19 March, 2019

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Taniya Got It All Wrong: I Never Participated In An ‘Election Night Coup’

By Sumedha Perera

Major General Sumedha Perera WWV RWP RSP USP ndu

Major General Sumedha Perera WWV RWP RSP USP ndu

I would like to draw your kind attention towards the opinion column by Taniya Raymond under the headline ‘GENERAL INVOLVED IN JANUARY 8TH COUP ATTEMPT TO BE SENT TO NEW YORK AS UN MILITARY ATTACHE’. It is quite regrettable to note that the allegations levelled against me in this article are completely untrue and has tarnished my name and reputation as a senior serving officer in the Sri Lanka Army, with more than 36 years of service behind me.

Regarding the allegations of a coup on January 8th, like any other election held in the past Army troops were called upon to assist to maintain law and order, during and after elections, on a written request made by the IGP mainly to fill the vacuum created by the absence of more than 70,000 policemen deployed for election duties island wide.

On receipt of the IGP’s request an Operational Order was sent by the Chief of Defense Staff to all three services issuing necessary instructions for troop deployment. Thereafter the Commander of the Army sent his Operational Order to the Security Force Commanders outlining the task at hand and appointing them as the officers in charge of their respective areas of responsibility, including the Security Force Commander (West) who was in charge of the Colombo troop deployment adhering to proper military procedures.

A number of battalions were brought to Colombo to meet the requirement given by the IGP. It must be noted that these battalions were not only from the Gajaba regiment, as the writer stressed, but also from other regiments too. It was not I but another senior General who was the Gajaba Regimental Commander and I was the Special Forces Regimental Commander at the time. I did not lead or disperse any troops in Colombo as speculated by the writer, it was however the Security Force Commander (West) who commanded them during the entire Internal Security Operation assisting the Police to maintain law and order on the Operation Directive issued by The Chief of Defense Staff and the Commander of the Army. Therefore the authors allegations of the Military attempting to stage a coup on January 8th is an unfounded and baseless allegation.

As for the author’s comments made on my court case, I was acquitted by Colombo High Court Judge P R Walgama in year 2009 and based on this decision I was awarded USP (Uttama Seva Paddakkama) for unblemished character by a Tri Service board subsequently. The writer’s statement that went on to say that I was reinstated and promoted to the rank of Major General, despite being found guilty for property theft, with the blessings of the previous government is a total fabrication of true facts and in fact I fought my case for four years (2005-2009) when the previous government was in power.

I have served the in the military for 36 years now, having joined at the age of 18 in 1980. Since then I have actively participated in almost all the Military Operations conducted against the LTTE. Currently I am also one of the few in all three services decorated with the highest number of gallantry awards, for individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of a high order in the face of the enemy. Very soon I will be hanging my boots and retiring from my military career. However the point I would like to make here is that, any allegations like these with twisted facts need to be checked by their authors before they are written or published. When the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and very existence was threatened by a reign of terror it was the men from the military that stood up and fought for their country. Accusations and allegations like these on senior officers will only have a negative impact on those still serving in the military, for when someday country and duty calls it will keep them from giving their duty the fullest.

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    This has been written for this man ,by Colonne , the Gothabaya Rajapaksa lickspittle in the Defence Ministry on Gota’s instructions.So this man will proceed to his new job and then as a sleeper cell will report all what is happening at the important Embassy in New York to his Gajaba Regiment boss.

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      Your denial is not sufficient to prove your innocence. Lot of arguments brought here to present your innocence can not be verified by the ordinary but intelligent readers. Best option for you is to file a defamation case against Taniya to prover your innocence.

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        “I was acquitted by Colombo High Court Judge P R Walgama in year 2009 “

        “Your denial is not sufficient to prove your innocence.”

        Unfortunately for Major General Sumedha Perera being acquitted – or convicted for that matter (like Sarath Fonseka or any of the judgements given by Sarath Silva) – during the 10 years of Rajapakse rule doesn’t mean a thing; does not mean he is innocent. Like many have said here, file a case against Taniya Raymond and then the truth will come out. That’s the only honourable way to clear your name.

