5 December, 2020

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Why Did Gota Pardon Sunil Ratnayake?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Many of Gota’s actions in the use of state power (except containment of the coronavirus) are wrong. But I understand them in the sense that I know why he did so. Placing the CID unit handling political crimes under the military and taking away files relating to the murder of Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Thajudeen and the Trinco students is a coverup but everybody knows why this was done. It was to shield members of the Royal Family, or high officers or for fear the finger of suspicion will point straight to the top. Lasantha’s daughter Ahimsa’s filings in the US tells a story that no court or public in Sri Lanka will be allowed to hear.

But this Sunil thing! Sunil Ratnayake, a former army staff sergeant, was sentenced to death for the murder of eight Tamil civilians including four children in Mirusuvil, Jaffna on 19th December 2000. Gota gave him a special presidential pardon and released him from death row on Thursday. This was grossly, fragrantly, improper, but that’s not my point. My question is “Why did he do it?” Why, oh why? Yes, he is under obligation to monks and extremists who helped him to power, but there was no clamour from rabid-racists who want to drown Tamils and Muslims in blood, to get this killer released. Gammanpila-Wimal were not fuming at the mouth demanding a pardon. So, Gota was not bowing to mass racist demands. Then was military brass pressing him to pardon one of their kind – in more ways than one! Well not that I know of. Which brainless commander or ex-commander, would at this time, approach the President and press for the release of an 8-times convicted racist killer? No one has suggested an even half-credible explanation for this pardon insanity. 

It has cost Gota outrage even in his following. A Gota devotee and one-time leftist of my Engineering Faculty days wrings his hands but follows up with inane justifications “what to do, such things happen in wars”. Eight cold blooded murders including four children and stuffing the bodies down a sewage pit! I have still to meet any one who even attempts to answer the “Why pardon?” question.

I have no option but to leave that matter in abeyance and move to another. How will coronavirus fallout affect the standing of different political leaders in the world? Most like Australia’s Scott Morrison and UK’s Boris Johnson have gone to the bottom of the charts but five have made gains in public opinion; Trump, Gota, Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam, Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea’s Chung Sye-kyun and China’s Xi Jinping. China and South Korea, after initial blunders, are now the copybook examples. Singapore was exemplary from the word go as was Hong Kong but when 80,000 students fled the USA, UK and Australia and came back home to Hong Kong, some were virus carriers. Carrie Lam and her government have now got it under control. 

The Trump case is interesting. America is fractured on ideological lines; herd-like clustering that nothing will heal. About 35% of the population will stand behind Trump even if he commits blue murder in public; another 40% will hate him even if he attains enlightenment. It is an unbridgeable abyss, a society rent in twain; nothing will move this three-quarters either way. The remainder is, as of this moment, somewhat impressed by the bravado and aplomb of the commander in chief who gives himself ten-out-of-ten and swears to conquer all before him. Veni, vidi, vici; the new Caesar. Soon his house of cards will come crashing down as fast as his country’s health and economy.

Gota and his government are doing a good job, but small people are taking a hit. I know a small contractor or two, many day-labourers, a computer repair chap, 15 daily-paid gardeners in an estate, they are all badly hit. They are not of any particular hue but live on daily earnings. Without an income for a few days they can’t feed their families. They are cursing the government and in no mood to listen when I explain, for accuracy’s sake, that the virus is not Gota’s fault and that a hard lockdown is the quickest way out. Worse will come when the hit on the economy becomes glaring; garment orders are down, hotels, tourism and airlines are in the dumps, shops are shuttered and employment is falling. As with all electoral politics the opposition will make capital before the polls. Can Gota, MR and the SLPP convince the electorate that they did the best that could to be done? Politics doesn’t work like that. Pardoning a murderer, and worse to come the expected pardoning of Duminda, makes for an act of political suicide that is not possible to understand. 

