4 February, 2023

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The Verdict: Loud & Clear

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

The Supreme Court ruling on the twelve Fundamental Rights applications filed by a large number of Petitioners  against an equally large number of Respondents, “invoking just and equitable remedies” for loss of life and injuries caused by April 2019 East Sunday attacks, has much broader ramifications beyond the stunning order that five individual Respondents pay Rs 310 million as compensation to the victims. A third of that amount, Rs. 100 million, has been imposed on Maithripala Sirisena, the former President and Minister of Defence. The balance Rs. 210 million is distributed among former IGP Pujith Jayasundara (Rs 75M), current DIG, Nilantha Jayawardene (Rs 75M), former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando (Rs 50M), and the Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis (Rs. 10M). 

The State is ordered pay one million rupees in addition to the amount of compensation the government had earlier voluntarily decided to pay, as fair compensation for the pain, agony, distress, suffering and destruction undergone by the victims and families as a result of the contraventions by the Respondents” identified by the Court. The Court noted the submission made by the Archbishop of Colombo that most victims have not been paid their compensations either partially or fully, and ordered that all state compensation must be paid in full within next three months. As for the newly imposed individual payments, the Court has called for a progress report on the status of payments to be submitted within six months.   

The Court also singled out Nilantha Jayawardena, former SIS Director and the current DIG for disciplinary action for his lapses and failures leading up to the Easter Sunday attacks. Just before the Court ruling there were reports that the Ranil-Rajapaksa government was going to appoint Nilantha Jayawardena as the next IGP despite howls of public protest. The ruling effectively puts an end to Mr. Jayawardena becoming IGP. In the wake of the new ruling, one would hope that not only the appointment of the IGP but also the appointments to be any and all ‘high posts’ would henceforth be made strictly on merit and experience, eschewing forever what the Court has pointedly called “hostile exclusions and selective inclusions.”  

The pith of the Petitioner’s case is that inaction by the Respondents led to the Easter Sunday attacks. The crux of the Court ruling is inaction in spite of power. In fact, too much power in and total inaction by one person – Maithripala Sirisena. The missing elephant is the alleged ‘mastermind’ behind the attacks. Looking for the mastermind is not the business of the Court. Nor was it necessary for the Petitioners to ground their case on a mastermind. 

However, the mastermind question is not going to go away because it defies commonsense that five individuals would have separately and without co-ordination decided to do nothing, while knowing what was going on and after receiving warnings about what was going to happen. Hence, the not so secret hypothesis that those in the know – knew what was going to happen and were going to allow it to happen for sinister political advantages, while expecting that that whatever that was going to happen was going to be retail in scope and not a wholesale disaster. Like what an exasperated UNP Minister said in the days after July-August 1983: ‘instead of smashing a few teeth, our fellows have pulled out whole jaws!’ 

So, the mastermind question and hypotheses will go on, and indirectly as a result of the Court ruling Police cannot easily go after people bandying the mastermind question. Put another way, it would be virtually impossible for the Police to haul men of the Christian cloth from their pulpits to the Fourth Floor and shut them up from talking about the mastermind.  

Inaction in spite of Power

Inaction in spite of power is what Maithripala Sirisena stands censured and punished for. The former President exemplifies the gospel dictum that “to whom much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). Rather than being given too much, Sirisena gave himself too much as President and Minister of Defence. The Court recounts the expansion of Sirisena’s powers through gazette notifications from 2015 culminating in Gazette No. 2103/33 issued on 28th December 2018. This was two months after creating an unnecessary constitutional crisis by firing his Prime Minister in October 2018, and four months before the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019. The Court details all the powers that Sirisena assigned himself in the December 2018 gazette, lists his failures to do anything with those powers, and hangs it around his neck like a millstone to sink him. 

Sirisena’s omissions were compounded by those of the police and security offices surrounding him. The most “flagrant” of those was the failure of the IGP and his men in Colombo to notify their men in the provinces. Especially, the DIG for Eastern Province. Perhaps the Police Head Quarters were implementing 13A abolition! And tragically ironically too, since they were also ignoring the warnings that happened to come from India! These failures again give credence to the mastermind theory. For, it is impossible to explain this collective inaction in spite of information on stupidity, incompetence or plain negligence. People are likely to keep looking at least for the hidden hand co-ordinating inaction, if not a mastermind controlling politics.  

The Court’s pronouncement on the question of liability extending to the cabinet of ministers and the then Prime Minister is both revealing and could be consequential. A number of Petitioners had pled for broader liability to be imposed on the cabinet of ministers. Their pleas were based on the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka to prevent ‘terrorist bombings’ under the 1999 Suppression of Terrorism Bombings Act, and the (old) interpretation of ‘government’ to the ‘cabinet of ministers. Interestingly, the Court held that:       

“Though the Constitution does not define the term ‘government”, the interpretation offered by the Interpretation Ordinance does not serve as a useful guide, as it deals with a cabinet of a bygone era and such interpretation will be inappropriate in the context when the executive power of the people, including the defence of Sri Lanka is to be exercised by the President.” 

