1 October, 2020

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QC Sir Desmond de Silva’s Credibility In Doubt

Despite the Rajapaksa regime repeatedly raising doubts over the credibility of the officials in the investigation team put together by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka, it seems similar concerns can be raised over UK QC Sir Desmond de Silva who was recently named by President Rajapaksa as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel to the Commission on Disappearances .

Sir Desmond de Silva

Sir Desmond de Silva

De Silva was appointed the Chairman of the Advisory Panel when President Rajapaksa recently expanded the mandate of the Commission on Disappearances that is presently headed by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama.

A report published in UK’s leading newspaper – the Guardian in 2012 has revealed that a report compiled by de Silva following an investigation into one of the Northern Ireland’s most controversial killings, had been heavily criticized by the victim’s family as ‘sham’ and ‘white wash’.

The report had been compiled on the death of Patrick Finucane who had been murdered on February 12, 1989 by one of the loyalist gunmen. Patrick’s wife – Geraldine had been campaigning for over two decades for a public inquiry into the murder of her husband but when the inquiry was finally concluded, it had offered scant relief to her.

The Guardian states that ‘Report of the Patrick Finucane Review’ has been described by Finucane’s wife as one that was lacking any input and had accused it as an attempt of the government to suppress the truth behind her husband’s murder by giving the benefit of doubt to the state, its cabinet and the Minister to the army and to the intelligence services.

“At every turn, dead witnesses have been blamed and defunct agencies found wanting – serving personnel and active state departments appear to have been excused,” Geraldine has been quoted in Guardian in expressing her views on the report, adding the report has in fact only attempted to sweep the dirty under the carpet without any serious attempts made to lift the lid on what really happened.

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    Perhaps the guardian could focus on Lord Hutton who did the biggest white wash in British history by clearing Blair and his cronies on the illegal war in Iraq? But this paper will not so as they are the Labour Party mouth piece.

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      Not relevant. Anything to say about this (Sir Desmond) matter?

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    Sir Desmond de Silva

    “Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka, it seems similar concerns can be raised over UK QC Sir Desmond de Silva who was recently named by President Rajapaksa as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel to the Commission on Disappearances .”

    Unless they appoint a foreigner, all others are NOT credible, Knighted or not.

    Why?

    The State and the Sinhalese aBuddhist Lie. Cannot believe Them.
    Monks are the same.

    The Land of Liars. It was a better land when it wan the Land of Yakkas and Nagas. at least they did not lie. The paras are the curse. learning to lie from Monk Mahanama.

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    So we agree that the credibility of Navi Pillay and her stooges are in doubt, since they’ve been heavily criticised :D

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    Desmond de Silva QC is already in record of having made many statements to effect the Rajapakses and GoSL are free of HR violations and War Crime charges. That was before the Rajapakses named him as one of their preferred officials to look into the highly contentious matter. With that dismal record his candidature as a supposed-to-be
    inquiring judicial official is a non-starter.

    R. Varathan

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      We want references to your statement “to effect the Rajapakses and GoSL are free of HR violations and War Crime charges.”

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    This guy is deference lawyer appears for criminals.

    See my Previous comment.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/changing-course/comment-page-1/#comment-1406154

    “We come to know, after this article, that Sir Desmond De Silva is denying he speaking the matters mentioned in this article. But his website is saying this is what our Sir Desmond De Silva is doing for living:
    1.Available for direct access

    2.Representing individuals indicted before international criminal courts and persons and companies before courts in the UK and overseas

    3.Advising clients who are or may become the focus of investigation over genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    4.Representing clients who are indicted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Then I do not see the point of denying this article.”

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    What makes his bias evident is that he has already stated the law in terms of a mathematical calculation that
    it should be okay to kill 70,000 people to free 300,000 people held captive. If this statement attributed to him is correct, he should not tarnish his blemished record any further and graciously forego the amount of money that he is being paid but where will he go for another brief?

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    One UK-based doctor, who is affiliated with Royal College OBA, mentioned on CT that Desmond de Silva had said that the killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians in order to “liberate” them from the LTTE, was not a war crime.

    In other words, De Silva has swallowed the GoSL claims about “liberating” Tamil people by massacring them, and prejudged it as not a war crime.
    To have him advise any committee to investigate war crimes is a travesty. But the Rajapaksa has absolutely no credibility, and anyone who agrees to be part of its sham committees doesn’t have any credibility either.

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      Agnos

      “One UK-based doctor, who is affiliated with Royal College OBA, mentioned on CT that Desmond de Silva had said that the killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians in order to “liberate” them from the LTTE, was not a war crime.”

      That could be the British Establishment’s position on Sri Lankan mass killing, articulated by Sir Desmond de Silva.

      There is also a possibility the British Establishment could have recommended him as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel to the Commission on Disappearances, or planted him.

      The International Community which supported the killing of innocent people would like to have investigation whitewashed.

      Over to David Blacker, an expert on everything or Dayan.

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        Native,

        I was referring to one Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam who said that at a UK-based SL professional meeting, de Siva ( who is originally from SL but became part of the British establishment) said so, despite protests from Tamil professionals.

        BTW, those of us on this side of the Atlantic don’t give a hoot about the titles given by the British queen. There is one Canadian guy by the name Conrad Black, who once owned the National Post in Canada, and got British peerage, where he carried the “Lord” title. He later spent a few years in a Florida prison for fraud in his business, and lives a disgraced life in Canada again, I believe.

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    Desmond de Silva will deliver what Rajapaksa wants.

    He has good experience in whitewashing government crime.

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      BBS Rep
      We want references to your statement ” good experience in whitewashing government crime.”

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    Are we Sri Lankans surprised? NO. What else could we have expected from this regime?

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    If our President appoints a person with credibility how can he get a favorable report. he chased the Legal CJ, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayakka and appoint that rouge and International Liar, Mohan Peiris as CJ. no credibility at all.

    He appoint Judges and he gets what ever the decision that he needs.

    He appoints VC’s for Universities and their duty is to punish Students who raise their Voice against injustice.

    Ex.Law Collage Principle Rodrigo has given a favorable report with 100 out of 100 marks to Presidents Son, Hero of Ladies Rugby.

    He appoints Army officers to Investigate about war crimes committed by Armed Forces under he and his Brothers guidance and he gets the report that no war crimes committed.

    He don’t need Credible people at all. It is simple as that.

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    Politics is a third rate game. There is nothing called sincerity and the respect for truth. All these inquiries, trials etc. can be a sham whether it is Navi Pillai’s or otherwise. In all these there is a lot of stage management and scape-goats. The famous War crime trial of Tojo of Japan is a good example of the yester-year.

    Everyone knew of what the fate was in store for Saddam Hussein. Long before the real invasion Prime Minister of UK, Tony Blair, the poodle of George Bush, made a public statement and hinted at Saddam’s eventual execution. George Bush himself is on record to say that Iraqi Justice was economically cheaper than International Justice.

    Only we the ordinary people get carried away by emotion and take sides in the political theater.

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