1 December, 2020

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Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Event Fetes Man Charged With Corruption

The man who bribed and attempted to bribe media has been invited as the chief guest of today’s “Abiman Pranama Award of Apparition” by the Anti-corruption Front.

As Colombo Telegraph had exposed, in the context of searching for a “common Candidate” against 2015 Presidential Elections, on October 23rd 2014, the current Speaker and then the UNP Gampaha District Parliamentarian and Chairman of the UNP’s Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya, telephoned Colombo Telegraph editor and offered him a monthly payment of Rs 50,000/- ‘in appreciation of the work that Colombo Telegraph does’. The editor politely declined the offer. One week after the aforementioned phone call, Karu Jayasuriya had been given a lot of prominence in several news websites. Colombo Telegraph was therefore compelled to ask Karu Jayasuriya whether or not he had made a similar offer to those who run these websites ‘in appreciation of the work they do’ or for any other reason. He had never answered our queries. Media outlets even carried so-called online option polls and concluded that Jayasuriya was more popular than the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

At today’s event, which celebrated “the UN International Anti-corruption Day,” the speaker Karu Jayasuriya was the chief guest and presented award of “Abiman Pranama Award of Appreciation ‘ to Lalith Ambanwel, Lasntha Ruhunage and Prasanna Vithange.

Speeking at the event President Sirisensa’s coordinating secretary Shiral Lakthilaka said that the politicians who were invited to this function were “දූශනයට රහසින්වත් සම්බන්ද නොවෙන දේශපාලනඥයින් විතරයි ” ( We invited only politicians who would not entertain corruption even in secret)

When asked who funded the event and how much was spent on it, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, an Advisor of the Anti-corruption Front said he did not know but promised to reveal sources and amounts tomorrow.

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The theme for 2016 is “United against corruption for development, peace and security.”

Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. This year UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.

The 2016 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

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    This is a very unfair and inappropriate remark on a decent human being. I f he had offered a donation to your website, how can you call it a bribe and use a heading “man charged with corruption “?????

    If CT is a responsible web in reporting corruption and crimes – how they missed out of so many disgusting events.

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      One can interpret things so subjectively as they could. That is abusing media freedom- be it occur on the west of poverty stricken developing countries – there is no difference, but most countries in developed world, they have proper mechanisms set against any kind of abusive journalists.

      I really dont think KJ is a corrupted person.
      From the manner he has been sofar, if anybody would further say, that KJ is abusive, then we need to bring genetically modified politicians to work for the all criticising nation.
      What matters is the size of corrution in a developing country is to be considered. If anyone would compare it with absolute non-corruption no countries in developing category woudl ever be able to turn uncorrupted.

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        In the Miracle of Modayas the corrupt Minister of justice organizes a festival to celebrate mega political corruption with all the ruling corrupt politicians – Sira, Bond Ranil, Pathala Champika of Mega city Sinhala Buddhist Racism aka. the Chinese Emperor of Sri Lanka in waiting, and successor to MR!

        Sirisena the consummate Modaya, has the audacity to say that there is no need to hold the corrupt politician Accountable!

        The failure to hold the corrupt SLFP-UNP politicians accountable is the reason for the EPIDEMIC OF CORRUPTION that trickles down to all corners of the country.
        The Sira-Ranil jarapalanaya POLITICAL CULTURE OF IMPUNITY and IMMUNITY for Corrupt politicians in SLFP and UNP is the primary factor that enables the environment for corruption to flourish!

        Long live Miracle of Modayas.

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          Prez. Sira says that there are plenty of jobs but no skilled people to work in Sri Lanka?!

          Maybe true, because all the qualified and skilled people have gone overseas for better paying jobs, or work in private sector or as independent consultants because the high paying jobs public institutions are full of dead wood, corruption and incompetent political appointees who lack skills and qualifications.

          Sira should ask why is there a brain drain? Because of political corruption and cronyism, low paid useless jobs and abuse which is why only 30 percent of women work in Sri Lanka.

    • 0
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      CT should not blame Old Regime and this New Gov,. and UN and then the moon,. irritating,.

  • 10
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    50,000 thousand bucks for CT.to play ball! Bloody insult!!!

    Speaking at the event,Presidents Co-ordinating Secretary Shiral Lakthilaka said that politicians who were invited to this function were….
    We invited politicians who would not entertain corruption even in secret….

    Shiral.

