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US Companies Should Not Interfere On Behalf Of American Contesting SL Election: Harin Slams FB For Removing Posts On Gota

UNP Minister and Badulla District MP Harin Fernando is accusing social media giant Facebook of interfering on behalf of an “American contesting elections in Sri Lanka” after his posts flagging SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship crisis mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Fernando was unaware of his posts being removed until the head of Rajapaksa’s legal team and campaign activist President’s Counsel Ali Sabry told a press conference that the UNP Minister’s explosive Saturday night tweets had been taken down.

“I condemn Facebook for censoring my posts regarding American citizenship of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. American companies should not interfere on behalf of an American contesting a Sri Lankan election. I stand by my every word. All my statements remain here on Twitter for your reference,” Fernando tweeted moments after Ali Sabry’s declaration.

It is unclear if Minister Fernando’s posts were removed because it featured photographs of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s US passport which is the private documentation of another person. However it was Namal Rajapaksa who originally shared his uncle’s purported US passport featuring a “Cancel” stamp on it.

With five days to go before the country elects the next president, SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship issues are back in the limelight.

Debate is raging on social media platforms over whether the former Defence Secretary vying to be President of Sri Lanka is in fact still an American citizen.

On Saturday night the third quarterly publication of the US Federal Register – a type of US Government Gazette dated November 12, 2019 created a fresh storm of citizenship controversy for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Every quarter, the Federal Register releases a list of US citizens who have renounced American nationality. For the third time this year, Rajapaksa’s name has failed to appear on the

Rajapaksa’s lawyers hastily tried to do damage control today after the news reverberated overnight. Yesterday morning a Buddhist monk also began a fast unto death demanding proof that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was no longer an American citizen. A team of three president’s counsel including Ali Sabry addressed the media. The press conference was streamed live on social media but the lawyers did not encourage too many questions from journalists.

Asked by journalists about Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s wife’s US citizenship status, a visibly irked Ali Sabry retorted: “That is not relevant. She is not a candidate. I think that’s enough. Go to the next question.”

During the press briefing Ali Sabry said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s identity verification documents had been submitted before ‘relevant parties’ including the Elections Commission. He said they had been accepted as eligible and adequate proof of Sri Lankan citizenship. “You can ask Prof. Hoole he saw them” Sabry told journalists.

However, Elections Commissioner S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole told reporters a few hours after the press conference that he had been given a chance to examine Rajapaksa’s renunciation certificate and a letter from the US embassy to Gota saying his citizenship had been renounced. However, Prof Hoole said that while he did not see obvious flaws in those two documents, he had no way of verifying their authenticity as he was not an expert on the issue. He said the Commission had not been provided with copies of the documents.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the SLPP campaign is deeply disturbed by another last minute controversy over the citizenship questions plaguing its candidate, which they hoped had ended with the Court of Appeal ruling on 4th October. In fact, the SLPP believed that Rajapaksa was home-free after not a single objection was raised at the Elections Commission the day the former Defence Secretary filed his nomination papers. Chamal Rajapaksa, whose deposit had also been made as a contingency measure two hours before the court ruling, was stationed at the Commission on Nomination Day, in case nominations raised against Gotabaya Rajapaksa meant he was ruled ineligible to contest.

Sources told Colombo Telegraph that the SLPP is particularly concerned because NDF candidate has been gaining ground in the past two weeks. “Gota’s campaign may have peaked a little early because it has been going since August 11” said one source close to the campaign who did not wish to be named. With no major media backing besides the Sirasa TV network, Premadasa opted to put his faith in public rallies to take his messages to the villages. The NDF candidate believed that with the two largest television networks heavily skewed in favour of his opponent, the best strategy was to not rely on mass media to gain an electorate advantage, Colombo Telegraph learns( By TB Bambaradeniya )

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  • 8
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    UNP heavies have lost their plot ,due to their desperation..
    I can understand when even arch UNP supporters like TNA Abraham says Nandasena can not be defeated.