Although the Court’s above take on the matter is for the narrow purpose of determining liability, there are broader implications. In any event, the limiting of liability to the President and the Minister of Defence, both one and the same, was made justifiable by Maithripala Sirisena himself, by virtue of his assignment of all the defence and security powers to himself and by his spiteful move to keep the Prime Minister and other Ministers out of security and intelligence deliberations. 

The then Prime Minister and current President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been spared of legal liabilities on account of Sirisena’s petty exclusion and Mr. Wickremesinghe’s incumbent status. Whether he will be so spared after he ceases to be President is another matter. But there is no mistaking his moral and political accountability for the Easter Sunday attack, for there could be no excuse for the then Prime Minister to have kept silent when he was kept excluded by his President from security meetings. 

Wickremesinghe’s silence was a cynical tit for Sirisena’s petty tat when the former could and should have shouted enough to bring the political roof down on his President. As far as the Easter Sunday victims and their Churches are concerned, there could be no difference between Sirisena’s seemingly co-ordinated inaction and Wickremesinghe’s cynical inaction. What has been tragically frustrating the victims and the Churches is the fact that while everyone in the echelons in power, both within and outside the government, seemed to know there was something cooking for the Easter Sunday, they chose to keep the eventual victims in the dark for sinister political advantages. 

The New Norm

Lastly, the Court’s reasoning in laying down the general principles for determining accountability and compensation is impressively persuasive. The Court’s reasoning and its palpable enthusiasm for “constitutional torts in human rights law adjudications,” are likely to have consequences for Sri Lanka’s government, politics and society. Fundamentally, state functionaries become liable when their actions or inaction in the exercise of their powers and duties result in the denial or violation of when people’s fundamental rights. 

This is becoming the norm in Sri Lanka and the Supreme Court is not with those who make the argument that human rights  are a western whim that has no place in Sri Lanka’s age old civilization. On the contrary, the Courts asks rhetorically: “Do the Courts of Sri Lanka have to sit idly by when several jurisdictions abroad have embraced the concept of constitutional torts in human rights law adjudications?” The answer comes across loud and clear in the ruling. 

Surveying the judicial landscape for guidance in determining accountability of state functionaries, and drawing on past decisions of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court and rulings from other jurisdictions including India, the UK, Germany, South Africa and Canada, the Court poses the question and provides the answer: 

“If a member of the public whom public service exists to serve suffers irreparable injury or loss though the culpable fault or reprehensible failure of that service to act as it should have, is it not consistent with ethical and, perhaps, democratic principle that the many, responsible for discharging that service in public trust, shall bear the cost of compensating the victim? This Court cannot leave that as a rhetorical question, and stand as mute bystanders, as we are confident that our own answer on the law and facts is as clear as a pikestaff.”

In determining State liability, the Court appropriately dismisses the “administrative practice” argument advanced on behalf of the government even though the government has already decided to voluntarily pay compensation to the victims. The ‘administrative practice’ reasoning is based on an ‘obiter’ in earlier (1978/1981) Supreme Court rulings in two fundamental rights cases alleging torture by police in one case, and by the army in the other. The reason here is that petitioners must prove an established ‘administrative practice’ to claim state liability. The Court rejected the government’s submission not only because it would be “preposterous and illogical” to suggest the requirement of administrative practice in a case involving omission and negligence, but also because the requirement itself “no longer holds good in this country.”        

It is also pertinent to ask if there are implications of the Easter Sunday ruling, for those who made decisions in the Gotabaya Administration, whether on the economy or on security. it could be open season for litigations against them. And if the Canadian government sanctions were to infect other governments as well, there will be no place to hide for those hounded by justice. Specifically, what will be the fallout from the Supreme Court decision for those who made the decision to unilaterally terminate the Colombo LRT project that had been started based on a very favourable bilateral agreement with Japan for a very sensible project? 

Suffice it to say, there is an Auditor General report dated 23 November 2022 (Special Audit Report on the Unilateral Termination of the Light Rail System by the Government of Sri Lanka). The Report is scathing in its censure of the government’s decision to unilaterally terminate “without formal, logical and justifiable grounds … a project proved to be environmentally, technically, economically and financially productive after incurring heavy costs on preliminary activities including feasibility studies conducted by foreign experts.” Will any action flow from it? We have to wait and see. 

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    Rajan Philips
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    1) While referring to then PM Ranil Wickramasinghe you state:
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    “But there is no mistaking his moral and political accountability for the Easter Sunday attack, for there could be no excuse for the then Prime Minister to have kept silent when he was kept excluded by his President from security meetings.”

