25 August, 2019

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Six Degrees Of Separation: Sad Saga Of Premawathie & Isaipriya

By Sanmugam Kanaga-Ratnam

Six degrees of separation is the theory that every person on this planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of people, places, events that has no more than five layers or intermediaries. Mathematicians and MIT professors have researched this theory and see some validity.

Premawathie & Isaipriya

Premawathie Manamperi was a beautiful 22 year old Sinhala woman from Kataragama. If you don’t believe me about her beauty, let me tell you, she was crowned Avurudhu Kumari in April 1970. She was a pleasant happy girl coming from a modest home living with her parents and ten siblings. If you search the archives, you may come across pictures of her in black and white. Even the grey scale cannot hide her beauty. She was living at the time where there were no cell phones or the internet.

Shobana Dharmarajah, popularly known as Isaipriya was a beautiful 27 year old Tamil girl from Jaffna. Just search for her name and you will see why I call her a beauty. Unlike Premawathie, Isaipriya was fully immersed and grew up in the cell phone/internet era. Isaipriya was a media personality, a journalist and a broadcaster. The LTTE hired her to broadcast news from their network.

I feel connected to Premawathie – because I walked the same streets she walked on. I have been to Katharagama first as a child with my parents and have walked from Tissamaharama to Katharagama on many occasions. I ate bunnis and drank tea at the same tea boutiques where Premawathie ate bunnis and drank tea. Premawathie and I worshipped at the same Katharagama Devaley, the jungle shrine, with mystique rituals and practices. [proof of six degrees of separation]

I feel connected to Isaipriya – because she walked the same streets I walked on when she lived in Jaffna. She enjoyed ice cream at Subhas Café at the Jaffna main bus station where I would swing by for my fix of ice cream made with full cream milk, loaded with calories when I was a student in Jaffna. And to round off my connection to Isaipriya, she attended Vembadi Girls High School in Jaffna, a school my mother and my sister attended. [proof of six degrees of separation]

Now here comes the bombshell – a further proof of six degrees of separation.

I feel Premawathie and Isaipriya were connected. They both met their death in the hands of The Sri Lankan Army! Sri Lankan Army is the common link that connected Premawathie from the South and Isaipriya from the North.

They were both alive when they were picked up by the army, but soon thereafter they were both dead. Though their time line was thirty eight years apart, there is an eerie unity in their death! Unbeknownst to each other, they became sisters in their death and their sisterhood was facilitated by the Sri Lankan Army.

On April 5, 1971 Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launched a surprise attack on several police stations and government installations in the South with a view to overthrowing democratically elected government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Around mid April 1971 the army was deployed in the south of Sri Lanka to bring the JVP insurgency under control. There is no evidence that Premawathie was linked to the insurgency forged by the JVP. After several hours of interrogation by the army personnel Premawathie was stripped naked and was made to walk the streets of Katharagama and two army officers, Liutinent Wijesuriya of Gemunu Watch and private Ratnayake sprayed bullets into her with a sterling sub-machine gun. As she was crawling on the ground, still alive, she was picked up and buried alive in a pit in a vacant lot. Minutes later, another soldier from Wijesuriya’s unit came and put a bullet through her head and finished the job. [this gruesome narrative is straight from the court proceedings and evidence presented in court – by witnesses including civilians and soldiers]

There is no doubt that Isaipriya was a LTTE sympathizer and was doing broadcasts for the LTTE. During the final stages of the war still and video images show the soldiers took Isaipriya into custody in the Nandi Kadal area. Subsequent forensic examination showed that Isaipriya was shot in the head execution style and her body desecrated.

Premawathie and Isaipriya were both alive when they were picked up by the army. 

Minutes later both were dead!

Most of us forgot Premawathie who died in the hands of the army almost fifty years ago. Isaipriya died in the hands of the army ten years ago. If alive today, Premawathie would be a great grand mother, still a beautiful seventy something! Isaipriya would be thirty seven, probably in prison or a rehabilitation camp for her involvement with the LTTE.

But, Premawathie and Isaipriya who were connected just by one layer are both dead – in the hands of the Sri Lanka Army. 

In case you are wondering where I am going with this story, let me assure you it is not an attempt to solicit your pity or sympathy for Premawathie or Isaipriya. My objective is to examine the validity of the theory, “Six Degrees of Separation”.

Here is bombshell number 2. 

Wijesuriya and I were connected!! 

Prosecutors charged Wijesuriya along with Ratnayake with two counts of attempted murder because she was still alive when she was buried after she was machine gunned by Wijesuriya and Ratnayake. Witnesses couldn’t identify the third soldier who shot her through the head. 