    Can Harin displaying Nandasena’s Passport stop the Nandasena wave which has been gaining more and more momentum after Keselwatta Kids stupid Free bees like Menstrual Pads, Free Manure, Free Housing and Jobs for All and Sundry.which Dr Ranil will never approve.

    And Keselwatta Kid’s IT parks and IT Schools in Akuressa which are even bigger Buss Shit than Dr Ranil’s free Wifi and Nano Cars..

    Wonder what will happen to Harin Boy at the Srikotah after the 17th?.
    -.
    The talk among the Elite UNP in Colombo is the big shit fight now going on at Srikotha between Dr Ranil and Keselwatta Kids Factions.

    Dr Ranil’s first Item in the Agenda for the Post Election CC Meeting is apparently to sack Keselwatta Kid from the Ministry and the Deuty leadership .
    The reason is KK is a Traitor who squandered the chance of Dr Ranil becoming the first UNP President after Keslwatta Senior..

    Valid reason I suppose…

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      Harin the idiot who knew of an imminent attack and failed to tell the authorities.

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        US game with American citizen Gota and US puppet bondscam Ranil has always been “heads I win, tails you lose”! The UNP-SLFP/PP bi-partisan corruption racket in the name of peace building with US advisors in Parliament was part of this project
        Either way the people of Lanka are screwed!

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      Harin Fernando,

      Keep posting. Let the truth be known.

      District Court of the United States has declared that Gotabhaya Rajapakse is an American citizen where a confusion remains about his current US citizenship whereas his name is not listed in the 2019 name list of those who has withdrawn their

      citizenship as declared by the Inland revenue Service of the US Treasury, the Most Venerable Dr. Inguruwatte Sumangala Thero started a fast this morning at the independence square demanding “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to disclose whether he is a US citizen or not.

      The Sinhala and English translation of Gotas pledge to US to become an American citizen was also being displayed on both sides of where he is seated

      In order for the monk to renounce his hunger strike, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa must present both the State Department’s Certificate and the US Treasury Department Certificate that he has forsaken his US citizenship. If Gotabaya fails to produce at least president Donald Trump’s ambassador in Sri Lanka should break his fast , she and must visit the Independence Square and produce those certificates.

      If both fails to present the country accepts that Gota is still an American. We need to defeat the Yankee conspiracy of whoever tries to colonize our motherland from our own ballot. Thousands of patriot citizens regardless of monks and laymen should join ven. Dr. Inguruwatte Sumangala Thero.

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      Off course Harin got free Jalani as well !

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      KA, so the wave of the paradeshakkara American will be your president and you cheer it on. How could anyone with an atom of brain think it’s ok to give up all rules and laws and democracy for one guy one family. What a clan of slaves

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      Has Gota booked his one way ticket to California, departure date 18 November 2019?

      What is going to happen to Anthony Fernando a driver of a white van during Mahinda’s reign, Athula Madanayake a white van victim of abduction, and the Minister Rajitha Senaratne who introduced them to the media on 18th November 2019 (Mahinda’s 74th Birthday)?

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      KA Sumane
      You sadist, you still have the mouth to talk after being molested by an english speaking monk, in your childhood.
      What a scumbag. Your comments are as worthless as you are.

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    Minister Harin Fernando,

    Ali Sabry, is Vichy Quisling Ali Sabry.

    Why were your posts taken down? Because Gotabaya is still a US Citizen, and do not want the Sri Lankan voters to know the truth?

    Get every person to post the same posts on their Twitter and FB pages.

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      Amarasiri,
      Gotabhaya’s citizenship is immaterial to Native Sinhalayo. To them he is a Son of Sinhale and a hero who gave the leadership to defeat ‘Para’ Malabar Demala terrorists.

      I am wondering why some Civil Society Activists and NGO guys thriving on $$$$s and Malabar Wellala Demalu are so concerned about Gotabhaya’s citizenship?

