25 September, 2020

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Why Did Army Officer Not Mention Details Of Others Involved In Lasantha’s Murder?

A private mobile phone operator has been ordered to furnish all call and SMS history details of the retired army officer, Illandarige Jayamanne who committed suicide last week claiming that he had murdered founder editor of the Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge.

After initial investigations revealed that the phone records of the 51 year old retired Army officer had been erased, the CID which is investigating the case has ordered that all phone records of the army officer be submitted for further investigation.

lasantha-murder-jayamannes-suicide-noteMeanwhile, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera has instructed his officers to also obtain assistance from the Forensic and Scientific Investigation units in the case.

On October 14, the retired Army Officer committed suicide in his house in Kegalle. In the letter, the retired army officer requested authorities to release Army Intelligence officer Premananda Udalagama from remand as he had nothing to do with the assassination of Wickrematunge.

However, Jayamanne’s suicide note has raised suspicion, specially in the manner it was written and also why he had failed to name the others who were involved in the case, as at least two motorbikes followed Wickrematunge on the day he was killed.

The suicide note written by Jayamanne, ostensibly in his hand writing according to evidence given by his son is strange at best.

“The letter is written to save the neck of the army intelligence officer Premananda Udalagama, and that is the sole purpose. Whilst he confesses to the murder he says only one other line. Udalagama was not responsible. Strange. It is common knowledge and has been reported repeatedly quoting witnesses that Lasantha was murdered by the Malagala school on the 8th of January 2009 by four motor cyclists wearing black and helmeted. So, Jayamanne mentions that Udalagama was not one of them. He was one. Who were the others???? The retired army officer is silent on that. Is that consistent with someone feeling remorseful? No.” a source closed to the Lasantha’s murder investigation told Colombo Telegraph.

“It is also strange that one powerful person is away from the country when such strange incidents occur. It gets murky. Finally, even if one was to accept the contents in the suicide note as authentic, jayamanne was first an army intelligence officer. So is Udalagama. Are we to accept them as war heroes ? Armed service officers who won the war should not be prosecuted? Even for cold blooded murder??? Or should they, one by one be encouraged to commit suicide?” the source questioned.

“Udalagama was arrested not for Lasantha’s murder but for abducting and assaulting Dias, Lasantha’s driver and also on the assault of Upali Tennekoon, the Rivira Editor. When Jayamanne writes his confession stating that he killed Lasantha and Udalagama was innocent and must be released before he commits suicide, he certainly was out of step with the facts of the case. This leads to further questions. Obviously, Udalagama has not been charged with Lasantha’s murder but is only a suspect due to abducting Dias. If Jayamanne committed suicide due to remorse over Lasantha’s murder which he confesses to have committed, he should know that had nothing to do with Udalagama’s release. They are not connected. Surely Jayamanne who says he is friendly with Udalagama would have known it,” an analyst said.

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    May be the othere person is Malinda Udalagama? Same surname as Premananda, but a different first name.

    Alternatively Malinda may be a nickname used for Premananda by his close friends, i.e. another pet name, know between long time friends but not by everyone. It is possible.

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      Thrisu what I believe is- the person pretended to create this fairy tale, was not aware of the real names of the persons.

      A) All these hand writing should be compared to those can be found in that house hold – can reveal us all who really wrote the notice

      B) Few days prior to the incident the deaseased is said to have visited Army camp – what was being discussed by and with him durin gthose days, if Gotabaya men were in the discussion rounds/tables etc shold be found out – that can lead to getting but truths

      C) According to the family – their information genuine investigators can trace as to why the man should have committed suicide not leaving
      all details. WHo is behind all these if not GOTABAYA men ? need to be clear in next days, this cant take months or years, if people are wholehearted in finding the truth but truth

      D)Even a child with little brain would see it right, before being buried they could have done lot in terms of taking finger prints etc, but authorities to have reacted that silly and now only try to bury the body again, show us the genuinity of all these investigations.

      These are poor investigatios of srilanken style. I have lost fully faith on this.

      Still they are just trying to compare the body parts found in the fridges of SAITEM in terms of that young sportlers death.. can you imagine.. why do they take that long… weeks passed since the parts were caught red handed there, HC to allow thse stupid investigators to go for DNA checks was ordered them yestreday ? What a funny world….. really.

  • 0
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    Rajapaksas have started to kill to cover their tracks!?

