7 July, 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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    Dear Prof.;
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    Rajapakshes would not need any good reasons to do any high crimes so long punnakku drinking majority would stay mum/indifferent. That is how they were brought back to ruin this nation on the 17 Nov 2019.
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    Besides, even if Mahinda Rajapakshe’s wife was never interogated on the JAMAL KHASHOGI style- Thadjudeen Wassim’s murder, which was proved to have pepetrated by the direct involvement of that WOMAN and her requests. There were evidence based rumours proving that the night the young RUGBY PLAYER was murdered, this partiuclar woman had spoken with PSD (his husbands), dozens of time.. How can a woman with same age sons to have acted so ? if not BPs of this nature are beyond all high crimes.
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    People are made to believe that the BPs would settle it by their crminal manner, no matter even the basic human rights and basic democratic rights of the public would nt be maintained. By 2015, entire world was comparing our SRILANken NATION… with that Gadafi or any states that broke all the basic human rights.
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    Thanks to Ranil and Pissu SIrisena the records were set back, and made the nation a democratic one but PISSU sirisena was fooled by Rajakshes to the core, and he stood on the way not having done the due against the high criminals. Today, CORONA virus should punish not Ranil or anyone, but SIRISENA as the first to go out of our sights.
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    This country is filled with IDIOTIC politicians and predominantly by fools. But they talk always high about 2500 heritage, but not having done the due, to protect own nation to the manner, far poor folks such Uganda and Nepal have sofar managed.
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    As if ant’s urine seen as a river to the creature, our people keep us above… overstimating our abilities.

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      You are totally desperate.

      SL cannot care less.

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    This article is speculation only and does not answer the question why Gota released Sunil Ratnayake.

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    Simple answer these Malay original rajapakse mafia knew sinhala Buddhist are dumb and stupid modyas…..what else …..they are clever lot…wake up dumb sinhala …

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    Because the Buddhist Mafia is poking his ass.

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    Gota knowingly or unknowingly has put his foot in his mouth, Pardoning a Murderer and appointing an Army Officer who has been kicked out, to oversea the salvaging of the aftermath. The country will get over with COVID-19 sooner or later, but Gota will never be able to deliver a shut Economy with thousands being unemployed. His day will come very soon, now that his US ally is powerless and helpless.

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    Please listen to this.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8wwXtc88XM

    Glp has condemened his alma mater OXFORD.

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    One’s ego is blinding.
    Gota’s ego is the only source of mental stability for him so that he can continue this charade and sham of a presidency. He still has his hordes of racist fans (SriLanka’s equivalent of “holocaust deniers”) who will sustain Gota’s ego.
    It’s a good thing that one’s ego can be wholly blinding because it will unintentionally allow truth to surface.

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    aney, what else can one expect from a member of the family who in their arrogance and haughtiness will do what they desire to do?
    there will be no stopping them in their much-maligned shitting and sitting on their tiny midget of petty racist brains to do so.?
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    this is the rajapuka’s unique way to punish the minorities for not gyrating to his kawadi sakkili music.?
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    they just do not give a damn as to how the 6.9 million brainless clots and the rest of the poverty-stricken citizens cope with this gift from china, the best buddies of the rajapuka clan of racists and petty thieves.?
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    if this type of irrational conduct is not nipped in the bud many more murderers, rapists, etc will be freed with many monetarily well-compensated packages which will then sink the Kota uda nation to sink deeper and deeper into the cesspit of the rajapuka bog.
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    this has been implemented with the sole objective of setting free the kudu-king duminda silva and his gang of drug mogul killers who are at all times living in bliss whilst being accommodated in the luxurious comfort of the prison hospitals right around the beleaguered hell of a shithole nation.
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    praise the great gods that the likes of me are now living in tranquility in many decent surroundings.
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    R. J.

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    This presidential pardon is a shame to Sri Lanka and it’s people. The nation expects a leader who uphold justice.

    Politicians should work hard to do their duty – It was the hope of the voter to see a strong task master who would drive the ministers and cabinet to work hard.

    It seems that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is not meeting the aspirations of the people who voted for him?

    What ever said and done Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake were capable and hard working ministers.

    The architect of the 1996 Cricket Word Cup victory was Gamini Dissanayake he worked tierlessly by recruiting the right people and being a mentor to the winning team.

    People expected that Gota will kick the bums of the current lazy ”pinguththarayas” and get them to work, or kick them out and get better people.

    However it looks as if we have ended up with the same shit!!!!

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    Gotabhaya pardoned a convicted murderer and war criminal because he himself has been a murderer. and war criminal. Sitting on the President’s chair doesn’t make him anything else.