Wijesuriya came from a wealthy Colombo family, owned a tire re-treading and rebuilding business located just next to my office in Slave Island. While awaiting trial and out of the military, he would visit his business couple of days a week and I have run into him occasionally!

The evidence was rock solid and Wijesuriya and Ratnayake were convicted by the supreme court and sentenced to sixteen years of rigorous imprisonment. Wijesuriya promptly appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Some of the most brilliant Sri Lankan legal scholars sat on the Court of Criminal Appeal. Wijesuriya v. The State was heard by some well known justices at that time: Justice A.C Alles, Justice Vincent Thamotheram and Justice Christie Weeramantry.

Believe it or not, I was connected to these justices!

My father, a civil servant under the ministry of justice, worked as a Court Administrator and served in all the provincial courts throughout Sri Lanka during his thirty year tenure with the government. He was well versed in court administration and loved the Administration of Justice in Sri Lanka as it existed then. During his thirty year career with the ministry of justice, my father either directly or indirectly worked under all three Justices of the Court of Criminal Appeal that heard Wijesuriya’s case.  He took pride in sharing with us, his family, how brilliant the Judges were in the judicial system throughout Sri Lanka during his tenure.

The three justices heard Wijesuriya and Ratnayake’s appeal and each of them discussed debated, deliberated and presented some of the best analysis of the case with clarity and brilliant jurisprudence.

In the end they delivered a unanimous verdict – upholding the verdict from the Supreme Court with no reduction in sentence for Wijesuriya and Ratnayake. The sixteen year rigorous imprisonment was upheld by the Justices.

[The Appeal verdict is located at: https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/1977/12/31/a-wijesuriya-and-another-appellants-and-the-state-respondent/]

After retirement Justice A.C Alles became a prolific writer both fiction and non-fiction. His writings on legal matters are brilliant. On maintaining Judicial Independence, he wrote: 

Judges are responsible to themselves and their own conscience to make their    decisions in a Court of Law – without fear or favour to maintain the administration of justice in accordance with the Rule of Law.

Justice Weeramantry, a brilliant legal scholar served as Professor of Law at Monash University, Australia and was a member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He was elected Vice President of ICJ and when he wrote a dissenting opinion maintaining that nuclear weapons should be banned even at times of war, a view that was contrary to the view of majority judges on the ICJ from Western nations.

Besides these two giants of Sri Lankan Judicial structure of the past, there were other brilliant legal minds that served with distinction: Justice Sansoni, Justice H.N.G Fernando, Justice T.S. Fernando, Justice Victor Tennekoon to name a few.

Premawathie was wronged. She was brutally murdered by the Sri Lanka Army. Her parents will never get her back. But the justice system did not let Premawathie or her parents down. The system held the perpetrators accountable. The police, the investigators, the witnesses, the prosecutors and the judges all did their job. The family did not have to go the UNHRC or the International Court of Justice. The Manamperi family, a humble, modest, peasant folk from Katharagama were delivered justice for the injustice done by the Sri Lanka Army to their oldest daughter Premawathie, a Beauty Queen and a pride of their family. The Justice system in Sri Lanka in 1971 – 1973 functioned just the way it was meant to and delivered justice to Premawathie and her family.

The Justice system in Sri Lanka today is separated from the Justice system of the 1970’s – not by six degrees, but by six thousand degrees!

That is why justice for Isaipriya has to be delivered by someone outside of the Sri Lankan judicial system. 

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  • 15
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    Both murders are gruesome.Justice has prevailed in the case of Premawathie. We still follow the same system though judges etc may have retired and newer personnel in place. Therefore nothing to.deprive justice for Isaipriya’s murder as well. The whole case could be examined by the courts and Justice meted out. Up to the officials to act and we don’t need UNHRC to get involved.

    • 16
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      See, what a beautiful nation, it is already 48 years passed since the murder of Manamperi ?

      Do you guys think – the nation has learnt a bit from the kind of murderous acts. ?
      Ironically, they the majority of gulliable people, love the murderers more than their enemies.

      :
      I quoted here just few extra judicial kind of killings in recent past

      Lasantha Wikramathunga killer – is public secret – do THE VERY SAME nation intend to break the silence ?

      Ekanliagoda- catoonist, went missing – is public secret- do THE VERY SAME nation intend to break the silence ?

      Thadjeen – a muslim rugby player – as young as the SONs of former President – MISTERIOIUSLY killed, allegedly by former President’s family, is public secret – do THE VERY SAME nation intend to break the silence ?