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    Prof. Kum has dragged may subjects into one and made a Malay pickle out of the article. Prof. Kum is of the view that a hard lock down is the only way and that it will hit the small man. Further he very rightly points out what happens aftermath is anyone’s guess. The living tcan remember what difficulties they underwent in and not necessarily thanking the lord for keeping them alive amidst difficulties. It is the remembered difficulty that would decide the subsequent vote at an election. What happened in 1977? The rice barrier to contain the food flow for hoarding was the primary cause of defeat of that government amongst others. Prof. Kum very rightly says he does not why the convicted Mirusuvil murderer was pardoned. Neither do I. In another posting I have said that although the impression was given that he has done exemplary service he has not been in service in the field since he was implicated for the deed. I further pointed out why the Chemmani murderer convicts languished in jail for a long time why is the Mirusuvil murder convict is out say in 5 years? When Prof. Kum says “Gota gave him a special presidential pardon and released him from death row on Thursday.”, that cannot be. Our Constitution specifies that a death row convict can only receive a pardon commuting his sentence to life imprisonment. It is only after that further concessions are given. As in the Katuneriya murder case the ex-minister’s wife was first given a pardon reducing the death sentence to life imprisonment and thereafter a release on account of the International women’s day. While thanking for penning the article I request the author to find tech solutions to alleviate the suffering due to the restrictions.

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      Kumar: you must know the book “The Banality of evil.”
      Coronapanicdemic is to ensure that as the US economy goes down it takes as many other economies as possible – and of course Modis’ Indian is a prime candidiate.

      In Lanka the Covidpanicdemic is laying the ground for the coming dictatorship of the US citizen first family and Groupthink also to blot out the Easter Sunday crime last year mysteriously claimed by CIA and Saudi Funded ISIS..

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      Dear Mr KD,
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      leaving all our thoughts and minds aside, the release of brutal killer – as a convicted murderer at this world-wide grieving moment, is a highly provoctive act.
      What would they anticipate by hurting the sentiments of the victimized TAMIL families. To be honest, if I would have been the victimized parties,, I would stand against this brutal release.
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      Just trying seek narrow political gains, while the country is burning… is beyond all ethics and morals.
      Please listen to the real story of the SUNIL Rathanayaka.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3igtXWzgNSE

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    The repercussions of GOTA’s in pardoning a mass murderer will have repercussions locally and Internationally. I am surprised that MR and BR didn’t advice him not to do it. Does not Gota realize what will be the result of his actions. He alone will have to face the consequence of this action. It is no surprise Wimal Modaya and Gamanpilla Gona didn’t utter a word.

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      Christopher,
      There is no surprise in the pardoning of Sunil Ratnayake. The murder was ordered and guided by Gotabaya, Mahinda and Basil together. These three are the real mass murderers. Unfortunately, Buddhist Sinhala masses also want them to do more mass murders of innocent Tamils, Muslims and civilised Sinhala.

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      The question arises, if a mass murderer would be released, what about the respect kept on the court verdict of this country sofar ?
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      If RAJAPAKSHES to go above the law and order, what is the point of having courts and judiciary in this country ?
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      Why the leaders of the parties still stay mum on this ?:
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      If the moral of the army to be made, is it right to do so by releasting mass murderers ?:
      if Mass murderers are free, what about the other murderers, that stay behind the bars, due to single murder cases ?.
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      Why Rajakashes play with lanken law and order again and again ?:
      What is the message they are sending by the kind of tastless acts against the humanity ?:
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      I think regardless of PARTY, Religious beliefs, Race or any other barriers, we should all as human being stand against this ACT … Gotabaya should be sacked from PRESIDENCY… enough is enough.

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    Gotler will pardon many more as the Emergency is extended . It is believed the guy who was involved in the MIG deal as well as the guy who was a real side kick of Gotler a brother of a owner of a famous TV challel are also in line as well as the former CEO and his wife of the Monara!! Life in the Locked up Land Sri Lanka!!!!

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    In order to stop the reign of Terror( I mean State Terror) by Gotha now that he has declared his intention as to how he plans to rule adding another title to his name such as THUG, CRIMINAL, CROOK, THIRF, LIAR and a PARDONER those who have any humanity left in them among the Majority must do the following.
    Gotha is still an American Citizen and America is the Leader of the Free World although the KUNCHA-MANY( ies) will argue otherwise and committing all these unsavoury acts as an American Citizen.
    Those who care about Sri Lankas image in the World must write to Mr.Mike Pompeo asking him to proclaim that Gothas application to to renounce American Citizenship will not be dealt with untill after clearance by the FBI. This is the least he can do if American Citizenship means anything in the World.

