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Ten Years Later – What LK Stood For, And Sri Lanka’s Way Forward

By Ragi Kadirgamar

Ragi Kadirgamar

Ragi Kadirgamar

Now ten years after my father was brutally assassinated in his own garden, I still do not know who killed him. I know who pulled the trigger…I have been told it was the LTTE…

Strangely the inquiry that Scotland Yard started was terminated before it was completed and I still do not know to this day what actually happened. There are of course rumors, stories, people’s suspicions. I have tried to piece together this ghastly puzzle…

What is clear is that there are many things that have not been revealed to the public over the last ten years, including my father’s assassination. Many things that people may find painful to hear in some cases, things that people do not want to divulge.

Sometimes these things are heard as an attack against ones identity, one’s community. We have lost the ability to listen impartially, an ability that I saw in my father and his friends as they would argue, even disagree over key issues, but yet remain friends. We seem to have lost this ability in this land.

As individuals and a nation, from my personal experience, I believe it is essential that the truth be addressed. It is essential that the truth be known, it is essential that we come to terms ourselves as individuals with the truth; in our own lives, with our parents, with our families.

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And I say it is essential for a very specific reason. We can only truly heal at a psychological and emotional level, if the truth is known and faced. At the level of nations this has been proven and demonstrated in countries like South Africa and others that went through long periods of internal conflict, where during and after the truth and reconciliation processes, people have almost miraculously been able to forgive the perpetrators of terrible acts, against themselves and their loved ones. The people that abused, tortured or killed their family members, their husbands and wives, their children, their parents, brothers and sisters, have been faced…and acceptance and thereby forgiveness has occurred.

Lakshman-KadirgamarDeep forgiveness is not just the domain of saints; it is truly within our normal human reach. But to forgive, the truth is essential and the people of this country need to know what happened. The people of the north in particular need to know what happened, so that they can mourn and close that part of their tragic lives. Not forget, but forgive.

If we cannot truly mourn we cannot live, if we cannot overcome our mourning we will remain for the rest of our lives in mourning, and this process of mourning will deprive one of our potential to achieve other things in our life, and to realize ourselves.

In this way I believe Sri Lanka is being deprived of its potential. I meet so many who have suffered from the conflict and have not been able to come to terms with it in their own lives.

There needs to be a healing process in this land, there needs to be a deep process of reconciliation, between communities, and within each of us. We should not make the mistake of believing that only economic and physical development will solve all our woes. This kind of development does not take away the suffering caused by different forms of abuse, it does not take away the suffering of a mother not knowing how her child died.

I say this because I have worked with people from many walks of life in this country who continue to struggle with their psychological and emotional suffering…normal people who have suffered abuse as children, abuse at the hands of adults. Adults from all sides of the ethnic divide affected in many different ways by the various conflicts we have experienced since the early 1970’s.

Economic and physical development is an essential part of the solution to the many problems our country faces, but it is not a panacea for all the woes.

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I personally deeply believe that this process of reconciliation, beginning with truth, ending with justice, is what is needed. It is a difficult road but from my personal experience it is possible, and it can start with each of us as individuals. There are things that all us of us carry, things we have done in our past, pains and suffering, guilt, shame and hatred, and these negative emotions create tremendous problems within, which at some point spill out.

We can come to a point of totally accepting who we are, and being at peace, and if we are able to do that by extension, sometimes in parallel, we can accept and forgive our parents, imperfect beings like our self. People sometimes act in certain ways unconsciously, hurt others without meaning to, and later in their life deeply regret it. I know my father in the latter years of his life regretted some of the things he did, or did not do.

I came to a point where I had to accept the man as he was, without expectations. I had to forgive him, and move on in my life. And I see this same problem in many people in this country, and everywhere in the world, but particularly here as a result of the long conflict that we have endured, for so many decades, and especially what has happened for the last ten years. There is a tremendous need to come to terms with the loss and tragedy that we have faced.

I can honestly say I forgive those that killed my father. They were sadly, tragically, products of their own suffering, products of the brutality and pain that they had endured at some earlier point in their lives.

Those that I found less easy to forgive are those that have manipulated situations purely through greed for money and power, personal and family advancement. I found it more difficult to forgive them because somehow they have had the privilege of education, social and economic security.

But in the end, in the final account, if we cannot forgive everyone it remains a wound within, a festering sore that does not heal and prevents one from being at peace with oneself, and prevents finding peace with those around us.