      23 unarmaed prisoners of Walikada were brutally gunned down – on the command of former DEFENCE SECREATARY – the FATHER of ABDUCTIONs AND Extra judicial killings of THEIR NATURE ,is public secret – do THE VERY SAME nation intend to break the silence ?

      Rathupaswala, young boys went on marching asking for the CHEAPEST FOOD STUFF- drinking water; got shot dead, injuring over 30 protest marchers, is public secret – do THE VERY SAME nation intend to break the silence ?

      —————————–
      All the kind of extrajudicial killings according to the eyes of anyone with sanity, but WHAT HAVE PEOPLE in this country done, in order breaking the BITTER SILENCE towards, not serving the JUSITICE to the people ?
      Not much… right ?

      Meaning it is the people to be blame for TODAY’s impunity promoting society or not ?

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        I would like to recollect how Late Bala Tampoe the General Secretary of Ceylon Mercantile Union (CMU) went on speaking about the Murder of Prema Manamperi, to ensure justice was brought to her. But to-day there is no one to speak about the murder of Isaipriya. Perhaps she is just one among the many, known and unknown victims.. Further more she is a Tamil and needs no justice..

    • 7
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      Premawathie and Isaipriya died a very gruesome death in the hands of these animals called war heroes. Though I do not understand Sinhala, a beautiful language I still listen to the original song sung by Anton Jones in Sinhala. So sad, this poor rural woman was murdered many years ago and similar crimes are being committed by these criminals even today. Did the main criminal who murdered Premawathe get jail time?

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    The Justice system in Sri Lanka today is separated from the Justice system of the 1970’s – not by six degrees, but by six thousand degrees!

    That is why justice for Isaipriya has to be delivered by someone outside of the Sri Lankan judicial system.

    Spot On agreed.

    Bring and set up the International courts and judges now.

    • 6
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      I think legal systems were much better then than it is today.
      :
      Besides, politicians were not that much of demogogues that time.
      :
      Today, people let them hoodwink ON and on . Just imagine, the way how demogoically they have been today, even if that coup in OCTOBER almost wasted the funds of the states amounting the size of 77 fold than the loss of Bank bond scam since Good governance govt came into being.
      People seem to be not even interested in Rajaakshes high crimes, even if the BOND bank scam losses were 99% more than that of SIRISENA-RW govt.
      That proves, SIRISENA himself prevents the investigations from its continuation.
      Yet today, he has beeen keeping all the recommendations CLOSE to his hearts, not exposing it to the public.
      May well be it is going to be a gimmick to get the ticket him to be common candidate for the next election.

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    I only saw two comments upt5o now. One from Dcn stating justice has not changed then and now and other comment Srinivasan stating it has changed. My question is has our Army/military changed between then and now???????????? Has people who direct the army including politicians changed between then and now????? Has the country changed from then and now????? Nothing has changed between then and now. We from being shit hole became nasty stinking ulcerative shit hole.

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    I only saw two comments upto now. One from Dcn stating justice has not changed then and now and other comment Srinivasan stating it has changed. My question is has our Army/military changed between then and now???????????? Has people who direct the army including politicians changed between then and now????? Has the country changed from then and now????? Nothing has changed between then and now. We from being shit hole became nasty stinking ulcerative shit hole.

  • 10
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    Very well written. Has anyone put up a case for Isaipriya.Havent heard any thing about her or other misding people of North.

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    Two terrorists put down by the Armed forces to bring peace and stability to other citizens. Killing these two don’t amount to war crimes. In war, things like these happens. When the US army was occupying Iraq, the killings in Mahamudiya and the rape and murder of Abeer al-janabi are simillar. At least these two were members of two ruthless terrorist organizations whose contributions would have helped in the death of others.

    These isolated cases are no where in comparison to the mass massacres by the Tamils against Sinhalese in places like Kent, Dollar farms, Aranthalawa, Kebbetthigollawa etc. And that list is endless. When Tamil basturds were planting bombs in busses and trains and killing Sinhalese, the last we could care was about Isaipriya whose propaganda was making the Tamil killing machine more and more ruthless.

    Good riddance to both I’d say. You want to fight a government come better prepared than dressed in some fancy skirt and lipstick.

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      RLRSP,
      .
      We perfectly know about you Mr. You would never have guts to come with responses when issues become closer to you…. anyways…
      Just leave it the casualties occured or made during the war period.
      :
      Come with coherent argument, as to WHY BP Rajaapskeh killed over 44 journos, Lasantha W, Ekanaligoda, 23 prironers and marching protesters and lot more in post war episodes inthe country ?

