18 November, 2018

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Thajudeen Murder Case Is Being Suppressed: President Sirisena

Amidst reports that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was preventing the arrest of former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa over the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen, President Maithripala has revealed that Thajudeen’s murder case is in fact being suppressed.

Maithripala

Maithripala

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Sirisena said, “the Thajudeen case which is being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department is being suppressed.”

He also said that the culprits behind the Treasury Bond scam at Central Bank must be punished.

Sirisena also claimed that his recent statement against the FCID, Bribery Commission and the CID were taken out of context, specially by the English media, which wrongly interpreted him over the statement delivered at SLFI. He said that he was always of the view that investigations and cases into large scale corruption cases should be expedited, but instead some were suppressed, such as Thajudeen’s case, as well as the case over the procurement of the MiG-27 fighter jets.

Sirisena said that he was not intervening in the investigation of such investigation agencies, but it was important to highlight the truth, or else the public will assume that he was not focusing on these matters. “What I am trying to say is that the action should be expedited and done effectively,” he said.

He also said that he was aware that the officers of the Bribery Commission, FCID and CID were doing a great effort, but emphasized that it was important to expedite cases, because some of the cases have dragged on much more than the expected time period of the public.

“The people expected speedy investigations and results. It is already 20 months. The investigations should be expedited as it is nearly two years. The delay is the question,” he said.

Speaking on the COPE Report over the Treasury Bonds at Central Bank, Sirisena reiterated that as the Parliamentary Committee report is out, the report should be submitted to an independent, impartial body which does not have politicians. “If somebody has done wrong, he should be brought before courts,” he said.

Sirisena also added that the media had distorted his statement over the arrest of former commanders.

“As the Minister of Defence, and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I should be made aware if a serving or retired Commander is arrested and taken to courts. Like those serving, even those retired have links in the armed forces. The public perception should be understood when action is taken. We should not act against the will of the people. We should act in a manner where the wish of the public is fulfilled,” he said.

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  • 27
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    Mr. President, please stop giving excuse after excuse for not running the country properly. You are the executive president, and, you have all the power to correct the things which are being blocked by the people in your government. So, start cracking the whip on errant officers and make them work honestly or remove them. It’s not late even at this stage, or if not, you will be labelled as the weakest president in SL history.

    • 17
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      Quote:

      Thajudeen Murder Case Is Being Suppressed: President Sirisena

      Unquote:

      if you see it that way, why you have no balls to question it adequatnely, promptly- you are the EXECUTIVE HEAD OF STATE OF THE DAY: people voted for you not to others.

      Even independent bodies should be able to reveal you ( not usthe public) first as to why the MURDER investigation is suppressed.

    • 8
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      “So, start cracking the whip on errant officers and make them work honestly or remove them”.

      The guy was talking of using the Madu Walige. It looks like he has a walige but it is not a Madu Walige but his own walige, on which he has stepped and about to fall on his face as a result.

  • 15
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    The President got rid of Dilrukshi D.W when the FCID was getting close to nabbing the corrupt Rajapakses – citing a so-called “political agenda”.
    Now he is talking of the Thajudeen case only.
    He is safeguarding the Rajapakses from justice, to ensure his own survival.

  • 14
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    When President Sirisena has the guts to openly tell the people that FCID and other similar organizations are not doing their job properly and have been politicized, why cannot he as President of the country to order impartial inquiry and take action against those involved in Thajudeen murder case. What is the point in telling us that this case is mismanaged? He is the President!

  • 19
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    So, is Wijedasa more powerful than PM or the President? If not these two senior men scared of him? No……… if not then remove him from his post. He is the one blocking the wheels of justice.

    • 13
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      Time to replace Wijedasa with Fonseka; he has a reputation for ding things by the book, so I am sure will see to it that all wrong doers will get their well deserved Natural Justice. Only rogues would heckle this idea!

  • 14
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    Sorry Sena is creating an alibi to Kick out Ranil Sooner than later and is exposing the scams of Ranil to justify his ouster. He is not as clean as we thought, just another corrupt politician.

    He is trying to hoodwink the public. If he wants results he should start by removing the mole W. Rajapaksa from the Justice portfolio.

    However, the UNP ministers who tried to cover up the bond scam are also crooks. Ravi Karunanayake is the Basil Rajapakse in Yahapalanaya govt. Both Ranil and sorry sena are silent. Those protecting thieves are also thieves.

    • 6
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      I think the doubt was already there – RW did not take that into his seriousness even after AM was replaced by the IK from the Governorship, AM was continued as part of RW s foreign delegation. There I myself felt no matured enough for a world leader.

      RW should have considered them at the moment since people were very unhappy with the rumours on AM to have misguided his mission as Central Bank Governor. Whoever whatever did- directly or indirectly abused the authorities, ministers and Prime ministers are the ones get blamed. That RW could better notice long ago.

  • 4
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    Politics is a bad game and politicians are bad boys. Public have being often cheated.We dont know why they hesitate to punish culprits?

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  • 0
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    We are reluctantly compelled to think that you are only paying lip service.It is glaring before our eyes.

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