        From personal experience I know a lot of land grabbing/robbing was going on under Rajapakse rule (Fortunately it has ceased. Well, so far.) So, there was a case and he was acquitted by a “Rajapakse court.” I know many people in SL who have never been taken to court for land-grabbing because they never did grab land. An exemplary officer (and a gentleman :)) should never had a case filed against him.

        I’ll be told that the army saved us from the terrorists. But there are honourable soldiers and dishonourable soldiers and many got enormously wealthy by the war which would have never happened during peace times. So, this “valour,” patriotism, altruism, ………. if you wish, is a two-way street.

        The only ones with real valour are the dead ones – if they are not shot in the back. No one can argue with that.

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      Didn’t it ever occur to you that a man who has defended his country and its people could very well defend his name? And how in God’s name do you know that someone else wrote it on Gota’s instruction? It’s either that you have something personal against this General or you need medication to calm your wild and rampant imagination!!!

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        Defending country is one thing,defending name is entirely a different thing , being a Gota catcher like Colonne is been in a low class of its own

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    you joined at the age of 18 ?/ good

    But didnt you get caught for forged deed case, got sacked from the army?

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      Dear Chuti Putha,

      He “didn’t get caught” in most other instances – What strikes me about this man’s article is that instead of writing with the conviction of an honest man, he repeatedly falls back on the fact nothing was proved against him.

      This may be a style of writing that grows if you serve in the armed forces, but there really is a smugness about his gaze and his writing that I find loathsome.

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    Major General Sumedha Perera WWV RWP RSP USP ndu

    “Regarding the allegations of a coup on January 8th, like any other election held in the past Army troops were called upon to assist to maintain law and order, during and after elections, on a written request made by the IGP mainly to fill the vacuum created by the absence of more than 70,000 policemen deployed for election duties island wide.”

    I will buy your explanation for the time being, however I have few question for you.

    You say “like any other election held in the past Army troops were called upon to assist to maintain law and order, during and after elections,”

    Just after 1977 election it seems Army would have been deployed as you say, but it failed to protect innocent from rioting well organised mob. What was the purpose of army being called upon to assist to maintain law and order, but couldn’t do or refused to do its duty?

    Three days before the heavily rigged District Development Council Election’s, on 4th June 1981 the Jaffna Library was burnt down with all its collections. Didn’t Col. C.A. Dharmapala, then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense make arrangement to protect Jaffna city and its inhabitants?

    I very well know you were not holding any important job then, however I just want your opinion on those two elections.

    When Hindians flew over this island, violating our air space and landed their invading IPKF where were you? Were you hiding behind your women folks or VP’s bump?

    Were you one of those low ranging officers who was involved in smuggling arms and cash to the territories?

    Now you have come out to clear your name, as you did in 2009, will you also fight tooth and nail to clear your name,if you are charged with war crimes?

    This is a good time for you to confirm/confess that you were not involve in any manner, made money out of war budget.

    This is the best time to clear your consciousness.

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      Naïve Vedda

      So why didn’t you join the army after 77, 81 or 87?

      Too busy worshipping trees?

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        Probably dancing around a fire!

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          Majesty

          “Probably dancing around a fire!”

          You should be happy unlike the war criminals Native Vedda was not dancing on dead bodies.

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        EastHamBoy

        “So why didn’t you join the army after 77, 81 or 87?”

        Didn’t you know?

        Have a guess.

        “Too busy worshipping trees?”

        Do you think I am a Sinhala/Buddhist?

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          Naïve Vedda

          “Do you think I am a Sinhala/Buddhist?” – No, you are a Coast Vedda.

          BTW what’s your problem with Sinhala/Buddhist…did you live next to a temple when you were a little boy?