      There had been a village – Kahawatta, where over 17 women one behind the other was captured by premdidated killings with the direct patronage of POLICE + regional POlitician (these were all RAJAPAKSHS LOYALISTS).
      .
      Dont you think if looking atthe brutalities today, that HANGING RAJAPAKSEHS by bringin to galle face green is the first thing we should if at all to please the victimized families be served with SOME JUSTICE ?

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        RarityMinds,

        Abduction and killing of journalists did not happen during war time. Therefore, I am vehemently opposed to it.

        I am no fan of Rajapakse tyrants. And I strongly think no Sinhalese expatriate should be a fan of Rajapakse because of the Dual citizenship fiasco his government was involved in.

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          RLRSP,
          thanks for your right away response. Really appreciate.
          Yes, that is positive to know that no such abductions were not known during the war.. Ironically, those abductions and white van terror to be experienced the post war scenario … reveals all about the true nature of the Rajapakshe brothers. Gotabaya is a psychopath. We are bit fear of him entering to lanken politics. I hate bbs OR the like be given powers inflicting terror agianst our minority people.
          :
          I become speechless when reading about that YOUNG rugby player’s premedidated, misterious murder. I dont think, that murder and JAMPAL Khashoggis murder in Istanbul/Turkey are far different from one another. Both killings were premeditated and brutal as any other murders heard in recent past. But Rajapkshes yet today hoodwink the grass eaters across the country.
          :
          I am not supporting anyone, but I can think of that SENIOR lawyer Nagananda K or anyone from CIVIL society, but I would spend my last st to stand agianst Rajapakshes. My good reasons are, him to have promoted DRUG trafficking in the country. I know not ones and twos, but prodigous numbers of families, whose sons have been caught by drug addicts todays in Colombo.
          :
          As for me, Rajapakshes are all the worst leaders and the manner they demagogically abuse the nation is beyond my comprehension. And YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED it, they the Rajapakshes work with LOCAL TV channels (DERABA TV, HIRU TV,Swarnawahini and SIRASA brainwashing the people) to paint the picture in favour of them. People are caught by their tickery on and on.
          :
          Imagine, if you would speak to TUKTUK driver to UNI don, you have the chance to get some factual info about the PEOPLE s knowledge about ongoing politics. They just prevaricate whatever crucial issues are being addressed.

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          Dear Rarityminds,
          .
          I bring you the good news that this animal can be exorcised by telling him that Sinhala_Man saw through him, challenged him, and this scum, RLRSP, as he calls himself, tucked his tail between his hind legs and ran away.
          .
          He was trying to frighten some poor innocence by dropping names like S. Thomas’, Molligoda Walawwa, Dunuwila Walawwe etc, until I challenged him here:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-curse-of-caste/
          .
          Confronting me, quite destroyed him.

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            Dear Sinhala Man,
            We will be watching. The kind of beasts will not succeed to mislead the readership forever.
            :
            He should be just a refugee in Toronto. For some hidden reasons he might have moved out of the country. We really dont know yet who is behind his avatar. I only know that the guy permanently claims to be from higher caste bla bla.. to have done lot more for the sake of terror eleminaition, not different to that Kamal Gunaratne of RI. But never came back to us accordingly, whenever pointed questions were directed to Shamal about the ground realities of various crimes to have allegedly happened in the post war period. There is something something fishy to us about this man.
            :
            Dont worry Mr Sinhala Man, just leave hiim. Better focus yourself on valuable points going by decent commenters. That can make your day. Dont take any comments being posted by the kind of low lives. I am often disturbed by CHAMPA. But some time now, I just ignore her/him for my good.

            Thanks for exposing this to CT readership.
            :With warm greetings,
            Rarityminds

    • 5
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      Ado low class Army servant boy, LTTE mass murderer by the name Karuna Amman and his side kicks are all working for Rajapaksa and walking around in Colombo with STF protection. Why don’t you punish them first before going after dead LTTErs? Bloody loser!

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      Rtd,
      Where is the peace? It is all in pieces. It is Srilankan Courts and Judges who gave verdict on Premawathi. Murder is murder whether she was a terrorist or not. You don’t know anything about justice other than killing innocents and who are in custody. Don’t call you as a Sinhala or Srilankan because you are disgrace to humanity and Buddhism.

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      Reginald,

      Agree, during any war there are casualties. But not killings without impunity of the innocent on suspicion. Some of the Armed forces are killers at large.