So I can honestly say today, I do forgive those that masterminded my father’s assassination. One day maybe this truth will also emerge, and the people of this nation will know who killed one of their most beloved sons, and there might be justice.

***
I would like to talk about something that concerns a greater number of people not just myself and my family.

The general election in a few days – the nation is at a crossroad, a simple decision, and a frightening one.

We go one way towards more brutality and corruption, nepotism and impunity of the worst kind. And the other way towards a stronger democracy, freedom of expression, and more potential for each individual in this country to realize and manifest who we truly are.

This path is defined by the simple, yet complex choices we will make on the 17th of August. If we vote for people who demonstrate good values, who are honest, knowledgeable, visionary and humble, then we may have a chance of strengthening our democracy, and as a result of achieving our potential as human beings, and our potential as a nation.

If we choose the other path, we slide back into an era which has robbed us of so many lives, destroyed so much of the fabric of this young nation. I therefore urge you, in my father’s name, please choose carefully on the 17th. Ultimately each of us has that power to decide which way we go, not only in our own lives, but the life of our nation.

Why is it so important that we have this democracy and that we continue to preserve and strengthen it, when it is at times fragile and weak? Well democracy as we know is not a perfect system, there are many flaws in it, but it is a model, a system that allows us to some extent this essential freedom of expression, this space to manifest our potential.

If nothing else that is the reason we are here on this earth. Each of us has unbounded potential to manifest. I see this every day particularly in the youth of this country, a potential that is waiting, wanting to be expressed, actualized, and sadly, frustratingly, often has no positive outlet. And it is corruption in particular that is preventing this positive expression. Corruption is like a cancer that gradually moves through our body and eventually kills us. Corruption as we know has many forms, many ugly heads, many faces, some visible some not.

My father never told me directly, ‘son this is how it should be’, instead he demonstrated it through his actions in his own life. He was a decent man who had profound convictions and beliefs based on an upbringing in a family where values and principles were often held higher than anything else. He had his faults of course, but who doesn’t? He was decent and tried whenever he could to help others. He tried to do the right thing.

On the day of his funeral I witnessed thousands of people who had come to mourn the loss of a great man, a true son of Sri Lanka, and I could also see they were mourning the loss of a great hope, of a great idea, a seed that exists in every human being.

He set a high example in his professional life, as minister of foreign affairs, in the government of the time. He demonstrated a way of being a politician and a member of parliament, which many today could well do to learn from. He was liked by all across the political divides, because he stood for the best of Sri Lanka, and he deeply loved the land of his birth. He showed like several of his colleagues at that time, that it is possible to be a public servant and not personally profit, or allow his family to profit. And there are still a handful of politicians that demonstrate these values and principles.

My sister and I also tried to demonstrate this, that it is possible to be from a politician’s family and not be nepotistic. We did not have cars or houses or security, we did not have secret bank accounts, or make deals, make money or hold positions, or achieve any form of gain from his position.

I can remember back in 2001 when I was offered a job as advisor to one of the cabinet ministers and I called my father to seek his advice. It was a job I wanted to take because I felt I could make a contribution in my sphere of work. My father said “Rag…I hope you don’t expect anything from me or my position.” And I replied, of course not, I am only calling for your opinion before I decide. And he said, “Good then take it if you feel you can make a contribution.”

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What this country desperately needs is parliamentarians who will at the very least not be financially corrupt. It is unacceptable, there is no excuse for it, and the citizens of this country must realize this. We must curtail this form of greed in this country, and it is up to the voters on the 17th of August to send a clear signal to those that claim they are fit to be our representatives, that anyone who intends to continue financial corrupt practices, is not fit for public service.

Honesty and Integrity are the basic qualifications for a candidate. If the person is known to have been corrupt it is like giving a known kleptomaniac the keys to your safe, despite what they may tell you about having become a reformed character. Addictions take a long time to overcome.

Hundreds of millions, thousands of millions, thousands of thousands of millions of rupees have been stolen from our country, stolen from hardworking Sri Lankans. The money has been stolen in so many different ways, many people are not even aware of it. Public projects have cost sometimes double or triple what they normally should have, and it is us citizens that will be paying this bill for decades to come.

I do not see why an individual should be allowed to profit from a position of public service. I do not see why certain families should profit. If my father and his family, and other families of politicians have managed to demonstrate a certain code of conduct, why should it not apply to all? I can tell you from personal experience, it is possible.