    Only survival for those involved in any of their crimes is to hand over any proof linking the Rajapaksas to the authorities and to as many people locally and internationally as possible to save themselves…

  • 9
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    Strange , what was the motive to kill Wasantha? That is the pertinent question that everyone should ask.

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    This is a very strange suicide note.

    Usually suicide notes ask forgiveness from the loved ones that they leave behind.

    In this note there is no other sentiments other than requesting Malinda Udalagama to be released.

    Didn’t this Jayamanna have family ; father, mother, siblings or children? Wouldn’t he leave some message for them.

    This is so strange that one could surmise that the suicide note is a plant. Or given Sri Lankan’s penchant for violence was Jayamanna bumped off and the suicide note left by interested parties?

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      Why the family related information what they have to say about the death -how the deaseased lived and what his work and all information is not yet in the air ?

      Son of the deaseased person is said to have flown to india – if the dead person should have worked for intelligence of the Amry years ago, he should have been recorded in those docs. His colleagues should know him better.
      If there had been links to Gotabaya et all etc shold be traced – this cant take long if investigators as some commentators add, are genuine.

    • 2
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      Why Did Army Officer Not Mention Details Of Others Involved In Lasantha’s Murder?

      SIMPLEST ANSWER: THIS IS ANANOTHER ACT OF CULPRITS THAT SEEK THE INVESTIGATION TO BE THROWN SETTING FREE THE ALLEGED NUMBER 1 MAN FOR INSTIPULATION THE KILLING – NONE OTHER THAN GOTABAYA: HIS MEN SHOULD HAVE DONE THE JOB FOR HIM.MASTER MIND OF THIS PERSUATION OF SELFMORD CAN ALSO BE GOTABAYA:

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    Don’t break your heads over this. No one is going to be prosecuted over the murders of Lasantha, Ekneligoda or Thajudeen … amongst others. All the euphoria of 2015 is gradually dying, if not already dead. But one day they will be held answerable by a much greater Power.

  • 9
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    Police have to first ascertain beyond doubt whether:
    a)this person really committed suicide
    (b) he himself had written the note
    (c) there were visitors at this house around the time he is believed to have committed suicide and whether
    (d) the family members blackmailed or threatened otherwise not to tell the truth.

    It is quite obvious that there’s more to this than meets the eye. I think our Police are quite efficient and they will uncover the truth sooner or later.

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    [Edited out]

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    Why Did Army Officer Not Mention Details Of Others Involved In Lasantha’s Murder?

    Sometimes Jayamanne’s wife will have some clues if she can be interrogated before landing in Sri Lanka.

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    this journalist is gone now . this failed government should now get in to business of developing the country without crying over dead people

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      Ajantha

      “this journalist is gone now . this failed government should now get in to business of developing the country without crying over dead people”

      If so you or your family member may be killed somewhere someday and buried, not known; that is not development, that is deterioration of the Law and Order.

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      When you are brutally murdered, we can get on with our business. My statement is consistent with your logic

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    I have seen death too often to believe in death,
    It is not an ending, but a withdrawal.
    As one who finishes a long journey.
    Stills the motor. Turns off the lights
    Steps from the car
    And walks up the path
    To the home that awaits him.

    AJANTHA IF YOU HAD LOST A BROTHER OR SISTER YOU WOULDN’T BE COMMENTING IN A FOUL WAY.
    FOR GODS SAKE STOP DEFENDING WAR CRIMINALS!!

  • 2
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    This has got the uneducated incompetent filth written all over it?
    Realizing the the stink after they had Lasantha killed for exposing helping hambantota and the MIG deal we better beat up our supporting editor Tenakoon and his wife?

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    GOTA JARAPAKSE should be arrested immediately as he is the main suspect for giving orders to commit this heinous crime and killing Ekneligoda both.

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      Nimal Maharage:

      What evidence you have ?

  • 0
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    It would have been easier for the police if this guy confessed to all the other murders he committed for his God father.

  • 4
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    Has it been established that Jayamanne actually committed suicide, and NOT hung up after he was killed?

    Who did the post-mortem and where, and were the bones/cartilages of the throat, especially the Hyoid, which fractures during hangings, preserved?

    • 0
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      They were all taken to SAITM !!

  • 3
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    But Ranil clearly said in parliament that fonseka was the murderer!

    Such a fiasco !

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      words

      But Ranil clearly said in parliament that fonseka was the murderer!

      That should be why Ranil Wickramsinghe gave him a minister post.

      • 4
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        If murderers can become monks, why can’t they become ministers ?

      • 0
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        If murderers can become monks, why can’t they become ministers ?