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    Please clarify if it was only the military that fought against the LTTE? However, it has become a norm after Gota to only recognise and reward the Army with foreign diplomatic appointments, appointments to state institutions, special loans, housing, schools, etc. Today Generals in the Army are very affluent individuals in comparison to those of similar rank in the Navy, Air force or the Police.

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    Sir while you are in New York file cases against LTTE supporters for supporting a banned terror org under US Law.

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      Patriot, dummy just shut up and bugger off.

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      Patriot Pathetic

      “Sir while you are in New York file cases against LTTE supporters for supporting a banned terror org under US Law.”

      Come to think of it, I suspect you are sending a coded message to the LTTE diaspora. Is it your true intention or maybe you want LTTE diaspora to hound Sumedha Perera in and out of the US courts?

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        Native Vedda you Cyanide Thambi was smoked in Nandikadal by this Generals colleague Gen. Kamal Gunerathna. You think this guy will take notice of card board diaspora farts. Its Elugha Thamil da now because Thambi has done so much damage to your psyche you need treatment.

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          Patriot Pathetics

          “You think this guy will take notice of card board diaspora farts.”

          If his body and brain are still functioning normally, least he should smell diaspora farts.

          ” Its Elugha Thamil da now because Thambi has done so much damage to your psyche you need treatment.”

          Seriously, do you believe in whatever you type here?

          “Native Vedda you Cyanide Thambi was smoked in Nandikadal by this Generals colleague Gen. Kamal Gunerathna.”

          Keep an eye on these Generals, Brigadiers, Colonels, Majors, Captains, foot soldiers and Dayan, as there have been reports in local media, of members of armed forces killing their family members, colleagues, friends, and in laws. As recently as 10 days ago a colonel was arrested for the murder of his wife.

          In case if you have boundary dispute with your neighbour who is a serving member of armed forces sell the land and relocate.

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    Lanka e news too has highlighted the nefarious activities of this Army personality and heavily criticized for the selection to send him to new York.It is a fact that most of those who are in the army were stooges of Gotabaya. We would like to know the true fact of this man soon. Hop Lanka enews could shed some light on what this person is saying.

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      Did you read the article or can you not read at all?

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    Well said, the vilification of anybody should be dealt with severely.

    To the editors of Colombotelegraph. You have grown your blog to become one of the leading unofficial news sources on Sri Lanka, kudos to that, the fact that you are not governed by laws does not mean that you should not use your editorial powers judiciously and screen against blatant defamation and character assassination.

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      To answer your question , ask the the General to sue the writer , chapter close !

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        Is Taniya Raymond even a real person? If you do know her please let us know.

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          CT would be in a position to answer your query mate.

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          He can certainly sue Colombo Telegraph, if he is man enough to do so.

  • 12
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    File action against Tanya. I would like to see the outcome. That way the whole story will be exposed and the army need not bear the brunt of this accusation. In particular I would like to know the truth about the Obeysekera Walauwwa…

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    These bogus accusations should be ridiculed and false accusers should be sued.
    The Tiger propagandists and their sympathisers/bought media are experts at this spreading rumours, innuendo and bogus numbers and also outright lies.

  • 9
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    Sad but true that people like the ‘journalist’who wrote the article also exist among many grateful people. Unlike the soldiers who put their lives on the line these people come out of the woodwork when everything is safe.

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      Each profession has its own part to take care of , obviously no can expect a journalist to go for the battle front and engage in military combat , whereas a soldier is trained to do what he/she is trained at ;hence, it’s very unreasonable to compare a journalist job with a soldier. soldier’s job has its own risk as any other profession , people ought to understand these basic fundamentals.

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    Stanley Obeysekera , Attorney at Law , London, speak up on this – It was over your Uncle Frederick’s property at Rajagiriya , the matter is still before Court ?

  • 9
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    Well said! Please write your memoirs.

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      Well said what ? He hasn’t answered any of the critical points raised by the author .
      Ask your so called war hero to answer the following questions , if he can.

