4 February, 2023

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Sri Lanka’s Errant Officials Slapped With The Highest Ever Compensations In 2019 Easter Attack Case

By Rashmika Ranasinghe

Sri Lanka’s highest court – the Supreme Court today (12) slapped several officials including former President Maithripala Sirisena, with a staggering Rs 311 million, the highest ever compensation ever awarded in a fundamental rights application, in the case filed by the families of the victims of the 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday Attack, that killed nearly 267 individuals, including 45 foreigners, and injured over 500 persons.

Ex-President Sirisena was ordered to pay Rs 100 million whilst former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, Sirisena-lackey and former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director DIG Nilantha Jayawardene, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and former Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Sisira Mendis, all of whom had adequate prior information of an attack well in advance; were slapped with compensation payments of Rs 75, 75, 50 and 10 million, respectively.

With the State being ordered to pay Rs one million, the total compensation to the families of the victims amounted to a total of Rs 311 million, which is the highest ever awarded in a fundamental rights application by the Supreme Court.

The seven member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, PC, and Justices B.P. Aluwihare, PC, L.T.B. Dehideniya, Murdu N.B. Fernando, PC, S. Thurairaja, PC, A.H.M.D. Nawaz, A.L. Shiran Gooneratne, ordered that a Victim Fund be established at the Office for Reparation, which must formulate a scheme to award the sums ordered as compensation in a fair and equitable manner to the victims and families.

“In view of the observations we have already made as regards the conduct of Director, SIS, we direct that the State take appropriate disciplinary action forthwith against the former Director, SIS, Nilantha Jayawardena for his aforesaid lapses and failures,” the Court further ordered.

“The State and the individual respondents named above must make their payment of compensation to the victim fund maintained at the Office for Reparation. Respondents are directed to pay the aforesaid sums out of their personal funds. We also direct the Office for Reparations to invite any generous benefactors and donors to contribute towards the Victim Fund, by way of notifications in the media. A progress report on the scheme of payment and the details about payments made by the above respondents and any benefactors must be made available to this Court within 6 months from today.”

The Court also directed the Attorney General to coordinate and liaise with the Office for Reparation in giving effect to this order and added that the Office for Reparation must also investigate the alleged underpayment and nonpayment with regard to the cabinet decision taken to compensate the victims in the past.

The Court expressed its shock and dismay at the deplorable want of oversight and inaction … seen in the conduct of affairs pertaining to Security, Law and Order and Intelligence.

“Before we proceed to summarize the compensation payable and part with the judgment, we must express our shock and dismay at the deplorable want of oversight and inaction that we have seen in the conduct of affairs pertaining to Security, Law and Order and Intelligence. There are glaring examples of a lack of strategic co-ordination, expertise and preparedness that need a critical examination as to the way forward. The failures that eventuated in the Easter Sunday attacks and the concomitant deaths and devastations have left behind an indelible blot on the security apparatus of the Country and this Country which is blessed by a multi-cultural and multi religious polity cannot be left to the vagaries of these follies and made to suffer leading to violence, fear, apprehension and uncertainty. These events must recede into oblivion but they remind us starkly of the necessity to effect legislative, structural and administrative changes.”

“It is evident from the evidence placed before us that there is an urgent need to place the National Security Council (NSC) on a statutory footing and its composition specified with clarity so that there are no maneuvers to manipulate hostile exclusions and selective inclusions. The affidavit testimonies and the large volume of documents we have perused highlight the necessity to revamp the security systems and intelligence structures so that the expanding threats of terrorism and emerging challenges could be nipped in the bud and arrested as this Country cannot descend into anarchy once more. The course of conduct we have scrutinized, demonstrates a woeful lack of expertise in intelligence gathering and dissemination among important individuals entrusted with the task. For instance, the office of Director, SIS and CNI must be occupied by individuals with necessary skill and expertise and the conduct of the Respondents who held the office, upon receiving sensitive intelligence, shows a lack of awareness and understanding of strategic vision. We recommend that the duties and functions of the office of Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) must be stipulated with definite certainty and the office should be occupied by a person having the necessary expertise, training and qualification.”

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    Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake
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    1) While the immunity given in the Constitution for an incumbent President has for now EXEMPTED Ranil Wickramasinghe from the fundamental rights petitions filed in the Supreme Court for his share of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, no such immunity applies to a former President and hence Maithripala Sirisena (who was also Minister of Defence) has been “ordered to pay Rs 100 million” in compensation.
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    2) Could anyone explain why Ruwan Wijewardene despite being State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government, no one – not even the Cardinal has demanded accountability from him for his share of responsibility for the carnage? Even if he was kept away from some meetings of the National Security Council, are we expected to believe that he did not have knowledge of the attack even to the extent of Harin Fernando’s hospitalized father?
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    3) Ruwan the laid-back son of Ranjit Wijewardene – owner of the country’s largest print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL) is the first cousin of Ranil Wickramasinghe and Deputy Leader of the UNP.
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    4) Would not even the investigative journalists from his father’s media empire have tipped him off?
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    (continued below)

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      Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake (continued)
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      5) Ruwan reportedly stating “there was no information to suggest that Zahran was engaged in terrorist activities” (‘Daily Mirror’ 19 Aug 2020) is CONTRADICTED by SI Srimal Sanjeewa of the CID informing the Presidential Commission probing the Easter Sunday attacks that “Zahran had been conducting a training camp” in the Puttalam area “from 2015 to 2019” on “the use of Type-56 firearms and hand grenades”. (‘Daily Mirror’ 1 September 2020).
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      6) Why are even Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa and NPP/JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake not calling out Ruwan for his share of responsibility for the carnage? Is it the fear of WNL or Ranil Wickramasinghe?
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      Amrit Muttukumaru

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        It seems that the Great Defender of Public Morals has decided to crucify Ruwan Wijewardena. Did Ruwan politely decline to print one of GDPM’s notorious harangues? Well, why not try the Daily Noise? What, they refused too?! Who to crucify next, perhaps the Cardinal himself?

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          OC
          Crucifixion of the Cardinal?
          He has a DIY kit handy.