    2) For some STRANGE reason you completely IGNORE Ruwan Wijewardene who was State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government. You are not alone in this. It includes even the Cardinal, Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
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    3) I wonder whether it is due to not wanting to UPSET his father Ranjit Wijewardene who is the owner of Sri Lanka’s DOMINANT print media company – Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL)?
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    4) This is DESPITE Ruwan Wijewardene possibly being the ONLY person in AUTHORITY at the time of the carnage who has EXONERATED Zahran by stating “there was no information to suggest that Zahran was engaged in terrorist activities” (‘Daily Mirror’ 19 Aug 2020).
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    5) This was roundly CONTRADICTED by SI Srimal Sanjeewa of the CID when he informed the Presidential Commission probing the Easter carnage that “Zahran had been conducting a training camp” in the Puttalam area “from 2015 to 2019” on “the use of Type-56 firearms and hand grenades”. (‘Daily Mirror’ 1 September 2020).
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    Amrit Muttukumaru

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      Dear AM. As one goes through the contributions, comments and count the Red & Green thumbs; it is pretty obvious that there is a total lack of discrimination in the evaluation or the separation of facts in the minds of the crowd in the CT Forum. It makes this exercise totally irrevelant. Wonder, is it too many warped, egoistic minds?

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      Rajan Philips & Ruwan Cover-Up?
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      1) I state with responsibility that WNL is CORRUPT. This includes:
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      (i) The FRAUDULENT ‘Daily Mirror’ claim that its almost full page article titled “Operation Shock and Awe: LTTE Style” (25 April 2003) was ‘Courtesy’ of the ‘London Times’. Its relatively unnoticeable ‘Clarification’ which referred to a mere “inadvertence” was belatedly published as a result of MY persistence.
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      (ii) The ‘Sunday Times’ while not publishing my article “Accountability for the Tsunami Billions” sent to its editor Sinha Ratnatunga, thought nothing of blatantly PLAGIARIZING my article in its ‘Editorial’ of 15 May 2005 titled ‘Tsunami effect’. The ‘Editorial’ was not only largely based on my article but it also included some IDENTICAL sentences from it.
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      (iii) Refusal of my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlements.
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      (iv) Sinha Ratnatunga the Editor of WNL’s ‘Sunday Times’ is also Deputy Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). In simple terms, if a person has a problem with the ‘Sunday Times’ that person has to complain to Ratnatunga about Ratnatunga! Can ‘Conflict of Interest’ get any WORSE?
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      2) All my writings are pro bono.
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      (continued below)

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        Rajan Philips & Ruwan Cover-Up? (continued)
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        3) In the context of the RELUCTANCE of even the Cardinal, opposition politicians and most commentators purportedly wanting a ‘system change’ to hold Ruwan ACCOUNTABLE for his share of responsibility for the Easter Sunday carnage, I urge that at least you said to be a MATURE and FAIR commentator will give your OPINION:
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        Does the laid-back son of WNL owner and Press Baron – Ranjit Wijewardene who was State Minister of Defence during the ENTIRE period of the Yahapalana government bear at least SOME responsibility for the Easter Sunday Carnage?
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        Amrit Muttukumaru

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      One of saddest verdict in Lanka’s juridical system, all perpetrators are getting away with a fine. None was sentenced to prison. What’s 310m for these people. A prison term would have been much more significant.

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    Two major issues , I strongly believed in from day one have eventually come true 1) Sirisena government knew about the sinister plan and kept silent for political gains 2) Following which Dr. Shaffi and family were framed for political / electoral gains. 3) The question is who were the beneficiaries gained maximum political mileage out of this nefarious anti national activities?? None other than Rajapaksas with help of Sirisena ( a real snake in hiding) went on looting and bankrupting the country. Next issue to investigate is their Covid management, lies , scams poltical gains , unnecessary death of people, introducing Army into administration—-‘

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    Some persons I know in sinhala land were lamenting that if the RAKSHAPAKSES were in government the Easter Bombings would not have happened.. Now it seems that the RAKSHAPAKSES were the HIDDEN HAND for the purposes of gaining political power in respect of the Easter Bombings that also contributed to the economic downturn of sinhala land, that has also contributed to the parlous beggar situation of sinhala land

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    My question is, now that Sirisena is found guilty of dereliction of his duties as President, by the highest court, will he be allowed to stand in election ?? or hold public position ?? If the answer is NO, doesn’t the same rules apply to Rajapaksas for abandoning responsibility, bankruptcy, making stupid decisions for political gains —- What is the position of Wimal, Dullas, Yapa and rest of the clown who recently joined Sira in fighting the local election ??? There are many more ???

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      Sorry to leave out , will our not so ignorant voters will elect Sira with a thumping majority, as in last election ?? Irony is that , Ranil was booted out but Sira got elected by not so ignorant voters.