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    In Sinhala there is a saying ‘Ballo Biruwata Kandu Selewenne Nehe’ (Mountains do not shake because dogs bark). D@gs can keep on barking but Gotabhaya will stay steadfast as he did during the military operation against Tamil terrorists.

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      Eagle BP ultra RACIST.
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      Please mind your own business man, I think you are becoming a headache not to only to us but to entire world today.
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      Gotabaya would have to be cornered in the next months. Wait and see, nor govts would give them credit even on higher interest.
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      Bps of you rnature would do toileting to them no matter the masses would suffer by the cruel actions being taken by Rajakashe criminals.
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      My wish is to hear the next CORONA death from Rajakashe family… relieving us all for a better future.

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      Eagle

      Gotha is on DEATH ROW. In a feww days Sinhala Lanka will grinf to a halt. No money and no one to lend as every country is Bankrupt. Chinese Economy is decimated. America is sinking and will take every one with her. Gotha will finally become a Canibal at least his ancestry is half animal and so are you.

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      Eagle

      Gotha is on DEATH ROW. In a few days Sinhala Lanka will grind to a halt. No money and no one to lend as every country is Bankrupt. Chinese Economy is decimated. America is sinking and will take every one with her. Gotha will finally become a Canibal at least his ancestry is half animal and so are you.

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      Adolf did the same. To defeat evil takes time. But it will come to pass history shows. But the tragedy id innocent people suffer for no fault of their own.

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    It is true Gota Pardoned a convicted soldier and that not right, if not for the fact, why should Gota be blamed when others have got away with ‘blue murder’ to put Sri Lanka in the current predicament.. Protecting the soldiers who have committed unspeakable crimes during the heat of a battled to save the nation, from terrorists is not something new if you look at what is happening in the US, UK, China and many other nations.
    My questions to the critics is, why should Gota not do what he did when others gang up to bash Sri Lanka unfairely.
    Why did BanKi Moon violate the UN regulations and conventions to have an illegal “private” inquiry by a group of “notorious” persons and produce a report that cannot be verified as the so called witnesses have not been named and cannot be identified even after 20 years. Then, this fabricated “private” report was released to start this process of damaging and harassing an entire nation, with the blessings of corrupt foreign officials.
    Why did BBC Channel-4 produce a fabricated documentary and then take it around the world to destroy the reputation of the Sri Lankan security forces who rescued and looked after 300,000 or so Tamil civilians from the brutal terrorists.
    Why are there no investigations against those who backed the terrorists and now leading political parties and the so called Overseas Government of a mythical Tamil nation. When these violations are going on, how can we insist the patriotic Sri Lankan leaders to be law abiding.

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      Franky CRAP

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        Never read crap like this the best bullshit of the year. Why did Gotta pardon this
        killer ? The answer is very simple he wants more murderers and killers on the streets to build his ambitious program of becoming like POLPOT. Simple as that. Why did Channel 4 fabricate a program with all the proof ? Why was World War 2 on international channels and why was Gadaffi’s killing come on various channels and Sadam Hussein’s last days? May be for someone dumb like you who is brain washed
        with antiseptic ( or is it brain dead)these are too much for your consumption. Just go back to sleep.

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          Weeraputhra

          With your contribution you remind me of Barbara Woodhouse. You sound like you are talking to dogs with your limited vocabulary. You definitely have the Corona Virus in you. Please for the sake of fellow citizens self isolate

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      What happened to the public report LLRC, which was produced with the government’s witness only? What happened to the National Action Plan Hakeem submitted to State Secretary Hillary Clinton? You could not do anything on that also because there is no witness to verify it? Or is that some strange reason like either your left or right part of the body and brain only works so the rest of the universe go not sensed or seen by you?

      You all are from the world most dangerous species, called Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals of the Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe. Day and night you all are constantly setting fire to the Island, called Ceylon, just to create crime and wealth made royals. That is it!

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      what a joke! Hi patriotic? His fully supported by European to make him popular among Sinhalese. First they directed other crooks & criminal from previous government as a part of plot to bring him and his family into power. Now, they giving him ok to release soldiers to makes him popular. It will be too late for Sinhalese to learn about Western spies and their tricks.

