24 October, 2017

Release Tamil Political Prisoners Without Any Further Delay: Sampanthan Tells President

Leader of the Opposition and Leader Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan has today urged the President to release Tamil Prisoners in Custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Law without any further delay. 

Sending a letter to the President he said: “Quite apart from the pernicious nature of the Prevention of Terrorism Law, persons in similar situations such as persons taken into custody during the insurrections of the J.V.P have been granted an Amnesty and released. It is not understood why the same principle cannot be applied in regard to these prisoners.”

We publish below the letter in full:

12th October 2017

His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Presidential Secretariat

Colombo-01

Your Excellency,

Tamil Prisoners in Custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Law

Sampanthan

I write to you on behalf of the above category of prisoners who have been agitating for their release for a long period of time.

I wish to state the following: –

(I) These persons are held in custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Law irrespective of whether they have been convicted, have been charged, or have not yet been charged. They have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Law and all action taken against them has been in terms of that Law.

(ii) It has been accepted by the Sri Lankan State both domestically and internationally that, the said Prevention of Terrorism Law is draconian, obnoxious, and should therefore be regarded as obsolete. The Sri Lankan State has made several commitments both domestically and internationally that the said Law will be repealed, and that a new Law will be enacted in keeping with acceptable domestic and international norms.

(iii) The Sri Lankan State is yet to fulfill this commitment, but that does not derogate from the Sri Lanka State’s commitment that the said Law should not remain on the Statute Book.

(iv) The only evidence available against most of these persons are confessions extracted from them against their will under the Prevention of Terrorism Law which would be inadmissible against them in normal Court of Law. Many of the cases have been postponed because the Prosecution is not ready to proceed with the Cases.

(v) Almost all of them have been in custody for very long periods of time, for as long as, they would have been sentenced, if sentence was passed on them shortly after being taken into custody.

(vi) The families of these persons in custody have suffered for very long periods of time, without the support of their bread winners. This vitally important factor has not been given due consideration.

(vii) Quite apart from the pernicious nature of the Prevention of Terrorism Law, persons in similar situations such as persons taken into custody during the insurrections of the J.V.P have been granted an Amnesty and released. It is not understood why the same principle cannot be applied in regard to these prisoners.

(viii) These cases cannot be considered as coming purely under the purview of the Attorney General’s Department. With due respect to the Hon. Attorney General as the Chief Legal Adviser of the state, these cases have a certain political dimension and cannot be addressed as a purely legal issue. It can be justifiably stated that if the Sri Lanka’s national question had been reasonably addressed in time, many of the persons in custody, would not have been in their present position and would have been useful citizens. This circumstance makes it obligatory that you address this issue politically too. The issue not being addressed politically is a strong impediment to reconciliation and the restoration of goodwill and harmony.

(ix) An unnecessary complication has been created by the transfer of some cases from Vavuniya to Anuradhapura. If witnesses needed .protection ,such protection could have been provided without the cases being transferred.

I have to very strongly urge that these Prisoners be released without any further delay.

Thanking You.

Yours Sincerely,

R.Sampanthan

Member of Parliament-Trincomalee

Leader of the Opposition

Leader Tamil National Alliance.

Copies to: –

  1. Hon. Ranil Wickramsinghe,Prime Minister, Temple Trees,Colombo-03.
  2. Hon.Thalatha Athukorale, Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Colombo.
  3. Hon.Attorney General, Attorney General Department, Hultsdorp, Colombo-12
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    Pathetic smart ass patriots, sach, Shenal, Champa, bloody nuisance, Gota, Jimsofty, Dayan, Grant Duke of Assgiria, ………….Wimal the pimp, ………………………….somass ji, Ben Hurling, where are you?

    “Release Tamil Political Prisoners Without Any Further Delay: Sampanthan Tells President”

    Note Sampanthan continues to pose a danger to this island.
    I suspect he is planning to launch a military campaign to divide the country after a new constitution being passed in the parliament.

    You need to stop Samapanthan’s devious plot by any means necessary as the French intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre would have desired.

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      Oh vedda,
      do u think this racist Sinhalese Buddhist going to respond, no…worst racist ben hurling still believes jaffna library burnt out by LTTE…

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        Jamis Muthu Banda the Tamil Speaking Sinhalam

        Don’t you still believe VP was an angel came down not only to save Tamils build a Tamil Eelam on earth but to wipe out every single Sinhala including, young, old, children, women, ….. Whats wrong when Ben Hurling believes in whatever he believes in.

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          There is no point in writing to anyone. recently the minister of Justice aid that there are no political prisoners. If so why should you appeal to release Tamil political prisoners. For whatever government is in power, these Tamils are criminals. Even if they are criminals, they should be brought to trial. The fact that none of them have been brought to trial in some cases for over fifteen years shows that there is something radically wrong with the judicial mechanism in Srilanka. As a past medic0-legal officer, I found that the judicial system in Srilanka consisting the Police, bar and the Bench is institutionally racist, and this is the reason why this unexplained delay in bringing these Tamils to justice. Some of these Tamils were taken into custody without committing any crime and made to confess and the rest for minor offences like putting up posters and giving food to LTTE fighters. When this is the case for Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims who had committed murder and ethnic cleansing have been allowed to roam free, leading to the charge of racial discrimination.

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            The former Tamil minister from the East is roaming free.
            The question is whom does you alleged offence help or hurt.

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              SJ you are a coward writing under a pseudonym. Why are you not having the guts to name this former Tamil Minister. For your information Tamils never said not to bring him to justice for command responsibility for atrocities in the east. Unfortunately Karuna is the darling of Sinhalese and no government will take action to bring him to justice. While there is only him among Tamils who has not been charged, Thousands of Sinhalese and hundreds of Muslims who committed atrocities on Tamils have not been charged. Please do not try to cover up the truth by picking on one Tamil miscreant.

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      This senile Sampanthar should retire from Tamil Politics and take up Sinhala Politics.
      Nobody knows whether he’s coming or going??
      Man do something positive to the grieving women and children of the North or shut up and get out.
      You have achieved all you have dreamt of for you and your family.
      Enough pussy footing our Senior Honourable Sir!!

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      Native Vedda my mate, considering Sartre’s most famous quote “hell is other people” , I am wondering only who the hell is your “other people”!

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        wannihami

        It is people like you who deprive me of my freedom to do what I want to do without being told, well ……………………….. you should know what.

        Did your PhD in Economics cover Jean-Paul Sartre’s economic theories as well?

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      This two-paged letter is to H.E. the President in reply to Mr. Sampanthan’s request, under same points: (i) to (ix).