How many schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, houses, jobs have been denied to Sri Lankans, robbed by corrupt leaders.

In all our great spiritual traditions corruption is highlighted. Lord Buddha showed us a way out of suffering, so did Jesus Christ, the Prophet and the great Hindu sages and saints.

Sri Lankans, citizens, the silent majority, please awake. Speak up, get up and take back this country from the extremist greedy voice. Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, moderate people of all faiths who live your lives based on values and principles, take back this nation, save it from sliding back in to brutality and corruption.

Do it because it is our land, our individual right.

This would have been my father’s wish, if he had lived to see this day.

*Speech made by Ragi Kadirgamar at the 10th death anniversary remembrance of his father Lakshman Kadirgamar on August 12, 2015, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo

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    My deepest sympathies btw.
    It seems even you still doubt who pulled the trigger!

    As I recall the assassin shot your father from the the adjoining house. He had made himself a special tripod to mount the gun. He would have had to take measurements to fabricate the thing. It was at least 3 mt high and it had to be quite precise. The type of sniper rifle used was widely used in the LTTE too.

    There is no way the assassin could have carried out the operation without the consent of the owner of this house. This is because he would have had to come previously to plan and take measurements. The owner was Lakshman Thalayasingham.

    The owner played ignorant all along blaming his house keeper. There is no way he could not hear the assassin enter the house armed to the teeth with a gun and a rocket launcher, fire both from his window and disappear without him knowing.

    Thalayasingham is an old-Royalist from the same batch as a guy who comments here often called Donald Gnanakoon. The reason he is suspicious is because Gnanakoon and his brother was present in Ceylon at the time this happened. Get Gnanakoon interrogated next time with better sleuths.

    Unfortunately your father was under the protection of the most incompetent para-military in Ceylon – the STF. Over 200 were present on duty. When questioned none could answer why no one gave chase to the assassin!

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      Dear Vibushana,
      You have got your facts wrong about Lakshmanan Thalayasingham. He was my class mate at Royal from lower kindergarten. There was no Gnanakone in our class, at any time during our college days.Unfortunately Thalayasingham had become addicted to alcohol in his later years, harming himself but never done any harm to anyone in his life time. To blame him of complicity in the murder of Kadirgamar is wrong. It is widely rumoured that a strong man in SLFP is behind the murder using contract killers from the army. Poor Thalayasingham was kept in fourth floor for a couple of days, and when it came to light about the person behind the murder, he was released without any charge. The blame in suppressing it goes to the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was afraid of her life if ahe took action to bring the culprit to book.

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    An excellent speech!

    Ragi Kadirgamar is one of countless victims. In being kept from the truth. He should lead a struggle for truth from the front. He has my whole-hearted support.

    This country has too many disgusting secrets. Held by unscrupulous politicians, military & police for personal gains.

    Start with Wasim Tajudeen. Move on to Welikada massacre. Keep going backwards. One at a time. One by one. All must be covered. No matter how long it may take.

    Truth must be revealed to all citizens of this country. Nothing else will do. We should not rest. Until that happens.

    Only then can we can we progress as a nation. Only then can we be truly free.

    Cheers!

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      Yea Ben u Sinhala Buddhist ,
      U should apologise Tamils for u r Sinhala Buddhist terror since 1948, worse u believe Jaffna library destroyed by LTTE. Not to worry about kathirgamar, we Tamils not to bother[Edited out]. Kathir was murdered by Sinhala Buddhist terrorist. U should cry for u r Sinhala Buddhist terror against my people….

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      Ben Hurling

      “All must be covered. No matter how long it may take. “

      How far back do you want go?

      Do you have the resources and the political will to cover the period from 5th April 1971 to date?

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    Ragi, Hope u never under stand a single word of tamil like u r papa. Sinhala Buddhist used u r papa 4 their own benefit, he never believed Tamils freedom struggle. U r papa paid huge price for his crime against my people. He was killed by Sinhala Buddhist terrorist, and conveniently blamed by LTTE. U r papa used by Sinhala budhist, real fool….as far as tamils concerned…u r papa Sinhala [Edited out]

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      Jamis Muthu Banda

      Did you pull the trigger as you repeatedly claimed being a former fighter? How much fees did VP receive for this contract?