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            old codger
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            1) “It seems that the Great Defender of Public Morals has decided to crucify Ruwan Wijewardena. Did Ruwan politely decline to print one of GDPM’s notorious harangues?”
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            2) I am surprised that a person who says “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.” has the NERVE to say anything in a public forum meant for TRUTH and DECENCY! What is worse, it is said under COVER of anonymity. At least in the case of ‘old codger’, isn’t there a case for CT to COMPEL him/her to disclose true identity?
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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            3) I state with responsibility that Sri Lanka’s DOMINANT print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL) is CORRUPT. It is owned by Ranjit Wijewardene who is the father of the laid-back Ruwan Wijewardene who was State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government.
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            4) No one – not even the Cardinal has demanded accountability from Ruwan for his share of responsibility for the carnage. Even if he was kept away from some meetings of the National Security Council, are we expected to believe that he did not have knowledge of the attack even to the extent of Harin Fernando’s hospitalized father? At the very least, would not have the investigative journalists from his father’s media empire tipped him off?
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            (continued below)

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              old codger (continued)
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              5) Is it due to FEAR of WNL owner Ranjit Wijewardene that everyone including the Cardinal, Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake are giving a FREE PASS to his laid-back son Ruwan despite his EXONERATION of Zahran by stating “there was no information to suggest that Zahran was engaged in terrorist activities” (‘Daily Mirror’ 19 Aug 2020) being CONTRADICTED by SI Srimal Sanjeewa of the CID informing the Presidential Commission probing the Easter Sunday attacks that “Zahran had been conducting a training camp” in the Puttalam area “from 2015 to 2019” on “the use of Type-56 firearms and hand grenades”. (‘Daily Mirror’ 1 September 2020)?
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              6) Ranjit Wijewardene is the maternal uncle (mother’s brother) of your HERO – unelected President Wickremesinghe who out of turn anointed his first cousin Ruwan as UNP Deputy Leader. You have described Wickremesinghe as “Brilliant” and given the impression to CT readers that he has NEVER done anything wrong – not even the scandalous ‘conflict of interest’ ridden ‘Bond Scam’!
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/its-time-to-untether-the-kite/
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              (continued below)

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                old codger (continued)
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                7) After I EXPOSED egregious wrongdoing by the ‘Daily Mirror’ and ‘Sunday Times’, I was refused my ‘Right of Reply’ ENTITLEMENTS and ‘banned’ from all WNL publications. Ranjit Wijewardene has not denied his personal responsibility for this. All my writings are pro bono.
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                8) WNL CORRUPTION includes:
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                (i) The FRAUDULENT ‘Daily Mirror’ claim that its almost full page article titled “Operation Shock and Awe: LTTE Style” (25 April 2003) was ‘Courtesy’ of the ‘London Times’. Its relatively unnoticeable ‘Clarification’ which referred to a mere “inadvertence” was belatedly published as a result of MY persistence.
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                (ii) The ‘Sunday Times’ while not publishing my article “Accountability for the Tsunami Billions” sent to its editor Sinha Ratnatunga, thought nothing of blatantly PLAGIARIZING my article in its ‘Editorial’ of 15 May 2005 titled ‘Tsunami effect’. The ‘Editorial’ was not only largely based on my article but it also included some IDENTICAL sentences from it.
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                (iii) Refusal of my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlements.
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                (iv) Sinha Ratnatunga the Editor of WNL’s ‘Sunday Times’ is also Deputy Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). In simple terms, if a person has a problem with the ‘Sunday Times’ that person has to complain to Ratnatunga about Ratnatunga! Can ‘Conflict of Interest’ get any WORSE?
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                Amrit Muttukumaru

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                  Amrit dear,
                  I really appreciate the time you devote to your long and repetitive harangues. But, sadly, I wonder why you can’t provide a simple answer, with your own figures, of how much exactly was “lost” in this “bond scam”. I have been waiting several years now. Please don’t involve third parties. Even a 12 year old can do it.

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              “At least in the case of ‘old codger’, isn’t there a case for CT to COMPEL him/her to disclose true identity?”
              Well, CT knows my real identity. Perhaps you could initiate public interest litigation or a least a long-winded tirade against the Editor. Good luck .

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                OC
                Does not the NIC number hunter have a new ally?

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                  SJ,
                  As with the other guy, this one provides me with a lot of entertainment.

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          OC,
          These people are against RW and anyone close to him without good reason. UNP has not ruled the country since 1994.
          :
          Many of our grass eaters do not have a clear picture of catastrophic levels of Rajapaksa’s crimes. The people should be blamed for allowing the Rajapaksas to screw up for so long.
          :
          Look, HITAN is being called HUTAN today, I think he deserves it, but who didn’t allow good governance to rule from 2015 to 2019, none other than MaRa, the “United Opposition” led by him.

          Mahinda Rajapaksa should be punished more than that if Hitton Hutton is hanged with a rope… that is clear to everyone.

          As I have explained it elsewhere, Ruwan Wijewardena was not appointed as the “Acting Defense Minister” during Sorisena’s absence. There is preliminary evidence that Ruwan was not invited by the then Prime Minister or Deputy Defense Minister to the Security Council session. That SORIYSENA took a big risk. How does a trained nurse work as a life-saving surgeon?

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            old codger & ‘Free Pass’ to Ruwan
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            1) Your assertion in a public forum meant for TRUTH and DECENCY – “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.” not only undermines the CREDIBILITY of CT but is also UNFAIR to its readers. Doing so under cover of ANONYMITY makes it worse.
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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            2) Your claim of “CT knows my real identity” does not cure this. It is more IMPORTANT that CT readers must know your “real identity”.
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            3) The issue in this instance is that no one including – you, the Cardinal, Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake are willing to hold Ruwan Wijewardene ACCOUNTABLE for his share of responsibility for the Easter Sunday carnage in the context of he being the State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government.
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            4) This is DESPITE he possibly being the ONLY person in AUTHORITY at the time of the carnage who has EXONERATED Zahran by stating “there was no information to suggest that Zahran was engaged in terrorist activities” (‘Daily Mirror’ 19 Aug 2020).
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            5) This was roundly CONTRADICTED by SI Srimal Sanjeewa of the CID when he informed the Presidential Commission probing the Easter carnage that “Zahran had been conducting a training camp” in the Puttalam area “from 2015 to 2019” on “the use of Type-56 firearms and hand grenades”. (‘Daily Mirror’ 1 September 2020).
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            (continued below)

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              old codger & ‘Free Pass’ to Ruwan (continued)
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              6) Apart from this, even if he was kept away from some meetings of the National Security Council, are we expected to believe that he did not have knowledge of the attack even to the extent of Harin Fernando’s hospitalized father?
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              7) What is the possibility that investigative journalists from his father’s media empire would not have tipped him off?
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              8) Is the ‘FREE PASS’ given to Ruwan due to FEAR of his father Ranjit Wijewardene who is the owner of Sri Lanka’s DOMINANT print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL)?
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              9) Ranjit Wijewardene is the maternal uncle (mother’s brother) of your HERO – unelected President Wickremesinghe who out of turn anointed his first cousin Ruwan as UNP Deputy Leader. You have described Wickremesinghe as “Brilliant” and given the impression to CT readers that he has NEVER done anything wrong – not even the scandalous ‘conflict of interest’ ridden ‘Bond Scam’!
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/its-time-to-untether-the-kite/
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              10) It is the IMMUNITY given in the Constitution for an incumbent President that FOR NOW EXEMPTS then Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe from legal action for his share of responsibility for the Easter carnage.
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              (continued below)

