13 November, 2019

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Who Did Lasantha?

By Lal Wickrematunge

Lal Wickrematunge

“The clock of life is wound but once,

and no man has the power to tell when the hands will stop,

at late or an early hour.

Now is the only time you own.

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in time.

For the clock may soon be still.”

That may well be true, if the cycle of life is allowed to take it’s full course . But, it was the vile man ( men) who went against the natural order to stop the hands from turning, to snuff out the full cycle of Lasantha running it’s course.

Time and again, it has proven that no man can alter the course of nature and continue to do so, with impunity. Pay back will come at a time when it is least expected to those who take it upon themselves to mock at the natural order of life. Man’s biggest aphrodisiac AND failure, is man’s continued power over other man. One will always be followed by the other. Men become no more than wild animals when power is bestowed in disproportionate doses. It requires education and a large dose of breeding to stay away from falling prey. None of which is evident amongst our present crop of rulers. If there was a semblance of it, all those journalists who have been killed, assaulted, abducted and forced to flee would have had the full force of justice with them.

The timing, of the wheels of justice moving at this late stage into the killing of the students in Trincomalee, reeks of opportunism. Was CHOGM the catalyst? Would these fail in court? Would the government want the forces to be demoralised , however warped that kind of thinking may be?  A rational thought process given the track record thus far.

To justify actions that are populist, simply on the basis of appealing or shaping the minds of the less educated has disastrous repercussions in the long term. Sections of the educated class with easy access to the powers that be, may well believe “it’s now or never” to pile up tainted money which seemingly propel them to an assumed plane in society. The standards of which appeal only to those who think alike. This shortsighted approach will leave their progeny to deal with a nation where survival will depend on patronage and muscle.

Hark back to the immediate aftermath of Lasantha’s killing. From the highest in the land to those tasked with carrying out their bidding, promised to unravel and bring to justice the perpetrators AND those who initiated such murder to book. The politician tasked with mouthing the regime’s official position made a solemn promise before a collective gathering of the media that this murder will be solved within three months!! That was in the first quarter of 2009!! maybe that was the ploy to deal with the situation at the time. Sri Lankans forget. Politicians know that.

It’s no secret that those in power know exactly how Lasantha was done in. In any other self respecting nation the words thus far uttered in relation to Lasantha’s murder, by “those in the know” would surmount to circumstantial evidence. Not in this pseudo “Thrice Blessed” nation. The President’s brother was the target of LTTE terrorists and escaped without harm, fortunately. He was driven to Temple Trees, where a relieved President was seen hugging his brother. That was a very emotional moment. A natural feeling in any human being towards a sibling.Lasantha however, did not survive. I feel similarly about my brother. That too is natural. Or is it?

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    While I still find some articles on Colombo Telegraph worth reading, the comments that follow have most often degenerated into a mud bath of base expressions not worth the time or effort of decent people. How I wish that people begin to have more respect for each other…alas, that is not to be…!

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      Is there no end to your self-righteous babble?

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    One word! Gotabaya

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      Hey, Why you think he did ? What was the reason him to take his life ?

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        You really are an idiot

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          Idiots should also survive. Anyway you sound to be genius :(

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            Horagediya:
            I don’t think you are an idiot. You are a cretin and you should be able to find that word in a dictionary if you have help from a few dozen people.

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    The other day my six year old goes mummy “whats a Gota Rajapaksa?”
    My nine year old piped “Lasantha Wickrematunges killer!”
    I couldnt correct them as this was clearly TRUE

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    THE MAIN SUSPECT
    GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA! GOTA!

    that reminds me I need to go pump some petrol

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    Lasantha Wickramatunga’s death was a war crime.
    It was the final stages of the war and Mahinda and his brothers who were running the military saw Lasantha Wickramatunga as a thorn in their flesh.
    They knew it would not be easy to operate the way they needed to with Lasantha’s voice so they silenced him.
    Lasantha would have created such a huge racket if he were alive today and saw what really went down.
    They saw this man as a distraction and another block in their war efforts.
    His death was another one of their war crimes.
    Anyone who supports the war are also supporting Lasantha Wickramatunga’s assasination.
    Think about that and know what exactly you are supporting.
    If the Wickramatunga family say they would like to see the President and his family charged for war crimes it has nothing to do with being a ‘traitor’ or ‘tiger’.
    Sadly his family share the same pain with all the innocent people who lost their loved ones to this cold war.
    As tamils only we can understand their hatred to the First Family as a lot of tamil people have also been greatly affected by their carless and cruel acts against humanity.
    May God bring justice to all of us