    When I see on social media anyone addressing him ‘His Excellency,’ I kick them out of my network. It is a a travesty for anyone to give him any credit for any ‘competence’ and ‘efficiency,’ or to invoke any comparisons to Lee Kuan Yew. Most killers are very efficient in what they do, but it hardly minimizes the gravity of their crimes.

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    The Murderer given a death sentence by a supreme court for the murder of an entire family who went in search of their home and now this mass murderer is free and will roam the villages and rape the Sinhala women.
    This is Sri Lankan Justice system. Murderers are set free after the court found him guilty of murder

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    Yes, it is easy to understand why Gota did it.

    He mass murdered Sinhalese JVP suspects, he was behind the genocide of innocent Tamils at Nanthikkadal. Lasantha and many Tamil journalists were murdered by his white vans on his orders.

    Sinhalese Buddhist people have elected him with thumping majority despite these as they don’t care about these murders or the rule of law. May be they want more of these in future to establish pure Sinhalese-Buddhist country. There is nobody who can beat him with these credentials in killing. Ironically he is a vegetarian, I hear!

    Now think about it: He still does not feel secure; he wants more of his kind free, and more importantly in power. So, he will free as many as possible, and perhaps put them in power so that he can feel secure with people of his kind in power and there will be no mutiny. It is not the end, it is the beginning. More will be pardoned and let loose free on the streets. The more these guys do as they did before, the more you feel that you are justified in doing what you did/do. More the merrier: If you have killed in bulk once, would you hesitate to be in company with murders and set the stage for more killing?

    Doesn’t it appear logical? Twisted minds have warped logic!

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    Sri Lanka is a prison for the Sinhalese Buddhists (and others too) because Sinhalese Buddhists want to be governed by guilty leaders, who avoided prison time.

    Imagine a prison run by guilty manager: That is what is Sri Lanka today.

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    These Rajapaksa lowlifes have overseen and ensured the tarnishing of the Buddhist clergy and the Sri Lankan military, by protecting bad eggs and criminals within the ranks of the above mentioned, and also directly through their use of these elements to carry out their crimes

    The Rajapakse clan is an utterly disgusting mafia family that has singlehandedly corrputed the psyche of Sri Lanka.

    Ugly racist Rajapakse apologists on this forum like Eagle Eye and S.C. Pasqual, take note…

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    Govt released 12,000 homicide bombers, black tigers and child soldiers. NGOs did not whine about that.

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    President Maithripala Sirisena at that time, but, no one complained. That is the type of Social Justice that Sri Lankans show.

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      Sorry, president Sirisena released the guy who came to kill him. No one complained.

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        JD
        They were release because there was no evidence to convict them.
        This bugger was convicted.

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          Wimpy, no point of making clear JD or the like BPs… they would clean the asses of Rajakashes for no reasons. THat is call CONDITIONED mind.
          Lately I happend to travel to sl. There even within my circles, never allowed me to utter a single word against Mahinda Bp Rajakshe, because they the idiots believe, that WINNING th ewar against LTTErs were masterminded by Rajakshe rascals.
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          What more talks you need – how the peoples, in millions, lined up themselvs to worship Nagaya brought relics, shortly before PE, .. can explain the mentality of majorty of locals. If they would be asked to eat RATATHANAKOLA for some selfish gains, they would do. Such a nation is SINHALAYA today.
          We should be ashamed to call us sinhalaya.. today, that i am doing on and on.

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      BP, Jd;
      pEOPLE sent him home was Prez Sirisena was against the people. But if the very same behaviour or even worst going an extra mile is seen in Gotler led groups… so what is the point of having brought him ?

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    Gota’s probable reasoning is as follows:
    As a person who experienced the war first hand, understood the ground realities better than any in the judiciary and legal fraternity. As a legal luminary appearing for the defence in the famous Trinco 5 case once told me, “ the only evidence the prosecution had against the accused was that they were at the closest check point to the crime scene. Hence they were guilty.” Evidence under such extreme conditions can be questionable. Witnesses unreliable. Motives non existent. Benefit of the doubt ignored to please the HR lobbies and the western lackeys. the LTTE’s horrendous crimes against Sinhala & Muslim civilians go unprosecuted, LTTE cadres all of whom are criminals, who should be prosecuted, but instead walk as free men and women after state rehab. Why should sinhala soldiers be facing death row whilst LTTEers walkbfree? Difficult to fault the reasoning. He sees the big picture.

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      Mohan yours is the best explanation I have read.