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                old codger & ‘Free Pass’ to Ruwan (continued)
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                11) Apart from Ranil Wickremesinghe and those in his inner circle, you seem to be the ONLY person who is DENYING there was a ‘BOND SCAM’ under his watch.
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                12) The ONLY reason why the ‘Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar’ acquitted Arjuna Mahendran et al from the first ‘bond scam’ of 27 February 2015 was due to a ‘TECHNICALITY’. Both you and the case IGNORE the ‘bond scams’ of March 2016.
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                13) The acquittal was due to the Attorney-General during the tenure of the Yahapalana government filing the case under the ‘Public Property Act’ in the context of a ‘PRIVATE’ company – Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) being at the centre of the scam. The case being ongoing is IGNORED by you.
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                14) If there was NO ‘bond scam’ as you aver, why did then CBSL Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy reportedly seek the approval of the Attorney-General to place in the public domain its FORENSIC AUDIT as it “could influence the upcoming presidential election” (‘Sunday Times’ 3 November 2019). This is still not in the public domain! What a waste of the millions spent on the audit.
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                15) Don’t DODGE the question – Does the son of WNL owner Ranjit Wijewardene who was State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government bear SOME responsibility for the Easter Sunday Carnage?
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                Amrit Muttukumaru

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                  AM dear,
                  “SOME responsibility for the Easter Sunday Carnage?”
                  As usual, shooting from the lip? Why the devil don’t you READ the SC judgement of a few days ago?
                  “But even if he (RW) hadn’t been President, he would not have been liable for any infringement. The Supreme Court observed: “Some of the members of the Cabinet including the Prime Minister were kept out of what appears to be a jealously guarded intelligence and in the circumstances, it is inequitable to hold them liable as they are not similarly circumstanced as the respondents we have found liable.”
                  So, please feel free to go ahead and challenge the SC.

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              AM,
              It may be true that you are very good at writing empty verbiage in CAPITAL LETTERS. Quoting irrelevant third parties like Indrajit C ( you have an axe to grind with him too) doesn’t amount to evidence. I believe you are an accountant or economist of some sort. All numbers pertaining to the bond issues are in the public domain. WHY CAN’T YOU do the simple calculation of losses, unless you don’t want to?
              Come off it, you are hounding Ruwan because he didn’t print your scurrilous accusations. Do you expect him to be liable for libel on your behalf? Why not start your own newspaper?

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                old codger
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                1) After you SHAMELESSLY assert “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.” what is the CREDIBILITY you have to say anything in a Public Forum meant for TRUTH and DECENCY? Saying this under cover of ANONYMITY makes it worse. You must be having an armour-plated skin!
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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                2) This definitely undermines the CREDIBILITY of CT and is UNFAIR to its readers.
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                3) Consistent with your “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.” your utterances have your trademark PREVARICATION.
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                4) This includes DODGING the question – Does the laid-back son of WNL owner Ranjit Wijewardene who was State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government bear SOME responsibility for the Easter Sunday Carnage?
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                5) This is DESPITE Ruwan Wijewardene possibly being the ONLY person in AUTHORITY at the time of the carnage who has EXONERATED Zahran by stating “there was no information to suggest that Zahran was engaged in terrorist activities” (‘Daily Mirror’ 19 Aug. 2020).
                .

                6) This was roundly CONTRADICTED by SI Srimal Sanjeewa of the CID when he informed the Presidential Commission probing the Easter carnage that “Zahran had been conducting a training camp” in the Puttalam area “from 2015 to 2019” on “the use of Type-56 firearms and hand grenades”. (‘Daily Mirror’ 1 Sept. 2020).
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                (continued below)

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                  old codger (continued)
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                  7) Is the ‘FREE PASS’ given to Ruwan due to FEAR of his father Ranjit Wijewardene who is the owner of Sri Lanka’s DOMINANT print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL)? You are not alone in this. It includes even the Cardinal, Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake who are wanting a ‘System Change’!
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                  8) I state with responsibility that WNL is CORRUPT. This includes:
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                  (i) The FRAUDULENT ‘Daily Mirror’ claim that its almost full page article titled “Operation Shock and Awe: LTTE Style” (25 April 2003) was ‘Courtesy’ of the ‘London Times’. Its relatively unnoticeable ‘Clarification’ which referred to a mere “inadvertence” was belatedly published as a result of MY persistence.
.
                  (ii) The ‘Sunday Times’ while not publishing my article “Accountability for the Tsunami Billions” sent to its editor Sinha Ratnatunga, thought nothing of blatantly PLAGIARIZING my article in its ‘Editorial’ of 15 May 2005 titled ‘Tsunami effect’. The ‘Editorial’ was not only largely based on my article but it also included some IDENTICAL sentences from it.
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                  (iii) Refusal of my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlements.
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                  (iv) Sinha Ratnatunga the Editor of WNL’s ‘Sunday Times’ is also Deputy Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). In simple terms, if a person has a problem with the ‘Sunday Times’ that person has to complain to Ratnatunga about Ratnatunga! Can ‘Conflict of Interest’ get any WORSE?
.

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                    old codger (continued)
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                    7) Is the ‘FREE PASS’ given to Ruwan due to FEAR of his father Ranjit Wijewardene who is the owner of Sri Lanka’s DOMINANT print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL)? You are not alone in this. It includes even the Cardinal, Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake who are wanting a ‘System Change’!
                    .

                    8) I state with responsibility that WNL is CORRUPT. This includes:
                    .

                    (i) The FRAUDULENT ‘Daily Mirror’ claim that its almost full page article titled “Operation Shock and Awe: LTTE Style” (25 April 2003) was ‘Courtesy’ of the ‘London Times’. Its relatively unnoticeable ‘Clarification’ which referred to a mere “inadvertence” was belatedly published as a result of MY persistence.
                    .

                    (ii) The ‘Sunday Times’ while not publishing my article “Accountability for the Tsunami Billions” sent to its editor Sinha Ratnatunga, thought nothing of blatantly PLAGIARIZING my article in its ‘Editorial’ of 15 May 2005 titled ‘Tsunami effect’. The ‘Editorial’ was not only largely based on my article but it also included some IDENTICAL sentences from it.
                    .

                    (iii) Refusal of my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlements.
                    .

                    (iv) Sinha Ratnatunga the Editor of WNL’s ‘Sunday Times’ is also Deputy Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). In simple terms, if a person has a problem with the ‘Sunday Times’ that person has to complain to Ratnatunga about Ratnatunga! Can ‘Conflict of Interest’ get any WORSE?

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                    Amrit Muttukumaru

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                      AM,
                      Why don’t you simply do the sums instead of going round and round in circles?

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        Mr Muttukumaru,

        Blind hatred of Ranil should not blind you from the reality and the truth of what happened in the Easter bombings.

        The truth is, Ranil and Ruwan were kept in the dark: they were not invited to (or barred from) the security council meetings by Sirisena …………. due to the coup and the power struggle between Sirisena and Ranil.

