18 June, 2021

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Shani, Rishard ‘Political Prisoners’ Of The Nandasena Regime: Eran

Opposition Lawmaker Eran Wickremaratne slammed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Government this week, saying the prolonged incarceration of former Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and former CID Chief SSP Shani Abeysekera without charge made them ‘political prisoners’ of the regime in power.

Rather than combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government had launched a vicious witch-hunt against political opponents and critics, MP Eran Wickremaratne charged, addressing the media on Monday (24).

The SJB Parliamentarian noted that when you arrest someone and incarcerate them for prolonged periods without charging and prosecuting them in a court of law, they become political prisoners.

“This is supposed to be a country of laws – there cannot be political prisoners in this country,” Wickremaratne charged.

Shani Abeysekera, the former director of the CID is the country’s most skilled criminal investigator, Wickremaratne said.

“Not every police officer is willing to conduct investigations into powerful members of the ruling class. No matter what case the IGP entrusted to Shani Abeysekera, he would investigate meticulously and deliver results. It was Shani Abeysekera who investigated the Easter Sunday bombings. He also investigated politicians. He was one of the Police Department’s most skilled and courageous officers. A public officer who has worked tirelessly for the country for 20 years. They dragged him also off to prison,” the SJB MP said.

 

“If he has done something wrong and the government can prove it, prosecute him in a court of law,” Wickremaratne demanded, about the senior cop President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government has imprisoned for nearly a year now.

Wickremaratne noted that Shani Abeysekera is an officer with a long and distinguished record in public service and someone who suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. He had a heart attack in custody and even contracted Covid-19, the MP noted.

“How is this justice? Shani Abeysekera is a political prisoner today,” Wickremaratne emphasised.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP said for one month the Government was holding former Minister and the leader of the second largest Muslim party prisoner under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for over a month now.

Wickremaratne said that ACMC Leader Rishard Bathiudeen had also noted in his parliament speech on May 18, that if the Government could prove charges of terrorism against him, they should bring those charges to court and prosecute him.

Wickremaratne noted that the Presidential Commission of the Easter Sunday Attacks had found no evidence of wrongdoing by Bathiudeen and then acting IGP Chandra Wickremaratne had informed the Speaker of Parliament that the ACMC leader was not being investigated in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks.

At the time that Bathudeen was arrested in a pre-dawn raid of his home in CID, there was no detention order issued against him, and the Attorney General had not advised the police to take the member of Parliament into custody, the main opposition MP told the media.

Bathiudeen’s arrest and detention was grounded in racism, Wickremaratne said. “Do not bring race and religion into this. None of us can help what we were born into. We don’t decide to be born into a Muslim, Buddhist or Christian home. We don’t even decide to be born in this country. Every person should be treated equally irrespective of cast or creed,” the SJB MP charged.

Watch Eran Wickremaratne’s statement on Bathiudeen and Abeysekera here.

 

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    Eran Wickremaratne himself is a racist because he does not mention Tamils or Hindus in his article as if they don’t matter.

    Furthermore he doesn’t utter a word about several Tamil political prisoners languishing in jails without trials for suspected terrorism for decades.

    If it affects you it matters, otherwise it doesn’t, is the attitude he takes.

    Hypocrites everywhere!

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      Rishard party had voted to 20A and Port City Bill. Eran is not asking Rishard on that. Eran never spoke a word about Political Prisoners’ in Yahapalanaya time. He never put a word in Ranil’s ears let them(Tamil political prisoners) go. Hafeez Hisbullah is inside for no reason. Eran doesn’t know that because Hafeez didn’t help to from SJB. Rishard wouldn’t be inside now if Hakeem and he had not organized Muslim Ministers’ union to go on strike and topple Ranil on the fake investigation. Eran thinks that putting Rishard on the same yoke with Shani will clean the rogue member of the SJB and will help to get the presidency to Vaalaiththodam before the Elder Son Prince (, the latest deal between UNP and SLFP).

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        “Eran Wickremaratne himself is a racist because he does not mention Tamils or Hindus in his article as if they don’t matter.”

        Welcome to Human-Nature 101.

        Most Sinhalese will see only injustices done to them ……… likewise the Tamils. …….. It’s tribal.

        Don’t go too far …….just observe this forum ………. where have Sinhalese spoken against the injustice done to Tamils. ……. Where have the Tamils spoken against the injustice done to Sinhalese?

        The few exceptions are NV, OC, LM, SM, chiv ……. and some others that escape memory …….

        The important thing here is, Eran is not a murderer, a serial-killer, a Tsunami fund thief, a bond scammer, a man attempting to rob public money at every opportunity ………….

