1 October, 2020

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The Bent Cops Entrusted With Fabricating A Case To Arrest Shani Abeysekara

The former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department and decorated police officer SSP Shani Abeysekara has been summoned to appear before the CID on Thursday (23) to provide a statement about his telephone call records. Colombo Telegraph learns that the summons is a mere pretense to facilitate his arrest, at the hands of two police officers whose strings are tightly held by the new regime.

Shani Abeysekera

The department he once led is now accusing him of being a ringleader of what they say was a plot to “fake” the 25 November 2019 abduction of Garnier Banister Francis, the migration officer of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo. Their “evidence” of this is that Abeysekara had received a phone call from then Lake House Chairman Krishantha Cooray on 18 November, a week before the abduction took place, and had placed another call to IP Nishantha Silva on the morning of 23 November, two days before the abduction and day before the latter fled to Switzerland.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made no secret of his rage on 24 November at the fact that Nishantha Silva had successfully escaped the country before his government could figure out how to punish him. In a lengthy tirade at the Bellanwila Temple, the incoming President blasted Abeysekara as a cop whose transfer he had to jump through hoops to get executed, and lamented that Silva, who he called a corrupt officer, was able to escape to Switzerland. It was the day following this presidential tirade that Garnier Banister Francis found herself in the crosshairs of masked men demanding to know about Silva’s escape.

Abeysekera, who was interdicted from service less than two months after the new administration came into office, on account of his candid conversations with State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, will be interrogated by the men he once led, and very likely arrested, accused of conspiring to fabricate the abduction of Francis.

CI Moonesinghe

What started off as an investigation into a complaint by the embassy worker that she had been abducted or held against her will and forced to reveal sensitive information on her mobile telephone, has taken a strange twist since. Executing a Goebbelsian propaganda coup, the Government and the CID managed to turn the alleged victim, Francis into a criminal, charging her with making a false complaint within two weeks of the investigation. She was remanded for two weeks in December. The CID team entrusted with the investigation has spent no time or resources on identifying the men Francis said detained her. Nor has the investigation focused on their accomplices or what motive the Swiss Embassy migration officer might have had to stage her own abduction. Government propagandists have focused on her purported desire to seek asylum in Switzerland, but it is common knowledge that local staffers attached to diplomatic missions over long periods are granted easy paths to migration without any need for such theatrics.

Be that as it may, SSP Shani Abeysekera, the detective whose feats of deduction spanned the presidencies of Ranasinghe Premadasa, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena, but suffered a swift fall from grace with the assumption of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president in the November 16th election, may be the first professional public servant to face retribution for having done his job.

The CID, once Sri Lanka’s elite detective agency tasked with solving the most complex crimes in the country, has been gutted since Rajapaksa took office. SSP Tilakaratne, a former bodyguard to current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, with no criminal investigation experience under his belt, now serves as CID director. The DIG appointed to oversee the CID is none other than Nuwan Wedasinghe, best known for his role at the CCD in covering up the investigations into the abduction of Keith Noyahr, the abduction and murder racket run by the navy and the bombing of Lanka-e-news.

SSP Abeysekera will be grilled by Chief Inspector Ranjith Moonesinghe and ASP Merrill Ranjan Lamahewa, both of whom boast checkered pasts and clear motives to dance to the government’s tune.

Merril Ranjan has long been a favourite of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In 2010, by direct order of then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Merril Ranjan was promoted as Chief Inspector. The promotion was irregular because Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered that it should be backdated by nine years and Secretaries to the Ministry of Defence did not ordinarily engage with the promotions of junior police officers. The promotion was immediately implemented by the Senior DIG for Administration following the Defence Secretary’s 18 April 2010 order. (See documents)

While Duminda Silva was hiding in Singapore, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had ordered the CID to go to Singapore and record a statement from him exonerating him saying he had no recollection of what happened. Several officers refused to go, but Lamahewa eagerly volunteered and flew to Singapore to record a statement from Silva that sought to exonerate him, even though he was wanted for arrest.

Thereafter, Merril Ranjan was interdicted from CID for refusing to go to court to explain why he had not yet arrested Silva. Afterwards, he was reinstated against the vehement objections of IGP N.K. Illangakoon on the direct orders of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

His brother, Emil Ranjan, is the former Prisons Commissioner who is currently on trial on 26 charges of murder in the 2012 Welikada prison massacre. Now brother Merrill Ranjan has been promoted to ASP, and brought back to the CID by the Rajapaksa government and put in charge of the branch handling the prison massacre, and in charge of all the officers who would have to testify against his brother at the trial.

