14 December, 2019

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President Sirisena Justifies Pardoning His Distant Relative From Death Row

MP Athuraliye Rathana was at the forefront of the efforts to obtain a presidential pardon for Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha who murdered the sister of his girlfriend Yvonne Johnson at the Royal Park Apartments in Rajagiriya in 2005, a statement from the President’s Office said yesterday.

Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha

Athuraliye Rathana has pledged support to SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the presidential election.

The controversial monk has recently been at the centre of several major controversies, including the false conspiracy to frame Dr Shafi in Kurunegala and the fast unto death to force the Government to sack Muslim MPs after the Easter Sunday attacks.

In an astounding act of callous abuse of his office, President Maithripala Sirisena granted a Presidential pardon to Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha breaching all procedures stipulated in the Constitution.

In his media statement President Sirisena claimed that Rathana had intervened in the matter and arranged a meeting between the President and the convict’s family. The statement said that several requests had also been made by a Catholic bishop, lawyers and retired Supreme Court judge Rohini Marasinghe. The pardon had also been granted on the basis that Jayamaha had been rehabilitated in prison, his young age when he committed the crime and the fact that he had pursued a higher education while being incarcerated, the statement said.

However, Colombo Telegraph learns that Jayamaha – now 32 years old – has also been charged with having a cellphone in his possession while being on death row. President Sirisena has pardoned him for that offence too.

When he was 19, Jayamaha infamously murdered the sister of his girlfriend Yvonne Johnson at the Royal Park luxury apartment complex in 2005, chasing her and physically brutalizing her to death whilst banging her head causing it to fracture in to 64 pieces. Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha is the son of reputed businessman Preethi Jayamaha, the owner of Coronation Bar & Restaurant in Negombo, also owning several highly sought after high end catering services in Colombo.

Kanthi Jayamaha who is the second wife of Preethi Jayamaha is the step mother of Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha. Kanthi Jayamaha is related to Dudley Sirisena, the brother of President Sirisena through her niece.

In an emotional open letter written to the President, Caroline Johnson, the sister of the victim wrote: “I cannot begin to understand how a father of two daughters reached the decision to release this monster?” “She fought for her life, even running from her attacker with broken ankles. I know you didn’t follow due process for this murderer’s release, but did you even take the time to look into this case at all?” “Your silence on the matter since your speech makes me fear we may never know the truth behind your decision, but you will now be attached to this case forever and for all of the wrong reasons”.

The Presidential Media Unit today released an explanatory media release defending the president’s decision. The proviso to Article 34 of the Constitution stipulates that “Provided that where any offender shall have been condemned to suffer death by the sentence of any court, the President shall cause a report to be made to him by the Judge who tried the case and shall forward such report to the Attorney-General with instructions that after the Attorney-General has advised thereon, the report shall be sent together with the Attorney-General’s advice to the Minister in charge of the subject of Justice, who shall forward the report with his recommendation to the President.”

Several constitutional experts opined that President Sirisena had not followed the procedure when granting presidential pardon to Jayamaha.

Posting on Facebook, Saliya Peiris PC said that the release from the President’s Office made it clear that there had been no consultation with the family of the victim at all who too was a young girl when she was murdered. He added that the manner of the killing had not been taken into account when the pardon was granted.

“The Court of Appeal rejected the contention of a sudden provocation. That defence was not taken up in court. Also the court held the killing was done in a cruel and unusual manner. The Accused went through the entire trial and did not seek to enter a plea,” the post on Peiris PC’s Facebook said.

He added that this was not a case taken up along with the cases of all other prisoners young and old serving life sentences. There are other accused too of a young age on death row and serving life sentences. “Some of the elderly prisoners are gravely ill or disabled and yet have to serve their sentences. Other convicts were not given opportunities for their families to meet the powers that be and seek pardons for their families. If they did they too would have been able to present their stories. They too may be able to get recommendations from the prelates in their temples, churches, mosques and kovil,” he explained.

Peiris said that it did not seem that that the recommendations of the Attorney General or the Minister of Justice was obtained.

Furthermore the senior lawyer noted that it appeared that Jayamaha had been given a “free pardon” rather than a “remission”

“If so that means that the conviction has now no consequences at all,” the post added.

Ironically, Jayamaha was prosecuted for the murder of Yvonne Johnson by then Deputy Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya, who currently serves as the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. The case was landmark in that when it came up for appeal, the convict was sentenced to a graver punishment – that of death – due to the violent nature of the crime.