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        Jay/Soam

        Well said your bull s**t.
        “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”,
        attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

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    You say Isapriya were alive. but, why there are no people coming forward. I heard Isapriya joined LTTE because she was told she would be paid lucratively. but, Later they said “sister we don’t have that much. We give you later and paid very low”. some how she was caught in a Land mine and died probably while she was walking home.

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      JD,

      Who cares how she died. What we care is that her propaganda was causing more and more lost Sinhalese lives at the hands of the Tamil barbarians. And quite rightly the government had to put a stop to it.

      Keep in mind every Tamil in this forum, if they have contributed even a dollar to the LTTE coffers, then they all have blood on their hands. Next time, a Tamil hypocrite tries to foul mouth the Army, ask them to raise their bloody hands and you will see it all in red.

      We as Sinhalese citizens also paid taxes to the government when we were living there. And that money would have been spent to buy arms. But Tax obligations are exactly what they are, simply obligations. It is not comparable to the voluntary donation of funds to kill other human beings. Every Tamil here, if they have donated even a dollar voluntarily to the LTTE have the blood of Sinhalese Children in their hands.

      Don’t allow these hypocrites to divert from that and foul mouth the Army. They are in no position to do so.

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        Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, I like your forthright comments.
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        You Tamils led by the megalomaniac coward and Chicken Curry fan Pirapaharan started it. All that the SL Army did was to finish it. And they finished it in great style, taking care of the Tamil civilians by rescuing them from the clutches of devilish Tigers.
        .
        One would expect any Leader, even a stupid leader like VP to have a Plan B. Did he? No. Not at all.
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        Did he assess the risks of fighting against a legitimate government? Again, No. Not at all. All he seemed to worry about was the Chicken Curry. I mean Chikkkken Curry.
        .
        You Tamils have only yourselves to blame. But we know blaming others for their own mistakes is a Tamil habit.
        .
        So what have you achieved? Only two things.
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        (1) The first terrorist organization to be decimated and wiped off the earth by a government.

        .
        (2) How to make the best Chikkken Curry in the world.

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          edwin rodrigo, Let me see if you have a Plan B.

          – ‘rescuing Tamil civilians from the clutches of devilish Tigers’.
          Get me one such Tamil civilian who says that he was rescued from the clutches of LTTE by SL army.

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            You think I am stupid? I have a Plan B for everything. Get your Thappu ready and be ready to roam the country to find a surviving Tamil civilian who will not lie the way you guys have lied to get in to Canada, Europe and other Western countries.
            .

            If you don’t have a high class Brahminic Thappu, bring your Sakkili bere. That will do for you Sakkiliyas whom we really respect a lot.

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              So, there is no Tamil civilian who says that he was rescued by SL army. What a shame!

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                Thappu Putha, Shame or not, the reason why they are so difficult to find is the threats from Tamils like you. Even Prabha would have been alive if he had not begged for mercy in a language that he cannot speak properly.
                .

                When cornered like a rat he rattled out ‘Aiya Samy! Shingala Muniya Maranne Ne”. (අය්‍යා සාමි! මීට පස්සෙ සිංහල මිනිස්සු මරන්නෙ නෑ.). VP pronounced නෑ as නෙ and the phrase became සිංහල මිනිස්සු ඉන්නෙ මරන්න නෙ.

                .

                Nimal’s Uzi machine gun spoke and VP became a floating submarine.
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                Next time you rise again it would be a good idea if your leader did not speak Nodanna Sinhala.

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        The Sinhalese started Killing the Tamils from 1956.58,61,71,77,83 and so forth when they were unarmed. The moment they took up arms to defend themselves the were termed “terrorists”. All what the government and the Sihalese people should have done was to give the Tamils their due share. This would have prevented the blood bath.
        But soon after the Britishers. left the island the Sinhalese thought they were the Colonial Masters of the Tamils. Because they got their freedom on a platter without shedding any of their blood.
        Oh! Lord Buddha- forgive them because they are in a fools paradise until they get swallowed by the Chinese/Indians /Americans.

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          The Sinhalese started Killing the Tamils from 1956.58,61,71,77,83 and so forth when they were unarmed.
          .
          Why are you complaining? We know that people like you Anagaya, Rajash, Thappu et al are thanking and praising us, twicw a day, for what you say we did because that is the only way that riff raff like you could enter the wealthy Western countries as refugees.

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      JD you are an Angoda bugger, go and get some treatment.

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    Sirimavo created the opportunity for JR to corrupt the system.

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    Applying the logic of the writer , why limit it to Premawathie and Isaipriya …..
    LTTE liberation fighters are connected to the JVP liberation army.