      Mr. President,

      LTTE Terrorists in Custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Law

      I wish to place my strongest opposition and principled objection to Mr. Sampanthan’s request for releasing hardcore LTTE terrorists; simply branded as Tamil prisoners.

      Mr. President, you would appreciate the fact that barbarian terrorists should not be identified based on their ethnicity but based on their cruelty, brutality and the manner in which they unleash utmost savagery against humanity.

      (i) We have a long and painful history with LTTE terrorism. Although LTTE was vanquished from our soil in 2009, it is no secret LTTE rump is still active overseas. Therefore, all those who were arrested under the PTA should be tried under the same Law. Any leniency will not only undermine the Law, but also convey a wrong message to the LTTE rump overseas; that they can get away with their war crimes/crimes against humanity.

      (ii)&(iii) I totally object the notion that our PTA is draconian and any move to change it. Imposing Counterterrorism Laws are our sovereign right. Compared to other countries, our PTA is not strong enough, hence this request by Mr. Sampanthan attaching politics to PTA. Mr. President, you would agree with me that the freedom of citizens to live without fear of terrorism, is more important than the civil liberties of terrorists.

      (iv) Nobody extracted confessions from LTTE terrorists. It is important to remember the fact that all LTTE cadre were lured into the group by using a trifecta of heroic martyrdom, brainwashing and forcible recruitment as key tactics. That is what prompted them for voluntary confessions, while their memories were fresh about the atrocities committed by them.

      Contd’1/2

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        Contd’2/2

        (v) How long were these hardcore terrorists in custody? Mr. President, I wish to draw your attention to Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake’s case. After 13-year Trial, he was sentenced to death based on a “fairy-tale” of an LTTE spy “eyewitness” which Sunil denied. The then PA government arrested him to appease EPDP, agreeing to try him without a Jury in a Civil Court instead of a Military Court. Despite a lack of credible evidence, the case dragged for 13 years breaching his rights. Sunil Ratnayake was a soldier of the LRRP, the most feared Battalion in the history of Eelam War. When this brave soldier’s trial went on for 13-years, what bloody rights is Sampanthan claiming for bloodthirsty barbarian terrorists? This case should be revisited and Sunil should be released, if not now, it will definitely happen in the future.


        (vi) “Terrorists were bread winners”? Yeah, they were bread winners of the LTTE HQ in the entire period they worked for Prabhakaran, appeasing his thirst for blood through dead bodies, pieces of limbs/heads/flesh.


        (vii) This does not arise as Rajapaksa government rehabilitated and released a large number of LTTE cadre. Only hardcore terrorists were detained.


        (viii) I totally reject Mr. Sampanthan’s claim that these cases have a “certain political dimension and cannot be addressed as a purely legal issue.” (Seriously, Mr. Sampanthan, are we talking about hardcore LTTE terrorists or Saints? I forgot TNA was LTTE’s proxy.) Bloody terrorism has no connection whatsoever to reconciliation!!!


        (ix) Transferring of cases were to ensure witness protection for which Mr. Sampanthan has no right to intervene.


        Mr. President, on behalf of all law abiding citizens, I earnestly request you, please DON’T RELEASE hardcore LTTE terrorists. Thank you.


        (I’ve a suggestion how to address this issue which I’ll write separately.)

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          Champa hahahahaha, thanks for your input. Now it is time for you to go back to your profession…………………you know what that is.

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            Tamil from the north

            Yeah, fully understood. My job is to expose LTTE rump paid coolies like you and fight to keep blood thirsty LTTE hardcore terrorists behind bars.

            By the way, your uncle, Tamil Eelam Dream-boy Prime Minister Rudrakumaran is trying hard to hold a Catalonia type racist, separatist Referendum in the North in support of Tamil Eelam.

            This government is very good in exhuming dead bodies and then take pains to rebury them.

            Anybody who supports TGTE Tamil Eelam Referendum should be arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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              Idiot Chimpa, show me one example of all my comments, which lead your dull head to believe I am an LTTE supporter. Jackass, all you dumb racists have no intelligence. All your life you have lived in a bubble in some remote village in Hambantota, always crying about the defunct LTTE. Rudrakumaran is a ghost who lives in the past just like a dumb arse like you stupid. You appear to talk about him all the time. This guy has consumed you so much, your whole world evolves around him, eh? Dummy, open your eyes, not everyone who disputes you is an ardent supporter of the LTTE. Primitive bit^h go and f&*k yourself.

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                Tamil from the north

                “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” — Socrates.

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                  Chimpa the whore, you are one to talk about slander bi^&h. Millions of people have suffered in this country for so long due to the meddling of the maha sangha, and today you are one to talk about slander. A mongrel like you should be exterminated. You are a racist trash, you are a disease in this country.

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                    Tamil from the north

                    Oh, yeah, I am a disease. I spread patriotism. How did you know? You don’t even live in Sri Lanka.

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                Tamil from the north,

                How ever champions the Tamil separatist ideology is a terrorist and a enemy of the state. They should be hanged for high treason against the state.

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          Champa, you dumb arse. Your low class cousins had custody of the following ex-high ranking LTTE killers by the following names;
          •K Pathmanathan – chief arms dealers in the underground market for the LTTE
          •Karuna Amman – LTTE chief for the eastern region/given a deputy Minister in the MR government
          •Pillayan – Commander of the LTTE eastern region military wing jointly with Karuna Amman massacred 600 surrendered policemen and many other –
          politicians – given the chief minister eastern region role under the MR government
          •Inniyabarathy – roamed around freely under the MR government
          •Douglas Devananda – killer from the EPDP – given a ministerial job

          100s more, why have you not charged them yet?

          Somawansa, Weerawansa and all other killers from the JVP are still on the road with the exception of Somawansa (deceased), who killed Vijaya Kumaratunge. Why didn’t you charge them?

          I will tell you why, because you are a racist b&*^&h, you cannot see beyond someone’s ethnic background. Killers do not have an identity nor attached to a particular race. They are cold blooded killers, who will not hesitate to kill even their own. A filthy mongrel like you who is blind to all this carnage is complicit in their crimes. Therefore, this tells me that you are a killer yourself.

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            Tamil from the north

            This is the first time I heard someone saying Somawansa killed Vijaya. Who told you ? Chandrika? Weerawansa has no history of murders or any involvement in violence. I believe by the time he joined the group, JVP insurrection was almost over. On the other hand, Wimal doesn’t have a destroyer mentality, but a builder mentality.