Women’s groups have expressed outrage about the pardon for Jayamaha.

NPP Presidential Candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake issued a statement condemning the pardon yesterday.

“We strongly condemn President Maithripala Sirisena for granting a pardon to #RoyalPark murderer arbitrarily. It is a blow to the independence of the Judiciary of #SriLanka and a humiliation to the entire country. This bad precedent should never have happened. The JVP has urged the legal fraternity and the Attorney General to step in to rollback the arbitrary presidential decision to pardon Jayamaha.

Social media users were outraged by the pardon for Jayamaha.

“Her name was Yvonne Jonsson, @MaithripalaS. She was half Sri Lankan. My name is Natsumi Suzuki. I am half Sri Lankan. I could’ve been Yvonne. I condemn you. I condemn your presidency – I will never pardon YOU for this absolutely heartless decision.”

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  • 43
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    A silly man, and we expected lot out of him from the day he was elected but he betrayed our trust and faith on him. History would record him as the worst president Sri Lanka ever had. Lately some genie gone into his head due to his hunger for power, made him the worst man ever, and it all due to the people he kept company, and they were kind of worst human beings,

    • 33
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      He is not silly. He is a cunning arsehole… got money from billionaire family for his retirement.

      • 6
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        “President Sirisena claimed that Rathana had intervened in the matter and arranged a meeting between the President and the convict’s family”

        Why Rathana thera should arrange a meeting when the convict’s family is close relative of President? “It’s okay, use my name, don’t forget about national list boss”

  • 43
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    Whats the motive ?? from the highest echelons of power have fallen to the lowest before kissing the dust. Sad day for SL judiciary.

    • 3
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      Analyst – “Sad day for SL judiciary.” Do we have a judiciary????

  • 28
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    Most of the Presidents in power think that the country belongs to them only and they are above Law @ Order and above Lord Buddha.

  • 40
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    The killer’s family is wealthy and influential. Either the President is doing it for family reasons or they are paying him. Making his last few millions while he still can. Shameless, lying, thieving bastard, like most of our politicians.

    • 4
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      EA:-
      Why do People who have no other Qualifications, become Politicians?
      In order to Make the Millions, that Those who have worked Hard and Long, to get Proper Qualifications, Can’t Achieve!

  • 2
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    Will the UNP Dentist Rajitha rope in this guy also, and put him up to the Colombo Media to say Nandasena Gotabaya gave him the instruction…?….

    • 23
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      It’s already mentioned there.. Rathna Thero gave instructions & this rogue monk support Gota. So I don’t think u need Rajitha to say it again…

    • 18
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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      Sampath Vidanapathirana and, Duminda Silva, Navy personnels, ………………too ………. are awaiting for Mahinda/Gota to release them.

      According to media, this murderer was released at the behest of two saffron clad members of Sinhala/Buddhist anti people activists namely MP Athuraliye Rathana and Dr Keradewala Punnarathana Nayake.

      Both saffronistas are very charitable towards a rich brat.

      • 1
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        NV – Is there any way one could incarcerate “KAS-KAS” and get him off this column? You are wasting your time responding to an idiot.

        • 1
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          mike

          I like stupid people who can’t think for themselves.

    • 4
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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      At first glance I was amazed.
      How come this murderer is allowed to wear a designer prison uniform? He is wearing a designer Signature Sinhala Aryan National Amude.

      • 0
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        Dear Native,

        You keep talking mate,
        Don’t worry about Idiots who do not understand Real Politics in our Lankawe..-

        BTW, Have the Jayamahas still got their Pad in Royal Park?.
        Because , Keselwatta Kid now have two there , Both on 11th Level.

        Also Two Defenders always parked in the Basement for Aryawas to go Shopping.
        I guess it must be the new Shanrila Mall after High Tea in the Banquet Room.-

        Anyway Jayamaha Jr is so lucky in a way.

        Now he has the Ex President as a mentor , and the next President as the neighbor.r.
        Looks like the Jr is going to get invites for Cocktails at both places….

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “Also Two Defenders always parked in the Basement for Aryawas to go Shopping.”

          Where did the murderer of Wasim Thajudeen hide his car and himself after staging an accident and arson, perhaps inside president’s bunger or his brother’s shark infested resident?

          “Looks like the Jr is going to get invites for Cocktails at both places….”

          Main attraction would be Yoshitha and his young family. Both Yoshitha and Jayamahas can and should set up a support group for ex murderers, pardoned or otherwise, ………….