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        Blind Eagle your comment shows the slaves mentality of the Sinhalese who support the Para American. A blind leading the blind nice try. You can speak for yourself and not us who are proud to be Sinhala and Sri Lankan unlike your master and you

  • 4
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    Flogging a dead horse – nothing left to do

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      Haramanis,
      From US side, GoRa is a sure bet b’cos in this particular case, CIA is following the proverbial advise that “the bird in hand worth two in on the bush”. Suppose the documents GoRa legal team is showing are fake, who else, except GoRa team, knows it better than the CIA? This means CIA is in perfect position to blackmail GoRa whether he win or lose. This may not sound much but consider their all out efforts to keep China out of Indian Ocean! The irony is that, despite the eternal anti-American stand of guys like Vasu in the SLPP, they are playing right into American hand. Keeping Ranil as PM probably is the part of the same plot!

      As the Wall Street Journal suggested the other day, CIA or any other superpower intelligence agencies are known to work with much worse guys than GoRa all over the world through out the cold-war politics.
      https://www.wallstreetjournal.com/articles/sri-lanka-clan-with-close-china-ties-plot-apolitical-comeback-11573128002

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    It is no secret NGR carries a lot of ‘baggage’. If he had any honesty, integrity, probity and rectitude he would have cleared his name of the many litigations against him before presenting himself as a candidate for the Presidency. His not doing so tells us so much about his character. He is not Presidential material.

    His citizenship status is one issue about which there are many doubts and questions. If he was honest and forthright, he would have presented himself at public forums / debates to answer all the questions the public have. He has chosen to avoid such forums (perhaps as he has many skeletons in his cupboard?) and not take the bull by the horn and provide truthful, plausible answers to all the questions.

    Voters, please be warned. Please use your valued franchise wisely, judiciously, aptly and appropriately. Please spurn, rebuff and reject divisive politics, actions and deeds NGR is renowned for. NGR is an arrogant alleged criminal, a despot, scoundrel, villain and a lowlife! He is not to be trusted as he will do and/or say anything to wield power. Do you recall the filthy language he used on Frederica Jansz, the then Editor of the ‘Leader’ Newspaper? Totally unbecoming of a Presidential aspirant! Shame! Shame! Shame!

  • 9
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    Mr. Harin Fernando,

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Demanding-Gotas-US-citizenship-renunciation-Monk-begins-fast/108-177577

    Can you ask the Mahanayakas to fast as well? Mahinda Rajapaksa wants Mahanayakas to support a US Citizen.

  • 9
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    Removing Posts

    when someone interfere it shows there is an agenda behind the scene, or for to full fill there priority.

  • 6
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    Harin’s Logic is US Companies Should Not Interfere
    BUT
    US Embassy Should Interfere
    to clarify the citizenship authenticity of the American Contesting SL Election

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    Let CT believe it’s own propaganda. Election Commission accepted the candidacy. Any doubter can go to courts to verify. Wonder why Thenuvara and Viyangoda didn’t proceed with appealing to Supreme Court.

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      Hela,

      Fake papers and fake certificates were presented and the low IQ Election Commission imbeciles should have checked from the source, the US state Dept in writing as to whether Para-Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa is still a US Citizen.

      The Vichy Quisling Ali Sabry says that he has the (Fake) papers.

      How many people have fake ID cards, Fake Drivers licenses, Fake Titles, Fake Degrees and fake Citizenship papers.

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      Helass

      “Let CT believe it’s own propaganda. Election Commission accepted the candidacy.”

      In this island anyone could be persuaded to change their mind with gentle persuasion, with strong arm tactics, post election rewards, …………………… Haven’t you heard about Sama, Dana, Bheda and Danda?

      In Gota’s case directly to Danda (punishment)?

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    the unp specielly the homo Boy mangale suoüld also stop sucking the balls and kissing the ass of the americans.a dead White american is a good american.

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      Idiot
      At least you know what you are.
      I respect that.

  • 11
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    Americans complain about the Russians interfering in their election in favor of one candidate and the they turn around and interfere in Sri Lanka on behalf of a American contesting as a Sri Lankan.