        When Ranil requested the senior ranking members of the Armed Forces (the joint chief of staff?) to come to meet him no one came. Even when Ranil walked into the defence ministry ……… the defence hierarchy was instructed by Sirisena from Singapore not to meet him.

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          continued

          The truth is, Ranil and Ruwan have very little responsibility for the Easter bombings. One has to be fair in their accusations, if their other (or any ) accusations to be taken seriously. ……. I believe this case was filed before Ranil became president: he had no immunity then. In the case filed, they would have included anyone – Ranil and Ruwan – against whom they could prove their culpability in a court of law. Wild accusations (or anyone’s pet peeves) are not entertained in courts of law as Giuliani et al found ……

          Ranil should end up in the same jail and under the same harsh conditions for the same period/duration of time that Wasantha Mudelige spends in jail. And nothing can be fairer than that.

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            NF. You are perfectly correct. Absolutly, RW must be held culpable for the Easter Sunday Carage.

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              NF. You are perfectly correct. Absolutely. RW must be held culpable for the Easter Sunday Carnage. His absence from Security Briefings as the PM was like having a wedding reception without the Bride. “Ranil should end up in the same jail and under the same harsh conditions for the same period/duration of time that Wasantha Mudelige spends in jail. And nothing can be fairer than that.” Indeed he should be. His conduct is most vulgar.

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                What if Sorisrna for some reasons did nt allow them to attend the sessions in the aftermath of that 52 day circus architected by Medamulana dogs? 😎🤔🐕🐕🐕🐕

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                  LM,
                  You are right on the money!!! In addition the main reason was to shield the culprits and maintain the ‘cover’, for the Master Mind (MM) to act with impunity and without scrutiny anyone opposing the dastardly act and heinous plot!! Killing 300+ and maiming for like further 500+!!??
                  Even the bloodiest terrorists of the North – LTTE – who were exterminated in May 2009, thankfully, for humanity sake, could not achieve in their time of Horror!!!
                  Sirisena helped to achiever the record!!???

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              h
              Have you read in whole or part NF’s text preceding “Ranil should end up in the same jail ” etc?
              Where does NF suggest anything like “RW must be held culpable for the Easter Sunday Carnage”?

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                that is typcial to HP.

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          Nimal,
          Be careful. You want to be crucified next, by the Only Honest Man in Colombo 7?

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            “We recommend that the duties and functions of the office of Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) must be stipulated with definite certainty and the office should be occupied by a person having the necessary expertise, training and qualification.”
            Well, the duties and functions of the President are clearly defined, but we got an idiot who ordered money printing and destroyed agriculture……

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          Fully concur

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        A M ,

        Couple of times , I repeated on this forum of a quote from Franklin
        Roosevelt : ” Yes , he ( Somoza of Nicaragua) is a S O B but he’s our
        S O B ” ! Don’t you think the quote suits the guy yo are talking about ?

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          Referring to Somoza of Nicaragua as I recall it, it was Alexander Haigue who referred to former as our SOB which resonates with very colloquial “he is our man”.

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            hanchopancha ,

            I found it on Franklin D Roosevelt quotes ! Either way it is
            possible someone else said it before him because Somoza
            was a Dynasty in Nicaragua ! Washington monthly
            reported it on its May 16 2006 issue as ” yet another famous
            quote that seems to have appeared out of nowhere ” ! And
            it also raises a valid question . ” How many more are there ” ?

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              Please read it ” someone else said it after him”. Thanks .

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    I bow to these officials.

    All assets should be nationalized if fines are not paid.
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    Although this amount cannot cover the human loss that has become the curse of Sorisena’s incompetence, it will surely help the affected families survive.

    Of course, such decisions are common in the civilized world.

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      I wonder….just how much did Sorisena legitimately earn, as President? How about the other officials? Does the huge materiality of the compensation award suggest that there is a tacit acceptance if not awareness on the part of the justices, that all these jokers are in fact, far wealthier than their purported livelihoods would have one believe?

      Why does the aspect of assets declaration that is, I believe incumbent on all persons in high office, not get traction in the media?

      Why not bring this to influential media people to systematically bring focus to this, so that ALL persons who steal to live lives of grandeur, will be compelled to declare their assets, and them hound them out to make reparations to the country and its poor people?

      Pardon me – just a thought.

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        ES,
        .
        Where had you been for a long time?
        .
        Happy belated New Year greetings to you. let s put that aside, very unfortunately, we cannot change the mind of our average.
        Even thinking about it makes me very depressed. They would be asked to taste cowdung, they would not wait to go for it. That is the nature of the majority.
        .
        I have no hope about them. If they change their mind, Pigs might fly.

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        E S ,

        Your curiosity , just one very recent example ! Dammika Perera ,
        the reportedly wealthiest man in the country , paid off his tax
        overdues amounting to about Rs 1500 million , just like that
        in one day , according to reports ! Some reports said the overdue
        was Rs 500 million ! And he resigned from all his business
        responsibilities JUST TO BE APPOINTED AN MP AND
        EVENTUALLY TO BE A MINISTER IN ORDER TO PULL THE
        COUNTRY OUT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC MESS ! Imagine ,
        the kind of people the rulers think they are ruling !

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      Sri Lankan main stream media and its credibility is on display today more than ever.
      .
      1 million – 10 00 000 (1 and 6 x 0)
      Kotiya – 10 million – 10 x 10 00 000 ( 1 and 7 x 0)
      100 Kotiya – 10 x 100 millions – 1000 x 10 00 000 (1 and 9 x 0) – 1 x billion
      .
      Just be alert, how these bps twist it again and again. They know that people are fools… ultra fools…

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      leelagemalli ,

      Don’t yo think Victim families are lucky that ” Hitang ” Sira sacked
      Ranil government and brought in his Enemy Mara ? And today Sira
      is planning smart against both his former masters ? And to get our
      Bowl some filling , we need to show the Donors some good deeds ?
      Either way , I am too on the boat of those who welcome the court
      decision and at the same time , can not ignore our Good Governing
      culture that we followed throughout our life time ! I hope you agree !

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    Not a good time for living presidents of Sri Lanka. MR, Gota first, Sira now will it be Ranil next?

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      FINALLY there’s a silver lining . Lankan courts holding administration and more importantly ex President/ politician, accountable for death of innocent civilians. Hopefully , this verdict may encourage thousands of other political victims to take similar action. Ahimsa had to go, all the way to U.S to do this.

