23 September, 2018

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Two More Army Officers Remanded Over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3.

The latest arrest comes, just hours after the CID arrested three other army personnel including a Major, who was later remanded till February 23. Nohayr, was abducted on May 22, 2008 near his residence, when he was returning home after work. He was dropped off close to his residence, during the early morning of May 23, severely injured after being assaulted by the abductors. He left the country following the incident.

His abduction came just days after he penned an article in The Nation for the ‘military matters’ column which was critical of Sarath Fonseka, who was the Army Commander then.

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    Regionally developing story. Be careful. Suspects may suddenly “commit suicide” And leave confessional notes. They may have accidents on the road or drown. They may suddenly have a roof falling on them like the General who died of the accident. Be regionally developing on this story. Sadists in decorated uniforms are still sadists. But this happened at a time the Rajapakses needs all the help they could get to fight the Tigers. That is why it was covered up. So many things can happen to suspects if they are released on bail. Someone is really worried. This is funny.

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      I wonder what SF has to say about the abduction and the subsequent assualt to the deputy editor of the Nation news paper ?

      What was then not in the air, can be reached if any brave journos, I dont mean the frequent journalists of silly kind that prostitutue for TV Derana and Hiru but the others.

      Thank you.
      I dont think SF would keep them only for him now. I have no doubt, decisions made by FORMER secretary of Defence should have the upper hand of the incident too.

      Brave journos, please act today, RTI is already in act… if not today when..
      Good luck. Greetings from Berlin

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    MY3 is quietly watching. He will some or other save the accused army boys. My3is still loyal to his former boss whose henchmen had eliminated many adversaries.Now it is going to be the Present Boss to cover up these acts.

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      that has nothing to do with being loyal, but the kind of murderous activities of the previous brutal regime, covered almost everyone in that govt. There, Mr My§ AND so called goodies too, not to have risen up against then on going crimes, should be made accoutnable. All incl. that stayed passive are made responsible to those acts. Today, the ballige putha from the same cesspit seem to utter PIRITH as if he was not aware of any acts. Previous regime was the murderous and bmost brutal since independence.

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    A thorough and an everlasting shame on what was once an impeccable Army and of course the administration of the country at the time.

    That administration was really the pits. Shame on all of them.

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    You forgot to mention the officers have told CID who told the judge that the little psychopath Gota was behind the abduction?

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      We need justice and not revenge.This is the tipoff the iceberg where people in the country is been neglected,supressed,let down by all regimes,therefore may have to put up with it until we either get back the colonials or get a new culture built in line with the progressive world.But I have little hope because our leaders who still wear the national ambude tells us that they are still deceitful and dishonest. Perhaps they are still trying to invent the wheel?

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    I traced back the article written by Keith Noyahr in 2008 under the caption “An army is not its commander’s private fiefdom” and read it fully. Readers can go to “http://www.nation.lk/2008/05/11/militarym.htm” to read that article. It was a scathing attack on the then Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is now a Field Marshall and a Minister in Ranil-Sirisena cabinet. Some days after this article appeared, Keith was abducted and returned home after getting a severe beating. Perhaps it was only the high publicity given to his abduction thanks to his journalist colleagues and the diplomatic community that saved the life of Keith.

    Those who attacked Keith have been found out to be from the Military Intelligence which at that time was reportedly headed by the very same Sarath Fonseka. Any person with average intelligence could very well guess who could have ordered the attack on Keith.

    I doubt whether the person who ordered the MI personnel to attack Keith would be exposed and charged for the crime. I do not think the MI personnel involved in the attack on journalist Keith would have done it themselves over a matter where they have no personal interest. It is obvious that some one hurt and angered by the article could have ordered the attack. As mentioned earlier, the article written by Keith under the pen-name ‘Senpathi’ targeted Sarath Fonseka and no one else.

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      As suggested by Naga, I read the article on the web. The specific details about the Army definitely hurt the then boss. The specific sidelining of the boss’s Bete-Noire and as a Major General reporting to another Major General seems ludicrous. Subsequently the Bete-Noire, I understand, was remanded for months, and the Attorney General ruled that there was no substance in the matter that he was charged resulting very naturally in his denial for the next promotion. The matter is about the Uttama Seva Padakkama is scandalous. Papers may have been removed the personal file to facilitate the award. Every one of boss’s compatriots and as well as the former commanders knew what the blemish is. Oh God! The Pooja to Gods is not good enough but the pooja to him is essential, even parting with ones beloved to satisfy the amorous desires. Those who are in the know is aware that boss’s big bosses, namely GR and MR, though informed of the foibles did absolutely nothing until the serpent decided to contest MR.

      Therefore the boss at that time is a Prime Suspect and can be linked to other attacks or murders of journalists. The boss’s big bosses definitely aided the crime at least by viewing it with a “Nelsonian Eye”.

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    Reveal comes after 09 good years while SF is more powerful and a minister of the current government. As majority comments and NAGA thinks that would have done by some hurt with the article whole drama can be changed or schemed one.

    Don’t surprise that these officers( loyal to Hurt party)tell the Judge order has given by MR via GR. We observe lot of scheming and fake going around these days.

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    A journalist directly attacked SF and exposed his ego mania. Lo and behold soon after that he gets abducted, raped, tortured and almost killed. Covered up and now being “investigated” with the hope of pinning it solely on Gota. When it was SF who wanted this done, but they were all in cahoots. This is like JR’s Machiavellian plots. They will be given a deal to say Gota ordered it to exonerate SF. My3 is shitting bricks in indecision and clueless fear. RW wants to cover this up.

    ust meander along with another case that will only be used for elections but never followed through. Watch out for “Accidents” and “suicides” amongst suspects.

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