  • 28
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    What did you expect from a low life scum like aiyo sirisena.
    Does he know anything about the constitution, shame, dignity or honour?
    After all he is just a pathetic simpleton gamarala from a bloody village.
    I am sure he must have gotten a big handout from the devil incarnate boys family.
    So, the shameless arse throws caution to the wind and does what he does best, break the constitution, no biggie, what did you expect?
    Once a low life, always a low life.
    What surprises me more, though, is why a cheevara daria like rathana would get involved?
    People like rathana are even a bigger shame and an embarrassment to monk hood and a down right disgrace to buddhism.
    This is 3 slaps all rolled into 1,
    1 a murder goes free,
    2 sirisena takes a shit bath
    3 rathana drags buddhism in the shit.
    What bastards. Three of them should be whipped in public or Mae wesa ballo thungenagema puka ulla thianna one like in the times of the kings.

    • 11
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      funny this boy Jude is not even a Buddhist and can imagine how much it was paid for Rathana to his services?

      We do not need Presidents Counsels anymore… let have few Rathanas from Athana Methana.. it will do.

    • 4
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      I agree, Gemini Cricket.
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      This is wholly disgusting. My3 was not quite so bad when we elected him.
      .
      Think well before voting this time.

  • 20
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    From Hero to Zero .

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      Hero ???? Who ever thought he was a hero are definitely Zeroes… he is an uneducated cunning fool. As long as he listened to Ranil .. he looked like a hero… the moment he went against Ranil… his brainless head exposed

  • 11
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    Hope they did psychiatric check of the convict before releasing him into the society …. he was a psychopath.. wanted sex from his girl friend’s elder sister. When the girl refused he killed her by smashing her head.

    • 4
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      Yes, I remember that detail. Most of them had been students at Colombo International School, Gregory’s Road –
      .
      – from whence came also the Bond Scam.
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      I wonder if they were the same generation of students. Weren’t these the sort of people whom My3 wanted beaten with the tail of a sting ray? (Madu Walige)
      .
      I don’t want to pontificate unneccessarily, but it is these inconsistencies that shock me. A more comprehensive comment of mine bringing in the “good” Samitha hamuduruwo has not appeared yet.

  • 18
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    why are they having this clause in the constitution that the president can pardon criminals.Was he elected by the people for the people for that purpose.This clause should be removed forthwith as it has ben misused by JRJ and now sirisena.We did not elect presidents to be gods,only to run the country.Even that they don’t seem to be able to do properly,so why these other powers too.

  • 16
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    can the CID check his bank accounts to see whther any massive sums have been trnsferred recently.Someone go and make a complaint please.His retirement lump sum has to be forfeited.

    ps.knowing his habits when he was minister of agriculture he would have just opened his desk drawer and looked the other way while cash was put inside.No point in checking bank accounts.

  • 4
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    Part I. of the comment. Don’t forget that President DB Wijetunge granted a pardon to a guy long before even a trial took place. How many convicts of this kind have been pardoned before? When President JRJ, particularly at the behest of RW the current PM, pardoned Gonawala Sunil, a brutal rapist, made him a Justice of the Peace and then became a collector of cash for sons of fellows to be admitted top schools where was the noise of the so called respected? Where was the noise of the so called women’s groups. NONE. NONE. NONE. The permanent secretary of the ministry of justice at that time was simply done away with for “not recommending” the pardon. Don’t forget that the only respected head of state we had was Late Mr. William Gopallawa. The politicization of the Presidency is the root cause for all these illnesses and for the not so deserving to adorn that high office. I get the impression that had this pardon been granted by President JRJ all the wagging tongues now would be paralyzed and even welcome the convict to wining and dining parties. In fairness to MY3 it must be said that he intimated to the media days before he actually pardoned of his intention to do so. At that time not a murmur. Why after the event? My information is that the relatives of the convict have been throwing money by the millions to all sorts of fellows to get relief for this guy. I am informed that this noise is a part of the cry “hey! You did not give my million for me to be silent”. If so it is a SHAME.