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        “FINALLY there’s a silver lining.”
        It looks like or it appears like silver lining in the Easter Bombing case but in reality it is to cover up the real Easter Bombing culprits. The Court ordered to pay compensation to the victims but we don’t know what happen if they do not pay the fines. It is usually if the said persons found guilty the court should have ordered to pay or if fail to pay they have to face jail sentances for some months or years etc. If any one knows that detail please let us know. I can remember during previous regime former Minister Rishard Baduideen was ordered to pay 100 lacks or million (not sure) in a case he illegally created a settlement in Mannar or somewhere but we don’t know what happened. They are still in politics or in their jobs.
        In fact the fine is for not taking actions but the money is not equvalent to the lives of those innocent people similar to those who lost their close relatives who handed over their children, husbands, fathers in 2009 at the end of war are still waiting for justice. You have to find the truth behind the Easter Bombing and what roles played by these individuals. The whole defence system was inactivated during the Easter Bombing. Who is the master mined?

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    Ranil W was originally cited in the case, but his name was removed as per a “Constitutional Provision”.

    I don’t think Ranil W will escape at a “Future” date. As commented above, Ruwan Wijewardane should have been included as a respondent. Perhaps, this “Ommission” would receive attention on a future date.

    There are very many such cases that are to be reviewed, among which are the cases where the verdicts were “Nidoskota Nidahas”

    We have already heard from NPP Leader AKD “Promising” to open up all these cases once in power.

    How about SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa? He has yet to hold out that “Promise”. Will he do it?

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    Gota’s attorney should really look at this case and the compensation, Sarby wanted to pay the missing person’s families 100 k in compensation.

    Property value change by region but I don’t think human life should.

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    This is another example of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court producing a wrongful judgment
    From the very beginning, the Easter Sunday terrorist attack became a case of Catholics against Buddhists.
    What about Ranil Wickremasinghe who was the Prime Minister at the time? Ooops, sorry, he is a Catholic. Therefore, he was exonerated from the case.
    Then, what about Reverend Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo? Where was he at the time of the attack on Catholic Churches? Before 2019 and after 2019, he was present at the Church on every Easter Sunday. Interestingly, he didn’t attend Mass on this particular day. None of the Catholic priests were eyewitnesses. Where have they been on this particular day?
    The Easter Sunday terrorist attack was not the first such incident in Sri Lanka. There have been a large number of terrorist attacks carried out by terrorists. Therefore, the Supreme Court should have adhered to precedent in making their judgment in this case. There is no precedent. The only precedent is “King Kekille’s judgements”.
    There are a large number of terrorists in custody over this case. Interestingly, the Catholic Church is not against them. Why? Because they are not Buddhists. This case is purely based on personal vendetta and religious racism.

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      Champa
      “Ooops, sorry, he (RW) is a Catholic. Therefore, he was exonerated from the case.
      Then, what about Reverend Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith,”
      Don’t you know Malcolm is more Buddhist than the Mahanayakas? Which isn’t saying much, really.

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        OC,
        .
        There is no doubt that Champa can be Sorisena’s best friend. Both are crazy by nature. Although Champa’s style is unique in being close to “Putin”:
        I question how our nation can ever be a progressive nation when we look at people like Champa, Sorisena, Professor Deepti de Silva…. Alas, I have a deep pessimism about our hell created by the Rajapaksas.

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        OC
        .
        Champa is back from Cuckoo land and talking out of the hat as usual.
        .
        Champa is getting more and more senile by the day it seems.
        .
        Tictok Tictok Tictok Champa’s time to kick the bucket is not far.

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          HT,
          .
          Why is Champa no longer busy with “Putin”? Is Champa devorced from him ?

          Next week she will be busy with Sinhala Buddhism and “labba” Katha.
          .
          Next week she will be busy with “Balangoda Man” and archeological digs. And they are self-proclaimed as “Senior learnt men and women of Sri Lanka”.

          I have no doubt that the “country grass” will soon be the staple food of this nation.

          Our future sellers will be “Kiwi Land” aka NZ. Instead of milk powder, we have to import “grass”.

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            Leelagemalli
            Oh, thank you for the opportunity.
            Mr. Vladimir Putin has reshuffled his military commanders which western media has interpreted as a rift in the Russian military. I disagree because it was something I myself thought Mr. Putin would do weeks ago. But, for some reason, I didn’t send my comment.
            I don’t think a Commander-in-Chief returning to his previous position after completing a secondment is a demotion. I don’t see any rift in the Russian military. Instead, I see a methodical formation of a new military command for Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. This change may have been done in view of the decision taken by the US, Britain, France and Germany (?) to send heavy tanks to Ukraine. My unsolicited advice to the US led NATO is, “Watch out! A minor incident may escalate to a major war.”
            The Collective West, Ukraine and Western media do not even have a slightest idea of what Russia does. This is what Sun Tzu said. “A military force has no constant formation, water has no constant shape. The ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius.” That is exactly what Mr. Putin has done.
            Contd’…..

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              On a separate matter, I found out an interesting pattern of the dates that has been used by Mr. Putin for special events. Olympics and the month of February have played a significant role in his international political decisions. For example;
              1. Just after the Sochi OLYMPICS, on FEBRUARY 28, 2014, Mr. Putin ‘liberated’ Crimea before it was taken over by US-trained Azovs.
              2. The Minsk Agreement II was signed on FEBRUARY 12, 2015. (The Minsk Agreement I was signed on September 5, 2014 one month after the Special Summer OLYMPICS in Los Angeles.)
              3. Interestingly, the US orchestrated coup in Ukraine reached its culmination on FEBRUARY 24, 2014, after the then Ukrainian President fled to Russia.
              4. My friend Pluto, the slow-motion miniature Mars who represents wars, deaths and destruction, returned to the USA after 248 years on FEBRUARY 22, 2022.
              5. Soon after the Beijing OLYMPICS which ended on FEBRUARY 20, 2022, on FEBRUARY 24, 2022, Mr. Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine.
              6. I was alarmed when I checked the 2023 calendar because another such date is coming in February 2023. Winter OLYMPICS 2023 in Beijing is scheduled to end on FEBRUARY 20, 2023. What are Mr. Putin’s plans for next February?

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      Champa,
      .
      Please be careful with these Christian denominations. There are important distinctions that must be made.
      .
      Yes it was all (Roman) Catholic Churches that were targetted. That church doesn’t encourage the use of what I have put in brackets. That is because it claims to be the only Catholic – literal meaning “worldwide” – church. Ranil claims to be a Buddhist, but his father was an Anglican, and his father’s brother, Lakshman, was actually an outstanding Anglican Bishop.
      .
      There is little public perception of the Anglican Church being “Catholic” but the creed recited regularly in it runs, “I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church“. This has to do with the fact that Henry VIII didn’t want to lose the title “Defender of the Faith” bestowed on him by the Pope, but still wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine”. So he broke from Rome, but Catherine was fortunate in that her head remained attached to her body.
      .
      tbc

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      …………Continuing:
      .
      Henry’s subsequent queens were not so fortunate.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wives_of_Henry_VIII
      .
      That included Anne Boleyn with whom Henry was so fascinated at the time the churches separated, and whose daughter became the long-reigning Elizabeth the First. But Anne’s pretty head was severed from her “bodie”. I’m sorry. This is pretty ghoulish stuff, and I seem to be writing it with apparent relish.