    Are Sri Lankans this stupid?
    They should be asking themselves some simple questions.
    Would Gotabaya have come back to Sri Lanka from USA if Mahinda was not the president?
    If the answer is NO then he did not come for the love of the country but his brother and family. No complains but the fact is family comes way ahead of country.

    Having said that and knowing his wife is American, Son and family are Americans, Brother and family are Americans, Sister and family are Americans.

    So where is his real loyalty?

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      How gullible and foolish can we be? Why don’t the people understand that if he is elected that we will have a President whose family are US citizens? How is it that we have these masses of people screaming and cheering an American citizen with a family of Americans and wanting him to be the President? Where is our loyalty to our country?

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        Answer Sonia Gandhi….LOL

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      Burt,

      Is Para-Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa an American Para or a Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist “, who is an insult to the Buddha, and an insult to the Sri Lankans with a common sense.

      Para-Gota is suitable for the low IQ imbeciles.

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      nope Americans are not stupid you are

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    There you go! The US Cavalry coming to the rescue of the American Candidate. Last time Rajafucksas slept with China. This time with USA. Shameless. Country gone to the level of a brothel.

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      Thinker,

      This is Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism”, that is practiced in the land of Native Vedas Aethho.

      This is a 2,500 year Para-civilization, that is a distortion of Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha, and the Sri Lankan’s with intelligence and common sense.

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      They has always been inviting and sleeping with everyone , from the word go, . In ancient times the South India Pandian, Kalinga , Chola and Chera. Inviting them to invade on behalf of one contender for the throne or another. Taking brides from these kingdoms and also importing hundreds of thousands of immigrants and aristocrats from these kingdoms. When these kingdoms fell, ecpecially the Tamil Pandians , who had always been the allies as well as the relatives of the Sinhalese from ancient times , came the Telugu origin Tamil Nayakas from Madurai /Thanvavur, after them the Portuguese, then the Dutch were invited to chase the Portuguese and at last the British , who openly favoured them despite all the protestations and denials that they were not . The British could not do much with them other than to sleep with them and favour them , as most of them refused to study and were bone lazy , as well as their society was too feudal , especially the Kandyan , with the Buddhist monks having too much influence and preventing them from attending western education. This is why the British had to rely on the Tamils , indigenous and Indian origin to run the bureaucracy and economy.
      Now after independence they have been sleeping and inviting , the USA , UK, China, India, Pakistan or anyone, as long as they help them to discriminate the Tamils and now even their former partner’s in genocide the South Indian origin Muslims. They will send their women to sleep with the Arabs and clean their slops. They will keep on sleeping with everyone and anyone , as long as they will help them in their genocidal dance of destroying the Tamils and now the Muslims too. They do not care if the country is ruined , whilst they keep on sleeping and inviting every Tom , Dick and Harry to come and ruin the country, as long as the Tamils are ruined , killed and destroyed it meets their purpose.

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        Little do these idiots realize , that they originated from the Tamils and only diverted to another identity , after they arrival of Buddhism, which resulted in a formation of another language in the south of the island , due to the gradual corruption of the native Tamil dialect , with Pali and Sanskrit. Because of all this sleeping and inviting everyone , they have far more South Indian/Tamil and other blood in them , than the native Tamils , who have tended be much more purer, as they have hardly slept or invited outsiders .
        Native Sinhalayo indeed when the vast overwhelming majority of them are descended from fairly recent South Indian Tamil immigrants from what is now modern day Tamil Nadu and then Tamil Kerala. The rest a mixture of indigenous Tamil or semi Tamil speaking Dravidian largely Yakka tribes , as most of the Naga retained their Tamil identity, immigrants from NE India and from ancient/medieval South Indian Tamil immigrants and invaders .

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    //Sources told Colombo Telegraph that the SLPP is particularly concerned because NDF candidate has been gaining ground in the past two weeks. //

    ha ha haa haaa haaa. Out of all that, the above paragraph was the most interesting. CT, by publishing such a hilarious article, why do you want to go that down? So much desperate?