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        Ignorant or otherwise, if they were stupid enough to vote him to power once, why not once more?

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        Part I)
        Chiv,
        “Irony is that, RANIL WAS BOOTED OUT BUT SIRA GOT ELECTED BY NOT SO IGNORANT VOTERS.”
        Surprised you are assuming a lot and may not align with the much cherished views of facts expressed by the many!!!
        Please bear in mind, that voters of this resplendent isle are far from being “IGNORANT”!!??
        They have a distinguished lineage of 2600+ years of civilisation, backed by Sinhala Buddhism, the best in this world and far superior to all others!!!
        One may wonder, how with such credentials the Island Nation has become “BANKRUPT” within 75 years of Independence, after a tumultuous 450 years of foreign colonialist’s rule, when they were plundered of all their inherent wealth which was illegally transferred to The UK and then British Empire!!
        SL or then Ceylon (75 years ago) had a positive current account and reserves, with which it started their journey of ‘FREEDOM’!!!
        Simple Mr. Watson!!!?? No rocket science!!??
        For starters, we started our journey of ‘FREEDOM’ in 1948, if my memory serves me right with less than 100 elected Members of parliament (6 million population – whether relevant or not is a moot
        (TBC)

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        (Part II)
        point – though politicians in SL think so) and progressively found it impossible to do so with that limitation!!!! They increased representation to 165 and thence to 225 pack of Jokers (2.25 times the start-up) constituted in parliament!!!
        Comparatively, the British parliament has remained constant (almost) as that of the biggest democracy in the world – India!!!??
        Does this convey a story, why we are BANKRUPT!!!???
        To add to the misery we have an enlightened electorate to boost the ego of plunderers and looters, by electing them repeatedly!!!!
        So it was not required to “allude to Darwin’s theory of evolution”, how the INEPT & ILLITERATE president MARU SIRA, hoodwinked by the SLPP and R Bros., Inc., into thinking that they support his 2nd term, went and contested Polonnaruwa and got elected, but not Ranil in emancipated Colombo west!!!?? No comparison!!!
        The respective electorates match the Intelligence and Intellectual capacity of the contestants!!!
        So the results seem convoluted, but it’s not!!!
        THEY REFLECT THE OUTLOOK OF THE VOTERS AND ELECTORATE OF GREAT CIVILISATION!!!????????

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          Mahila, when you find time read an article by KKS.Perera “Egoistic “dignity”75 to cost 200 Million dated 16th Jan. (thinking on the same lines ). Borrowing a passage from it, Freud claimed that “the psychological process of leadership occurs because of group of people , the electors have replaced their own narcissistic tendencies ( add anti social / psychopath, having similar personality traits) with those of a leader, such that their love for the leader is a disguised form of self love or a substitute for their inability to love themselves”. Prophetic indeed. Thoughts of Gota and Mara standing in front of dead bodies after Easter massacre, “call for Hitler”, and Chimpa’s comments below are, all echoing inside my head.

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            Chiv,
            This resplendent Isle and Lankans would have a better, satisfying life, if we reduce the Number of Lawmakers to 105 Maximum (4 for each district) and Cabinet of Ministers to 15 including the PM, with another 15 Deputy Ministers!!?? Nothing more!!
            State Ministers out!!!
            Abolish pension for Lawmakers and Minsters!! They should revert back to their original profession as in the past!!!!
            If they were Chain snatchers or Thakkadiyas, they are free to go back to their substantive professions and free to do so, subject to conforming to existing Law and order framework!!??
            Stupendous savings achieved!! Salaries and wages of uneducated/Inept clowns, and those of their assistants, counsellors, advisers, drivers, clerks and ‘Hangers-on’ in parliament/electorate!!??
            If they can’t perform replace!!?? New faces able to do, because this is a waste, SL can ill-afford!!!??
            Lanka could EASILY FEED 1 MILLION PEOPLE, LANKAS’ POOREST OF THE POOR WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM WITH BASICS AND FREE FOOD FOR THEIR SUSTENANCE, WHICH IS A DIRE NEED AND DESERVING CAUSE too!!!??
            These morons, including people like MaRa, Gota, KaKaa, Raththaran, Weerasangili, Gommanpillai, have been fooling us the masses for too long!! This must end forthwith!! And Now!!?
            These savings can’t wait for ’Auspicious times’!!!??

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      Of course he can be next prez remember when his son involved with passikuda incident
      This court ruling most of them praised but he give a ttot, his brother rice muddallali told him obvious
      He promised abolish the executive power then he joined the political thugs
      Maka Sangam blessing and putting the pirith nool to these maffias
      Not fan of VP but he sacrificed his whole family didn’t have own bank account

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      Agree, opportunity for a complete clean-up of the present lot and a new constitution with term limits and age limits for parliamentarians and equal representation of both sexes.
      The country is broken with a starving populace and no leadership run by a senile bunch of opportunists and idiots..