            The 4 LTTE terrorists+1 EPDP in your list may have agreed to divulge all secrets of LTTE in exchange of their lives and the information given may have tremendously contributed to the elimination of the LTTE. If MR and his government have given their word to protect their lives in order to save 21 million people, then we should keep that word as long as they live.

            You are angry not because of the atrocities they committed but because of their betrayal that weakened Prabhakaran and his outfit.

            Your anger is not fair as Prabhakaran was given many opportunities to abandon terrorism in favour of politics. He never used the opportunity as he was misled by foreign powers to keep continuing murder, terror and violence. His megalomaniac dream for a separate Tamil Eelam cost Tamils their identity and place among Sinhalese. Tamils are leaderless today. After Sampanthan who? Nobody.

            It is time for Tamil people to think rationally. Our only issue with Tamils is, TNA’s demand for a separate state in the North by way of a Federal Constitution. Majority Tamils living in the South don’t agree with TNA’s demand.

            Tell your TNA leaders to abandon Federal Constitution, then we will show our unreserved solidarity and goodwill towards your people to solve their socio-economic problems better than Tamil politicians.

            Elect me as your MP for Jaffna, I will show you how to rebuild, revamp and resuscitate the Northern Province.

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              Champa…….
              This is Gold……I would have hugged you, if you were around……

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              Chimpa the bit&h, read this about your regular customer Weerawansa:
              •http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1704/en
              •http://www.adaderana.lk/news/37571/youth-found-dead-at-wimals-hokandara-home

              MR also bought the elections by giving VP Rs. 185 Million in the Wanni jungles through Tiran Alles. Have you forgotten that too?

              Stupid bit&h, you have been screwed many a times by all the right wing nutters, you cannot even win one argument. Stupid bit&h, go and f&*k yourself.

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                Tamil from the North

                Great minds discuss ideas,
                Average minds discuss events,
                Small minds discuss people.

                Cheers!

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                  Chimp(a), you consider yourself a great mind? That means we need to re-write the definition of a great mind. No vile racist can be considered a great mind. You are a filthy scumbag whore, who should be shunned by all decent peace loving people of this earth. A great mind is a person with neutral ideas, not biased and not corrupted………….you are nothing close to it. You are the epitome of scum, so you will remain a scum. There are many here though I do not agree with, have decent discussions. Their arguments are not built on racism. So here you go, you are a piece of trash, that should be discarded in a split second.

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                    TAMIL FROM THE FROZEN NORTH KENEDA: YOU have shown your low birth very well. What did your generation do in south India. Removing toilets ?

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                Vellala from Scarborogh,,……..
                You reckon your Hero Praba took LKR 185 million from Mahinda……….How sad… What did Praba do all with all the Dosh you and your mates in the Global Tamil Eeelaam sent him every month ?…… Specially what you collected from those Poor Curry shop owners in Scarborough……..And even knee capped DBS Jeyaraj with Base Ball bats for standing up to you ………Have you apologised to him …. Will he get any compensation when your new mates Sampathar and his apprentice Anglican Kid get the Package ” from Dr Ranil……………….

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                Very nice language and brainless logic. No wonder the Sinhala people do not trust you an inch.

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                  Taraki

                  What is the logical message you are trying to convey?

                  “No wonder the Sinhala people do not trust you an inch.”

                  They are so distressed listening to lies they don’t even trust their own shadow. Find out from HLD M if he has more lies in stock.

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              Chimpa, the only thing you know how to build is a brothel.

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                Tamil from the North

                Yeah, I built it for you to do some pandering so that you don’t have to always rely on LTTE rump money.

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            Dalit Tamil from North. Why you don’t have any Libido that is why you confront women to impose your political crap. YOu Tamils are killers by descendance. YOu moved to Sinhale, because you are nothing in South India. Those killers are good when they kill for you. when they are not killing for you, they are terrorists. Remember your killer Sungod. Do you still mourn him. somawansa was a part of a killer gang. but, we did not make it a nuiscnce on you a.

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          Champa

          A Very True and intelligent assessment. Certain sections had organized a bogus hartal on the heels of Sampanthan comments, no doubt a very much planned strategy, So another bogus political move.

          Next they will be telling us the LTTE were flower power peace activist going around sri lanka for 30 years using Gandhian methods to win political rights.

          All those mahatma gandhi’s in Prison never even touch a gun let alone know what a weapon looks like.

          Wonder what these Bread winners did when the flower power movement was in full swing, or yes received Money, food from GOSL from the south and some donor nations.

          But the only thing I will give Sampanthan is the Judicial system in SL is screwed up, even a petty land case takes 10 years, and dot get me started in the divorce cases.

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        Chambo,
        “Mr. President, you would appreciate the fact that barbarian terrorists should not be identified based on their ethnicity but based on their cruelty, brutality and the manner in which they unleash utmost savagery against humanity.”

        So on the suspicion of brutally murdering Wasim Thajudeen many members of Rajapakse family including Yoshitha and Gotabaya must be indefinitely locked up? Or the law discriminates accused on the basis of ethnicity?

        Come on racist Chamba those arrests were made on suspicion, no charge is made let alone conviction. The Tamil suspects have been locked up to appease extremists in the military and UPFA. People like you must get out of shit holes you tugged in and dwell all your life.and see how other decent people live and enjoy the life among multiethnic and multi religious environment.
        Lord Buddha won’t turn to even look at people like you.

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          Saro

          Learn to respect the value of other people’s lives and their right to live peacefully, before promoting terrorism.

          Those who held the Hartal are not ordinary Tamil people. They are well built healthy men when compared to others who held protests in the North before. There is a stark difference in them and other ordinary civilians in the North. It looks like many LTTE sympathizers who were overseas have returned to Sri Lanka, may be temporary, I don’t know. Hope the Army and the Police conduct regular checks and keep an eye on their activities.

          One thing to keep in mind is even if released, none of these detained terrorists will be able to go home. They will disappear only to return with weapons as the LTTE rump overseas will keep tab on them and use them to train new people.

          LTTE rump is dying to resurrect their outfit. Their only hindrance is the lack of trained terrorists as all of them are in prisons in Sri Lanka. They only need 5 well trained hardcore terrorists to train 500 hundred rookie terrorists who can unleash terror all over Sri Lanka again.

          If 100 odd hardcore terrorists are released they can completely destroy Colombo city in one night as there are more powerful sophisticated weapons available now than in Prabhakaran’s time. No actually, there are more sophisticated methods that are used by terrorists now such as; releasing toxic gas, as ISIS tried but foiled by Australian Police last month.