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    “Now ten years after my father was brutally assassinated in his own garden, I still do not know who killed him. I know who pulled the trigger…I have been told it was the LTTE…”

    WOW…. Wow, indeed!

    I never believed LTTE killed Lakshman Kadirgamar. Make no mistake, LTTE wanted to kill him. But, LTTE did not have that level of access. A couple was arrested and inquired and all. Yes, Scotland Yard was brought it, but got nowhere.

    Good luck with the intention to get to the bottom it. Asking questions is a good start. But, the links are too deep and nobody in power would want to venture.

    Another wasted life!

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      “Yes, Scotland Yard was brought it, but got nowhere.”

      It must have got somewhere, and that may the reason why the govt stifled the continued investigation. The same game was played in the case Raviraj’s murder.

      The LTTE had been trigger happy and had their hands in a number of them but I doubt it has anything to do with this. As I mentioned, there was only person who played the same game, calling in the Scotland Yard when Raviraj was murdered and have any of you heard of whether anything came out of that investigation. It was also a time when President Chandrika B was contemplating nominating Kadirgamar for the PM’s post. Mahinda wanted it, and very badly. The rest, as they say, is history.

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    Indeed it is a startling question. Rajan Kadirgamar was assassinated in August 2005 under the Presidency of CBK. Rajapakse was elected in November 2005.

    What happened in the period August to November?
    What happened after November under MR?

    The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database which details the secret agreement with the Tamil Tigers to suppress Tamil votes in the 2005 Presidential election. The cable was written on June 14, 2007 by the US Ambassador to Colombo, Robert O. Blake.

    The ambassador wrote “However, the sensitivity of the Rajapaksas to the allegations is understandable. It is a historical fact that threats by the Tamil Tigers suppressed the Tamil vote not just in the areas they control, but in all districts of the Northeast. Even the suggestion of a deal with the Tigers is anathema to many of the president’s supporters, especially the JVP, parts of which have begun to distance themselves from the Rajapaksas (ref C). It still seems unlikely to us that the GSL can successfully prosecute Alles; the collateral damage to Basil and the other figures in the case would be enormous. Already, the heavy-handed efforts to neutralize Alles, former Foreign Minister Samaraweera and his understudy, Sooriyarachchi, have come at a high political cost and undermined the stability of the government. Alles’ release on bail may be a sign that the parties are again trying to settle their differences. If the new attempt is successful, the story will likely disappear. That said, he is hardly in the clear. Under the emergency regulations passed in December 2006, Alles could be detained again and held on suspicion by successive detention orders.”
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-basil-conceded-pre-election-contacts-with-the-ltte/

    If Rajan Kadirgamar was assassinated by the LTTE and no investigation was pursued by MR???

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    A very interesting piece, indeed!

    However, what continues to puzzle me, and, I am sure, many others, was where this writer and those who shared his concerns have been during the past TEN YEARS of the Rajapaksa hegemony. That puzzlement is compounded when one realises that there were people such as Tisaranee Gunasekera and a handful of (primarily women) writers, literally, putting their lives on the line writing analyses of what was happening and criticism of it.

    Perhaps, Mr. K (Jr.) will care to respond to one who was a little b..r when his father was “Senior Cop” at TCK.

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    This is a welcome statement at a crucial time in the history of the country. One hopes the people make the choice for democracy and decency than dictatorship and corruption.

    It is important to note that the writer states that he does not know who killed his father. The LTTE killed in abundance. It killed people who should not have been killed like Neelan, Rajiv Gandhi and Amirthalingam. It became a convenient peg on which to hang political assassinations.

    The call for accountability for all killings which the writer makes is one that must be heeded. It is important for the restoration of the rule of law in the country that every killing of every citizen however low or high is accounted for. The law requires that but more importantly, as the writer says, it is necessary for the process of reconciliation.

    It is easy to understand and sympathize with a son’s view of his father. But, others must share in his assessment. One factor is that LK spent most of his life away from the country at the WIPO. He appears and weighs in heavily on the political scene to the detriment of what the Tamils were fighting for at the time.