Merrill Ranjan was handling one of the Avant Garde investigations at CID. Then Additional Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya, who is now Chief Justice, who was supervising the investigation at the Attorney-General’s Department, had inquired from Ranjan why the CID was not taking action over the fact that 27 of the weapons seized from Avant Garde had their serial numbers partially filed off. Ranjan had said this was not a crime because it had likely happened from rusting with the weapons being at sea. Any police officer trained in firearms use and maintenance knows that serial numbers alone cannot deteriorate from rusting if the rest of the weapon is unscathed.

Jayasuriya immediately ordered that Ranjan be removed from the investigation. He was allocated to the CID branch in Jaffna. At this point, Minister Wajira Abeywardena called the CID DIG Ravi Seneviratne, and said Ranjan was a very close friend of his best friend Nissanka Senadhipathi, requesting that he be reinstated in that investigation. At this point, the CID and IGP decided to permanently transfer Ranjan out of the CID.

CI Moonesinghe who is due to retire on 18 April 2020, has been promised an extension of service, if he delivers the goods, puts Abeysekera behind bars and steers investigation away from the alleged abductors. Moonesinghe spearheaded the 30-hour interrogation of Garnier Francis that Swiss authorities said had been grueling for the victim who had passed out several times during questioning.

He made submissions in court on Tuesday, boldly charging that Abeysekara, former Lake House Chairman Krishantha Cooray, and Sunday Observer Editor Darisha Bastian had cooked the abduction allegation, without a shred of evidence other than that these individuals had telephoned each other. Moonesinghe has already requested a service extension and has told colleagues that he has been assured by Lamahewa and the CID Director that it will be granted by the Defence Ministry so long as they are able to “fix” the former CID head.

However, with no evidence on the table that Abeysekara even knew Francis, let alone conspired with her to fabricate an abduction plot, that CID’s efforts to secure a letter from the Attorney General’s Department ordering the arrest of the former CID director have come up empty, for now. (By Janakie Mediwake)

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  • 41
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    Gota is making a junta state and a deep state. All the capable officers are arrested or put on the corner and those crooks take charge.

    This country will goto dogs for sure., Its time the UNHCR sessions to start and take Gota to the Hague.

    • 10
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      As of now, they have failed to fulfil the least. Today, the public is under suffering with price hikes of daily needs. They dont even talk about that. Former govt, was attacked by every means, and Rajapkshes abused their connections with media men in order to promote what they feel is right. But today, what they have achieved is almost nothing wihtin 60 days.

      There are also reports that say, nobody seem to lend anything to SRILANKA because they cant trust on the barbaric SIBLING duo. Even if PUNNAKKU eaters dominated naton has forgotten the brutal past of Rajapakshe, prior to 2015, International community is well aware of them. They think that they the buggers could lead this country without the support of IC.
      Now former american national being elected as the president, what they have been doing in this country is NO different to AMBALANGODA rukada shows.

    • 0
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      Nadeeka Abeyrathna
      babalath appu
      SarathP
      D. P.
      ROHAN JOHNPILLAI
      Indra
      tony silva
      /
      Reading your comments are real funny.
      Thanks.

    • 1
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      precedent Gota is just a clay mud-statue built by global Zionist Jewish movement who have been running Sri lanka for a long period. This is how Gota have been playing tricks between global Jewish instructors and his “Modayas supporters. Modayas supporters says “No Jews are allowed in Sri lanka.” Gota says yes “I don’t allow Jews.” On other hand Gota followed the Jews’ orders . Jews create fake stories and publish in global news and Colombo news papers to keep Gota in power as a fake hero.
      Also, on the other side Glbal Jews ordered their other servant RW to stay in UNP leadership to help and promote Gota in his family in power. This way patriotic Sinhalese are completely blocked finding a genuine Sinhalese leader or building up a new Sinhalese political party.
      Here is another component how Jews have been hijacking Sri lanka in last few days or week..
      Just start with Jews invented story of Church attack.
      *Church was Tamil but it was hidden at first news. It was one of series stories global
      Jews created to promote Gota . First one already installed which was fake war winning story by Gota. Second one was creating fake Swiss story to help Gota. After story of Jews were behind-it came out, Jews directed swiss government to de-proscribe Tamil Tigers and allow them to collect money again.
      Next, sometimes in last week, Jews ordered Chinese foreign minister to make a statement which Sinhalese did know how to interpret it. Here is the statement “Now nobody will intervein in Sri lanka. We China will not allow.” This is not the exact quote.
      And in the last few days, Jews have been promoting Tamil Tigers into Colombo area to capture one part of Colombo by legal mean.