      1) Has he forged the documents or not ?
      2) Wasn’t he a Gota’s lackey ?
      3) What was the reason behind army deployment in and around D.S Senananyake school in the wee hours of the Election night ?
      4)Were the EX IGP and the army commander neutral players in the game ?
      5)Why were so many Army troops in and around colombo ?
      6) Who acquitted him over the allegations ? is it another case similar to Duminda silva’s acquittal .
      7)Can he just wash his hands by saying ” i was just obeying orders ? “
      8)Wasn’t Mahinda/Gota cocksure about his third time victory (by hook or crook were they in a position to relinquish the power which they were clinging on to so greedily ?
      9) What was the real reason behind CJ (Mohan Peries) , AG , IGP s presence at the Temple trees ?
      10) wasn’t there a failed military coup attempt ?

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        Srilal

        Or was he the informer who alerted RW of impending coup?

        We will never know the truth of any of the palace intrigues, coups, cronies,.. .

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          Native vedda

          Or maybe they were rumours spread by other less qualified army officers who didn’t stand a chance with a General like him? Maybe they wanted to bring him down because that’s the only way they could go up?

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            Majesty

            “Maybe they wanted to bring him down because that’s the only way they could go up?”

            That is our 2500 years old heritage.

            “Or maybe they were rumours spread by other less qualified army officers who didn’t stand a chance with a General like him?”

            What was the qualification you are looking in a soldier?

            The one who can dodge enemy bullets and run faster than others or person who genuinely make some self sacrifices to protect innocent people.

            The initial logic for starting a war does not persist through out the war. The war momentum dictates who is killed and who survives, and the conduct of the war.

            Its so happened this general was on the right side of the war momentum.

            Please don’t tell me that promotions are given based on merit of a person’s service to the institution or the country. The man who says “aye aye, sir” to everything that his boss asks of him or who is well connected to the establishment usually gets the promotion.

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              Vedda,

              On one point I do agree with you…these days the most important qualification for commanding the army is being able to dodge bullets and run back as fast as you can. Like the certain someone who left his troops in kilinochchi and ran back 40 km in his shorts!

              And this momentum you’re speaking about doesn’t just fall down from the heavens. That momentum is created by true bravery and valour! Like how this General stopped the LTTE unceasing wave in 2000 at sarasale, when the army momentum was at an all time low. He turned the tide and prevented jaffna falling into the hands of the LTTE!

              GO READ YOUR HISTORY!

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          NV ,

          Don’t you think Everyone has taken us for a right royal ride ! don’t MY3 and RW know what has happened during and after the PE ? Mafia clan seems to be getting away from most serious crimes !

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            Funny it took you this long to understand that!
            You opted for old wine in new bottle,
            You can not polish a turd mate!

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          Dumb Native Vedda:

          So, you are from the group that scavenee garbage bins.

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            jim softy dimwit

            “So, you are from the group that scavenee garbage bins. “

            How many times have I told you to avoid playing with your willy while knocking on the keyboard?

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        1. No he didn’t, hence he fought the his case for four years and was acquitted.
        2. No he wasn’t.
        3. The deployment was to fill the vacuum created by the absence of 70,000 police officers that were on election duty.
        4. Ex IGP sent a written request for additional rroops upon which CDS sent an operational order to the three servive commanders. They were all adhering to proper military procedures.
        5. So many military troops were to fill the vacuum created by the absence of 70,000 police officers that were on election duty.
        6. He was acquitted by High Court Judge P R Walgama. You want to challenge a decision given by High Court? Take it to courts.
        7. Wash his hands from what?
        8. You’ll have to ask this question from Mahinda/Gota.
        9. You’ll have to ask those respective people as to what they were really doing there.
        10. “NO” is what he’s been saying all along.

        All of the above questions have been answered by the article he has written. No?