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    Whenever I read statements by Lal or watch his interviews I think what a brilliant classy man it is like watching Lasantha in action again.
    It goes to show what jokers these Mahinda’s and Basils are.
    Sri lankans need intellects like this running the show not trailer park illiterate dogs
    Just watch one interview by Mahinda or his insane brother and you will see everything wrong with our country

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      But tell me why then people seem to do nothing against them, instead hell bent on their actions until to this day ?
      I raise the question but I cant understand why 93% literate folks stay as if they are permanently hallozinated ??

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        Because people are afraid see what happened to Lasantha and Fonseka when they went against them.
        Nobody has the ‘guts’ not even the unp fellows like Ranil etc
        Lal however is gutsy and can speak out publicly against them.
        If you put Lal + Mahinda in a debate 10000% Lal will own him.
        How someone so cheap like Mahinda came into power shocks me.
        Lal’s character can be matched with the western diplomats or political figures he is evolved and knows his stuff.
        Just read or watch ANYTHING by the rajapakas and you can see how they conduct themselves.
        In sri lanka there is a word for them its “Goday” or ‘JARA’ (dirt)

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          I wasn’t happy about the Sunday Leader selling 73% of ots shares to Asanga Seniveratne but I do agree Lal is quite brilliant

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            What would you do if you come to a point that you cant run it further because of lack of funds ? What would be your reaction in such a situation ? First to think yourself and then about others.. to help others you should survive first.. this is what I felt in terms of the sale.

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          Please read my last comment.

          Lal belong to CMBO elites, while Rajapakshes are not IRCs from Beliattha. This are the facts. As CBK fearlessly pointed out – they are uneducated rascals. What she meant by that is becoming clear to the masses today. The gap is becoming narrow – HOUR TO HOUR.

          How come a person with that low credentials to become the speaker of the parliament, if his brother did not handpick him ?

          Hiraliaus the manner CR treats the women in and out of parliament – as Ms Senanayake clearly brought by her last article.

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            Learn to speak proper english

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            sorry for Typos.
            it should while Rajapakshes are IRCs from Beliaththe.

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          But people in general seem to have the affinity to JARA factor than any other human qualities. – folks have become like – no taking things serious – but live the life. could be because of unbearable cost of life for the average most of all.

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            Your every comment is like the definition of malapropism.
            You dont make ANY sense

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          BUT OPPOSITION NORMALLY SHOULD HAVE POWER TO MAKE RULERS CONVINCED also hippocratic Democracies such as ours. Why is it not happening ? People would attack RW repeatedly, but the fact is, he is a person with gentleness, cultured and educated too and behaves in compliance with national and internationals standards. However, he missed the chance to protest the rulers at the time CJ Dr. SB was illegally impeached. Today, the people would respect – leaders that have no education, no care for respect and dignity of life, no proper diplomacy. So, failure lies on mahajanathawa – not on anyone else.

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            Anyone from Sri Lanks elite like these Lals or Ranils or whatever will never hold up to the Rajapaksas because their capitalists and Sri Lankans want common men who represent simplicity and humbleness.
            The majority of Sri lankans earn a low income and dont even have a proper education or know how to speak english these Rajapaksas represent all that and thats why they get elected.
            If these wickremasinghas or wickrematungas try it wont happen to venture capitalists and outsourcing pioneers

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            Im sure these ‘Jaaara’ Rajapaksaz are saying amongst themselves at family gatherings
            Apee Lasantha W maruwa than sunday leader apey

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        Horagediya:
        That is a remarkable word you’ve come up with in your inevitable brilliance – “hallozinated”
        All I can say is “Wow” given your self-acknowledged expertise in the language.