      Getting back to the ‘Easter Bombs‘ which is Lankan Politics, it was Roman Catholic churches that were blown up in the Western Province.
      .
      This is not a subject which I give much thought to, but I think that what happened in the Eastern Province was that the Sunday Mass in the targetted Roman Catholic church was over, and so the bombs were directed at an “Evangelical Church”. That is one of the “New, American” churches, much resented by all those that have been around from before 1814. Pretty unedifying stuff, I agree.
      .
      However that may be, it’s not possible to tie up Ranil to the Roman Catholic churches that were blown up. We may now wish it, given Ranil’s current bad behaviour, but don’t you think that we have to be more objective?
      .

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    The average case takes 15 years to conclude. There are so many people in remand without bail being granted because judges just follow what the police say. Civil cases destroy both parties while holding up the economy .
    Wasantha Mudalige and Sepal Amarasinghe imprisonment will not happen in any civilized country and our judiciary is silent.
    In this case the judges are saying Sirisena and others were negligent. Did they really know the nature of the attack, the venues of the crimes or the culprits ?

    Just having some vague information is not sufficient. If the authorities act on this basis we will have to have curfew in Colombo every other day , as there will be intelligence that Wasantha Mudalige is planning to attack some place or Sepal Amarasinghe is destroying religion ! We will end up as a comedy

    I am sure if any of these people( Sirisena etc) knew for sure what was going to happen and who the culprits were they would have acted. On the other hand if the authorities start arresting people on mere tips and block streets, declare curfew etc based on tit bits of info we will be in a bigger mess

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      Deepthi dear,
      Your writing seems almost rational. Started taking your pills?

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        Old Codger in one of your comments you said you want to be cosy with me !

        Although you think your English makes up for all your loathsome qualities we can see your perversions from your comments. All women are considered fair game and without meeting our arguments rationally you resort to vulgar suggestions.

        To be near your curry smelling body and to observe your scrawny hands with long grey hairs will be revolting to any woman .

        If you want to argue , don’t bring sex into it old man

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          DS,
          “To be near your curry smelling body and to observe your scrawny hands with long grey hairs will be revolting to any woman .”
          You do seem to know a lot about my body. I wonder how…….?

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            Old man the qualities of your kind is well known

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              Deepthi the non-cosy ,
              “the qualities of your kind is well known”
              ARE well known. You may insult me, but please use proper grammar.

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                “If you want to argue , don’t bring sex into it old man”
                Aren’t you the person who kept dragging the sexual inclinations of politicians into everything?

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                  Deepthi dear,
                  “To be near your curry smelling body and to observe your scrawny hands with long grey hairs …”
                  And I did appreciate your luxuriant MR-style moustache….

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      deepthi truly desperate silva

      “Wasantha Mudalige and Sepal Amarasinghe imprisonment will not happen in any civilized country and our judiciary is silent.”

      Although I appreciate your concern are you implying everything that is happening in this country is happening during Rani’s watch? For your information the phenomena that you described above did not start on 9 May 2022, but has been happening since 4th February 1948 and am sure will continue for another …….?….. years.

      You should speak to the Tamils and Sinhalese who were/are in custody and whose lives have been taken away.

      You are focused on Ranil’s a**e which is not the right place to watch. Switch your focus to ………. crooks, crooked and racist saffronistas, crooked functionaries, ……..

      Thanks for your change of heart, …….Hope you can change this island for the better, … good luck.

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    Hopefully there won’t be any presidential pardon or appeal based technicalities of the case hearing.
    payment of compensation to the victim fund maintained at the Office for Reparation . Further, hopefully OfR not open a Hangbangtota Help fund with that money.
    In the light of the criticism over the the Defense department, 2023 defense budget must be cut to 50%. No more wastes, Mr. Evil Emperor!. Even if you have escaped the court, behave like a gentleman and pay your 100 million before you get the insurance claim for your house. You allowed this to happen because you thought it is going to be Tamils and foreign tourists were going to die in those bombings.

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    Will the fines ever be paid or just a judicial verdict that will never be enforced? Anyway, I hope this will lead to charges against all corrupt officials with MR, GR & their family on top.

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    Am just wondering is that the justice being served or just like parking ticket fine.
    So far no one is punished if they appeal it against this verdict then back to the square.
    Super 69 champions o f the world guardians fosters keep alive of the teachings breed of lion …some try to tarnish and plot by bringing the dog

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    “Field Marshal” Sarath Fonseka, one of the most virulent politicians , says Sirisena and crowd had information of the attack and were negligent in not taking action.

    Fonseka was put in jail by the Rajapaksa regime and it was when Sirisena was President that he was made Field Marshal. Was Sirisena being negligent ?

    when Sarath Fonseka was pardoned and released one of the main activist on his behalf was Tiran Alles

    When Fonseka was army commander, did he have intelligence reports that his own son in law was bidding for army contracts ?

    Did he know that a woman was planning to bomb him at the army HQ ?

    Did he know of the LTTE attack on the airforce base in Anuradhapura beforehand ? There were many similar reversals in the war. When we compare the casualties of both sides , it was a costly victory.

    In these matters the decision maker is not always negligent, he makes a wrong decision, which is human.

    Would Sirisena and Co knowingly have ignore the Easter bomb attack ? It is clear that Sirisena was a humble man raised by our stupid politics to a place he could not handle. This is the story with all these chaps including Ranil, whose pretences of high class has long being destroyed.

    If people work perfectly, would Sri Lanka be in this position today ?

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      deepthi silva
      Would Sirisena and Co knowingly have ignore the Easter bomb attack ?
      Certainly, because either Sira is a dumb, self serving bum sucker & wouldn’t have known what to do to prevent the catastrophe or it was a plot by the Rajapakses to hoodwink the gullible public that there was a genuine Muslim terror plot which could only be handled by a tough & proven leader, therefore, sacrifices had to be made.

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        Furthermore, if I am remember correctly. Harin Fdo was aware of the bomb plot but he didn’t even warn the cardinal, that is. if he didn’t want to waste Police time if the threat turned out to be a hoax. He avoided going to church but didn’t think it would be better to share his knowledge. What kind of a Minister is he?

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          Harin ‘s father got to know some how he stopped his son to attend the church that particular day.
          He thanked his father latter but

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          R-UK
          “Harin Fdo was aware of the bomb plot “
          That is in doubt.
          His father was warned that something untoward could happen.
          What exactly? The CID could have asked him a few questions.