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          Majesty ,

          Under MR’s rein , there wasn’t an independent judiciary , if you deny that claim , there isn’t much point engaging with you any longer . every single politically motivated case was influenced by the Mafia clan , case in point , CJ Mohan Peris begging RW and MY3 to remain in his seat , in return he had promised to deliver any verdict favouring the incumbent , what a pathetic situation ? CJ Shirani B was bidding for the Mafia boss until her husband got entangled with a controversial transaction ;consequently, what has happened to her ? SL Judges were mere puppets of the then regime ;hence, any case involving Mara clan was a just eyewash.
          in SL Army , there weren’t many independent officers , if they had to survive the onslaught , they were compelled to tore the line with the mafia clan , we all know what had happened to the opposing senior officers;thus, we will not buy your assertion .
          What a cock and bull story of these 70,000 police officers bla bla…. why the hell troops started deploying in and around D.S Senanayake school after midnight ? All the secret plans were leaked to My3 and RW by the Army itself ;thus, RW and MY3 exclusively held a press briefing for the diplomatic community . most of Gota’s plan’s were foiled by army Whistle blowers , that is the truth. as i said earlier EX IGP and EX Army commander were under the jack boot of Gota ;moreover, Gen Daya Rathnayake was a disgrace for that prestigious position. Gen S Perera can’t just say “i was just doing my job” thereby wash his hands , he was part of the equation .
          Truth of the matter is , Gota the goon wanted to cling on to power at any cost , alas , the whole country was against his idiotic , arrogant actions . as a result he couldn’t succeed what he planned . today we see the maniac laughing after every two words he utters . it’s unfortunate that RW and MY3 safeguarding the megalomaniacs , hope karma or natural justice will take of the murderous clan.

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            Srilal, these men beahve as if they are born yesterday.

            Mafia king is now realizing that not many had the chance to express himself during his days. Had RW or any other siting on the oppostion been behaving the way – MR has been upto this date ? what could happen ?
            I mean if RW had been working with Sangaya community the way he has been doing now ? what could happen ?

            These rascals should be kept in jail for the rest of life, if we at all to feel fine.

            God bless srilanka

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              Leelagemalli ,

              Absolutely , MY3 and RW ought to get their act together , sadly MY3 is more concerned about his beloved SLFP than any thing else ;thus, he behaves this way.As to RW , he is duty bound to protect the mafia king as their earlier agreement.

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    “However the point I would like to make here is that, any allegations like these with twisted facts need to be checked by their authors before they are written or published.

    When the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and very existence was threatened by a reign of terror it was the men from the military that stood up and fought for their country. Accusations and allegations like these on senior officers will only have a negative impact on those still serving in the military, for when someday country and duty calls it will keep them from giving their duty the fullest.”

    EXTREMELY WELL SAID…

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      “When the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and very existence was threatened by a reign of terror it was the men from the military that stood up and fought for their country. Accusations and allegations like these on senior officers will only have a negative impact on those still serving in the military, for when someday country and duty calls it will keep them from giving their duty the fullest.”

      Ask Gota the goon above questions mate .

      Hadn’t he fled the country when his services were badly needed ? Why the hell he sent Gen SF to walikada prison ? why so many high ranking officers were sacked from the military service ? Hadn’t he asked Gen Thoradeniya to testify against Gen SF ?who is the real coward ?

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        Everything can be traced back to the filth paying the tigers $millions of state funds to stop votes for Ranil?
        Get that before the courts and see them run to Uganda?

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      And the murder of surrendering tigers caught on soldiers mobiles?

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      words

      “When the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and very existence was threatened by a reign of terror it was the men from the military that stood up and fought for their country”

      Could you give us a working definition of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

      The only time a real threat existed was when Hindians violated our air space and landed IPKF.

      What were the military men doing at the time of crisis and real threat? Didn’t they run towards their women folks and hide behind their back, later behind VP’s fat bump? More to that not only were they hiding behind VP’s fat bump they also smuggled weapons to arm the terrorists.

      Aren’t you ashamed of yourself and of the armed forces?

      Further the armed forces never challenged the sitting Hindians, for IPKF’s share of atrocities, murder, rape, theft, human rights violations, ….