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    RP,
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    After the 52-day coup, the world thought that his head should be checked immediately. But the people of this country voted for him making him a member of the current parliament. He is an absolutely dishonest person in action.. Even though he said that he will retire from politics after his tenure, he is still hanging on.
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The same person revealed that Mahinda Rajapaksa would bury him under 10 feet, appointed him as “unconstitutional Prime Minister” in order to take revenge on then Prime Minister (RW). He must have thought, his presidency was a kindergarten.
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What must go through pissu Sirisena’s head when he even thought about making such decisions ? Everyone will agree, he should be not normal … crazy … .
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Even if former Presdient was publicly executed, I have no sympathy for such mlechcha men. His mlechcha levels are though somewhat lower than those of Medamulana beasts, but his irresonsible steps taken as president should be completely responsible for today’s mess.
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Each and every president has a panel of advisers, but they were too silent allowing MS do what he thought was right…. ????? so what was the role of those presidential advisers ?
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His brazen comments created “laughter” in not only Sri Lanka but also world wide.
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    tbc

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      cont.
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      Then again, the whole world laughed at how the Rajapaksa sympathizers ran amok, throwing and punching the ex-speaker, overriding all ethics and morals, in the so-called “Supreme Parliament”.
Mlechchathawaya of Rajakshes supporters were overly exposed, but PEOPLE IN THIS HELL ELECTED THEM AGAIN… can you imagine ?
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Such actions cannot be forgiven. All these were approved by SIRISENA confirming he was a not normal.

      If Sirisena had gone to school even for a day, he would not have reacted like this.
      So, even if nothing was working properly in that background, M.S. and Mahinda Rajapaksa should be mainly blamed for easter-sunday masacre. As the number of court cases against the monster Rajapakshes increased and there was no escape, they wanted to destroy this nation regardless of human losses. That is how they returned to power.
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      Shortly before the Easter Sunday disaster, former President MS and MaRa reacted like best buddies again.
      .. Many people like me think that SORISENA was not only irresponsible, but may have been a part of the planning of this mass murder.
      If the judiciary in Sri Lanka is independent, Mahinda Rajapaksa should be accused several times more than this person. He is the roote cause of fall of this country.

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      LM,
      ” But the people of this country voted for him making him a member of the current parliament”
      The emancipated 6.9 million people of Sri Lanka, ‘egged’ on by Viyathmaga of Jayasumma and other related clowns, who thought none else have more intelligence/intellect than themselves the self-made clowns, elected him to the “CLUB OF CLOWNS” – Sei lankand Parliament!!!???
      SO BE IT!!! THAT;S THE EMANCIPATION OF THE 2600+ YEARS OF CIVILISATION AND CULTURE!!!???
      Just as i was writing this I had a thought in a flash – so to say!!!
      Perhaps this esteemed civilised culture, that PREVENTED THEM ELECTING RANIL T THIS CLUB, AS IN THEIR VIEW RW IS A MISFIT IN THE “CLOWN SHOP”!!!??
      OR AM I WRONG!!!??? TIME WILL TELL!

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    It would have been better had a warning that their civic rights will be stripped off, been given, so that other politicians will never think of corruption and destruction.

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      Mrs B s civic rights were strpped off for no good reasons but Mahinda, Gota, Basil and their recent acts are against slanken nation, nevertheless not even supreme court dont seem to act on them????????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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    Zaharan and activities was not a secret in Sri Lanka and he was paid monthly during a former government. Warning is that murdering humans has unimaginable far reaching delayed consequences through generations

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    Wait and see, you say? How long have you waited now? Four years? There is nothing to see. Much of the evidence was systematically destroyed and diligent police officers like Shani Abeysekera harassed and transferred out, to prevent a proper investigation. Many witnesses and their circumstantial evidence have been “disappeared” by seemingly unrelated people. These bastards, who are all in the know, and were in cahoots to bring Gotta to power should be given summary justice. What impact is a mere 100 million of worthless currency to major hoarders of poor people’s money? Can these pre-meditated murderers be allowed to evade at least a long prison term? Where is the justice in Sorry Lanka? Rajan, how long will you wait for justice? Has anyone been indicted for the disappearance of so many separatist cadres who surrendered, along with their parents as witnesses? Have Thajudeen’s or Eknaligoda’s or Wickramatunge’s murderers ever been found? Why are the masterminds of the Easter attack still free to contest elections, plan election strategy or travel the world? Better to talk about the massive elephant in the room rather than beat around the bush..!

