils-arrogance-will-destroy-him-for-good/
    .
    I have no time to say more; I’ve got some travelling to do. However hazardous, we all got to travel,
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    And miles to go before I sleep.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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    I got Professor Hooles 2nd point and pasted it into the openAi engine also known as ChatGPT and asked it to analyze the impact of such negative thinking attitude by our people and this is what this machine responded with.
    .
    If the scenario described above were to be interpolated to the larger society, it could have negative effects on the overall respect for human rights and the rule of law. If individuals or groups are able to infringe on the rights of others with impunity, it can create a culture of fear and insecurity in which people are afraid to exercise their rights or speak out against injustice. This can lead to further human rights violations and a breakdown of trust in the government and other institutions that are meant to protect and uphold the rights of all individuals. In a larger society, such actions can also have negative consequences for the overall stability and prosperity of the community, as a culture of respect for human rights and the rule of law is important for maintaining social cohesion and promoting economic and social development.
    .
    If a machine can understand the implications, why can’t our so-called civilized humans with a 2,500-year civilization do? We are getting back to our primal savage past or not? Is this actually the fault of the government or is it such attitude that gives rise to savage governments?

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      Fascinating, HT. And it would seem that the latter part of yr final question is the answer. ???

      Can you please tell this ancient product of a past century what an “open Ai engine” is?

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        Manel,
        Just put “ChatGPT” in Google. Basically an intelligent robot that answers questions on practically anything. The only thing it was cagey about was “Who created the universe?”

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          Thank you, OC
          will do sometime.

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      “Is this actually the fault of the government or is it such attitude that gives rise to savage governments?”

      HT,

      If you read the manifestos and promises all governments give/make before they obtain votes/power ….. the governments know what the people want/wish …….. and they are mostly noble.

      The “system change” the Aragalaya (however imperfect it may be) demands, reflect the peoples’ disappointment.

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    Prof. Hoole: Please be patient. The present Government of Ranil Wickramasinghe has “PROMISED” that a SOLUTION to all of your problems would be found and announced on the day we celebrate Independence on 4th February 2023.

    Already your “Political Leaders” including Wigneswaran, Sumanthiran, and others who represent “Nort/East” and the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa from the South and all other “Opposition Groups” with the exception of NPP, had their “First” meeting and very “SOON” (within a matter of 2 1/2 months) the “SOLUTION” would be announced.

    Why you are so “IMPATIENT” and start writing to President? Let him make that announcement of the “SOLUTION” that had lingered for decades and deprived the lives of thousands that are accounted for and “UNACCOUNTED”.

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    When law makers are criminals, drug king pins, killers, rasists, robbers what do you get – you get Sri Lanka!
    Our politicians are exporting our mothers, sisters and daughters to foreign countries and we all know the sufferings they undergo.
    Enough is enough, Sinhalis should wake up from 75 year old bad dream. Put countries interest before religion and race.

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    Evil Emperor reducing the government workforce. But already the service people receive is unacceptable & mediocre. Government workforce on a fixed salary troubling to balance with inflation. Further the political promotions from “Sinhala Only” time are jockeying on the back of the non-influential crowd. The Rapist Army’s budget has been going up and up, but the Evil Emperor has been fooling the Tamils on the opposite side that he cannot immediately reduce the Rapist Army budget. This Army was spreading lies that it was doing farming in the North but what it is doing is forcefully employing the ex-rebel or falsely accused Tamils to transport drugs. Thanks to Buddha the drug manus is no longer Tamils parents’ problem, it has almost now an equal Sinhala Parents’ problem too. Time for 6.9M Modayas to realize that ruling Tamils with their jackboots on the throats of Tamils and having a healthy, culturally, economically advanced -loan free country is impossible. You cannot have the cake you want to eat. So far only people who have understood this basic maxim are the Protesters. Evil thinking that his new idea, “Solution on Tamils’ Black day” will fool the Tamil leaders and it will work for the IMF. But this is the last quack of TNA. It is over! TNA is finitho if it doesn’t want to wake up!

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    Any change for GOOD has to start from DISMANTLING / REMOVING the people appointed to the Defence Ministry by Gota and his brother. This set up of killing machine should go. Justice needs to prevail. Evil people in politics removed asap.

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    Since about 90% believe in rebirth and almost surely into another ethnicity at each birth, why this rage about sinhala, tamil and other languages which really came from the tower of Babel. Since christians have no rebirth, and nirvana too has no rebirth, I am convinced that any differences between humans has to be only between religious belief systems in the world. This major division consists of those who believe in their Creator God of love and compassion who rescues his family from karma, and those who have rejected him deceived by Lucifer and his separation from God. Good to be wise about ethnicity, while the going is still good.

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