      Oh the men from the military that was supposed to stand up and fight for their people, miserably failed to protect the people from IPKF atrocities.

      Cowards don’t deserve all those accolades.

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    CT.

    Thanks for permitting his side of the story.Healthy Journalism.

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      MOST RELEVANT.
      AGREE

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      Dear Plato,

      I was able to add a comment to my last article, so CT has now an improved policy. Also, the lasses of Uduvil may have persuaded the country to regard these issues as being of fundamental importance:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/

      I wonder whether there will be more contributions by you? I know that some that were put on three weeks ago were rejected owing to a policy decision to not support old articles which nobody reads. My email address remains easy to locate at the end of the sixty-eighth comment.

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    why doesn’t he sue the writer for a billion rupees like Dr.ananda samarasekera?

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    whatever his civil life activities, Sumedha Perera has been a great warrior throughout the war.

    In operation Riviresa (to liberate Jaffna), he and his troops foiled a massive LTTE counter attack (with minimum casualties to the army) and caused massive damages to the LTTE.

    Again in 2000 when LTTE was unstoppable in their unceasing waves, he with his 533 brigade fought courageously to defend the Sarasalai Junction (which saved Jaffna at that time).

    These are two of the most significant importants points o this officers carrier.

    If possible, read the commendation letter that Gen.Janaka Perera wrote to Gen. Sumedha Perera after the Sarasalai battle.

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      aka

      “Again in 2000 when LTTE was unstoppable in their unceasing waves, he with his 533 brigade fought courageously to defend the Sarasalai Junction (which saved Jaffna at that time). “

      Come on easy on him.

      Was it him or the Hindians who drew a red line in the Northern sand which stopped LTTE over running Northern parts of this land?

      Didn’t Hindians give a good bollocking to Balasingam warning him of second IPKF invasion with the sole objective of obliterating LTTE? The Hindians also warned they would not hesitate to send ships to ferry members of Sri Lankan armed forces to and from the North.

      Didn’t VP who got cold feet ask Balasingam to stop Hinidans’ impending seaborne second invasion?

      aka be serious.

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        Oii vedda… Two different incidents!

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      All war heroes are subjected to ridicule and accusations by the Tamil Terrorist sympathisers who are yet to overcome the shock of their humiliating defeat at the hands of the SL security forces. I don’t particularly care what this officer is accused of but, I admire his courage and thank him for wiping out the racist, genocidal terrorist scum. My advice to the officer; let the losers scream, dance and have a fast unto death hamburger eating party.

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        lal loo

        “My advice to the officer; let the losers scream, dance and have a fast unto death hamburger eating party.”

        Isn’t it similar to the way cowards and war criminals danced on dead bodies of innocent civilians?

        There is fat chance he would have seen his men having a necrophiliac orgy.

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    I have a distinct recollection of a list of army officers delegated for “special post-election duty, covering the periphery of Colombo falling into the hands of Ranil Wickremesinghe who then handed it to the print media who published it. That list not only had names, it had the mobile phone numbers of those officers.
    Subsequent reports indicated that the “Security exercise” had then been dropped.
    Why isn’t that particular media report being re-published, given the kerfuffle over (yet another) person with alleged connections connections to the MR1 regime being appointed to an important and responsible position?

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    He has to return the Rajagiriya Walawua belonging to the Obeysekera’s back to the legitimate owner, who are the Obeysekere’s.

    Bloody Rogue. He forged the deeds. Enjoyed Gotabaya’s patronage. Should be sacked from the army and jailed. You fool, you dont need to write any articles to defend yourself. The public know the truth.

    Sumedha, return back the property that you have robbed.

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    Dear Gen. PERERA

    Terrorist are terrorist irrespective of their
    surnames or nationality .

    Unfortunately even though our galantry
    Armed forces & the police managed to
    wipe out the armed terrorist still as a
    nation we have not dismantle the
    Dependets & the interdependence from
    Terarisum.