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      Lp,
      Srilanka became a hell hole since Medamulana paraihs became our country s leaders.
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      There were prima facie evidence to prove that plane loads of dollars were airlifted from BIA to Uganda, though not a single investigation on the secret act is yet known. All because Rajapakshes conspiracies are treated as if they are royals to the nation? .
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      The youngest son Chichie was giving an interview to press that he is now thinking of doing another PhD ?????? The truth this young man has not the least qualifications to be a PhD student.
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      Why on earth a single lawyer came forward to question on the blatant acts of them yet ?.
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      What happened to this nation to be that paralyzed??????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤥

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        leelagealli ,

        ” What happened to this nation to be that paralyzed ” ????? It has
        any facets . As I am in the habit of going brief , I would put it like
        this ” our politics is still in the pre-independence mentality”.
        By the time they are forced by circumstances , to get out of their
        inborn traits , they might have already missed the train ! Take
        this one example LM , just not even a week back , one man walked
        into Kalubowila hospital for a minor operation that required one
        day stay . He was asked to bring a white wrap around (Sarong)
        to be admitted ! Hospitals are not fully ready for a patient since the
        independence itself !

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          Sorry LM , Typo . not “any” , it is many .

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    Sirisena is an uneducated or at best a semi-literate, myopic person. I do not think he would have read even 50 books (in any language) throughout his lifetime. He is a sick and vengeful person who set fire to his father’s ready-for-harvest paddy field and pardoned a murderer for some private reason. This is the sort of thing that will happen when people like him are elected as president of the country.

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      CM @
      IF HE DID THE JOB AS ASSURED TO MS CBK AND LATE REV GURU SOBITHA THERO, RAJAPAKSHES WOULD NT HAVE BEEN BACK TO POWER.
      IF RAJAPAKSHES DID NT RETURNED, MY FATHER AND NUMBER OF OTHER ELDERLY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ESCAPED FROM COVID 19. FREE GRANTED VACCINES WERE NOT GIVEN TO THE ELDERLY EVERYWHERE BUT TO THOSE THEY THOUGHT WAS NEEDED. NEARLY 17000 INNOCIENT LIVES WERE DESTROYED CURSE THE ILL MANAGENENT OF GOTA ET AL. .
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      SRILANKA S SELF MADE CURSE IS RAJAPAKSHES.
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      NOT ONLY SIRISENA BUT ALSO MAHINDA HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE OUT OF A PRISON CELL.
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      🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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    Sri Lanka and political culture along with Buddhist culture has gone to the level of 3rd grade and all Sri lankans should be ashamed of being part and partial of this nasty state of corruption and crime gainst humanity. There is nothing to be proud of our judiciary or military or parliament or Presidency. We have lost our human values and even animals are much better than us. We all celebrated the victory over LTTE in 2009 with kiribath at the same time we igonred the massacre of civilians and the death of our humanity.
    The conflict between Rajapaksas (SLFP) and Ranil (UNP) started and they used Srisena in 2015. Mahinda used Srisena again in 2018. The planning of East Bomb also started simultaneously. The objective was using Muslims against Chritianity. It was successfuly completed but the power Struggle continued. All three groups aware of the Easter bombing in advance but all kept silence and finally now Srisena and some officers have been identified for inaction and Srisena and officers are still mouthless and the whole episode political coup will be covered with this financial judicial judgement. People will finally pay for them and it will be accounted as usual.

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    The Verdict: Loud and Clear of Personal Vendetta and Religious Racism.
    President Sirisena, who was on an overseas tour at the time of the Easter Sunday Attack, mentioned that his Prime Minister or any other politician did not contact him to inform about the terrorist attacks.
    UNP MP Harin Fernando revealed that he did not attend Easter Mass on the instructions of his father.
    Other MPs also revealed that all Parliamentarians were aware of the attack.
    Catholic priests including the Cardinal of Colombo didn’t attend Easter Mass on the day of attack.
    Ranil Wickremasinghe who was the PM at the time didn’t impose curfew after the first bomb blast.
    According to eye witnesses, ambulances took unusually 1½ hours to come to the blast site.
    India was aware of the date, the locations of bomb blasts and the whereabouts of terrorists.
    Even before the Sri Lankan government issued a statement on the Easter Sunday Attack, Donald Trump tweeted that one million people were killed by the attack!
    Former President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa used the attack to come into power.
    All of the above were aware of the Easter Sunday terrorist attack. The verdict of the SC has helped them to cover up their part in the crime.

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      Champa,
      “Catholic priests including the Cardinal of Colombo didn’t attend Easter Mass on the day of attack.”
      Bovine excrement.
      Who was officiating at the churches attacked? Omalpe Sobhitha?

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    This is my reply to Sinhala_Man’s comment posted elsewhere.
    This is what he wrote.
    “Champa,
    Please be careful with these Christian denominations. There are important distinctions that must be made.”