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    No matter who was killed. With an independant Police force the guilty would be brought to Justice. That is the norm in a civilised society. Unfortunately Sri Lanka does not have an Independant Police or Judiciary, nor for that Matter is it a civilised society.
    Lasantha did not die for nothing. If truth be said that Man Died for the Nation he belived in.
    In a country where you cannot scratch Yourself without the Defence Secretary being aware of it, How in the name of all honesty can any self respecting Sri Lankan say that the Government was not directly responsible for Lasantha’s death.
    I read the Raine’s book on Lasantha. It was “OK”. However it did not do justice to the real Lasantha. A braver person has to write a book with more clout.
    It may be Time for Lal to publish all of Lasantha’s editorials from Suranimala days. It would be a best seller.
    Is there another brave soul out there who would pick up the banner?

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    You only said Lal is brilliant. I would add he was
    a brilliant yako though he is a clever manipulator
    whose eyes were always on the cash till. What journalism
    does he know and where did he learn it? He has not
    even gone to a night school in Colombo to study
    journalism though he articulates what journos should
    do. Journalistically he had NO hold on Lasantha who
    gave no respect to Lal’s interference.

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    I have been accused of collaborating with the assailants, diverting the attention and being a dick head by Some of the commemorators here . for the record I ‘d like to stress this point , i’m not in any way trying to divert or shift Lasantha’s murder in to Lasantha’s family or any one else , it is a foregone conclusion , junta took away lasantha’s life as it is their only known way dealing with the descent. Without any exaggeration he was the best of the best among SL journalists. Lasantha risked his own life for the sake of investigative journalism , his style of investigative journalism is unprecedented in SL and we all benefitted tremendously through his endless exposures , my only concern is , after the brutal assassination , Lasantha’s dear ones seem to have given up the hope !
    It’s no secret, Lasantha’s murder case will never be solved under the present junta regime ,but Dr Manoharan ( one of Trinco 5 victim’s father )refused to give in to the state terrorism , first he tried all the avenues in SL then he moved to UK and relentlessly continued pursuing the case , as a result his son’s murder case is in UN resolution , same with Baratha’s siblings , they have not given up either ! they were in Geneva and i’m sure they will be there in the future as well , I may be wrong here , I haven’t heard or seen Lasantha’s dear ones pursing the case lately in international arena. Why is that ?

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      Srilal,if you are talking about siblings,then i suppose Lal is the one,but he is in srilanka and will be harassed.As for barath premechandra that you mention,his wife has become an advisor to mahinda and got an house too,so lal is a bit better than her though he sold lasantha’s newspaper to mahinda and pocketed the money.

      As for Lasantha’s ex wife in australia,why should she fight for justice for a man who dumped her?Will you,if your ex wife was killed by somebody.His children by her probably will want to but i think they are not adults and anyway will be influenced by the mother with whom they are living.

      His wife of a few weeks,i think her name is sonali should do something,but she is not,maybe she is in srilanka too.However i remember when lasantha was attacked she bravely tried to shield him and ward off the attackers.

      I think the question to be asked is how come the internationl community that talks so much about media freedom etc are not doing anything about not only lasnatha’s murder but also so many other media personnel who have been affected in srilanka.There is a limit to what family,siblings etc can do when powerful organisations that are supposed to protect human rights seem powerless to do anything.

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        If you read his ex wifes book you will see they were good friends till his death and were on very good terms.
        Anyway regardless of Lasantha’s personal life or his marriage im sure his ex wife would want the father of her children to have justice and have closure for his children.
        Lasantha’s wives, brothers and friends seem to be doing as much as they can.
        There seems to be a lot of book deals, films and other things their doing in his name.
        His second wife who people refer to as 13 day bride especialy is really using his name anf has made a film and a book coming out too.
        How can Lasanthas family take action against the rajapaksas at this stage?
        Trying to file action against the President of a country is not easy.

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          Im sure when the time is right the Wickrematungas will take serious action against Mahinda and his family.
          Maybe when Ranils party comes back into power all lasanthas unp buddys and children and his wives and parents brothers etc can go after Mahinda and his family till then vengence
          is in the hands of nature

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        Shankar ,

        i’ve clearly stated as Lasantha’s dear ones , not siblings and Bahratha’s siblings not dear ones (exclude Wife & Daughter ).
        as far as i know Sonali was in U.S.A (NY).