    The main precursor for this late Lunatic
    Prabakaran to continue his rampage
    of destroying our infrastructure & the
    most valuable human resource
    of mother Lanka, was certain politicians
    & their henchmen / women .
    ( from the year 1987
    When ever Prabakan was cornered by
    military offensives , our military was
    pushed for unconditional ceasefire by
    the weak Political leaders due to certain
    international Influences & for the fear of
    Comprising their benefits & privileges )

    Irrespective of our personal affiliations
    As a nation we should be very grateful
    To His Excelency Mahinada Rajapaksha
    For the political leader ship &
    Hon Gotabaya Rajapaksha for the
    wonderful captaincy extended to
    the tri forces & police .

    Whilst I thank the individuals & their
    genetic inheritance of all who has
    sacrificed in many ways to safe guard
    mother Lanka , I further request to all
    Sri Lankans to unite unconditionally
    to save mother Lanka’s uniqueness
    from all perpetrators for our
    future generations .

    May All Gods Bless Mother Lanka

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    It is understood that, under the circumstances where the election results were unexpected,there would have been rapid troops movement
    to protect Govt. installations in Colombo and to assist Police to main law and order in the country as police had a depleted strength in
    Colombo due to Police personnel in large nos. would have been away in out stations on election duty . Major General A, Perera’s statement could be true but his statement above saying “I never participated in an election night coup’ baffles the people and this is the ideal time for the Major General to confirm whether FM Mangala’s statement that there was an attempted coup is correct or not and or whether FM just panicked, seeing large movement of Troops across Colombo. People who
    make public statements should standby by their statements. Presume
    Major Generals’ above statement was approved by the army as he is
    still in uniform.

    It looks like that its a “wolf, wolf’ story and nothing of that sort
    happened and the Govt. should issue a clear statement protecting the good name of the armed forces. The only draw back in this selection
    is that he joined the forces at the age of 18 and rose up to this
    rank, which is commendable but he would not have passed out as a graduate and whether he could handle this prestigious job at the UN
    is another question.
    Its up to Taniya Raymond to either apologise to the Major General or
    prove it that there was an attempted coup and he took part. Over to
    you Taniya

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    It looks like that its a “wolf, wolf’ story and nothing of that sort happened and the Govt. should issue a clear statement protecting the good name of the armed forces.

    These DUMB-ASS journalists can not understand as Forces – people they need to carry out orders. They cannot just say ” No, it is against my convictions”.

    Taniya Raymond should be a nick name and she was too chicken to come out with her real name and with this “suspicious” story. Anyway, she wants to make some hay out Sri lankan political melodrama. These days, it is very common in Sri lanka. Theives who gave orders living luxury lives in their houses donated by the govt or acquired with ille-gotten wealth. Bureaucrats are in jail or fighting to avoid the jail because, they compromised their values in order to exist in Sri lanka.

    Sri lanka’s funny Law enforcement and Justice system – all made by those politicians aka theives, criminals, thugs,thugs, rapists, financial cons…list is too long.

    Those dumb – ass Journalists are vultures who are trying to pick something for them at the expense of anything.

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    Gen. Perera,

    How was it you were involved in a deed forgery case that took 4 years to resolve in the first place? Not being found guilty is not the same as ” I have nothing to do with it!”

    Your name is not Obeysekera, so I find it hard to believe a forgery case would not have been dismissed immediately, unless you had been involved a little bit more.

    I do not have the sources or access to the coup story. The fact that the govt has chosen to let sleeping dogs lie tells me they see no political advantage in raising it anymore. That again, does not mean there was not a discussion about the viability of it! Can you imagine the atmosphere at Temple Trees as the disastrous news came from the counting centers that all had been lost? The Rajapakses must have been shitting bricks and all their ‘supporters’ must have been equally paranoid about their future prospects.

    The present govt giving you a plum DPL appointment is not a reflection on your credibility or standing. Rather, its a sad relfection on the governments’ lack of principles and credibility.