          If resurrected LTTE plugs with ISIS who are looking for a base in Asia, that will be the end of Sri Lanka and the entire region. I am sure the government is not stupid to put the lives of 21 million and themselves in grave danger by releasing hardcore LTTE terrorists.

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            Champa,

            You have hypotheses and presumptions without any substance or proof. This is the problem with prejudices, no room for change but rut in the rut. There are some LTTE sympathisers who can only shout and wave their flags. People are sick and tired of terrorism and no man power to launch any attack even if some wants what you fear. The military experts and the government, not this government but the ultra nationalist government said so openly that LTTE was destroyed and nothing happened during the last 8 years even to doubt those conclusion. You have to get out of hatred and prejudices to move forward. LTTE supporters and sympathisers are watched everywhere. Sri Lankan masses are in poverty and people like you never consider them deserve a decent life. Sri Lankan infrastructure is more than 70 years old and no government tried to build t except building some express ways and roads those, too, to get commissions. The trains, railways, water supply, sewage and transport are more than centuries old. The elitist think about themselves and their families not about common people or the country. Most ministers in the last government helped their friends and relatives and led a luxurious life while the ordinary Banda struggle for a decent meal or dwelling. Next to God Gotabaya also profited from selling state owned arms to African militaries.

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      Sinhala youth- many of them unemployed graduates and much more with GCE(AL) and other qualifications – felt their politicians have been right along cheating them, while enjoying the good life for them and their families. They waged armed war against the Government in 1971 and 1988/89. They brought the country and governance to a halt in those years. They killed many Sinhala politicians, Government officials, destroyed expensive public property etc., The Sinhala Govt looked into their case sympathetically and released them. This is the right thing to do considering the circumstances. Some of these youth eventually became leading Government politicians.

      Whereas Tamil youth in their traditional homeland in the NEP, suffering worse treatment from the majority Sinhala State, also waged an insurrection against the State. The same understanding the |Sinhala JVP youth engaged was denied to them. Some of them remain in jail without charges being framed against them. The Govt’s strength was the PTA Laws. They would have received better treatment if they were subject to the normal laws of the land. Some of these unfortunate youth have been in prison for much longer, without charges being framed against them, than what would have been their lot even if they were found guilty under normal laws.

      Are there separate laws for Sinhala youth and Tamil youth for similar offences against the State?

      If these Cases are inquired into by respected independent international legal institutions, GoSL will be found guilty of crimes along genocidal proportions.

      Pandaranayagam

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      Native and Jamis Muthu Banda,
      If you think I am a “racist”, what would you call yourselves? Belonging to a minority grants you automatic immunity from the racist label? How so? I wish you guys both good luck with the real racists. Believe me you are going to need it.
      Cheers!
      PS: BTW, I support Opposition Leader Sambanthan’s letter. I see no reason why LTTE prisoners cannot be pardoned. If not GOSL must prove in a court of law why so. Keep in mind we are a nation, where the President pardoned his own would have been LTTE assassin. Release the Prisoners! Give them a 2nd chance in life. MOVE ON! We lost 30 years on a brutal, senseless civil war. We must catch up. We got work to do. MOVE ON! Period.

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        Ben Hurling

        I don’t think President should pardon them. There are prisoners who have spent more than 15 years in remand custody. Why could not the state (forget the politicians) investigate charge them and if found guilty sentence them appropriately, granting early release for the time they have already served.

        Pardoning the prisoners is neither here nor there. I want to see every liberal Sinhalese/Tamils/Muslims fighting for the under dogs, justice, and the weakest section of the people who do not get justice served.

        On certain occasions your residual Sinhala/Buddhist nationalism showed up than your sense of justice and fair play. It is worrying. My worry is if left unchecked/unchallenged nothing will stop you from turning yourself into another little supporter of a a fascist junta.

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        Ben Hurling, Pardoning is for those who have committed crime and those who have not served a sentence appropriate for the crime. In Srilanka life sentence is only for 15 years. Some of these prisoners have not committed any crime at all and made to confess by force. Rest had committed minor crimes for which life sentence is not appropriate. Therefore the correct procedure is not pardoning but to release everyone against whom the government has failed to file charges and those who have been in remand for more than ten years. Did you hear that president has told NP chief minister that he cannot release them, because Sinhalese will say that you are releasing Tamils while filling the jails with Sinhalese. What an excuse to deny justice to Tamil prisoners.

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      JP Sartre? Which old book store (or your garage perhaps) did you get that from? Sartre or for that matter Malcolm X would have been best buddies with Sampanthan, if they were alive.

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      NV
      I raise my both hands for releasing all “LTTE suspects” who are under prolonged detention without trial. Government bloody well should either try them or release them. But Sampandan and you guys are calling them “political prisoners” with a different intention, not out of sympathy.
      For now they must be released but can be rearrested when “accountability” trials begin with foreign participation.
      Soma

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        somass ji

        “But Sampandan and you guys are calling them “political prisoners” with a different intention, not out of sympathy.”

        Don’t put your dirty words into my mouth. I never called them prisoners. Read my response to Ben Hurling.

        Don’t do the detainees a favours. They should be served justice. Justice and Sinhala/Buddhist fascists don’t mix.

        Why are the Grant Dukes of Mahasangha deafening silence on this important issue? Probably they are not aware of people being held in remand custody or internment for a prolonged time.

        I suppose they do not need to know about injustice being meted out by the state and the government through out the island simply because they are too busy being the guardians of this island.

        You do not need to expressively confirm your hypocrisy.

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        soma

        NO WAY. LTTE is a banned terrorist group, which was ranked as the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world at the time and the detainees are not mere suspects; they have confessed the atrocities they committed.

        Nobody in his right mind tell the government to release terrorist ‘suspects’.

        There are many other suspects in the remand custody for years for non-terrorist activities. Why do you think LTTE suspects should be given special privileges over others and release them? Because their atrocities, massacres should be recognized as heroic deeds?

        Terrorists can be rearrested? What an absurd idea. You may be not aware that over 27,000 of our soldiers have sacrificed their lives to end Eelam War and our Army and Intelligence Officers spent years and years investigating, went untold hardships taking utmost risks of their lives to find information about these hardcore terrorists and arrest them for engaging in terrorism. Once released, they will regroup in no time. LTTE rump overseas are dying to revive LTTE again and collect funds for resurrection with the help of foreign countries. Your words I am sure an encouragement to their revival.

        Trials begin with foreign participation??? I am glad there are only a handful who support such ideas and the rest who love their country will never allow that.

        I( couldn’t help but say something, though your comment is addressed to NV.)