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    Part 2 of the comment. I would like to comment on a parallel case where a politician’s wife was convicted for the murder of his paramour. The death sentence was commuted t life imprisonment in no time. After two years in prison the convict was released on an amnesty citing the women’s day along with some others. The President who did this was Percy Mahendra Rajapakse. NOT A MURMUR. Even the Indatissa’s were mum silent at that time. It is JRJ who introduced the special requirement in the constitution for the pardoning of murder convicts and it is HE who asserted that it is not applicable in commuting the death sentence to life if it is in the form of an amnesty. The politicians wife and as well as the Royal Park murder convict was pardoned in two stages. In the first stage the death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment What legal tools that MR did to effect the first stage is not known. If it is a simple pardon it requires a report of the trial judge submitted through the Attorney General and administratively through the minister. In case of the Royal Park murder convict a committee appointed to look into recommended the commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment with many others. BOTH THE CONVICTS PASSED THE FIRST STAGE WITHOUT A MURMUR. No Indatissa’s legal jargon at that time. Second stage of releasing from the prison in the case of the politicians wife took within two years after the first stage whereas in the Royal Park case it took more time than that. It is for the release of the second stage, particularly in the Royal Park case that lawyers now mix up things with the requirements of the first stage.

  • 5
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    Part 3 of the comment. The purpose of my previous parts was to highlight the selective treatment meted out on the Royal Park murder convict presumably for a corrupt purpose. At no stage do I condone the brutal act of the convict. His parents too must take the fair share of the blame for bringing up the children in a wayward manner. The pain of the loss a young girl is only known to the near and dear. No amount of punishments meted out on a convict of murder will bring back the life of the victim. The processes in the country must be straightforward and honest. It is interesting to note that in Singapore from its date of independence in 1965 there were only a single digit number of pardons granted for murder convicts, all others were hung by the neck until they were dead. That is a society with the least amount of detected corruption. HERE! If the death sentence were to be implemented fellows would be minting money. You get hanged because you could no longer pay the gratifications demanded from time to time. The bribery sleuths will have to man a permanent watch on famous rendezvous such as hotel car parks. All these incidents, inconsistencies only reveal the poor state of governance in the system.

  • 7
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    A retired judge called Rohini Marasinghe has recommended the release. I thought the Supreme court ordered life imprisonment.

    Do our judges do after hours work ?

    Very suspicious. Do these judges file their income and assets any where ?

    • 2
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      Now, now, you’re in too much of a hurry, dear kebab.
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      I don’t know this Marasinghe bird at all, but I did see her name when I looked at the full text that I saw in the President’s Media Unit blog. There could be all sorts of explanations for her recommendations, but not for My3 actually doing this.
      .
      Please read up about this. Get this right. This Jayamaha fellow was given only 8 years RI originally. He appealed against the sentence – successfully, in a sense!
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      That eight-year sentence was set aside, and he was sentenced to Death! Most interesting. Read!
      .
      I read all this ages ago, then refreshed my memory. We used to read
      Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Earle Stanley Gardner, etc as schoolboys.

  • 4
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    Didn’t MS vow to set everything ablaze before he leaves ‘Office’? Can’t wait to see the back of him! Hope he won’t be replaced by another monster!!

    Voters, please use your valued vote to save our motherland by defeating NGR’s candidacy. He is an alleged criminal, bigot, blockhead, dimwit, despot, barbarian, ruffian, hooligan, thug and goon. Do you want such a character to lead our Nation? Please wake up!!

  • 3
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    To “WHOM” and for “WHAT” purpose , this present “President’s attention is drawn to “Section 34 of the Constitution”? For once in the entire history of the “Office” of this Presidency, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, “UNANIMOUSLY” declared , that the present incumbent, Maithipala Sirisena VIOLATED the Constitution. What more we can expect from such a person. This is more than enough of any other reason to “ABOLISH” this “Office” from our Constitution and RESTRUCTURE the ” Hierarchical Power” structure of Governance , with requisite “Check and Balance” systems. No doubt, this present incumbent has brought the whole of this “Office” to a “MOCKERY”; but the only consolation is his days are “Numbered”. Yet, it is imperative that this “Mockery” shouldn’t be allowed to continue; because there are “Amber Lights” flickering indicative of the emergence of “RED LIGHTS”- (in colloquial terms “Coming colors are not good”.) Both the highly “PROPPED UP” candidates of SLPP and DNF are “SILENT” on the future of this “Hierarchical” position; because both of them have their own “Personal Agenda”. Even one of them has already declared how he is going to “RELEASE” the “Accused” and set FREE them of all such charges. Now his “COHORTS” are making statements in a mode of “Damage Control”. This and “THEY” must be STOPPED.

  • 4
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    I honestly believe everyone should have a 2nd chance in life and what barbaric act this boy did under the influence or alcohol or drugs or both is gruesome.