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      Man! You are sick! Are you trying to justify the killing of civilians including children based on wrongs done by US, UK, China and other nations? What has Ban Ki Moon, UN Regulations and (BBC!) Channel-4 got to do with the 8 persons (including children) murdered? Did the 8 killed (including children) collude with US, Uk, China, Other Nations, Ban Ki Moon and (BBC!) Channel-4? would you be providing these same justifications if the 8 were your kith and kin? It is unfortunate this nation of ours has sick persons of your caliber! God help Sri Lanka!

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      It’s rather shocking how one in their mind can string together such a thesis!

      Are you aware of the report of the Paranagama commission led by judge Maxwell Paranagama in 2015 and its findings? I am guessing that you are equally dismissive of it!

      “ The judge said there were “credible allegations which… may show that some members of the armed forces committed acts during the final phase of the war that amounted to war crimes giving rise to individual criminal responsibility”.
      He went to say there was evidence to suggest that footage obtained by the Channel 4 documentary No Fire Zone – showing prisoners naked, blindfolded, with arms tied and shot dead by soldiers – was genuine.
      Sri Lanka’s military at the time had dismissed the documentary as a fabrication.
      The Paranagama commission also said a case involving the killing of the top Tamil Tiger political leadership in May 2009 – known as the “White Flag” case – should be investigated.
      He called on the government to set up an internationally-backed judicial inquiry, which was also recommended in the UN report in September.”
      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34589244

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    Prof. Kumar went by a complex path to establish that the election is as usual in the Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE Lankawe. For the commons, surrendered by foxes and wolves, it is not going light the tunnel, in which they are condemned from 1948. But the depth seeking & interested ones may parse it as how, by day, the scoundrel Sinhala Buddhist Intellectual politics is getting evolved sophisticated and turning intricate substance to any alter one to observe and protect them from the traps. Land of Evil & cynicism!
    Not just the Tamils or Muslims, but the common Sinhalese too, cannot be saved even if Buddha comes back.

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    Kumar David as usual dodged the crucial question that he himself posed. He has always been wishy washy when it comes to the national question and atrocities committed to Tamils , not willing to hurt the feelings of his so called leftist comrades most of whom are apologists for the racist political elements.

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      ” not willing to hurt the feelings of his so called leftist comrades ”

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    kill half the population with starvation, and china virus will still be there, populate sri lanka with chineese. as the chineese party manifesto.

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    President Gothabaya from the Royal family is supreme and he is above the law and all moral norms.

    What is the use of law and administration of justice in the country when the President discharges murderers convicted by Courts after proper trial.

    It does not look like there is an end to anarchy here.
    Is Sri Lanka lawless country.

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    I believe that the prez has gambled on coming up trumps with the covid-19 disaster (in relation to developed countries, not South Asia) and a 2/3rd majority in a general election will secure him and the family a blank cheque to change the constitution at will. That way he can release anyone he likes, from any jail and nothing can be done about it. The royal family in Spain suffered its first fatality from covid-19 and a few others in Europe are infected. Could covid-19 also herald a better future, cleansed of evil leaders?

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    I thought I may add something into this so called Malay pickle written by Prof. Kumar David. Two thirds of Corona virus carriers into Australia came into the country from overseas especially Chinese Australians who were returning from China after the Chinese New Year and Chinese students studying in Australian Universities. There are nearly 2 million Chinese students studying in Australia and it is very big business. The students were held up in China and unable to return to Australia to resume their new semester and the Universities unable to start lessons on time. The moment they were allowed to enter the country without hardly any checks at the airports the Covict-19 pandemic started to spike in Australia. The Chinese tourists who come here purchase all the vitamins and baby milk food from supermarkets in Australia and sell at an enormous profit in China and in return spread all the hidden infectious diseases into Australia and the rest of the world. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced a 200 billion economic stimulus package to meet the wages of all Australian employees who have lost their job for the next 6 months and a payment of 1500 dollars per fortnight to everyone else including pensioners

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    People who sympathize Sunil,,,,,
    Please look after your family and children!. He out to your community!

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    Kumar David is a communists who is an attention seeker trying to be popular among his comrades. Strange that these people never uttered a word when LTTE cadres were released and pardoned by Sirisena along with the Rajagiriya murderer who killed his girlfrien d n the apartment. Where were all these do good human rights angels and the NGO s. Then. ? I am amazed to hear that the army were given knives to sling peoples throats. I was always under the impresseion that the army had guns. !!!

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