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      Mr. Sampanthan

      “Leader of the Opposition and Leader Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan has today urged the President to release Tamil Prisoners in Custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Law without any further delay. “

      Ask the President to detain the terrorists, war criminals and murders Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as they all are Terrorists, but they are at large.

      Ask why the Double Standards? The 2-500 year Para Sinhala “Buddhist” culture? Did Buddha say that?

      Para-Sinhala Racism?

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      What can we patriots do than than raise our voice in open forums like this. The seperetist are continuing to further their cause under currrent political leadership. We have to be the spectators of the tragic drama as it unfolds.

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        Shenal i

        “We have to be the spectators of the tragic drama as it unfolds.”

        I assure you. You are only a spectator, sit in the gallery and watch the great game, being played by great powers.

        Its for the Hindians to decide the rule of the game, the players, and if necessary moving the goal post.

        The great African Elders observed “”whether the elephants fight or make love, the grass will still suffer.”.

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        Shenal,

        To begin with had the Sinhala practiced the Buddhism as preached by the enlightened Buddha, none of these calamities would have happened. Besides the Para-Tamils and the Para-Sinhala have the sane genetics from India, mostly from South India.

        This is not Maitriya of Buddhism. It is the “Maitriya’ of the Para-Sinhala

        Buddhism teaches that wisdom should be developed with compassion. At one extreme, you could be a good hearted fool and at the other extreme, you could attain knowledge without any emotion. Buddhism uses the middle path to develop both. The highest wisdom is seeing that in reality, all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent and do not constitute a fixed entity. True wisdom is not simply believing what we are told but instead experiencing and understanding truth and reality. Wisdom requires an open, objective, unbigoted mind. The Buddhist path requires courage, patience, flexibility and intelligence.

        The Sinhala “Buddhists” with an average IQ of 79 do not posses sufficient intelligence to be Buddhists.

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    These prisoners should be produced before the court and only when they are proven not guilty they should be released.

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    A simple request before casting your Tamil bulk votes for the President or to the new government, Will you release the Tamil Political Prisoners?

    UN HRC resolution demands the abolition of the PTA.
    He supported the two year extension without any preconditions, Why is he begging now? And for a united unitary samasthi regime.

    Now playing with the shadows of the death and the prisoners.

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      Mr. Manicka Vasagar, What would you have done had you been in Hon. Sampanthan’s shoes?
      (Be assured of follow up questions, IF you give a direct answer to my question.) Thank you.

      Thappu.

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    ” As agreed by the govt all political prisoners must be released. ”

    This was what Abraham Sumanthiran said ( which appeared in Colombo Telegraph of 15th October 2015 ) after seeing the detainees who were fasting at Anuradhapura prison.

    If this statement were true why did Sampanthan and Sumanthiran were silent all these time?

    He went on further and said ” In the event the govt does not respond in the next few days he too would be forced to join the prisoners in their fasting ” .

    Come on Sumanthiran, go and join their fasting at Vavuniya prison. Soon Sumanthiran soon. Honour your word. We wait to to see you in Vavuniya.

    There is a saying in Tamil. ” I pretend as I am hitting you and you pretend as you are crying” . How long you all in TNA could do this, I don’t know.

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    Mr. Sambanthan is a bankrupt politician. Because Big mouth rajitha Senarathne wants to be the Prime minister he is bashing buddhist monks, talk about Tamik prisoners. Sambanthan picked a point there and is asking the release of Tamil political prisoners. ——- How about Wijeyakala Maheswaran and the other TNA politician who gave protection to the those killers fom Swiss ?. Why you are silent about itAt least make the Tamil side respectable politicians.

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      Jimsofty Dimwit

      “Because Big mouth rajitha Senarathne wants to be the Prime minister he is bashing buddhist monks, talk about Tamik prisoners. “

      How could a politician become Prime Minister by bashing Buddhist monks? It never happened in the past and it will never happen in the future.

      He must be a dimwit like you. He should bash Tamils, Tamil Terrorism, VP, Sampandan, Chelvanayagam, Amirthalingam, Tamil businessmen, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Diaspora, …………………………. and Muslims, Muslim Dress code, Noise Pollution from Mosques, Muslims Jihadhi Love, conversion, …………… Christian NGOs, Vatican, American Born Again Christian, ……………. and needs to scare monger and rekindle paranoia.

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        NAtive Vedda; YOur beloved Leader Ranil is absconding FCID. He is scared and he is deciding about his future before coming to the FCID to answer his Role in the theft. So, they got rid of PM candidate. The other is different.

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    Mr.Singhakodi Sambanthan.

    What happened to the talks you and your party had with the president regarding the Tamil political prisoners last year. Do not cheat the Tamil people any more. You and your assistants have no voice among the Tamil people any more and should not be heard any more. Please do not come to the North in the future seeking votes from the Tamil people. The Tamil people may trust president Sirisena and a few Sinhalese gentlemen but not you, Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah. You all are crooked politicians. I have never come across such a filthy politician like you and Sumanthiran and Mavai in my lifetime. Damn shame and disgrace. The reason for your existance is that the Tamils are idiots.
    If the Tamil political prisoners have committed any crimes, charge them in a court of law, punish them if they are guilty or release them if they are found not guilty. How many years since they have been imprisoned. Doesn’t the government or the president thinks that it is a human rights violation to imprison those men for such a long period of time without trial. Why not murder them in prison itself. You are murdering them little by little. Prevention of Terrorism act is enshrined to punish the LTTE and not the JVP. There is no more LTTE. Then why not repeal that law.

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    Sri Lankan politicians and Colombo Telegraph contributors and commentators are all a bunch of idiots. No good come out of these idiots. God save Sri Lanka.

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      Fedup,
      Only You and you alone is right. You might be GOD!
      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        Do you agree with racists, bigots and fascists, bloody nuisance, thrishu, Shenal, Dimwit Jimsofty, Johnny English Baby, Champa, …………………………..?

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    “Release Tamil Political Prisoners Without Any Further Delay” This rhetoric from the octogenarian politician Sampanthan is not new and refers to the Tamil political prisoners locked up in closed prisons.

    Tamils are living in an open prison in the NE and elsewhere. Their freedom curtailed, every step they take closely watched by the army. Sampathan is mortgaging them off to another term of My3 & Ranil double act. or should I Say My3 , Ranil, Sampanthan triple act?

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    Barbaric Kallathoni LTTE terrorists are NOT POLITICAL PRISONERS.When Kallathoni LTTE terrorists finish their prison-time, they must be deported to Tamil Nadu.