    But the strongest connection is at the very top ..
    The politicians at the highest level Ranil, Mahinda, My3 are all well and truly connected

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    Thank you for summarizing the deaths of these 2 young women. While you have showed the whole arc of justice for Manamperi, you have not analyzed the case of Isaipriya.

    If the justice system worked for Manamperi, why cannot it work for Isaipriya? What actions have been taken within the justice system of Sri Lanka in her case? Ca you enlighten us?

    Thank you

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      Sinhalese Buddhist
      “If the justice system worked for Manamperi, why cannot it work for Isaipriya?”
      It worked forManamperi in 1971 because Ceylon had a different Constitution and had no political interferenced judiciary then.
      Now Ceylon has become SRi Lanka after the Constitution in 1972, and in1978 it became authoritative to enable the executive to subordinate the judiciary.
      That is why the present judicial system cannot work for victims like Shobana Dharmarajah aka Isaipriya.
      Only a hybrid judiciary involving foreign is a needed if .justice is to be served in Isaipriya’s case, in context to what happened to a former female CJ in SL’s judiciary not many years ago.

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    Sanmugam Kanaga-Ratnam says interrupted by a pregnant pause “…….Premawathie and Isaipriya were both alive when they were picked up by the army. Minutes later both were dead!”.
    Wrong wrong wrong.
    Premawathie was tortured, made to walk naked till hours later, a humane policeman unable to bear the brutality any more shot her dead.
    There is evidence that Isaipriya was gang raped for hours before and after she was dead.

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      Sinhalese Buddhist
      “If the justice system worked for Manamperi, why cannot it work for Isaipriya?”
      It worked forManamperi in 1971 because Ceylon had a different Constitution and had no political interferenced judiciary then.
      Now Ceylon has become SRi Lanka after the Constitution in 1972, and in1978 it became authoritative to enable the executive to subordinate the judiciary.
      That is why the present judicial system cannot work for victims like Shobana Dharmarajah aka Isaipriya.
      Only a hybrid judiciary involving foreign is a needed if .justice is to be served in Isaipriya’s case, in context to what happened to a former female CJ in SL’s judiciary not many years ago.

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      K.Pillai
      “Premawathie was tortured and made to walk naked ……..?
      The snap of Isaipriya man handled along with other naked males before being shot and killed should have been considered as valid evidence to warrant a through investigation by the UN instead of the gimmickry presently taking place in Geneva now.

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    Dear Mr Sanmugam,
    Premawathie was asked to parade nude and killed simply because she did not agree to have a relationship with a guy who was in the army who took his revenge having being refused by Premawathie. What happened to Isaipriya was not clear- possibly she was raped before being killed for being associated with LTTE. You are talking about both these women simply because they were good looking. There are lot of innocent Tamils and innocent Sinhalese killed by the Army. – Sympathiser

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      sympathiser, I don’t think Sanmugam took these cases because they were ‘good looking’ but because they were well known and to demonstrate the discrepancy in the course of justice, with one being Sinhalese and the other a Tamil. Isaipriya was a known face of LTTE and her case came to represent other less known Tamil women victims whose fate was similar.

      Tamil victims cannot expect justice from the Sri Lankan state because of institutional racism, where the perpetrator itself is the state. One or two small fries maybe hauled up to whitewash the Sri Lankan judiciary but that’s about it. Where are the Colombo based liberal feminist circles to take up justice for Isaipriya or are they busy championing the cause of rape victims in India?

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    The Rise of the JVP and the Rise of the LTTE, one in the South and the other in the North,one Sinhala and the other Tamil was by no means without a cause or reason.The fact remains that both were youth insurrections.People dont pick up Arms just for kicks! Both were put down brutally. But have our political governors Learnt any Lessons?

    Capt: Wijesuriya, while serving at Kataragama, hunted Peacocks for his Arrack bites.
    He died in Prison.
    Isaipriya, as per comment above, was gang raped even after her death

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    A cunning way to justify demanding overseas judges?

    There’s a world of difference between 71 insurrection & the recent armed struggle for separation.

    Premawathi hadn’t visibly shown support or @ least sympathy for JVP but this Jaffna girl Isaipriya had @ least been sympathizing or probably been beyond that limit to be fully fledged rebel; so how can anybody expect the same verdict upon the two crimes?

    According to the ground situation how can the judiciary trust every available (if any) witnesses for Isaipriya’s murder?

    Can’t Isipriya’s be a totally fabricated story?

    No doubt, justice must prevail to everybody & trusting our own judiciary is of paramount importance to us.