        Eran is not Buddha or Christ to fight every injustice …….. he is just human; like any of us.

        When people attack the small speck in the messenger’s eye they miss the plank in the eye of what he is trying to fight against …….

        Throughout history, this is how rulers perpetuate their power by getting the subjects to fight against each other ……. divide and conquer/rule ……… that’s how Native keeps his 7 mistresses under his thumb ……..

        Now, let me take cover and go on vacation ………….. see ye in a while ………..

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          Nimal Fernando!
          “Where have the Tamils spoken against the injustice done to the Sinhalese”? From the good old days Tamils like Sir ponnambalam Ramnathan has spoke for the. Sinhalese. Thereafter, when Srimavo was disenfranchised by JR,. Amirthalingam spoke on her behalf and invited her to Jaffna, where the Tamils gave her a rousing reception because she was a down trodden like the Tamils. These are two conspicuous ones. But there are other cases which doesn’t come to my mind. Most of the other cases are /were, Sinhalese Vs Sinhalese, a home and home match( (family quarrels) like, Ranil Vs Rajapakses or UNP vs SLFP., where they soft pedaled the issue resulting in Srilankan’s, being in present plight. When Ramanayake was sent to prison Tamils Joined the Sinhalese in the parliament to speak on his behalf. It just came to my mind, Dr. Nevillle Fernando who was treated badly by the government and Amirthalingam came to his rescue again.
          Even if some Sinhalese wants to Speak about the Tamil political prisoners’ they are more concerned about their own political future rather than the lives of the Tamils.

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            Kanapathy Varunan

            “From the good old days Tamils like Sir ponnambalam Ramnathan has spoke for the. Sinhalese. …………………………………………………………………..”

            Don’t forget VP helping Premadasa and vica versa.
            VP helping Mahinda win elections and the war.

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          nimal fernando

          “Now, let me take cover and go on vacation ………….. see ye in a while ………..”

          In case if you were to meet Basil (10 to 30)% ……… will you be tempted to make a deal with him?

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      Dear Eran,
      .
      You are one of the few SRILANKEN politicians, I consider as ” hearted politicians”. U could also enjoy by working to foreign institutions, but you never did it. For hearted reasons, u thought your knowhow could be useful, if you would join SRILANKEN politics.
      For known reasons, enitre nation is thrown to that deep today. But to our surprise, people, very same people, that dreamt of GOTA s magical leadership is today stand still.

      Nobody else, we should put the blame on SRILANKEN ABUSIVE MEDIA CULTURE.
      :
      No need to repeat, this nation got caught by the tricks being played by an uneducated MASON/Dhammika Bandara within few hours, since POHOTTUWA parliamentarians and some PINGUTTHARAYAS gave it a publicity to the very same manner they did it with that ” NAGAYA-CARRIED-FAKE RELICS” from Kelaniya River to so called most sacred KELANIYA RAJA MAHA WIHARAYA. I wish I could interview that CHIEF MONK OF kelaniya raja wiharaya today. Is there any JOURNALIST in SL, who has the guts to go for it ? No…. but most of them go on repeating…. they are so called ” investigative journalists”: I think we should BOMB down Deran TV and HIRU TV stations, if anyone want to see a better future for the youth in this country.

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      Thiru!
      You are right. This is hypocrisy with a smile.

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    Singhalese are indeed by the very nature are a solid bunch of hypocrites. The mindset of Rajapakshes indicate the lowest depth the recording of the depth sounder has ever recorded in human degradation. Probably this may be the beginning of the end of Buddhism in Srilanka.

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      hanchopancha ,

      Any idea if there was any beginning to Buddhism in Srilanka ?

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        Dear whywhy. This news is just for you. The beginning of Buddhism of the Great Socialist Republic of Srilanka coincides with the inauguration of Emperor Nandasena the Great.

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          hanchopancha ,

          Thanks , you are a Prof !

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      HP,
      thank you for articulating it as no others. Today is another VESAK day… let alone today they should all realize, that what they have been doing is just cheating THE VULNEARBLE of this country.
      Rajapakshes fished on muddy waters not thinking twice. To my surprise, the very same men can see in the eyes of the very same people again again… these men are shameless buggers, that should long have been hung by their balls, by bringing to GALLE face green.