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        Raj, I think you are as careful as I am. I was moved by the information that your father was real. Our population hardly responds that way. However, there are very sensitive and reasonably small segments of our population.
        Now, with yesterday’s verdict on the “planned Easter Sunday killings” in our hellhole, this is what came to my mind.
        .
        Not at the beginning but later, Sorisena further told the media that although he was informed about the human losses caused by the massacre, his health condition was so serious that he could not return home. This is a fictionnous lie looking back.
        Not a single reporter reported that he was terminally ill and required such treatment in Singapore.
        :
        Btw, Do you know what GDPR means?
        I’ll add the link to your post here..

        https://gdpr-info.eu/#:~:text=General%20Data%20Protection%20Regulation%20GDPR

        .. Although patient data protection should be covered, there are rare cases where authorities can investigate the data.
        SRIALNKEN legal authorities study it carefully if possible. I have no doubt, the SECRET would have been revealed. I believe he is not seriously ill….I have enough information to think so.

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          LM
          “I was moved by the information that your father was real.”
          I don’t know what Raj thinks, but you’re on sensitive ground there….

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          leelagemalli

          Thanks for your sentiments. Seems we both share similar thoughts & no doubt, like me, most of us ex pats, had a tough time initially, starting life all over from scratch in a foreign land, which has given us a different perspective of life in SL.

          People of my father’s generation who valued integrity are no more, it is the rat race of survival that we have now in SL. I am happy that my father opened my eyes at a young age when I was ambitious, at my first permanent job, that to be content with small mercies life brings, instead of mind blowing wealth. Regrets, as Sinatra used to sing, were too few to mention & I want to say ‘I did it my way’ to St Peter at Pearly Gates. In fact, we should all be able to say that.

          All the best in 2023

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            Raj,
            Thanks for your wishes. Your unbiased comments are refreshing. My dear parents are now in heaven. Few seem to be unbiased in CT. I don’t see that any single party (SLFP, UNP, SLPP, JVP) can do the job properly.
            I believe every party has good candidates even if it is a small part. First, they must finally realize that the nation today is hanging on by a single hair.

            NPP behaves like working with foreigners. They must understand that they have to work with Sri Lankans who are severely abused. They do not understand that our average is dishonest and conducive to corruption. Winning elections is one thing, working with very abusive people is another. Many grassroots people will still disagree with the NPP. Not even 20% of the population of Sri Lanka shared that the majority wanted JVP/NPP to be the next ruling force.
            tbc

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              cont.
              .
              And it is funny to see that all 225 are equally corrupt and abusive according to JVPrs. These are popular public speeches of JVP. We know how Wimal Weerawansa, the former member of the JVP in the western province where literacy is the highest in the country, misled the people.

              Wimal Weerawansa is still in Parliament, but today he is uttering something completely opposite to his former guardians. Stupid people don’t notice the difference but enjoy moments like watching the next “tele drama series”.
              The truth is that our people have been corrupt and crime friendly since the beginning. The label “Sinhala Buddhist” is only on paper. I don’t believe them. I heard that the principal of Ambalangoda Dharmashoka College is facing bribery charges these days.

              Such professionals are not serious enough to be placed in their positions today.

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        DS,
        “Would Sirisena and Co knowingly have ignore the Easter bomb attack ? It is clear that Sirisena was a humble man raised by our stupid politics to a place he could not handle”
        Good question!? The answer is that the UNP and Rw in particular, having acceded to CBK’s proposal and supported by Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero as the saviour of democracy and exempt/exclude the reign of Medamulana Walauwe Family rule, forgot to remember one significant Factor or blackened character of this individual, who became Executive President of SL!!
        IF THEY TOOK THAT INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE NOMINATION, HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AT ALL!! Even if done to protect democracy, should have remembered the blackened past of this individual in his youth, revolting against his Father’s diktat or punishment against his ribaldry and truant, these guys would not have treated his ignorance or lack of familiarity of the constitutional provisions in respect of separation of powers or governance!! Reference to his burning the chena cultivation of his father and family!! Maniacal attitude and motivations!!?? Totally unfit to fill the space – that’s what he was, with no productive purpose at all!!! Negative!!!
        (TBC)

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        (Part II)
        HE WAS PROVOKED AND HE RETALIATED!!??? NO EXCUSE!!! We all, remember his adulation, in 2018 that he will not relinquish before his term expires and notwithstanding his earlier commitment to “One Term Presidency”, he seeks a second term in 2019/20!!! If not he will burn the state and Nation like Hanuman, the proverbial monkey in Ramayana!!
        He kept his promise to the word, except, unlike Hanuman who obliterate the enemy, Ravenna and his clan, he targeted CATHOLICS AND THEIR CHURCHES PREDOMINANTLY WITH TAMIL (MINORITY) BACKGROUND, USING ANOTHER MINORITY (MUSLIMS) AS THE TARGET FOR REVENGE IN THE AFTERMATH!!
        DEFINITE FAULTLINE WAS HIS INABILITY TO USE HIS INTELLIGENCE FOR POSITIVE PURPOSES THAN DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY!! HE AND NILANTHA J., IN CAHOOT EXECUTED TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENED!!!
        CUSTODIAL SENTENCE IS NECESSITY AS THIS IS REPEATED IN HIS LIFETIME!!!
        NEVER BE REPEATED!!!

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      DS,
      “If PEOPLE WORK PERFECTLY, would Sri Lanka be in this position today?”
      This is not about, PEOPLE WORK PERFECTLY!!!???????
      Gross NEGLIGENCE AND DERELICTION OF DUTY – non-performance of duty those vested with responsibility, by CULPABLE DESIGN AND NOT AN ACCIDENTAL OCCURRENCE!!??
      Proof glorified Grama Niladari cannot perform as Executive President!! Total failure!!
      He was trying to hide himself in “advanced Singapore”, when he was being sought to return to SL and be a true Commander in Chief, take control of the situation!!??
      Going to Singapore was like “Banda coming to town (Colombo) to see Vesak”!!!?? DREAM!!
      He thought of his days in Pollonnaruwa jungles when the GA was doing an inspection in his territory! Small brins in bloated head!! Net outcome and result – absolute and total failure

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    So “Sirishena nana” is a devoted secret Muslim. Who knew?
    /
    Anyway, even his commission of inquiry is ridiculous. All it did was covered up the Easter sunday terrorism. Allegedly its mushlim inquirer visited Saharan’s brother who injured himself during an attack experiment in hospital.
    /
    When will the Muslim politicians who immolated two innocent women in their private homes be successfully prosecuted?
    /
    Easter Sunday terrorist attacks would never have happened without muslim politicians facilitating the attacks. FACT.
    /
    Easter Sunday attacks didn’t happen out of the blue. Where are the thousands of Muslims who have joined 1SIS and other terrorist groups? Allegedly they have returned to Sri Lanka with the help of Muslim politicians.

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    I wonder why nobody has commented on the integrity of our judiciary.
    Is it simply a matter of a verdict that anyone likes?