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      Don’t forget the fact that Judges are being judged by the public and their conclusion is at least 50% of the judges have misjudged.

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    If Wijesuriya lived today they would have called him a war hero and destroyed all possible evidence and he would have gone scot free. For that matter they call Thadjudeen a LTTEr and MR clan says that he drove at 135 km per hour and met with the accident. We can now imagine the speed of the Red Cross vehicle used by Shiranthi.

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      Hypothrtically, If Wijesuriya lived today, Hypothrtically, they would have called him a war hero and Hypothrtically, destroyed all possible evidence and Hypothrtically, he would have gone scot free.

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    Look, people, so many people die around the world everyday…..

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    Okay, Okay, we are not talking about normal deaths. So let me correct myself. So many people are killed around the world everyday.
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    So what is this fuss about 2 girls who were killed many years ago?

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      Edwin Mahaththayo.
      with all respect to you as a senior citizen, and a learnt person, dont you think that all these immatured deaths resulted in our home country are connected with no proper law and order mechanims ?
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      Why are the kind of human torture and murders uncontrollable in SRILANKA? If properly set law and order protect us in Europe and Middle East Countries ? THe very same culprits that would commit those crimes would behave akin to the fierce dogs hiding their tail behind the rear legs when they are in Middles East, Singapore, Germany, France and UK, why is that ?
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      Today, I happened to listen to a video that sounded credible to me i dont about that others, A woman who lives in Sweden had got beaten while she was back in home country, by a neigbour, who is said to be an AIRFORCE commando by profession:
      Not just middle aged lady, but her sister was too assaulted by the men of this commmando. The police has not treated the victimized accordingly just because the crime doer is a commando… ha ha… this is srilanka yet today. I think these men should be LOCKED up and forever in order to protect the INNOCIENT people in our home country.

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        Sam Sir, you ask too many questions.
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        1) Give a short answer like – Yes or No.
        2) Give a detailed answer with examples
        3) Ask a question in return. The other person will then realize the right answer to his question when he tries to answer.
        4) Total silence. (Thushnimbhita veema)

        I am not going use any of the above. I will say Go jump in the Lake Geneva and you will find the answer, provided you do not drown or freeze to death.

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    Dear Sanmugam Kanaga-Ratnam,
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    A wonderful article. Your message is similar to John Donne’s sermon:
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    No man is an island.
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    https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html
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    But your article is almost a creative work. Made me think of this poem:
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    https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html
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    Thanks, Sanmugam. I searched for a reading of the poem; what I found is so movingly spoken.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slcsx5NVvww
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    But the TV was on in my own home. What a lot of garbage about politics in our own country. I don’t know where we should turn.
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    Some sensitive comments above; let’s ignore the others.
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    But we must surely do something about all this. Nagananda, Lanka has need of thee!

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      Response to Sinhala_Man:

      I just achieved the purpose in my life – reading your comments to “Six Degrees..”
      I read to be educated and enhance my knowledge and open my mind to a wider world.
      I just listened to “Strange Meeting” that you pointed us to. What a magnificent poem – and relished listening to it over and over again.
      Your reference to garbage on TV around us (including some of the comments on this platform), please remember the golden truth that dirt and debris will sink to the bottom and the good and the worthy will rise to the top!

      Thank you, CT, for making the dialogue and discourse possible.

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        Thanks, American. Tell me, why do you call yourself “Ugly”?
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        The world has various stereotypes. That for Americans is not flattering, but it is so with most stereotypes. But, we are often surprised by actual Joy at finding ourselves mistaken. But that Strange Meeting poet was killed a week before the armistice.
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        In your comment here, and in the one you made about reading a picture (Charles Sarvan), it was clear that you are new to Sri Lanka. People have viewed this country in many ways; there often are no right answers or wrong answers. Bishop Heber is “not politically correct” in many ways, but I’m sure that he meant well. He can’t be dismissed as a mere “Colonial”. He was doing what he thought was best, and made huge sacrifices:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7DNoPsMWL4
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        We are part of Nature that is red in tooth and claw, but we’d like to think better of ourselves. We compete, we have to put our own existence first, but we humans flatter ourselves that we have evolved into something “nobler” – a concept absent from “Nature”. It is absurd to hold you responsible for what happened to the Red Man. You remember this, I guess:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytbDvoU968U
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        Of course, I empathised with Nathan Phillips, but that was because he was able rise above hatred.
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        Pleasant surprises so far here with six comments in:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/an-open-letter-to-the-high-commissioner-for-human-rights/
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        Other readers: my apologies for posting the same John Donne link twice.