    Could you kindly give us a list of those worthies?

  • 8
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    that shiral Lakthilak like people was lieing.

    Karu JKayasooriya’s name is in a COPE report (1993 ?) accusing him for corruption. Karu Jayasooriya also spoiled the accreddition of the private medical college by enterring in to the medical science program with Home Science qualifications.

    IF Sri lanka is to become a decent country, this should be another scandle and it should end Shrilal Lakthilake resigning his port.

    If not, thieves, robbers and conmen in the machinary never make the system run smoothly. but, that is difficult to think as Maithripala has a history of supporing corruption.

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    RE: Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Event Fetes Man Charged With Corruption

    “As Colombo Telegraph had exposed, in the context of searching for a “common Candidate” against 2015 Presidential Elections, on October 23rd 2014, the current Speaker and then the UNP Gampaha District Parliamentarian and Chairman of the UNP’s Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya, telephoned Colombo Telegraph editor and offered him a monthly payment of Rs 50,000/- ‘in appreciation of the work that Colombo Telegraph does’. The editor politely declined the offer. One week after the aforementioned phone call, Karu Jayasuriya had been given a lot of prominence in several news websites. Colombo Telegraph was therefore compelled to ask Karu Jayasuriya whether or not he had made a similar offer to those who run these websites ‘in appreciation of the work they do’ or for any other reason. He had never answered our queries. Media outlets even carried so-called online option polls and concluded that Jayasuriya was more popular than the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.”

    “Speeking at the event President Sirisensa’s coordinating secretary Shiral Lakthilaka said that the politicians who were invited to this function were “දූශනයට රහසින්වත් සම්බන්ද නොවෙන දේශපාලනඥයින් විතරයි ” ( We invited only politicians who would not entertain corruption even in secret)”

    So Gamarala did not show up. After all he has got the Titles of Turncoat, Traitor, Gona and Mala-Perthaya, and is not qualified to be there?

    Are they Feting Corruption Awards.

    Unless you are corrupt, you can’t get an award or be present?

  • 9
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    WOW ! WOW!! And more WOWS!!
    Not surprised of course!!
    This is the way we do politics.
    This is why we elect them.

    Why not build few village schools and start an industry FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE
    FUTURE GENERATIONS !!!
    Why not repair and upgrade village Hospitals and village schools.???

    At least some bad Karma will be taken care of by the Good Lord Buddha!!!
    Oh ! What a shame!!

  • 2
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    Why Abiththya for such an important event of this Yahapalanaya..

    One would have thought it would be UNP senior Mallika. If not Batakanda Ranil himself standing next to uncle Karu.

    Where is Keselwatta Kid nowadays?

    Is he fighting corruption too I wonder,,

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      Dear Sumane,

      Focus on that pack of “Coconut Thieves” you so solemnly suck up to. You have more than you can ever handle on your plate.

      Leave the UNP to us.

      Cheers!

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        Benny mate..You are right..

        They look like Coconut Thieves for sure, in comparison to what your Yahapalana Bosses make ..

        The word around is that the UNP wants to do it on their own now with Muslims , Vella TNA and the HindianTamils.

        Cool isn’t, it?

        BTW, are you in the PAYE Tax bracket?

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    The question to be asked is, what took CT so long to ‘report’ this unsavory offer made by Karu J? Or did we miss the ‘report’??

    The other question is, when was Karu J “charged with corruption”? And if so, what was the result of the case?

    If true, it only affirms that ‘Yahpalanaya’ is just another political slogan that ends up as meaningless claptrap.

    No surprises there, going by their performance so far.

    What a shambles to be sure!

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      Read properly idiot

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        Thanks for the nudge, Moda.

        Apologies to CT – I neglected to access the link.

        Does anyone know what the results of the “charged with corruption” ended? Or is it still ‘pending’?!!!

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    [Edited out]

  • 4
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    Ranil W… Malik S…. Kabir Hussan and Ravi K.. of that Gang of Four is absentee which shows of Anti-corruption celebration sponsor by President of MS and CBK ?

    No doubt that New UNP leadership come under the Karu Jayasooruya.
    He (Karu J..)is worst than the corruptions are concern of Ranil W..!

    Now Ranil W… cannot be public stage after CB Bond scam.

    He lost all political credentials of Man of Clean?

    He will lost his weight of Body but not his Bank Account?