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      Sinhala_Man
      Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church doesn’t use the word Roman.
      Of course, I am aware of the origin of Christianity in my country. Before the arrival of Portuguese, Dutch and British Settler Colonists, all Sinhalese in Sinhala Dwipa were Buddhists.
      Orthodox Roman Catholicism and Protestantism were introduced to my country by the barbarian Portuguese and Dutch invaders along with animal slaughter for meat, meat-eating and consumption of liquor.
      Do you want to know what the “Servants of God” did to my country? One of the main missions of the Portuguese was to wipe out Buddhism in Sinhala Dwipa. They banned the existence of Bhuddhist monks. Anyone wearing the yellow robe was put to death. Buddhists monks who protested Catholicism were thrown to man-eating crocodiles in rivers. Mothers were forced to watch their children being piked before putting them to death. (British barbarians did the same in Wellassa with their bayonets.)
      Contd’……

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        Next, all Buddhist temples in Portuguese controlled territories were levelled to the ground, treasures were looted and Buddhist sacred books therein were burnt or destroyed.
        After that, Catholic Churches were built on the seized temple/monastery properties. For example; four prominent Buddhist Universities, “Totagamuwe Wijayabahu Pirivena (University)”, “Veedagama Pirivena in Raigama”, “Keragala Padmavati Pirivena” and “Sunetra Devi Pirivena in Pepiliyana” were set on fire with resident Buddhist monks. These are the Universities where locals and Indians learnt King Rawana’s Vidya, Sastra or Veda (Science) Books written in Sinhala including Arka Vidya/Sastra (the Science of Herbs), Atharvana Sastra (the Science of Medicine-Ayurveda),Tharka Sastra (the Science of Logic and Reasoning), Ganita Sastra (the Science of Mathematics), Shilpa Sastra (the Science of Arts, Crafts and Architecture), Thaaraka Sastra (the Science of Planets, Stars), Astra Sastra (the Science of Weapons), Chandas Sastra (the Science of Prosody), Jyotisha Sastra (the Science of Astrology), Yajur Sastra (the Science of Spirituality), Sama Sastra (Recitation of Sloka, Mantra and Ashtaka), Dharma Sastra (Sruthi and Smurthi related to Sutra and Gatha), Samaja Sastra (Sociology), Rasa Sastra (the Science of Alchemy), Vaimanika Sastra (the Science of Gravitation), Manas Sastra (Psychology), Yoga Sastra (the Science of Concentration, the mental and physical alignment with cosmos), etc, etc.
        Contd’…

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          Then, there were other Buddhist temples that have been destroyed and Catholic Churches were built on the very same land. Eg: Temples in Kelaniya (St. Anne’s Church), Wattala, Kalutara, Colombo (St. Anthony’s Church) and Nawagamuwa. (I don’t have the names of all the Churches built on Buddhist temple lands.)
          Three most venerated Rawana Temples were also completely destroyed by the Portuguese. King Vishmakarma Rawana’s (Wesamuni’s) Statue and Temple in down South was destroyed and plundered, including a massive wooden replica of his seven storied Vimana on wheels. (The British invaders reduced the Ten-Headed Vishmakarma Rawana’s statue in Kataragama to Six Heads and named him as God Kataragama whereas the actual God Kataragama is Vishmakarma Rawana’s Boar Avatar a.k.a Maha Sona.)
          Another Temple dedicated to Rawana (the next Buddha who is now known as God Saman) in Ratnapura and his statue on the bank of Rawana Ganga (today’s Kalu Ganga) were also completely destroyed.
          The other Rawana temple destroyed by the Portuguese was the Temple dedicated to Manu Rawana (Manu Aaramaya) in Mannarama where another Catholic Church (Madu Church) was built.
          Contd’…..

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            There is a heinous attempt by local and foreign elements (again) to destroy Buddhism and the Sinhala Buddhist society in Sri Lanka. I am not angry. At least, not yet. I want to remind them all that even after 450 years of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialism, imperialism, and numerous American Missions, Sri Lanka remains a determinedly Buddhist country which will never change. Never. The world is protected as long as Buddhism is protected in Sri Lanka.

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              So, now it’s “Protecting Buddhism in Sri Lanka” is the newest catchphrase/slogan for your pal Wimal to try to save his deposit, eh? :))

              Don’t get me wrong, I’m as patriotic as the next guy: more patriotic than Native can ever dream of!


              “I want to remind them all that even after 450 years of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialism, imperialism, and numerous American Missions, Sri Lanka remains a determinedly Buddhist country”

              How true! …..The Rajapakses could destroy it all in mere 15 years. ……. That’s a rare talent!

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                nimal fernando

                “I’m as patriotic as the next guy: more patriotic than Native can ever dream of!”

                Thanks you.
                ‘Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel’
                Samuel Johnson

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                  ‘Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel’

                  Are you calling Wimal a scoundrel? ……. Or is it Champa? :))

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          Champa

          Are you sure the Indians plagiarized all these sastras, translated all into Sanskrit and placed a sweeping claim on these books being written by their own wise sages?

          nimal fernando may agree with you not because he doesn’t know the facts but because he wants to please you. I do not know about old codger or Sinhala_man.