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    It is no point in crying now. You had a chance to implement the rule of law from 2015 and 2019. If the rule of law applied according to the law Rajapaksas will be already in prison for life for the crimes they committed. The murder of Lasantha who was a friend of Rajapaksas did not happen now it happened long time ago. It is a well known fact and truth only one solution for any one who is against to that family. Do you know the fact that they allowed (or arranged) all main LTTE leaders to go abroad at the end of war but killed only surrendered political and those who gave food to LTTE or dig bunkers for the safety of people. They also keep some alive in prison for making deals with Tamil Politicians. It is a well known truth the arrest of Shani and Rishard is for personal and political similarly release of Death sentanced military and Pothu Pala Sena Monk are to cheat Buddhist and Military and Buddhist Sinhala. Finally they got through the Port City Bill to sell this country to China.

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      Ajit – spot on on UNP’s failure and the people have to suffer.

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      Ajith ,

      Lasantha murder , Frauds and Corruption all were investments for
      future politics of the opponents and the opponent’s investment was
      Easter Sunday and Bonds for the current regime ! Wonder of Asia
      without a reason ?

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    Eran
    Why did you NOT raise your voice when Lacile de Silva was removed from his job by your then leader Ranil when Lacile was working very hard to put the Rajapakse family behind bars. If Lacile was allowed to do his work all these buggers would not be terrorising the whole country and their looting would not have continued.

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    Ir is weel known fact the Mahinda Gota Governmnet is taking vegence gainst the Minority Political ledaersspecaily Mulims and they may also go for Tamil Politicins like CVW , Sumanthiran Gajendar Kumar Thye want Tamil Titorslike Vialneran Piollayan Annjan and Doglas and Rgavan These are guys who are for one and Power I do not understand how People elected them With regard to Mulsim MPS hey could b easily bought ver for mOney or be threatening they fail to support Mahinda dynasty
    We have seen the way the Mahindadynsy sed the Covid situation to push through the China cityBiil selling the country to China This is similar to Portuguese who set foot on Sri Lanka by asking fo place to do business in Colombo and they gradually ruled the entire Sri Lka except Kandayn Kingdom like the King of Kotte who permitted to start a business in Colombo Mahinfa Dynasty has allowed Chins start a business in Hambantota and now in Colombo, The long term outcome is Sri Lka will become copon of China like Man African countries Political vendetta is the Objective of Mahinda dyanstry One day it will boomerang back on them Waht sow is what you reap

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    we should not only be worried about the present happenings but what more will come in the future.

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    Now that the Rajapaksa’s sold us out to China, they are going to influence this country in every way, and these political arrests, will only get worse. China operates like that and worse, and the Rajapaksas already chose the same path by arresting those who they in their insecure little minds, think are a threat to them and their dodgy agendas. They have arrested those who did their duty, and spoke out for the country, and they are thrown in jail without any evidence of any crimes. What next? Will they send fighter jets to threaten passenger jets, to arrest those who criticize them?

    When these thugs arrested Sarath Fonseka because he dared to run against them, without any valid charges, it sent a strong message to the country that this was the way they would operate, and now we know it has got worse. They showed their true colors the last time, yet a large majority of people wanted them back. Poor judgement or ignorance?

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      When they harmed the innocent Tamils these fellows were then heroes. Now when they do the same for their own men they want to cry foul. Criminals are criminals. If you would have taken the necessary action then, today this wouldn’t have happened, So don’t cry now just accept it. learn your lesson now so it would not happen again.

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    Where was this guy when his boss sat with his ‘Royal Gang’ and ‘Rathu Ali Petiya’ at TT and ordered the Police and CID to arrest Rajapakshe family members, politicians belong to ‘Pohottuwa’ and Intelligence Officers of Sri Lanka Armed Forces and kept them behind bars for long periods without bringing charges.

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      Moderator ,

      This guy Eagle has not finished drowning , please do something !

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    This is what happens when you hand over the country to the Mafia/Cosa-Nostra ……. Chicago 1925 …….

    But then we won the war ……. beat the Tamils, No?

    Now, anything goes!

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    I see a bleak future for all wrong doers who will not have access to the developed world, not even for a brief visit and their assets will be confiscated. Watch what will happen to wrong doers in Belarus. World will be a limited place to them and it is already happening in some other countries.

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      Myanmar ____Belarus _____Lankawe

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        Evil, either think before writing and if you are not capable doing so send what ever your rambling rants to editor for proof reading instead of wasting space. A guy who can’t write a simple sentence is claiming to save country.

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        Myanmar—– Belarus—-Maldives—-Pakistan—-Lanka…. all these have much common.
        :
        All the stupid leaders of RAJAPAKSHE nature, got caught though they became untouchably wealthy within 24 hours.

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          All these failed countries, saddled with corruption, and mismanagement are good friends. Birds of a feather stick together. They all can only help each other to lose the little they still have.

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    These are the acts of frightened dictators. If Gota had an ounce of grey matter he would have released all political prisoners (especially the Tamils) as soon as he became President.

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