  • 41
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    Nishantha Silva did not go to Switzerland empty handed. He took the files of the cases he was working on, which contain information that GR and MR are shit scared of. The info is now in the hands of the West, and the Rajapakses are fucked.

    • 7
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      SarathP,
      It is possible that Shani did not flee the country as did Nishantha in order to face the inevitable fate with courage. I’m wondering what Ranil is doing now for the safety of this excellent CID officer. May be Ranil also didn’t like the way Shani was going after unsolved crimes of Ra..kse regime. I wonder when the public will stand up to crimes by the very Gvt that supposed to protect its citizens! Where is the JVP now? I predicted that, when the JVP announced the decision to contest the Prez election alone, JVP’s expectation was exactly this type ruthless behavior from GoRa b’cos it favors their style of “action politics”. For the same reason, they will also not join the joint opposition under Sajith.

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        D.P.,

        Nishanta was transferred to Negombo and to a nondescript job during the October 2018 coup, so he knew what was coming (arrest) when Gota won. But Shani perhaps thought Gota & co would treat him fairly, he being a senior officer. I am sorry for his plight. Even if he does not end up in jail, he will go bankrupt spending on his defense lawyers.

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          SarathP,
          Shani also was targeted during the Oct coup but but, after a public outrage, police commission revoked his transfer. I doubt whether Shani will have to face bankruptcy for two reasons. First, Sajith has promised to provide free legal consultation for all the political victims; and, second, there will be many who would come forward to help him financially. Ranjan will certainly do that.

          In any case, this is an excellent example for miserable nature of the career of talented & dedicated bureaucrats due to political branch holding too much power over judiciary. The boundary between the constitutional branch & the executive branch is blurred by the undue power of the political system. This has been worsened by GoRa taking over executive powers not allowed by the constitution. The immediate solution to the current problem is by handing over the Gvt to the opposition which still holds the majority. If not, it can be done via the parliamentary election due soon!

          • 4
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            i am willing to financially help this turf looking straight-shooting off the cuff cop one of the best if not the best in my little humble way to the best of my ability.
            if officers of this mettle are either sacked or suspended from the already well-reputed shitty stinking sorriest police force in the whole wide world the jarawama rajapuka’s and their fellow roguish clones will have Christmas come early for them all 365 days of the day.
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            these goons have to be castrated culled so that they will not be a hindrance to the peaceful law-abiding citizen till the end of the earth or doom’s day as the refined like me proudly state.
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            cheers, R. J., the one & only.

    • 9
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      Yes true the country will go to dogs soon. Let the stupid people.The stupid fools who voted for them will have to pay soon.

      • 6
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        I agreed.All 69 laks eating punnakku

  • 31
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    What a can of worms! The criminals are running the show now. The pigs, donkeys, goats, hyenas and jackals have taken over control of the country.

    • 24
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      The speed at which all this is happening is becoming impossible to keep track. No investigative reporters courageous enough to record all of this now exist. Iqbal Athas writes crap every sunday and goes shopping for the man who ordered his abduction. Imagine a lamahewa suddenly put to overlook 26 murder charges filed against another lamahewa. Meanwhile of the 7573 charges filed against Avant Garde by the AG only 19 have been accepted by the judge who has also released 5 suspects while Senadhipathi is released on bail already. Is the AG a clown? RR spoke about deals between defendants and the prosecutors where plaints are purposefully dislocated for the judges to release suspects due to technical errors slipped in by the prosecutors. Look at the string of Govt MP’s already released? What has happened to the flurry of phone calls from the Presidential Secretariat on the night of Thajudeen’s murder?

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        if thajudeen had really been murdered by now the truth would have been out. There is a very strong chance that he died at the wheel under the influence- like he often was with his friends after a good game of rugby.

      • 4
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        Craig,
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        .

        You’re telling me about the speed. I haven’t even read the article. I will do so – perhaps tomorrow.
        .
        I’m thankful that CT gives us ten days to comment, and eternity to read it all.
        .
        Unfortunately, we humans will not live long enough to know what eternity is. Let’s hope that CT and the Internet remain eternally alive. I must necessarily die within thirty years. Probably much sooner. Amen.
        .
        Death must be accepted.
        .
        I hope that a white van doesn’t come for me before that.

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      the new government was voted in by a strong majority. Which means that the vast majority of sri lankans do not believe that they criminals

    • 10
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      Yes, but has it ever been different? Besides, who is going to change it? Sri Lanka got what the majority wanted to have. A dictatorship. I do not think it can be changed anymore. The west will not interfere. Nobody is really interested in a banana republic.