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          Why can’t we use all these 2600+ years of “Sastra”, to overcome the Economic crisis??? Match over and SL would be winners ‘hands down’!!!???

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        Champa,
        “Orthodox Roman Catholicism and Protestantism were introduced to my country by the barbarian Portuguese and Dutch invaders along with animal slaughter for meat, meat-eating”
        What were the Veddhas (and Balangoda Man) eating before that Vijaya bugger arrived?

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          old codger
          Vijaya Hora? I pity you. There is absolutely no mention of Vijaya Hora in the original Mahavamsa.
          In fact, the original Mahawamsa was written by Irshis (Rishis, Sages) which was later translated into Sinhala by Buddhists monks. The history of the Sinhalese was very clearly mentioned in the book. It was a story of Prince Deegha, son of King Deeghathi Kosala of the Koliya Clan who ruled from Kurunegala. Prince Deegha’s grandfather was “SihaBuja”, a name which was erroneously translated by German and British writers as “SinhaBahu”, a man with lion hands. That is why they assumed that Prince Geegha’s grandfather must be a lion!!!!
          Where did Vijaya Hora’s story come from? It was Willem Geiger who added Vijaya Hora’s story to Mahavamsa. Where did he pick it up from? From a document written by a Dutch priest who lived in Yapa Patuna. It was a story of a sea pirate and his crew landing on an island called “Supparaka”. They were killed by man-eating inhabitants there, whose language was called “Vilambheetha”. What Geiger had done was, combined the two stories, name the sea pirate as Vijaya Hora and de-tour his boat from Supparaka to Sinhala Dwipa.
          Contd’……..

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            Vedda people were not Buddhists. Balangoda Man was not a hunter. There is evidence that he had cultivated oats and barley on mountains in Horton Plains. (I should find the ancient name of this mountain range.) The height of the Balangoda Man (174 cm) and the tools (4 cm) said to have been used by him are not compatible. Those tools may be the toys used by his children.

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    How Ravana the elankeswsran wants to protect Buddhism

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    There is enough substance that has come out of this civil case and the verdict to charge these individuals with criminal negligence resulting in the loss of life.

    Only question is has the AG got the balls to follow through. I am referring only to a case on negligence. There has to be further investigations to criminally charge the cold blooded murders who orchestrated the Ester Sunday Murders.

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    “…it defies commonsense that five individuals would have separately and without co-ordination decided to do nothing, while knowing what was going on….”
    This suggests a conspiracy by a ‘gang of five’.
    That requires a shared interest. I do not see much signs of one. Can the author hint at just one?
    I think that callous indifference is a factor that fares prominently.

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    “The then Prime Minister and current President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been spared of legal liabilities on account of Sirisena’s petty exclusion and Mr. Wickremesinghe’s incumbent status. Whether he will be so spared after he ceases to be President is another matter.”
    *
    The question is whether RW was in the know but pleads ignorance.
    If that is not the case there will be little against him, as the man was excluded from all security matters over a long period. After all we still have an all powerful executive presidency.
    *
    Ranil bashing can be fun, but useless when unsupported by sound reasoning.
    Ranil is taking steps that will kill many more by hunger, starvation and malnutrition, for which he will not be punished but commended by the IMF and its cheerleaders.

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    In the year 2015 Sira was the Brutus of MaRa. Walked out after partaking of his Hoppers.
    In the year 2023 he has been asked by the highest Court in the country to cough out Rs.100 Million. MaRa must be rolling in his bed at Wijerama Mawatha and laughing his sides out.
    He who laughs last Laughs best eh?

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    Continuation….
    After the Portuguese, the Dutch introduced Protestantism to Sinhala Dwipa. Then, they started killing Buddhist monks and destroying Buddhist temples. Then, the British introduced Anglicanism, Methodism and Baptism. The common feature of all three settler colonists were the genocide of the Sinhalese Buddhists and destruction and plundering of Buddhist temples. (Mr. Putin strongly disapproves of my comments on the dark side of Catholicism. Well, I am my own master. I am not under obligation to anyone. He should focus on his problems. Last November, I warned him of betrayal on the battlefield. He only addressed 50% of the problem. He should be happy that the “Universe” is on his side.)
    Christianity and violence go hand in hand even to this day. There is a long history of Christian countries killing millions and millions of people. Will there be a pay back time for them? Yes. The Ukraine conflict will pave the way for it. Europe is fighting against Europe. Christian countries are fighting against Christian countries.
    On a separate matter, I would like to withdraw two things I said earlier. One is that Russia would never use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The other is, Russia would not attack Europe.
    This is Kalu (Dark) Yugaya (Age). Anything

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