    Don’t compare Kallathoni LTTE terrorists with JVP. Kallathoni LTTE terrorists used child soldiers, sex slaves, women soldiers, suicide b0mbers, cyanide capsules, etc, and killed Sinhala women, monks, elderly and children barbarically.

    Kallathoni LTTE terrorists sympathizers must be arrested under PTA.

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    There are no political tamil prisoners. He is referring to terrorists, the criminals that ahd taken arms against the state and murdered law abiding citizens of all ethnic groups that did not go along with them. I would not release even single one of them. Even the ones currying favors with the government like KP should be incarcerated.

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      thrishu,
      Agree with you except “Even the ones currying favors with the government like KP should be incarcerated.” Why?
      These individuals help bring peace to the country and there by saved thousands of lives that would be lost if the LTTE terrorism continued.

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    I’m glad that you are still engaged in the plight of the Tamils. You still have not uttered a word about the Sri Lankan Refugees languishing in India. Over 100,000 of them.
    MR after the victory, invited the Tamil diaspora in the West to Sri Lanka to build the country or to eliminate them too. MR also successfully aborted the attempts of the genuine Sri Lankan refugees from India fleeing to Australia. You didn’t speak on their behalf. Why this double standard, towards the treatment of Tamil Sri Lankans living in India and those living in Sri Lanka?

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    Sampathnathan should know that these are not political prisoners, they are Tamils who engaged in subversive activities including terrorism against the country. They are enemies of the country. Charges are pending on them similar to detainees remaining and kept at Guantanamo Bay by the US government.. Sampathnathan or anyone could learn more about them (now called “enemy combatants”) by contacting the US government.

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      Bloody Nuisance

      “Charges are pending on them similar to detainees remaining and kept at Guantanamo Bay by the US government.”

      The US launches rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida frequently on various missions and destinations.

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        Padikkam vedda,
        SL has no interest in launching rockets. What an idiot!

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      Eusense
      Could you kindly list the subversive activities?
      It may help the Police and the Attorney General’s Office. They do not seem to have specific charges against most of the detainees concerned.

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    Most commentators are engaged in trading insults and throwing mud. Why not discuss the issue in a sober and civilized fashion? In regard to these 3 prisoners who are on hunger strike for the last 17 days over a simple but legitimate request to transfer them to Vavuniya prison from Anuradhapura prison. These prisoners have appeared in courts 52 times during the last 9 years or more. Most of them have been arrested on petty charges like giving a cup of tea to LTTE militants or harbouring them. The government rewarded Karuna the erstwhile Deputy Leader of the LTTE after he deserted the LTTE. He is accused of murdering 500 Sinhalese policemen who surrendered to the LTTE in Batticaloa. But Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed him as one of the Vice Presidents of the SLFP and a Deputy Minister in his cabinet. Why then keep 132 prisoners indefinitely in prison? Some of them have not been charged for well over 10 years. There is no evidence against them except their own confession obtained under the PTA. One big question, why is the Attorney General and his Department dragging their feet? The Attorney General is biased. He is insisting the prisoners should remain in Anuradhapura prison come what may. In this respect he is indulging in double standards. Mr. Sampanthan has asked a poignant question for the 10th time. If the JVP killers who slaughtered thousands of soldiers and civilians could be pardoned by the government and given blanket amnesty why not the 132 prisoners languishing in prison cells? The President should not forget the fact that he and his family would have gone 6 ft deep on the night of January 8, 2015, if not for the votes of the Tamil people that tilted the poll in his favour.

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    Also tell us what happened to bus loads of Tamils along with a Catholic priest taken away by the military and never seen since?

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    Sira is dead scared of mara so he is not going to release any time soon. It was outrageous and pathetic for.sira to have a meeting with lemon puff hero wimal sakkilu karuppan

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    Leave alone the ethnicity, I am baffled as to how anybody can be called a political prisoner. Secondly on what basis can a person be held on preventive detention (if the law allows) for a very long period without review? If this is the case of, say Mr. Velayuthan, why cannot it be, say for Mr. Gunadasa. What is the plight of the citizen who falls into the mechanism of the PTA without recourse to review? In my humble opinion an I understand that a court was setup, presided over by a retired High Court Judge, now appointed as a Commissioner of the High Court, to deal with these cases expeditiously. I also must add that there is no possibility within the foreseable future of a JVP inspired uprising. So if a decision is taken to “forgive and forget” the JVP murderers it is one thing. But one cannot forget how a so called “civillian” was able to grab the pistol of a police officer and shoot at Justice Elanchellian, resulting in the death of his body guard. The sordid murder of Vidya was the result of a pornographic racket to satisfy the European psychopaths and thereby earn money for the “machinary” at the expense of attractive girls in the Northern Province. Anything is possible. So the people who have done really wrong must be taken to task and that does not necessarily mean rigourous imprisonment but, say a process of rehabilllitation. Others, if there are no charges or evidence they must be released. This issue should not surface over and over again but settled once and for all with a definite time frame.

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    TNA is the only leader survival that blessing of Parabarakan politics of Tamil Terrorism?
    The during range of that LTTE-Terrorism-War in that extended World wide by TNA LEADERS HAS BECOME spokesmen OF HOMELAND FOR TAMILS HAD BEEN ACCPECTS by Parabarakan .
    The defeated of LTTE the prisoners of Tamil Terrorism now has serious charges ,but that TNA leader has shifted in liberated their political prisons without any judiciary procedures by influence of Tamils Terrorist backing .
    The range finder of TNA leader are aim at of the political maneuvering agenda and by foreign lobbying of the so-called Human Rights of UNO agencies want release Tamil Terrorist from Detention centers without any charges?
    Indeed UNO so-called human rights are double standard of Terrorism in Globally?
    Is that TNA been the resrestsntives Tamil national Democratic Party or anti-establishment political out-fit?
    TNA has still working against politics of Democratic norms of Island to be replace GUN-rule Terrorism by influence of Tamil Diasporas and LTTE hidden roadmap an Island -wide?

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    Sampanthar gave up on everything for his mirage Secret Solution. Every day he kept moving to that Inchcape Rock. not knowing what is under water. ICW had warned one year ago TNA losing connection with Tamils. But Sumanthiran wanted a minister post from UNP and kept justifying the Yahapalanaya.

    1. Lands will not be released.
    2.Prisoners will not released.
    3.PTA will not be removed.
    4.Army (forget about Removing) will not be reduced.
    5.Never any investigation will be done on UHNRC investigation.
    6.Secret Solution is only a dream

    Nothing in the election statement Sumanthiran said to support CC will veer done.