    • 1
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      Stanley – please do not insult these fine quality animals except the hyenas and the jackals. they are no comparison to the petty roguish rajapuka’s and their gangs of merry-less corrupt scum bags who are nothing but pests of the highest order on our wonderful paradise called earth to one and all.
      ======
      cheers, R. J., the one & only.

  • 11
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    paradox in paradise. dogs of war.

  • 4
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    Shani has no credibility left after the Ranjan leaks! Did we hear him grovel to Ranjan calling him Sir over and over again.

    Maybe you should listen to those recordings again and refresh your small mind!

  • 13
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    If the Police can stoop so low as to release case evidence (RR’s tapes) to Hiru, obviously for lucrative payments, can you expect them to act with integrity in their day to day work? Sri Lanka Police is corrupt to the hilt! Police Commission has been bought over, CID is a puppet dancing to the tunes of the Gota.
    These goons, (Police, Hiru and their sidekick Iraj, ) with their mindless foolish acts focusing only in getting Kudu Duminda released, have brought disrepute to the judiciary. I sincerely hope that the judges of the Supreme Court will be able to withstand the pressures brought on them.

  • 1
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    Would have keep VP and carried on with peace talks in places to places around the world

  • 2
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    there is a cost for those who fabricated stories

  • 2
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    Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Remember what Lord Buddha preached. . You know what happened to Col. Ghadhaphi

  • 4
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    This can be happening only in a country like no other . Anyone here in CT still remember the article which was written prior to elections (I do not remember the name of the author, can some one help me out ???), about elections in Lanka in coming 20 or 30 years , which sounded very scary. Just think about it. Not even few months have passed since then and what is right now taking place in Lanka , is leading to much more worse scenario , than what the author was trying to depict

  • 6
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    The truth is what ever the political system, every thing is the same. Nothing changed. This is why Sri Lanka is unlivable to some. Who ever can, find an excuse and leave the country.
    Another is Sri Lanka is highly prone to natural disasters now and the world bank says, Sri Lanka is spending Rs 42 billion a year for those.

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    [Edited out]

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    All this Good Work of Mr Shani Abeysekera will pay big dividends soon..

    Ex CID Boss’s Minister Mate, made a confession in Parliament yesterday , although he is remanded in Welikada.

    It was a stirring speech, rather than a confession.

    The main theme was his next mission to contest the upcoming Parliamentary Election as an Independent Candidate .
    To continue the good work the Minister has done to Colombo Elite UNP Factions and their supporters.

    Mr Shani Abeysekara now has a better than even money chance of joining either the UNP ex Minister an an Independent .
    Or even better by joining one of the Two new UNP Factions to contest in Colombo..

    • 1
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      sumane who was the pulli gonna of this illustrious web page has woken up from his deepest slumber and has written some truth.
      ========
      the 8th wonder in the world.
      ======
      my new best mate, now that after many a moon you have been enlighted on the error manner and that you in your ignorance illiterate bliss have been barking on the wrong trees for many a moon.
      =======
      Welcome back, I sincerely hope this was and not a bad dream that I have just woken back from.
      =====
      cheers,
      R. J.,

  • 9
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    One can thank Gramasevaka Sirisena and Volkswagen Ranil for the present situation.Those two MF’s screwed up all the promises made. Things are definitely going to get very bad.

  • 5
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    This was how Hitler commenced the Third Reich – now Gota has many “Himmlers” to implement a terror regime similarly.
    All Sri Lanka Massacres are forgotten.
    The establishment and stability of a “Gotler Regime” is now paramount.
    It will pervade all Lankan state entities soon.
    The 2/3 majority, if attained, will stabilise it.
    The economic crunch is being ignored at the expense of stabilisation of the Regime.

  • 7
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    Hope at least now those who voted for Gota the “Hitler” understand clearly whom they voted for. All the cases against Rajapakses and their thugs, rapists, murderers and golayas will be pardoned or cases thrown away. Military State Sri Lanka in the making. Buddhist monks who supported Rajapakse have no idea what damage they have caused to the people and the country.

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      No, those that voted for him will never understand. He will make sure that they will never realize. Who wants to educate the people? Whoever tries, will end up in jail. That is the future of the country. It is lost for a long time.