    Also do not forget that it was a complicated relationship this guy had with 2 sisters as it was the deceased he was dating before and once she left SL to higher studies, he settled with her younger sister who was 17 yrs that time.

    It came to light that he was leaving the house of the sisters when he met the deceased on the lobby and they had a heater argument etc…

    The problem here is why the President Sira did handpicked a single person to this pardon? there will be hundreds of fellow inmates in with similar of more relevant reasons for a pardon and this is only rich and influential is getting over the rule of law?

    Where is the so called BASL and its pohottu president Kainga Indatissa who did employ the fake lawyer with bogus qualifications as a junior in his law firm? These guys do shout for things like free ambulances of MCC pact and then completely mum on things that related to the rule of law.

    Then again what is this Athana Methana Rathana a so called Buddha Puthra had to do in here? is he the middleman and the pimp?

    When last years MaRa’s consitutional coup it was the Malcom Ranjith who was with Sirisena and gave his blessings for the unconstitutional coup & now its Rathana the shameful political animal who jumps one party to other and spread communal hate among masses.

    This country do not have a future with Malcom Ranjiths or Athana Methana Rathanas as religious leaders.

    Wake up folks…….

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      Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (whom I regard as a politician) supported My3’s call for the Death Penalty to be re-imposed.
      .
      He was rightly pulled up by Pope Francis. It just isn’t in keeping with Christian Teaching.
      .
      Sometimes situations get complex, but not here.
      .
      How wonderful, incidentally, the riposte from the Bishop of Galle. It is wonderful to be able to say that some religious leaders inspire confidence – but they seem to be in a minority.
      .
      Now, where’s the comment in which I included Ven. Baddegama Samitha Thero – another essentially good man?

  • 4
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    This low lying scum of this planet. My god, does he have any integrity or scruples. Utter incompetence being. Because of him, Sri Lankan name has been dragged through the mud even more. Utter disgrace.

  • 4
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    This is not the first time Sirisena has violated the constitution. Civil society organizations should take him to courts after the elections. Intentionally violating the constitution, not once but many times deserves the death penalty.

  • 4
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    A very large “GIFT” before the end of his presidency must have fallen on his lap as well those who favored it. The president is not above the law and the investigating arm must take action on his gains and for abuses of power while in office.

    President or Prime Minister is not the owners of Sri Lanka and is not above the law but political corruption combined with racism has made them an exclusive class beyond the reach of the common law.

  • 4
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    An absolutely despicable deed. Lest we forget, after he pardoned that mad monk – 2 months later he commits the same crime for which he was pardoned for and hauled before courts again. This maniac president or his media unit has said nothing about this. This shitty clause giving a president these powers must be removed. The grapevine says that kudu duminda is next in line..

  • 0
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    Looks like Sira

  • 3
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    after his retirement MS should be tried for all his excesses., including the 52 day coup which led to the Easter Sunday attacks.

  • 3
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    This is another reason why the Executive Presidency should be abolished lock,Stock and Barrel!
    Another interesting question arises as a result of this Pardon.
    Who is the MONSTER? Sirisena or Jude Anthony Jayamaha?

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      Plato

      “Who is the MONSTER? Sirisena or Jude Anthony Jayamaha?”

      Or the Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, who perverted the religion, concocted a new identity, and continues to destroy this island.

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      @Plato .I salute you.
      Bless your heart

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    Executive clemency is widely used legal concept throughout the democratic world.
    /
    Can’t blame MY3 for using his constitutional right if he has followed due process.

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      S. C. Pasqual

      “Can’t blame MY3 for using his constitutional right if he has followed due process.”

      What was the due process.
      There are hundreds of thousands of poor people/criminals/convicts languishing in prisons throughout the island. Why has he not use his constitutional right to look into each cases? Why it didn’t occur to saffron clad members of Sinhala/Buddhist anti people activists namely MP Athuraliye Rathana and Dr Keradewala Punnarathana Nayake to campaign for the release of poor kids from prisons?

      Its been proven time and again compassion has different meaning and value among the saffron clad thugs, racists, their followers, …. in Sinhala/Buddhist fascism.

      • 0
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        Mr. Native Vedda,
        \
        Of course you are correct.
        But the world / society is not a fair place.
        And
        Its the system we have to question and change. Not the personal application.
        /
        On a earlier comment…
        If you are really interested in learning more about “”Liberalism”” or “”Economic liberalism”” find and read “”Rajya Darshanaye Pathikada Thunak” by Mr. Terance Purasinghe.
        In just 135 pages it covers Liberalism, Socialism and fascism up to date…..