    One instance is his dismissal of the ISGA on legal grounds that were faulty. He said that the use of the phrase “plenary powers” was asking for every power for the devolved administration. This is incorrect. The phrase is taken from the colonial laws validity act of 1867 which transferred limited powers to colonial legislatures. Within limits, these legislatures had “plenary powers”. LK weighed in without sufficient understanding. He also said that the maritime powers claimed transferred sovereignty over the seas. That was not the case. Like in the case of colonial legislatures and to this day in the case of Australian states as opposed to the Australian Federal governments, it meant control over fisheries and other relevant matters. ISGA was an experiment which could have done much to solve the ethnic issue at the time. LK weighed in heavily to ensure it was scuttled, at the behest of his masters. He furthered his position to the detriment of the Tamil people.

    He was no doubt a great man and a great father but Tamils will have reservations about how he acted towards their problems.

    In any event, there was not a shred of doubt that nothing can justify the killing of a person. It is something that must be condemned. If the LTTE did it, it is one more killing that was utterly unjustified and totally unnecessary.

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    One should not forget his services as minister of external affairs to Srilankan goverment and its people even though he betrayed the Tamils his own community !! He did the maximum damage to the librations tigers !! It made possible to defeat them by magi that n co!! It is sad that he was killed !! At the time he was the front runner to the prime ministership !! So it is anybody’s guess who killed him!! Coz there was never a proper in quarry!!

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    Dear Ragi

    This is not intended to insult or demean your father. That said, lets also be frank.

    Your dad let down his immediately family i.e. your mother, your sister and yourself. He let down his ethnicity i.e. Sri Lankan Tamil. He let down his religion i.e. Anglican Christianity.

    What was he really up to in the twilight years of his life? He claimed to fight for a nation that really did not exist. There is no such thing as a Sri Lanka. There is Sinhalese Buddhism, but that is not Sri Lanka.

    Lakshman may have been a brilliant academic, sportsman and cabinet colleague. He had integrity. But the essential character flaws I enumerated above can not be glossed over.

    Now, lets compare that with Neelan Tiruchelvam. I remember being with Neelan back in the 1980s when his elder son, then very young, spoke of Sri Lankan politics in a cogent, persuasive and articulate manner. The father was evidently very impressed with his son, as he ought to have been. Now, that’s a human being – a proud father and family man first.

    Your father on the other hand let down everything God gave him. What a pity!

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      Sri Lankan,

      “There is no such thing as a Sri Lanka.”

      Wow! Man you are kind of too big for your own boots. In your own head.

      “He let down his ethnicity”

      He absolutely did not. Kadir’s ethnicity was humanity. Nothing else.

      But, do not despair. LK would have forgiven you. He would have understood such larger than life ideas would be too much for your “My People, Tamil Only” kind of tiny brain.

      Cheers!

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        Yet he calls himself a SriLankan.

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        Ben Hurling

        Sri Lankan says “There is no such thing as a Sri Lanka.”.

        I agree with him for different reason.

        The change of name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka and the constitutions (1972 & 1978) though important documents, were never put to referendum for the ordinary people to approve the intended changes.

        Therefore it was not approved by the people.

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        Ben Hurling you mentioned, I quote “Kadir’s ethnicity was humanity”

        Can you write this when asked for in an application form such as for employment, passport, and visa? Ethnicity: humanity. Will you accept if I write this and you were the scrutinizing officer?

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      May he RIP.

      There were/are Tamils in England who actually celebrated his death and vouched that they (men and women) had signed his LTTE-sponsored death warrant. Some were ‘educated’ yet they had no hesitation in getting in the gutter with the LTTE. Today they are advising Sri Lankans how to vote (from England) while working relentlessly against Sri Lanka in England.

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    “Strangely the inquiry that Scotland Yard started was terminated before it was completed and I still do not know to this day what actually happened”

    “many things that have not been revealed to the public over the last ten years, including my father’s assassination”

    “As individuals and a nation, from my personal experience, I believe it is essential that the truth be addressed. It is essential that the truth be known, it is essential that we come to terms ourselves as individuals with the truth; in our own lives, with our parents, with our families”

    “But to forgive, the truth is essential and the people of this country need to know what happened. The people of the north in particular need to know what happened, so that they can mourn and close that part of their tragic lives. Not forget, but forgive”

    “So I can honestly say today, I do forgive those that masterminded my father’s assassination. One day maybe this truth will also emerge, and the people of this nation will know who killed one of their most beloved sons, and there might be justice”