    • 0
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      Buddhist (Fake)
      Military State Sri Lanka in the making.
      That is exactly what Native Sinhalayo want. With the Democracy that ‘Para’ British imposed on this country with the intention to keep the nation divided, ‘Para’ people in the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo played hell since 1948. It went to such an extent that these ‘Para’ people who are the descendants of slaves from Hindusthan demanding a separate State, drafting a Constitution with a Federal System, declaring that Sri Lanka is not a Unitary State and it is not a Sinhala Buddhist country and even to boast that they are the ‘King Makers’. It is high time that these ‘Para’ people are tamed and put in the right place. Dumb unpatriotic Sinhala ‘Kalu Sudda’ politicians should be blamed for allowing this to happen.

  • 2
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    Nice story. No spin can hide extraordinary abuse of judiciary and law enforcement system by yahapalanaya as revealed by their own, Dilrukshi, Ranjan, Ravi Vidyalankara and Suhada Gamlath. The attack on current prez was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls. The same fate awaits at parliamentary elections too. The people power will defeat “madakari” journalism and their political mentors.

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    One mass of incidents are described in this article but I am trying to fathom which is relevant to the heading of this article. Alas! In the Police Department, for quite some time, you could find enough of “competitors” who would act against another group of Police officers and the Government of the day need not make an extra effort to carve out such groups. In contrast, in India, way back in 1960’s when the Defense Minister Menon wanted word out of Sam Manekshaw against Thimaya such efforts were completely refused by Manekshaw and he had to pay a price for that. Politicians here need not apply that type of coercion in the Police Department. The country needs to build a Police force bent on an excellent service having an integrity.

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    I wonder with all this crap taking place on a daily basis , is there are any time left for our politicians to govern ????

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    This crooked cop should be sent to wash GonRanja’s backside as he offered to do.
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    Honest cop, my fricking foot!

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      If there are more bent cops than thisscunt, they should be brought to Galle Face and paraded!

      • 1
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        My word!
        Are u the one + only Mike Banda!
        In SL or abroad….??
        I’m not asking, just wondering.

      • 3
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        if this happens will you also be parading in your birthday suit exposing the tiny little midget banda of yours. ?
        you should change your pen name from mike banda to midget banda and it’s the most appropriate name for a homo prick who has had a sex change in bang your cock Bangkok..
        ======
        cheers, R. J., the one & only.

  • 0
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    If Shani Abeysekara as Director CID was such a cleaver cop can someone tell me how Zaharan’s outfit could have managed to launch the terrible April bombings without the slightest knowledge of the CID although a string of telltale incidents happened before. Further the Indian CID knew all about the plans but our CID with a topnotch director was in the dark. Worse still the CID was unable to stop the carnage and track Zaharan down and stop the carnage although all contact details were provided by the Indian CID. Should not the new Govt. overhaul the hopelessly ineffective CID of the past Govt?

  • 0
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    Still awaiting some explanation by the ‘know-alls’ contributing to CT as to why our CID led by a top notch cop Shani Abeysekara couldn’t foil the unprecedented Zaharan massacre when the Indian intelligence gave all the details including Zaharan’s whereabout repeatedly over about a month! Kalu Nangi’s feeble explanation that Nalaka de Silva was sidelined by President Sirisena is, I feel, a poor response. Was Director CID unaware of the Indian intelligence reports? Could he not have even got Zaharan followed by his CID men if the Muslim lobby was too powerful to get him arrested. Is he not able to take responsibility for the utter inefficiency of the CID under his command? In any other country the head of the CID would have been sacked for such incompetence. Don’t forget that this failure has a lot to do with the 2019 election results.

  • 1
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    GoRa seems to be averse to Sherlock Holmes types. Shani Abeysekera is paying the price for his skills .

  • 1
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    No Judge, No Cop, for that matter none in this country could afford to be Independent. Shani Abeysekera is the most glaring example.

  • 0
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    I had a dream . . . .

    There was a very BIG white van being driven slowly up McCallum road and it stopped in front of the edifice that was once DRWijewardena’s crowning glory . . . .and lot’s of people were getting into it.

    Then I woke and found the dream had come true.

  • 0
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    Certainly if UNP was in power country could have gone to dog as you proposed. However, fortunately Gota came to power and people understood the reality. However, if Gota too did not take the country in the right direction people will do their best to change it. What these UNP goons did for 4 years ? We, as government servants saw what they were doing.
    If you remember, recently, UNP stalwart, Harin said Sri Lanka should be a secular country. He is not either a buddhist notr knowledge on buddhism like Pinsiri and Gonja. Ranil too has no respect for buddhism. Even this Colombo telegraph jouranists too has tno respect or knowledge on buddhism. They believe materialism.

    So, if UNP was in power, we could imagine what would happen to the country.

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