  • 2
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    This is the reason all did not like death penalty to be imposed by him because he twist decision/or favour some on death row, Not Exercising what he speaks

  • 5
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    Not one soul is defending the atrocious action of the President, soon to be ex-President. This President has become a national disgrace and thanks god he will out soon.

    Your conduct depends on the reputation of the family you are born and how you are brought up.

    Athuraliye Rathana, the monk who goes on fast at the drop of a hat, is another rouge Bhikku who is running errands for the rich and the powerful. He like Sirisena is a disgrace to all saffron-robed Bhikkus.

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      Dear Thanga,
      .
      Not so fast. Scroll up a bit.

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      S. C. Pasqual who trolls on behalf of Gota has defended My3’s action.
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      Poor Fahim Knight! He had tried to be sarcastic about the Constitution, and many seem to have misunderstood him. To me, it is obvious that Fahim doesn’t approve of the pardon.
      .
      Just shows how dangerous it can be to use irony and sarcasm.
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      Jonathan Swift was beaten up by some loafers in the streets of Dublin for writing this:
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      https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm
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      The English is a bit dated (and many references to contemporary politics – of 300 years ago) so it’s a bit difficult to read. It’s worth reading quietly, so that you are shocked yourself, but you could take the short cut that too many of us indulge in all the time, and refer the Wikipedia entry. The same problem with Gulliver’s Four Voyages.
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      Swift was a truly great and humane writer!

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        @Sinhala_Man, thank you ,many may never even understand your superlative english sarcasm if you really decide in penning it down .
        Good for many , you keep it simple , so even the humble like me can grasp.

        Well with me it has always got me into trouble, a few stuff with a tongue in the cheak, then my post hypnotic suggestions, to quote: to bark like a dog , taken literally , he is calling one of our people a dog, huh.!

        I wonder what kind of English will be adopted by our present generations in the futrue , Especially when men like you and few others of our times whom I consider Englsh native tongue are absent.

        Sri Lanka was one time, The Ceylon ;the South Asian England. Where even the villager in paddy fields spoke so eloquently and understood.

        Dear Sinhala man we may be the last lot.
        I doubt with the present prejudice and completely indoctrinated with nothing but hate and suspicion, No matter who rules things will never be the same.
        Sri lankans have lost the natural humour in them , they do no longer know how to laugh at little things .
        You say words of appreciation and if you are a Muslim they are suspicious , you want to sincerely help and if you are a Muslim then the devil is at work and if you say something innocently humour you are insulting. So Head or tales Muslim lose , that is reality .
        If the people are not willing to be able to think with logic and instead hold onto myths, lies and superstition. We will not get anywhere with any leader.

        Just read the hate comments of Sri lankans living in the west ,not in West. Even if such men are placed among angels in heaven they will sure pollute those holy ones too.
        Cheers
        Fahim Knight
        Always keeping it real

  • 4
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    This president is always unpredictable, notorious for doing the wrong thing when you don’t expect it. You can’t expect anything better from an unconscionable person like him. You feel outraged and sad, but dismayed that you can’t do anything about it. The entire SriLankan community must hang their head in shame.
    My heart goes out to the grieving family of Yvonne. I am profoundly saddened. I do not know what to say to console them.

  • 4
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    rumour has it that the quid pro quo was 20 million
    boycott the bastards restaurants

  • 4
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    Which Presidential candidate is going to come out and say he will right this terrible wrong if elected? Nobody.

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      AKD has condemned it. Whether he will reverse it is difficult to tell.
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      To find out the answer to that, why not we all give him First Preference?
      .
      But please don’t spoil your vote doing it. Remember, no “kathires” if you insert One, 2, and 3.
      .
      Yes, don’t vote only for him, since his chances of coming even second are slim. But don’t be too sure even about even some of the other candidates – e.g. Dr Ajantha Perera, Mahesh Senanayake, and even Sirisena’s own nephew, Rohan Pallewatte.
      .
      We have yet to hear from them.
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      Incidentally, most of us who are shocked at this pardon, probably don’t approve of the Death Penalty. Complex issues.
      .
      However, my own reaction to this: Absolute Disgust.
      .
      Period

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        That nephew business is true!
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        What is My3’s full name?
        .
        Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisiena
        .
        I heard Rohan P. spell it out clearly: Rohan’s grandfather was the elder brother of My’3’s father.

        And to think that My3 became President with my vote!

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