9 August, 2020

Blog

Wanted Sri Lankan MP Believed To Be In Singapore

By Donaldson Tan and Muheed Jeeran – 

Muheed Jeeran

It is believed that Sri Lanka Member of Parliament Dumindha Silva  is in Singapore. Silva is suspected to be responsible for the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. According to the Sunday Leader, Silva was discharged from the Sri Jayawardenepura hospital and flown to Singapore for treatment last November. Dr SK Gamage, director of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, said Silva was discharged on the request of relatives who wanted to take him overseas for treatment.

Lakshman was a Member of Parliament for the Colombo District from 1994 to 2000. In 2005, he was appointed Adviser (Trade Unions) to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for one term and was subsequently re-appointed for another term in 2010. Silva was elected Member of Parliament for the Colombo District in 2010. He defected from the United National Party (UNP) to the UPFA in November 2007. He is believed to be a close associate of the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Almost six months have passed since Lakshman’s death which took place in broad daylight in the Colombo district during the Kotikawatta Mulleriyawa local election. It was reported that the slain former MP was sprayed with more than forty bullets in his chest. Ten suspects were identified by nine witnesses at an identification parade held by the Colombo Magistrate Court in January. Three of the identified suspects were police constables who worked as Silva’s official bodyguards. To-date, sixteen suspects have been identified.

Silva and Rajapaksa

Political rivalry is believed to have triggered the incident. Both Lakshman and Silva had their favourites running for office at the Kotikawatta Mulleriyawa local election. Lakshman backed Prasanna Solangarachchi who was the former Chairman of the Kotikawatta Mulleriyawa while Silva backed Sumudu Rukshan. What lies at the centre of the political controversy behind the Lakshman murder was that both Lakshman and Silva are members of the ruling coalition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and that any action the government takes might spark a political divide within the ruling coalition.

Informed sources told the Colombo Telegraph that Lakshman had complained to President Rajapaksa that Silva had given a contract to the underworld to murder him. The President subsequently ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate the alleged murder plot. Two gangsters in police custody then confirmed the murder plot. Three weeks prior to his death, Lakshman had met two senior lawyers with a view to initiate legal proceedings against Silva based on the CID investigation report.

Last week, Colombo Additional Magistrate Prasanna Alwis directed the CID to produce details regarding Silva’s whereabouts. The Magistrate also directed the CID to submit an investigation report to explain their failure to arrest Silva. The directives were issued after a submission by Senior Counsel Tirantha Walaliyadde who represented Lakshman’s family.

However, Chief Inspector Merryl Ranjan (Officer-in-Charge of the CID) informed the court that the CID will only take necessary action, when they received the Attorney-General’s directive on this regard. The Chief Inspector also added that the CID requires the Attorney-General’s directive on the matter before it can request to issue an arrest warrant on Silva via the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO). As a result, the Court rejected Senior Counsel Walaliyadde’s application to issue such a warrant. The extra-ordinary delay of Silva’s arrest has frustrated many supporters and members of the public in Sri Lanka.

*Donaldson Tan is the editor of New Asia Republic

*Muheed Jeeran is an International Political Lobbyist and Strategist


This article first appeared on New Asia Republic (NAR).

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 0
    0

    This Nation that boasts of a 2500 year history and culture, I find the present majority Academics and Professionals are nothing but sycophants who have no shame, selfrespect and back bone to stand up for Justice, Law and Order. As someone suggested it is best for the legal fraternity to get the Monkeys in the country to wear the black coat, as they certainly will do a better job of work. The clamour for recognition as President’s Counsels they boast of, the passed out PCs should be questioned as to under which President? for the public to estimate their worth. These Academics and Professionals are a bloody disgrace to mankind.

  • 0
    0

    Gamini

    You want all SL Academics and Professionals to support and stand up for the right of blood sucking LTTE suppoters?

    • 0
      0

      Cool Gamble, are we not all Humans and have segregated ourselves on Religious and Ethnic lines for recognition? As for ideals of Honesty, Integrity, Law and Order are common to all in a society. Is it not? Then why is it that the Academics and the Professionals who are the educated in society do not stand upto such norms that are common to all? Why, does it make a difference that being a Sinhalese a wrong should be ignored just because we have to accomodate the War Victor because he is a Sinhalese? Has not this so called War Victor accomodated KP, Karuna, Pillayan and scores of other Tamils the scum of the very LTTE you condemn? I presume your ilk have no problem with such? Why this duplicity? If as Academics and Professionals you all are unable to stand up to Justice, Law and Order, you are not worth your salt. No wonder our Free Education System has produced a Mediocrity who are no good for themselves or to the Society they live in.

    • 0
      0

      What a stupid comment ‘Cool Gambel’… Standing up to drug dealing, murdering thugs who pose as Ministers of the people is what Gamini is talking about. You must be one of the many henchmen who depend on the blood money generated by them.

  • 0
    0

    Hsi Excellency the President has gone to see him at the J’pura hospital and in S’pore at least once. Was it to provide information to the police? As given in govt. Media reports he is not a vegetable!!?? $ It’s a joke one brother appears to be on the side of the killed adviser while the other is on the side of the murderer while another is silent!! In fact both are on the side of ther murderer. I think there is a lot to lose if the murderer died! Otherwise why such an valiant effort to save the life of an underground villain!!

  • 0
    0

    The problem with our Srilankans is, they dont mind any rogue or thug governing the country as long as he dont support LTTE.

    Its like while traveling in a ship with upper deck & lover deck, The lower deck water requirements need to be fetched in climbing to the upper deck, The Stupid lower deck travelers who are lazy brutes decided to dig the the boat to fetch down under the river.
    Until the upper deck stopped the lower deck fools the boat will sink.

    its every citizens duty to stop the ignorant fools who are trying to sink Sri-Lanka.

    • 0
      0

      yes sihalese knew rogue and thug MAHINDA could destroy barberic tigers and elected

      • 0
        0

        Suz, what about the Barberic Tigers as KP, Karuna, Pillayan, George Master, Daya Master and scores of others as bad as Velu P, today breaking bread with your Tsunami Embezeler and Cold blooded Murderer of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Prageeth Eknaligoda, Sivaram and scores of others. Lakshman Baratha is no angel. But the murder accused Duminda is protected by your Hora Murderer Mahinda.

  • 0
    0

    dear gamini usa done the same thing captured dead BIN LARDEN ,left some but MAHINDA done more better captured dead BARBERIC PRABAKARAN AND LEADERS ,saved 14000 soldiers for rehabilitation,you may revengeful of MAHINDA because of painful lost battle ,still MAHINDA is a hero to srilankan.

    • 0
      0

      There is no question that Duminda should stand trial for murder.But it is high time that we look at the broader picture.Independent judiciary,police,HRC,bribery commission etc is the remedy.But instead what do we hear?LLRC, human rights and so called reconciliation.

      • 0
        0

        yes max DUMINDA almost dead TAMIL DAISPORA wants to market him just like VALU PILLAY, you better try living MAX and SUZ to do market that will do much better.

    • 0
      0

      MR is a hero to people of your ilk. Wait till the true story comes out, then we can see this cardboard hero.

  • 0
    0

    Cool Gambel, What the f..k this buffalo is talking about? This filthy shit ain’t understand difference between LTTE and justice!!! This pig must be the rogue king’s ill-bread half brother!! This type of donkeys are in abundance today. When you kick a bush you can chase hundreds of them today. The Max Silvas, the Chetty Cassie moron and such dogs of the Rajapaksha family are making an empty blaring today. Dance your ugly last dance for you doom is nearing with each day!!!

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.