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          Response to Sinhala Man:

          You seem like a guy who reads a lot.

          Please Read, The Ugly American – a Fictional Novel that came out in 1958 just about the time we had a major race riot in Sri Lanka!

          Later the novel was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando.

          It is about the failures of US Foreign Policy and explored the blind ‘anti communism’ driven US actions in Asia and the Far-East.

          Yes, you are right, I am new to the scene- but I want to point out the stupid misguided direction our country is headed – based on my experience in the US working for the US Government for forty years!

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    The powerful Tamil diaspora and the TNA, the offshoot of the LTTE are adept at distorting facts and the history. More than 95% of Tamil diaspora members are those who illegally entered Western countries seeking greener pastures. The LTTE making use of the 1983 riots sparked due to the killing of Sinhalese army soldiers without any provocation, organized a worldwide network to send Tamils to Western countries with the sole aim of collecting funds for their war machine. (I am very well aware of their operations in foreign lands. Not going to details here as it has to be a separate subject for elaboration.) They, the illegal immigrants, went with concocted stories which the gullible Western governments swallowed lock stock and barrel. Western governments maintained these illegal immigrants providing them everything – housing, education, medicare and an allowance paid every month all at the expense of the taxpayers hard earned income. The respective governments owe an explanation to their citizens for for allowing such illegal immigrants. LTTE Organization maintained records of every Tamil living abroad, legally migrated or otherwise. Every such Tamil had to part with a certain part of his earnings every month to finance the LTTE war machine. My point here is that all this money is what was collected from the respective countries’ citizens by way of taxes. Hence, it was the citizens of those countries who indirectly funded the LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka.

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      John Silva

      Please take your own time to clarify your typing.

      “More than 95% of Tamil diaspora members are those who illegally entered Western countries seeking greener pastures. “

      Could we have some evidence.
      How did your ancestors enter this island assuming you are part of the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority?
      Are you telling us the non tamils living outside this island especially in western countries went there legally?

      Perhaps they were being invited to share their expertise in Nuclear Science, Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics, Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, Stem Cells research, Gene Editing, and or head hunted by Louis Vuitton, Gucci, ……Armani, ………… UNStudio, César Pelli, CERN, Google, …. IMF, Federal Reserve Bank, ……….

      Chinese scientists are planning head transplant operations in China.
      Please wait for few months.

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        Your response to my views is like “koheda yanne, malle pol”. Translated: Where are you going? Coconuts in the bag. I am proud to say that my ancestors ruled Sri Lanka (Hela Diva) from Point Pedro (earlier Sinhala name: Ura Tota) to Dondra and built a flourishing civilization with magnificent cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, but your ancestors from South India invaded my beautiful country and destroyed everything.
        Please tell me why your people are still taking boat journey to Australia becoming a real nuisance to Australian authorities? How much each person is paying for this trip? If they are running for their life leaving all their possessions behind, how do they manage to pay the human smuggler one million rupees.

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    Sri Lanka’s judiciary has shown its impartiality not once but many times. Not only in the Premawathi’s case but many others such as the Krishnakanthi’s murder case in the 1990’s where the guilty army men were given death sentence. And that case was heard before a 100% Sinhalese panel of judges. It is wrong to blame our judicial system without any basis. Isiprya’s case is different as it happened during the most turbulent period of the war and she was a confirmed member of the terrorist outfit. If there is hard evidence why cannot those human rights lawyers file a case?

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      You can quote only a couple but there are thousands of cases which needs justice.Judges may want to dispense justice but those above them will not allow that to happen. How many cases are pending for years?
      Justice delayed is justice denied.

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    Uthungan

    Thanks for the response. Can you write more to help me understand the legal implications- and thus the loss of independence -of the change in our constitution (71 to 71c to 78 to the 13 A to the 19 A etc. etc.)?

    Thanks

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    Raw deal on justice for Tamils is still in Premawati, Isaipriya state. No Change.

    Three years ago Rapist police shot two students in Jaffna. No constructive action so far. Two months ago two traders were killed in downsouth by the Rapist Police. Now none of the polices are in that place anymore. More than 10 were arrested and case filed.

    When it comes to Tamil and Sinhala all cases, always, Isaipriya and Premawati is the verdict of Sinhala Only Jury.

    In all Private Sinhala-Tamil fight cases The Sinhala rowdies are saved by the Sinhala Only Justice system considering them all as original war hero who saved Tamils and the country in Humanitarian Rescue Mission Operation, where they went in hand with Charter and other hand with gun.

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