    Remember, Yahapalanaya dismissed two CJs in two days. But never invalidated Mokan Peiris verdicts. They need those barbaric, Hitler style precedents. Nimalaruban was arrested and beaten because he looked energetic young man. There was nothing against him. Because of his Handsome, young, graceful look was jealous for the hygena Rapist Army. They picked him up for Nothing and daily beat him until he died, because they were jealous of his look. They shackled him with the Hospital bed and beat to death there itself. Mokan Peiris set a precedent that anybody accused by anybody as a Tamil terrorist can not seek justice in Lankawe courts. So even if these prisoners die in the prisons, not just Sampanthar, the entire TNA will not be able to bring any cases even for the unjustice.

    Sampanthar has no power to save these prisoners from death. Now, like a human being, he must declare that he is withdrawing from the Secret Solution and quit.

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    Dear Thappu,

    The art of politics is to make it possible and about honest negotiations for the best deal, not for themself, but for the people who elected and entrusted them.

    This responsibility was given to Mr Sambanthan.

    My e-mail dated 16/11/2014 to Tamil Arachi, I wrote – What is there for the Tamils to vote for, for whom, for what and why?

    Yes, I would have called all Tamils to abstain, unless the following issues were extracted and guaranteed to the honest brokers in the International Community.

    Demilitarisation of the North and East within one month, release prisoners, devolve police, land and financial powers to the NPC and EPC, safe return of all refugees to their own homes and farms, stop immediate structural genocide, open the doors to the UN HRC, call for a UN conducted referendum for the Tamils within 3 years into his term to see if the Tamils wanted to be under a united unitary unsafe Sri Lanka. If not, Why Vote?

    It would have tested the majority community the choice to decide their future with the Tamils in a united Sri Lanka. Failing which, our votes and negotiations would have become stronger for the second round. A coup or the bull will charge even under international spot light was to make believe and to frighten the Tamils into submission.

    Will he be able to negotiate and obtain, that our grandchildren can live in peace with security and dignity, and prosper with equality, in a united unitary Sinhala chauvinistic Buddhist majority regime.

    I am sure you know what an Executive Presidential decree means.

    A home grown permanent political solution to this long drawn ethnic problem, can never ever be reached without the engagement and guaranteed from the international community.

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      Dear Manicka Vasagar, You answered my question direct. Thank you. Further dialogue would be meaningless, since your views very much ignore reality.

      Thappu.

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    It would have been more fruitful had R.Sampanthan raised this at the UNHRC sessions in person.
    Even a known fraud like Godahewa went to the UNHRC and read out a speech which was all tweedledum and tweedledee,just the other day!

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    Sampanthan appeals to Sirisena.

    This will have about as much effect as blowing a trumpet into a dead man’s ear!

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      Estate Labourer

      President is NOT under obligation to release hardcore LTTE terrorists.
      He was elected by law abiding citizens not by terrorists.
      He was not elected to start a war.
      Therefore, he should ensure a peaceful country for all citizens.

      The first and foremost duty of the President, as the Protector, is to indiscriminately protecting citizens from terror and violence as terrorists attack civilians indiscriminately.

      Not only those who directly engaged in massacres, bomb blasts and attacks but also those who plotted, trained, supported, provided food and lodging, spying, etc, all should be treated as intentional contributory factors in aiding and abetting terrorism.

      Therefore, in order to give a strong message to those who are contemplating to revive the outfit, Terrorism Law should be further strengthened by imposing rigorous, toughest life time jail sentences for the above crimes too, as all those actions contributed to aggravate cold blooded mass killings by a banned terrorist organization.

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    Mullaiyuran is talking or rather writing rubbish. Sumanthiran never sought a ministerial post from the UNP or anyone else. There is a long standing policy by ITAK not to accept any portfolio till a satisfactory solution to the ethnic problem is found. It is unfair to claim that this government has not done nothing. A third of the land has been released in the North. In Sampur in the East 237 acres of land has been released to the owners after this government came to power. The previous government has taken over and gave this land on a 99 years lease to a company called Gateway Industries to establish an economic zone.
    In Vali North out of 6,381.5 acres of land close to 2,000 have been released to owners. Small patches of land elsewhere have also been released. Last month the Navy released 54 acres of land and the harbour at Myliddy
    Out of a total of 217 prisoners as at end of January 08, 2017 eighty-five prisoners have been released. As for PTA the government has give a pledge to the UNHRC to replace it with a law in keeping with international standards. The government brought a bill, but due to opposition from the TNA it has been withdrawn. Sri Lanka’s Parliament has enacted legislation to establish a Permanent Office on Missing Persons; its operationalisation is still awaited.
    It is true the government has not reduced the presence of the army in the North despite pressure from the TNA and others. The investigation against human rights violations is ongoing, but there is much to be done. Former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake and 4 others have been arrested on the charge of aiding and abetting the abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 and 2009. (Contd)

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      Thanga’s comments seem on most of the matters, he raises is reasonable. But as to
      the remaining youth taken under PTA the Rajapakse and Sirisena’s governments have
      verbally assured UN and other senior officials of international organisations,on many occasions,they will be released soon. When is soon? Consider, after all the Sinhala youth of the JVP were all released about 3 decades ago and the Mahanayakas applauded. But the Mahanayakas are the stumbling block in Yahapaalanaya Govt of Sirisena-Ranil releasing the rest of the Tamil youth – now held for decades. Where is justice and mercy here?

      R. Varathan

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        R. Varathan

        “Consider, after all the Sinhala youth of the JVP were all released about 3 decades ago and the Mahanayakas applauded.”

        Are you implying that since there is double standard being practiced all around, the Tamils should opt for separate state?

        The grant dukes of Mahanayake love to have their cake and eat it too. They love to be playing some sort of Rasputin role.



        He ruled the Russian land and never mind the czar
        But the cassock he danced really wunderbar
        In all affairs of state he was the man to please
        excerpt from Rasputin
        Boney M

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    All of them have been remanded. But the law enforcement authorities are dragging their feet in other cases like the shooting of 5 in Trincomalee on January 01.
    On 7th August, 2006 17 aid workers employed by Action Against Hunger (ACF) were murdered by the Sri Lankan army. The workers were found shot dead at their office in the town of Muttur. The ACF claimed its workers had been lined up, forced to kneel and each shot in the head. It had been awaiting the outcome of Sri Lanka’s own inquiries but they had turned into a “farce”.
    There is no secret solution. The interim report of the Steering Committee is now in the pubic domain. Debate on the bill is scheduled for October 30, 31 and November, 2017. Thus things are moving but moving painfully slow like action against corruption, bribery and murders.
    Sampanthan is doing whatever he can do. Some misguided and extremist elements in Diaspora (clones of Wimal Weerawansa) are asking for his blood. 01 October, 2015 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that Sri Lanka co-sponsored.
    Sri Lanka has assured the international community of a “four-pillar approach” to address truth, reconciliation, accountability and non-recurrence. However, the government’s apparently slow-paced efforts have made the majority of Tamils anxious and dispirited. The Act that has been certified by the Speaker of Parliament, is now the law of the land, and awaits the assignment of the subject, for its operationalisation.
    This is the last chance for the government to act. Otherwise extremists among the Tamils will take over leadership like in the past.