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    Lal was the founding father alongside Lasantha of the sunday leader .
    Its a family business.Lasantha’s wives all worked there and so does his niece Raisa.
    He (Lal) is the newspapers chairman and lost a brother in the name of Press Freedom.
    Yes he may have sold most of the shares but he is a businessman a lot of hot shot businessmen are sharks.
    He doesnt need to study journalism to speak out on it you small minded man he built a whole media institute based on it!
    If a shareholder of a media organisation like the Murdoch family spoke out on press freedom or the ethics a journalist must have if they dont have any diplomas or degrees in media or journalism can they not speak out on it?
    Dont talk like a small child
    I doubt Lasantha or even Frederica Jansz had a diploma in journalism Lasantha was a lawyer anyway.
    I’m not one bit happy about this Asanga fellow buying into the Sunday Leader but thats not my point in fact I was quick to judge Lal and criticize him when news broke out he sold shares.
    If we were to talk about Asanga its a whole different topic Asanga was Namal Rajapaksas rugby coach and I doubt he knows anything about the world of media.
    Lal and his business choices aside I think he is quite brilliant now get lost

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    Kottu rotty, Lasantha when he start paper wanted freedom.This has written many times. It also written Lal agree to this.Even journalists in the paper write this many time. Fredrika also say that. Lal not need to show colors when Lasantha his own brother writing. why you try to run down dead man and his brother who start busines small and make it big? why you people do this all time? jelous? natural to do that? we see also now Lal also write very well. he can be writer for paper.we can see..that is all.dont forget Lasantha murderd for writing.we know who did.every person frightend to tell.even you know.thats all

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    MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AND HIS DISGUSTING LOW LIFE BROTHER GOTA WHO USED TO PUMP PETROL AND LIVE IN A TRAILER TOOK LASANTHAS LIFE.
    THEY ARE LIARS AND ASSASINS
    THEY KILLED LASANTHA AND TOOK THE LIVES OF INNOCENT TAMILS
    THEY HAVE DESTROYED PRESS FREEDOM AND ARE FILTHY DOGS
    GOTABAYA IS EITHER POSSESSED OR IS JUST A VERY VERY SICK MAN
    THE FACT THAT HE THINKS PEOPLE THINK OF HIM AS A HERO IS HILARIOUS MAHINDA AND GOTA AND THE OTHER DOGS BASIL AND CHAMAL ARE ALL STRAY ANIMALS
    THEY WILL HAVE A FALL SO BIG THEY WONT KNOW WHAT HIT THEM.
    EVEN MAHINDAS SONS ARE SO DISGUSTING YUCK AND HIS WIFE MAN ALIVE IS SHE A BALL OF NEGATIVE AND I THOUGHT 13 DAY BRIDE WAS BAD.
    THE RAJAPAKSAS AEE CURSED
    CURSED CURSED CURSED

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    mr lal you should take over as editor in chief at sunday leader not chairman

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    Good on you deviled prawns…
    You seem to be the the only one prepared to tell the truth here.
    They are the devil not you! Keep up the good work and fight the good fight…
    CC

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      never will anyone forget that it was under pres rajapaksas term that lasantha wikramatunga was killed

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    Thilangas day will come…as will gotas
    His part in this assassination will be his final downfall!!
    The clock is ticking… Tick tick tick
    You’re day of justice is nigh fool…

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    Who did lasantha ? Should be RULING GOVT- no doubt about this looking at the manner specially their performance in post war sessions.

    Who is Lasathaa ? this reminded me, instantly recalling GR´s comments in the interview carried out by BBC correspondent -Stevan….

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      WHO IS GOTA???
      I think wickramatunga shouldv been asking that about Gota?
      Who is gota?
      He was just a nobody running a 7/11 and pumping petrol.
      He was a man who lived in a trailer
      Lasantha was always far more respected than that small piece of shit that needs to be in prison or go back to the trailer

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