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          AJ and Jimmy: Monks are murderers.The story of before the fact and after the fact if not during the fact.They set people to kill others.It has to be monk who had the opportunity dispose of Rev Panadure Ariyadhamma.

  • 0
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    What’s important to see is whether his death is committing suicide or homicide or a natural death.
    other arguments depend on them so there’s no reason to make rumors.

  • 8
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    Lasantha was killed by Gotas orders. Same as thajudeen for a rugby ball.
    same as the reporter for crossing path with Gota. Gota the American citizen wants to be president- my foot. Go and contest in America. You are a killer, and all Sri Lankens should put him in jail.

  • 5
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    Iwas a coroner for more than Twenty Years when I was in Sri Lanka, no one comitting siucide kept his death note on his person, it will be left some where it could be seen. If he hangs himself he will be struggling for some time before he die, there will be enough marks clearly around his neck. If the suicide note was written before he hanged himself, his finger prints will be there , if he was murdered & hanged there will be no finger prints because the murderers would have been wearing gloves.

  • 2
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    What ever said and done by people loyal to MR inclusive of Bhikkus famed for creation of religious unrest in the past, it has now been proved that the HAMUDA BUDHDHI ANGSAYA military intelligence has the direct relevancy with the killing of Lasantha Wickremathunge.

    I saw over TV MR saying that the suspect who is in the remand on the allegation of abducting Eknaligoda has been asked to name Gota for that crime for the CID to release him.

    What is the animosity a military intelligence people could have with Lasantha and Eknaligoda. Can they take him to their camp without an order or permission from a top brass.

  • 0
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    Is lasantha killed?

  • 3
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    Colombo Telegraph,
    You do a wonderful job.Lasanthas case is already proved.He was killed by Gota.Those army bull dogs involved in that.It’s up to original yahapalanaya to prove it.Not another Athulath Mudali case.Sri lasnka is a fucking 3rd world country with a low standard judiciary system even after independence.

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      wijayasiri waduge

      “You do a wonderful job.Lasanthas case is already proved.He was killed by Gota.”

      Only yesterday Gota said “I have self-confidence to perform the duties of Presidency well”

      dailymirror.lk
      2016-10-19

      Gota for president

      Gnanasara for prime minister

      Dayan for External Affairs Minister

      Wimal Sangili Karrupan Weerawansa for Science and Technology Minister

      Vasudeva minister responsible for for National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol

      Duminda minister responsible for Drugs and Prisons

      Basil for treasury and land

      Namal for ministry of Justice

      …….

      …….

      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekere Minister for Palanquin carriers.

  • 1
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    Native Vedda: I love the way you named the “New Cabinet” of MR who has pledged to form a “Joint Government” shortly. Why you forgot Gammanpila? He will be Minister of Cultural Affairs and Heritage. How about those “Vagabonds” waiting to “Crossover” from the present Government? Some of them would be: S.B.Dissanayake; Dilan Perera; Luxhman Seneviratne. There is also a possibility of Tissa Attanayake being made the Minister of Government of Ethics and Hand Writing Techniques. Duminda Silva will receive President’s pardon and made the Minister of Health and Drug Affairs. At the same time pardoning Duminda Silva, Sarath Fonseka will be the replacement for the ‘Vacancy” in the cell vacated by Duminda. Any prominent “Placement” for Ranil W? That will be fun.

  • 2
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    This soilder might have been killed by Gota to tie the loose ends. I see more murders happening going as suicide to save Gota. Gota still have guys in the army to do his bidding. watch out for a coup if economy tanks, due to mismanagement and fraud like Cental bank.

  • 1
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    Why on earth doe we enjoy exhuming bodies? the latest is that of Illandarige Jayamanne ,who “committed suicide” only a week ago.

    Surely, even when the news first broke, it was greeted by the entire country as a strange story. Why allow the body to be buried at all (thankfully it was not cremated), before a thorough investigation was carried out.

    There are so many strange goings on that most people must have stopped trying to understand.

  • 0
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    In our twisted cursed fucked-up Lanka, Murder, Homicide, Suicide, Man Slaughter, Fratricide, Matricide, Extra-Judicial Killing, and similar, all come with a back ‘story’. Nothing is ever straightforward. As they say ‘somebody know, but nobody tell’. Only a naive onlooker will believe what he sees or hears.

    There is a hidden story waiting to get out. One day!

  • 0
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    Could it be, that he was forced to write the suicide note, and then later hanged?

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