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    During the periods before past presidential & parliamentary elections, there have been no reports that the IGP wrote to the Army Commander requesting troops to fill in the void in law enforcement due to the large proportion of police personnel who would be engaged in maintaining law and order during the elections.

    During the period before this last presidential election, the IGP, according to Major General Sumedha Perera, has written DIRECT to the army commander, instead of through the Minister of Law/Justice making this request.

    This deviation from accepted procedure is suspicious.

    Was he under pressure to make this request – in view of the reported presence of troops in Colombo only – for what is alleged to be an attempted Coup ?

    There were no reports that troops carried out police duties in Colombo and/or elsewhere.

    Maithripala Sirisena probably suspected what may happen and hence went to a safe unknown place in Polonnaruwa during the election, and immediately after.

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    Major General Perera,

    Being acquitted by a court of law after a trial lasting four years does not prove that you were innocent. It proved that the evidence presented was not strong enough. Not having enough evidence does not prove that you were innocent.

    And a bit of reality check – the Army if called upon to maintain law and order at different times in the recent history of Sri Lanka, I must say that your Army failed miserably to protect innocent Tamils during Black July 1983 and so many other such occasions. In fact there is overwhelming evidence that the Sri Lankan Army joined in with the perpetrators or gave easy passage to commit horrors by the bestial hordes.

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      BS Reps

      the Army if called upon to maintain law and order at different times in the recent history of Sri Lanka, I must say that your Army failed miserably to protect innocent Tamils during Black July 1983

      Why Army should be Englightened Arahant monks who forgives even their killers ?

      I don’t think, either the church or Mosque have done that kind of forgiving.

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        Hello Jim Softly,

        Because I believe ‘compassion’ was one of the principle foundations on which Buddhism was built.

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    “General” can you please explain why on earth a man like yourself who is so busy up in the north or east is tagged in a deed doctoring case? Oh yes, am talking Obeysekere Walauwa? If you were not convicted why were you even dragged to court on this and why did the army drum you out?

    We are know you were Gota’s stooge but this can be said about anyone that has talked with that man so leave that to our imagination but if you were anything like the caliber of Generals like Major General Niranjan Ranasinghe (Retd.) or Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe, no one could even point a finger at you! Now this is called an unblemished record which you obviously and apparently do not possess.

    With all this, if the Yahapalanaya Government has shipped you to New York we will deal with them directly on this for it is not your fault but their responsibility we will question.

    Either case, good luck to you and thank you for the service to the nation! We are grateful for that part.

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    General hope you could remember 1992! You were in a rented house in Rathmalana. Now you are occupying your own mansion at Thalawatugoda, which was the house of Mr. Chandra Ratnam! Your asserts are closer to 1000 million today! Can you tell the public how you earned that much of wealth! When you were home from 2004 to 2010, can you count 36 years of military service? You were talking about USP(Uthama Seva Padakkama) but you were deprived the VSV (Vishishta Seva Vibushanya)! As DIrector General General Branch at Army Headquarters, have you misused your funds for the election work in Kurunegla? Were you at Temple trees in early hours on 9th January 2015? General you never scored high marks for integrity during your military career! You are a businessman more than a military officer! Entire Army knows who you are!

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    This is calle “ILLAGENA KEMA”. Sumeda you should have not responded to the article. NOw more and more things are coming out. You and your wife know very well what you’ll have done. Its difficult to hide things from the society. People like you are not deserve to work in UN.In school level you just only got thru ordinary level exam. Now you can say in Army you passed this and that course. Any how now its too late to correct your self. Be silent and do something good even now is the best thing. Young officers in the army should take these people as examples. What goes round comes aroung. Do good. Be honest. Then people will respect you even after you left your working place

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    Oh, How pathetic. When they can not counter facts given in Gen’s reply they drag his personal life into this. Now we can understand who is right and who is wrong.
    This is crazy.

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    Tania Raymond got it all RIGHT..Mr. Sumeda Perera. Don’t lie.

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