27 May, 2020

Blog

Tamil Civil Society Condemn Presidential Pardon Of Murder Convict Sunil Ratnayake

The Tamil Civil Society Forum vehemently condemns President Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s pardoning of Sunil Ratnayake, Staff Sergeant attached to the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army, convicted for the murder of eight Tamil civilians including a five-year old child on 19 December 2000 in Mirusivil, Jaffna.

Mass Murder Convict Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake

Sunil Ratnayake was convicted by a Trial-at-Bar comprising of three High Court Judges in 2015. His appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in 2019.

The conviction of Sunil Ratnayake was an exception in Sri Lankan judicial history. It is probably to date the only case where an army soldier was convicted for murder of Tamil civilians during war other than the Krishanthy Kumaraswamy case. In most instances, cases against the Sri Lankan Army never end up in prosecution and conviction owing to poor and/or deliberately negligent investigations on the part of the police and more importantly the lack of political will on the part of the Government and its prosecutorial arm, the Attorney General’s Department. The Kumarapuram massacre case in which the court acquitted all accused in 2016 is a good example. The conviction of Sunil Ratnayake was hence an exception to the rule that the Sri Lankan state and its organs are unwilling to prosecute the Sri Lankan Army in relation to crimes committed against Tamils.

That President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to nullify this thin exception is a reminder of the depth of the political conviction running through the ruling Sinhala Buddhist class that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces are above the law in their treatment of the Tamil populous. That President Rajapaksa has chosen to do it during a pandemic, in which the propaganda machine of the highly militarised state apparatus seeks to portray the military as the only credible public institution, is extremely manipulative.

The act of the President has deeply anguished and hurt the Tamil community during a time when the whole humankind is feeling unsafe and anxious over the spread of COVID19 and the devastation it has brought about. The act of pardon in these extraordinary times is a reminder that President Rajapaksa will not care for the sentiments of the Tamil people.

We trust that all concerned will hence forth stop asking the Tamil people to be patient and trust in Sri Lanka’s judicial system to deliver on accountability and justice. The only option for justice is through international institutions for criminal justice. (TCF)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 18
    2

    This is exactly what was to be expected from a racist-militarist like Gota.
    Now what are Ranil, Sajith and the JVP going to say? Will any of them strongly
    condemn this as a flagrant violation of the rule of law and outright racism?

    Let’s see.

    • 12
      1

      I doubt it. They belong to the same group of 225 wolves in lions coats..

      • 14
        0

        The Murderer given a death sentence by a supreme court for the murder of an entire family who went in search of their home and now this mass murderer is free and will roam the villages and rape the Sinhala women.

        This is Sri Lankan Justice system. Murderers are set free after the court found him guilty of murder

        • 0
          2

          This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

          For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

        • 2
          0

          Murderer released by mass murderer!

  • 3
    19

    I understand Sunil Rathnayake. President’s pardening should be appreciated. Most do not understand the situation except HATRED and REVENGE. These people should understand Sunil Rathnayake like people worked hard to stop homicide bombers among civilians where they are living.

    • 15
      0

      by killing a five year old child? Buddhist karma will answer

      • 0
        0

        Do not worry Corona will take care of him. Karma comes round and round.

    • 8
      0

      Worked hard to create more suicide bombers. If five old can be murdered should not the 12 year old become suicide bomber

  • 11
    0

    When compare with the number of murders in the sinhala socient in the past 100 years. this is just a single man. The Buddhist Grand fathers of 58 riots, The dad generation of 77 riot, and The sons and brothers of 83 and after ( almost everyday) forget about village by village massacre in 80 and 90 in Uniform and the prison massacre.

  • 14
    1

    Folks, please try to understand. How can the man who gave the orders allow his minions to continue to languish in prison now that he has got all the power. It’d be embarrassing – isn’t it – when the Mighty Ruler goes to lick the Mahanayakas.

  • 5
    0

    E.W.Golding.

    This high voltage affair will not be touched by either Ranil or Sajith.
    They run the risk of being politically electrocuted.
    The Tamils in the country now vote for the lesser of the evils.Either Gota or Sajith.
    Heads or Tails? Same coin though!

  • 1
    7

    This is Tamil RECONCILIATION – HATRED AND REVENGE. That is why appeared on earth the first. But, they live every where on earth and nothing to say their own. Just animal instincts. I know it is only for LTTE Brigadiers, homicide bombers, black tigers and Financiers who ran away when they were beginning to lose the war. Paw da TAMILS. Tamil civil Society is not worried their PASTOR CAME AND GAVE COVID-19 TO THEM may be to get HINDUS LIKE MR, WIGNESWARAN.

  • 5
    0

    The Murderer given a death sentence by a supreme court for the murder of an entire family who went in search of their home and now this mass murderer will roam the villages and rape the Sinhala women.

    • 4
      0

      what about the young Sinhalese boys and girls who bring in the much desperately needed foreign exchange dollars by performing the most disgusting acts of sexual prostitution at the behest of their yak elders and lose their innocence.?
      =
      in disgust, R. J.

  • 5
    0

    Not a Statesman.

  • 5
    0

    These Rajapaksa lowlifes have overseen and ensured the tarnishing of the Buddhist clergy and the Sri Lankan military, by protecting bad eggs and criminals within the ranks of the above mentioned, and also directly through their use of these elements to carry out their crimes

    The Rajapakse clan is an utterly disgusting mafia family that has singlehandedly corrputed the psyche of Sri Lanka.

    Ugly racist Rajapakse apologists on this forum like Eagle Eye and S.C. Pasqual, take note…

  • 1
    1

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

    For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

  • 1
    0

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

    For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.