  • 2
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    file a case in Supreme Court to the question of the Nationality and sort it out ..just as well did for Geetha !

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    My Dear Mr, Harin Fernando,
    /
    First of all you should have shared the warnings of Easter Sunday bombings you all received on FB. We could have saved countless lives. And country could have saved billions of lost income and losses.
    \
    You, Our President, Our Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Deputy Defense Minister, Ship load of Other Ministers, Heads of Police, Heads of Army, Heads of intelligent services and your farther……….. collectively decided to hide it from religious leaders and common people who perished in churches wearing their best cloths.
    /
    You all collectively decided that only YOU are wroth saving.
    \
    And now you are crying over a mud post you wanted to publish.
    /
    Shame on you…………………

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      Harin is just a pathetic soul…only he and his posts survive.

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    Hey Ali sabry what a joker lawyer are you. do you think we are that stupid that we dont know the difference between an application by gotler to revoke usa citizenship and the fact that there is no official USA government document that says that gotle’s citizenship has been revoked. the idiot that you are the USA embassy has no power to revoke the citizenship of a usa citizen,. this can only be done by the official USA government and not the USA embassy on Colombo. You are liar and not fit to be a lawyer if you dont understand this simple legal issue. Trying to bluff us is good with the pohottuwa criminals as a strategy but we the people of sri Lanka are not to be deceived by your lies and reprehensible behaviour. Its shits like you who are bringing disrepute and tarnishing the good name of the country. Got;er has no right to contest the presidency. STOP.

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    How can we support Sajit when he is still a senseless cabinet member of the Yahapalana government? He supported Bond scammers or remained silent doing nothing to bring them to books. He is still beating around the bust about the premiership whereas RanilW says he will be the PM even after the presidential election.
    People of Sri Lanka are not idiots. They know what the politicians are doing when they come to power. Sajit’s election promises are hilarious, misleading, and mere political jokes; he can show what he can do even today if he has a political will to do so.
    People hate those who are on Sajit’s stage; yesterday it happened to Daya Gamage who is a cabinet minister of the Yahapalana regime.
    On Nov 17 we will know the results of the PE; a main reason for Sajit’s loss will be his inability to distance himself from his cabinet colleagues who are crooks. He has named a defense man but he has not named a premier. If he cannot name a premier do not name anyone for any cabinet post. Do not show your indecisiveness, hypocrisy, and vagueness!
    US citizenship may be an issue for CT and some of its writers, but our issue is the fact that there is no bread and butter on the dining table, and/or when parents get something to eat at the table kids and parents don’t want to sit together. They all rightly suspect that there may be a bomb under it, and they correctly know that Yahapalanaya cannot protect them.

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    I did not yet see the passport photo Harin questioning. But I read a news piece saying that the cancellation is not on the main page of the passport. Say if the cancellation stamp is on a Visa Page, it is only a unwanted Visa cancellation or an empty page skipping by a Visa issuing agency.

    Rather than pulling white rabbit from Magicians black hat, Old Royals should talk with Sinhala Mahajan with some honesty.

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    Can the Supreme Court be trusted when it comes to the Rajapakses?

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    There is conflicting information in social media, do not know which is fake and which is not. If authentic documents were produced at a news conference one wonders why forged document appears on someone else’s face book page!!! Mr Peiris commented that Sri Lankan people are not idiots!

    “We have to regret not for the bad deeds of the wicked people but for the appalling silence of the good people” Martin Luther King Jr. Words of another American

    So be wise when casting your vote.

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    Americans have allowed Gota baya to contest because they deem it more beneficial, and easier than Ranil. Why would the US make it difficult for themselves ??!!**.

    Some of the above mentioned score high in the anti-Muslim register. Like the Tamil descendant Banda was empowered on an anti-Tamil agenda, the Malay descendant Gota is empowered on the ant-Muslim ticket. One could expect a similar result !!

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