    Therefore I would put this well schemed treacherous murder most point blankly, whatever had been said, it was a foundation laid on for in the years followed and prevailed for 2 decades – absolute incompetence in managing the economy, election violence, political victimization, harassment and murder of journalists,hinder-ants, and opponents, cronyism, nepotism, corruption, drug dealings of mega and minor uncontrollable wastage, lack of accountability, militarization of civil and diplomatic services, and of course a clueless of pathways for economic and inter-communal stability.
    When, someone promoted Kadirgamar as Prime Ministerial candidate, the treacherous act was on the cards, I suspected at that time….. ant it was exactly that way.
    Further LTTE was at that time very strong enough to successfully counter the Late Kadirgamar’s pro security defense propaganda, and even well benefited internationally, than locally. At least they didn’t have the motive of their of their own but of combined southern block politics, similar in line with that of what happened (that echoes today’s election platforms) in the 2005 General Election a franchise robbery of the struggling & starving people then.

    Thus this murder as well is warrants another round of truth finding digging out for the sake true reconciliation.
    If a rascal is prepared to perpetrate a murder of high ranked patriotic off minority community for his own ends to be met, what reconciliation with those who abide and act for such murders?

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    Excellent speech and 10 long years seemed so near but a non corrupt politician and great man.We all admired and a very rare politician to come by these days.We will always remember this great intellectual as a great human who gave his life for the betterment of this nation and principles he stood by without being selfiss or having their own agendas.country always came first..
    The truth must be revealed on his death but I admire the spirit of his family everwilling to forgive the perpetrators of this crime.
    “Forgiveness is the facet of Love”.
    May his soul be blessed.
    God Bless

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    Dear Mr Ragi,
    My condolences at the loss of your beloved father. May he RIP. Your father was MURDERED and the case should have been declared a homicide. My suspicion and qualms was with VIp security lapses, a powerful government executive and the then Minister of Defense who should have been prime suspects for LK’s murder. No one will know as to who pulled the trigger although the LTTE was capable and had top snipers in their ranks. But a ballistic test was never done in the aftermath of LK’s demise. May those responsible for his death rot in HELL. How could anyone have an iota of proof when the crime scene was tampered with and any clues left behind were swept away while others were framed for the crime. As correctly stated by you, the Scotland Yard investigation was abandoned because the investigators could not to bank on any credible evidence. Your father’s death was a huge blow to our country. I held him in high esteem as I did with intellectuals such as Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvum, Lalith Athulathmudali and many others who we lost for ever.

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    I remember taking a walk on the porch of this great person’s house during a visit and casually observing the security around the pool just outside the house.
    I don’t recollect seeing a sentry on the side facing the rear on that side but assumed there would be a perimeter patrol that took up a vantage position when he used the pool. I thought about this because I noted the window facing towards the pool and thought of it being an ideal sniper’s nest!
    But I dismissed the thought because (contrary to the words of another reader, the STF provided security only in the outer perimeter) I felt the Army’s so called `elite’ Commandos who provided close protection security to the Minister would have taken that window into account during a threat assessment and catered to cover it when the pool was being used.
    Apparently they did not! And our country lost one of its greatest sons due to negligence or otherwise by those who were supposed to protect him.
    Perhaps the military ‘court of inquiry’ which should have been held into the incident may shed some light towards finding out the truth?
    I am not aware of reading of such an inquiry at the time.Perhaps the new Commander,with no known irons in the fire, may be asked for comment.
    The weapon used by the sniper was found much later in a river in the Puttalama area if I remember correctly. For the weapon to be identified as the murder weapon, a ballistic test would have had to be carried out in the expended bullets recovered from the body.
    As long as we islanders talk about each other as Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims etc., we could never find a solution to this vexing problem assailing our beautiful land and its people.
    Whenever I hear or read you father’s name, I grieve for our country.

    Silver Surfer

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    To Ragi Kadirgamar,

    You have finally spoken.You are also receiving a lot of feed back on this thread.Piece it together,file action and get to the TRUTH.
    Your father should rest in Peace.What better way than for a son to bring that peace to His father.
    You say you were only told that LTTE was responsible and so what happened thereafter? Perhaps you should get information from the CID officers and other government officials who worked on this case but there was no case at all.
    I was an ardent follower of every detail,both published and otherwise in Sri Lanka and abroad.

    We have a new government perhaps the good Lord has given you this time.Take it now,Justice has to be done and the culprits whoever should be brought to courts.

    Thank you
    Ruba Rajaratnam Gnanaratnam

    USA

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