    Ranil W have regularly visited oversees to check his Bank balance sheet ,in time to time at Hong Kong and Singhopern.

    • 0
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      Hahahahaaa,

      Even Yahpalana suckers will be focused on the CB Monkey sitting on the shoulder , than the Organ Grinder,,

  • 7
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    I am sorry. I am not convinced that Karu J.’s offer was a bribe.

    We know that CT is struggling. We appreciate the good work it does. Offering a contribution is not necessarily a bribe. The Communist Party is struggling.I know many people who make contributions to help it carry on what they see as its good work. We do not call such contributions a bribe.

    However, as independent newspaper, it would not have been ethical for CT to have accepted the money because it would be awkward to write anything against him after that. Perhaps just making the offer was thought to be good enough to show goodwill and make it awkward for CT to report anything about him too harshly.

    I say that offering the contribution is not wrong and CT declining it was right.

  • 6
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    Shiral Lakthilaka has no right to talk about Good Governance. This is because he is a big time crook.[Edited out]Thanks to these bad qualities, he has amassed enormous wealth.[Edited out]he now lives in utmost luxury. Thanks to Maithripala Sirisena who took him to his side,[Edited out]

  • 20
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    CT pretends to be very innocent and corruption free. Can they explain who is financing their web? We observe from time to time they seem to bring in some article
    With the intention of insinuating.some individual. In cases like this is there a hidden hand supporting CT?

    • 5
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      Don’t you know about CT?

      “Colombo Telegraph is strictly a public interest website relating to Sri Lankan matters and is run by a group of exiled journalists. Since its start in 2011, they are working on volunteer basis.”

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    CT please spare the man ,he still has not got over the loss of his beloved daughter.

    Donation is actually Oiling the palm , who on earth have not done it, most will do it,given the opportunity,please let it go.

    The American are the best at at it , I was told by a friend in USA if you do not tip a waitress she would question you .

    In some way or other it is all about oiling the palm for services.

    This is not such a huge crime to make an issue CT , there have been even worse crimes committed in this country since we got our freedom from the foreigner ,ya ! only to be chained eternally by many different patterns by evil elements of our own.

    Karu is basically a gentleman, so please spare him.

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      @blessings of the
      Fuuuuuuuu….s … Aka Vibushana
      Stop preaching others before you preach the person trying to BRIBE CT !! THAT
      BRIBING IS AGAINST THE LAW.
      The President has said at his speech that BRIBING IS AN OFFENCE , IN THE SAME MANNER DESHAMANYA TOO INSISTED BRIBING IS AN OFFENCE.

      Whether he may be a HE Minister or SHE Minister bribe is a bribe and its PUNISHABLE .
      Come on get this country OUT OF THIS MENTALITY??????? Away from these crooks in our Parliament firstly!!!!

      AGAIN KARMA WILL CATCH UP ALL THOSE WHO THINKS STEALING , MURDERING BRIBING ARE ALL A GAME WHERE JUNGLE LAW EXISTS.
      IN THE BANANA REPUBLIC OF SRILANKA WHERE WE ELECTED SOME ILLITERATES AND THE ILLITERATE CIVILIANS TOO ARE SO SUPPORTIVE OF THESE…….CRIMES.
      GOOD LUCK MORONS WHERE WE HAVE TO LIVE AMONG THESE LOW INTELLIGENCE CROOKS.

      GOD SAVE SRILANKA.

  • 0
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    I expected the organizers to come out with cases proven beyond doubt and punishments meted out to those guilty of corruption, as part of the celebrations. Instead we see back scratching.

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    දූශනයට රහසින්වත් සම්බන්ද නොවෙන දේශපාලනඥයින් විතරයි ,Why not Gota, he is you’r friend and you are the most sutable .honest man to choose those people . hooooooooooo දූශනයට රහසින්වත් සම්බන්ද නොවෙන දේශපාලනඥ SIRILAL

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      CT

      I thought your website is English medium.Recently other versions appearing with no translation!!
      Have you been threatened by Racists to include non English versions??
      I feel it’s unfair on those who cannot read those swearings .
      Please be fair to all as you have always been CT ?

  • 1
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    CT is a cynical humbug who see only the negatives. Take it with a pinch of salt.

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    The most precious accolade Mr. Lalith Ambanwela,( a living example to all Government servants) should receive is the successful passage of Audit Bill in the Parliament prior to his retirement.Ranjith

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