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      SJ,
      Let’s see what happens if the SC allows the election to be postponed…

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        OC,
        The entire people are against holding elections. They are happy to have petrol, kerosene, cooking gas. The baseless media scammers are spreading blatant lies over and over again.
        :
        But the extremely patriotic JVP and SJB want the government to hold elections.
        :
        Some areas have reverted to PETROL ques. I think some people like problems like snaking queues of gas cylinders.

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          LM
          Giving our guys the franchise to vote is like giving the razor to a monkey.
          .
          73 years of independence and so many elections later we still don’t know our left from our right. Look at the level and quality of the people we chose to vote for.
          .
          What we need is a professional set of people like a CEO and management of a company that will stear us through the present times.
          .
          What we need is economic recovery. Let us leave aside emotions and concentrate on the issues at hand.
          .
          This is not a time we can take anymore chances based on fallacies like if JVP have the reigns it will be better. If the JVP are good why have we not been voting them all this while?

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            “Giving our guys the franchise to vote is like giving the razor to a monkey.”.
            .
            Is it not high time university experts to wake up from their long slumber and start rebuilding the society? .
            .
            Why are they behaving like Amazonian sloths yet today? If not today when? .
            .
            Aiyo ? 🐃🐃🐃🐃🤔🤔🤔🤔

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          Dear “leelagemalli”,
          .
          How can you possibly assess this from Germany?
          .
          “The entire people are against holding elections.”
          .
          “The entire people” – really? How many are you in contact with? With me, yes, but I have neither emailed you not contacted you on WhatsApp (voice or text) for a month.
          .
          And see what is in the government-owned newspaper says:
          .
          https://dailynews.lk/2023/01/12/political/295032/lg-polls-date-be-fixed-after-nominations-ec-chairman
          .
          I know these areas, but few other readers would. But, I will not pretend to know what effect this will have:
          .
          https://dailynews.lk/2023/01/14/local/295167/uruvarige-vannila-eththo%E2%80%99s-party-contest-four-lgbs-badulla
          .
          Please don’t further undermine you own credibility.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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            Wherever you are, you should be able to assess yourself.

            I am a regular traveler to my motherland and whenever I have time I interact with Tut Tuk driver, cab driver, bus commuters, hoteliers, bus driver, Keel’s supermarket workers, petrol shed workers, university lecturers, company managers and everyone I meet during my stay back in motherland. That is how I am accessed to information.

            I don’t thinkI relied on anyone.

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      Oops!
      I just noticed that Champa has commented. But will it really count?

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    Considering the gravity of the crime, this is just a slap on the wrist of Maithreepala Sirisena.
    .
    I expected Maithreepala to be hanged for conniving with conspirators to kill innocent people in order to make way for Gota in the 2019 election through this heinous terror attack.
    .
    Sirisena and his entire family should have been brought out and publicly hanged for his “negligence” and involvement so that no person in office will ever attempt this kind of dirty crime ever again.
    .
    The event lead to Gota and Mara coming back and the rest as you know is history.

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      People as voters are to blame. .Nevertheless they voted for MaRa and Sorisena even after that mlechcha attack.
      .
      Easter Sunday disaster should be designed by Rajapakses for their comeback. .
      .
      Rajapakshes knew they could rely on pissu Sorisena. Entire world was aware of the fact that Sorisena was a puppet. They good governance govt achieved a lot but them joint opposition led by Medamulana pigs did nt allow them to govern.
      .
      JVPrs worked together with MaRa culprits in that so called ” bond scam’ .
      .
      Singapore government is yet😌 silent on so called bond scam, even if they are very strict with law and order issues. JVPrs have nothing to say about it.??????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

      .

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      Late Sobitha Thero who was the mastermind of good governance was unhappy about Sorisena immediately after Sorisena was elected as the president in Jan 2015. Remember? .
      .
      Dog is do even he is the best friend of the humans..
      .
      🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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        What better outcome one could expect from the scoundrel, who burnt th Family Chen Cultivation, because of a reprimand for his truant by his Father!!?? Not even fit to be a GN!!??

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    LM
    In order to put the events that lead to the easter bombings we need to go back in time to 2015.
    Like you have mentioned it was ven. Sobitha Thero who who orchestrated the change of government. Maru Sira was brought from nowhere and made president so he would work hand in hand with Ranil.
    Maru Sira, from the beginning was undermining ranils efforts and finally in October 2018 the bastard had the audacity to kick ranil out and bring in Mara as PM.
    This was the height of shamelessness and it showed what a low life Maru Sira actually was. At this point, the people of Sri Lanka stood with Ranil, they went and surrounded Ranils residence and didn’t allow Maru Sira or Mara to kick ranil out.
    Finally after 56 days of uncertainty the speaker of the house Karu Jayasuriya declared Maru Siras move thanks and void.
    This sent a strong message to the scavengers Mara and co, that it would be difficult to win back power through normal means through an election.
    Continued…

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    ….Continued
    It was at this point Mara and co resorted to terrorism.
    They knew that the only was they had a chance of grabbing power again was to distract the masses by playing on their fear of another LTTE era.
    This plot was hatched with Maru Siras knowledge. He had motive to be a part of the plot, plot to get rid of Ranil in a new election.
    India RAW had warned SL government of the impending attacks 3 weeks prior. Besides Sri Lankan intelligence too may have been tipped off by civilians who had suspected foul play.
    Maru Sira not only prevented Ranil from getting security briefings, maru sira conveniently flew overseas.
    Maru Sira, Mara, Gota, Basil and the rest of their clan are all co-conspirators of the terror attack, that lead to the death of 250+ innocent souls.
    This is a crime that has to be considered as the worst crime in recent history.
    Continued…

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    …continued
    Thanks to the stupidity of the people, even Christians voted for Gota in the 2019 elections.
    Gota won, Mara became PM, and the family mafia got back the reigns of power once again at the expense of the dead and injured.
    They came back with a vengeance and emptied the central banks good reserve, printed money and bought the USD available in the country, packaged everything and sent to Uganda.
    As if that was not enough, they allowed Sri Lankas financial ratings to go to hell.
    H
    As a result people who had bonds with the central bank panicked, they sold off their bonds at give away prices, which the Rajapaksa mafia bought and encashed with the central bank at official actual rates.
    This lead to further depreciation of the situation and brought the country to it’s knees.
    The next move was to sell off all the government assets at give away prices and buy them off themselves. But that didn’t work thanks to the ARAGALAYA.
    Madamulana bastards we’re chased away.

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    The sucessive GOSL are a bunch of clowns. The root cause of what happened is Gota, the mass murderer of this country. He masterminded this whole Easter attack through his coolies in the army intelligence and he is allowed to walk around with total immunity, while this country ass from Anuradhapura has been fined. While the Buddhist extremists were attacking mosques, the Muslims attacked the Catholic and Christian churches? Oh really???? Why didn’t they attack Buddhist temples? Did anyone ask this question?

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      Also while this country ass was the President, who was the PM? Why wasn’t the PM charged and convicted too?

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