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      Thanga don’t tell that me you never heard a person’s name Thiruchelvam and because of him Navaratnam like brainiest left the party.

      Sumanthiran was supposed to deliver the opening speech for the starting ceremony of CC candidacy on behalf of UNP, but Sinhalese opposed it so the day before the speech, it was cancelled. Sumanthiran stood in front with other UNPyers to dismiss two CJs in two days. But, yet the Justice Ministry went to Deal, didn’t come to Sumanthiran. Sumanthiran’s selection for a Minister Post was announced two days before the cabinet was officially opened. Don’t tell me that in Lankawe, where all the Minister Posts, which are very lucrative jobs, are paid and bought, but was just one was allocated to Sumanthiran the King, without Sumanthiran or Sampanthar knowing that. He couldn’t accept that job because it was school kids’ paperboy ministry. Could you tell me how did Sampanthar have the Opposition Party Leadership? Can you tell me why the Joint Comedies didn’t get it? It is because Joint comedies will curse UNP in parliament only Sampanthan and Sumanthiran will substantiate Yahapalanaya from the opposition. Who doesn’t know this other than you in Lankawe? How come TNA which had the most seats allowed SLMC to rule and accepted only minister posts? Because you, TNA guys, deserve only coolie jobs.

      Yes, you are right in land issue, because 13A said Lands are owned by provinces, but your boss negotiated under Secret Solution as Lankawe Army owns it. In that case Tamils have to be grateful to army because it has allowed many Tamils to live in North and East in the lands it owns.

      But sorry man, all the released lands are worthless.

      Your boss Sampanthar’s Secret Solutions says that government has full authority to take any land any time. Is that means Appe Aanduwa doesn’t wants the lands and going to return additional lands? Can you explain me how, while Mullaithivu is poorest area in the nation, but there 25% of the army lives and cherish? That all what Sampanthar achieved by having released all the lands!

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    MR needed the loyalty of the armed services and police. He permitted then to enter the hospitality industry. In due course the armed services have evolved into an autonomous independent government.
    Sampanthar No point requesting GoSL to release Tamil prisoners. Ask the armed services directly. You may need to front up with cash – this is the only language they understand!

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      K Pillai

      That is not fair. Armed forces have nothing to do with political decisions.

      MR lost the support of the Army already when Basil stated in Jaffna without any evidence that individuals in the Army may have committed war crimes. Rajapaksas supporting unsubstantiated war crimes allegations is despicable. I don’t see any difference between them and LTTE diaspora. It is a gross betrayal of the Army they used to eliminate LTTE. It is sickening to see how low some politicians can stoop to come back to power.

      JO is asking JVP’s support now. MR is seeking support from TNA and Muslims. Next Basil will seek the support from LTTE diaspora. MR is heading for the second rude shock from Sinhalese Buddhists.

      Rajapaksa clan is fast losing public support. They can never go before the people without Wimal.

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        Rajapaksa clan is fast losing public support. They can never go before the people without Wimal.

        If so, in your opinion anybody gaining support or you think Sinhalese are going to boycott the next election.

        Is that Sinhalese are going to do what leaders Pirapaharan asked in those Sinhala elections?(“Don’t go to vote in Sinhala Chauvinists elections”)

        Will you ever have political parties with other than slogans of “Ruling pretending as lenient to Tamil and Opposition violently oppose Tamils”? ; SLFP, & UNP names does not name any difference in their policies) Isn’t why Joint Comedy club was created splitting the SLFP which lost in 2015 because it was lead by Old King, and because of the loss it joined UNP to shara Minister Post under 19A?

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    Who told Sampanthan aiya to demand so?? S.J.Emmanuel ???

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    IC asked from Sampanthar to sacrifice TNA to revive UNP. In fact many IC demanded it from him. He become an easy target. With IC help, Yahapalanaya has stolen everything from Sampanthar. Sampanthar has become shaky. His end days are becoming more, more difficulty. Ranil & New King seeing his no way out position, using his weakness and strengthen their position. This is the war time strategy of Sinhala Chauvinism over Tamils. Sampanthar did know this is where it end. But he willingly sailed towards the inchcape rock. There is no escape for him now, but to hug disaster and merge into the fate

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    Sampanthan,

    From your letter and the hartal we understand that local elections are approaching.

    Do you sincerely have nothing new or more important to use in your campaign?

    Are the remanded guys the main problem of Tamils?

    Are there no wasted children in the North? I read that about 20% of the children in our country are wasted. Should they not be the priority?

    Is there potable water?

    What next? Repeat the demand of returning the occupied land?

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    TNA is working on the Two Fronts ; by

    One is that TNA’s Samapathan has engaged the day and night working of crafty politics for New Homeland Tamils in north by package of devolution of North Federalism.
    Its aim of created form the Center of weak State and power more to Tamils in North-east by proposed “New Constitution” that initiated d by UNP and CBK of Tamil Feudal federalist and MS!

    Front two ;TNA has regain & win-over New militant Cadres of LTTE for gun -train Tamils for New Police Men in North. That prepared Tamils armed cadres to be legalized and given legitimated coverage by New Police admission in future LTTE armed cards in North by links of TNA leadership .
    The an issues is urgent address by TNA want to release LTTE hard core prisoners for dentations without any conditions.

    This not policies of Democracy by TNA that official leader of Opposition leader in Parliamentary norms?
    Do not forget TNA is /was legal resrestsntives of LTTE Armed Wing? During 30 war of LTTE politics has proven beyond doubt that where was that TNA stand for?
    No doubt that TNA is basically anti-establishment political out-fit?
    It will never-ever come to the mainstreamer politics of Democracy in Sri Lanka in deeds @

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    What happened to all the Sakkiliyas in Colombo? The shit carriers. You don’t see them now. Are they in Parliament or making billions out of bond scams? I think
    Sampan than looks like a closet Sakkiliya. He is FUGLY !!

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