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    I am out of the country, and not aware whether Gota made or not any gains in public opinion. But whole US know Trump mishandled it and his most loyal channel FOX news streamed the misinformation about covid19 till the last moment. He completely sidelined the scientific community. No one knows what he will do tomorrow.

    “Fox News Has Always Lied to Old People. This Time It May Kill Them.” The Nation 3/20,

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    Why Did Gota Pardon Sunil Ratnayake?

    *** There were 2 reasons for why he was released. and it was waiting to happen.

    1) To keep Gothas Election promise to release every War Criminal. His argument was he is able to Claim Immunity as a President ( which he achieved by lying) at least as long as he is President. and so he wanted every War Criminal to enjoy the same.
    2) Ratnayake in a rare act of Jdicial Decision found guilty and sentenced to death which was confirmed by the Highest Cout when his appeal for clemency was refused. But the War Criminal who was on DEATH ROW was Pardoned by another War Criminal who himself is DEATH ROW. in defiance of the Highest Court.
    The inference therefore is the following.
    1) There is no RULE OF LAW.
    2) Any one who is Guilty of War Crimes in Sri Lanka can get away with Murder
    3) Gotha is the absolute Ruler and he can act with Impunity and no one can challenge him.

    To stop this rot US State Department must act now and proclaim that he is still an American Citizen and his application to renounce cannot be dealt with until he is Cleared by the FBI.

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    Under the current Covid-19 developments, many care givers use face masks to avoid getting infected by the virus. On the contrary, we all know that regimes in many countries have done their best to mask themselves from diverse rule-of-law issues such as murders, disappearances, corruption and bribery, election rorts etc. Coronavirus has provided them a marvellous opportunity to divert attention away from these issues. For example, in Israel, Gantz awarded immunity to Netanyahu while forming a coalition regime apparently to meet the coronavirus challenge; Trump’s problems appear to have gone away with the signing of the $2 trillion stimulus package by the Democrats. A similar situation in Australia, with the ‘Sportsgate’ scandal and govt corruption masked by the ensuing health crisis. In India, Modi and his cabinet close to third of which had been charged with crimes being masked. So, how could one expect anything better in Sri Lanka!

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    The why is obvious. Five soldiers of Gota’ s former regiment including an officer were charged. A deliberately botched prosecution resulted in only Staff Seargent Ratnayake being convicted and those who directed being acquitted. Ratnayake had to be pardoned to ensure the loyalty of those who followed illegal orders and were unfortunate to be convicted while those who gave them went free. Particularly because of the regiment involved.

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    KD, I still by what I said many a time. The looosers in the commung election may turn up to be the fortunate one. India which too was talking about just a few cases today crossed 1000 cases. They officially passed into 3 stage of pandemic where infection is transmitted among local communities (no travel or contact with travel person). The death rates have jumped too five in last 24 hours that too in different states. So the uncertaintly for South East Asians has just begun. The worst for Lanka will be the Economic crisis. China just sanctioned a emergency loan to keep us going and have proises another in May. Rest about recession (some expect even worser ), stock market crash, political crisis following the covid, election year issues (mainly in USA) , Even before Brexit could take off Covid has stalled the country, Royals and PM, Foreigners pulling out all money from our markets, rise of Dollar destablizing currency markets —you may know far more than I do.

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    KD, I still stand by by what I said many a time. The losers in the coming election may turn up to be the fortunate ones. India which too was talking about just a few cases today crossed 1000 cases. They officially passed into 3 stage of pandemic where infection is transmitted among local communities (no travel or contact with travel person). The death rates have jumped to five in last 24 hours that too in different states. So the uncertaintly for South East Asians has just begun. The worst for Lanka will be the Economic crisis. China just sanctioned a emergency loan to keep us going and have promised another in May. Rest about recession (some expect even worser ), stock market crash, political fall out following the covid,(against China) election year issues (mainly in USA) , Even before Brexit could take off Covid has stalled the country, Royals and PM, Foreigners pulling out all money from our markets, rise of Dollar destablizing currency markets —you may know far more than I do. I hope CT will post without my usual typo.

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    KD, my sincere request to you , please write article of this kind or pertaining to current issues. Not the Lee Kuan Yew comparison.Few of your previous ones have eye catching title and hundreds of comments. but given your experience, I am sure you are well aware GR and LKY are not even apple and ornges . Then why bother. At least a guy like Putin would have been some consolation. He has KGB back ground, done enough of business/political killings, has made Billions in deals, his name keep popping up for all the wrong reasons, makes extravagant claims, country is gradually going back to its previous miseries where priorities are misplaced, willfully creates crisis to divert attention, wants to be in power for life, keeps fiddeling with elections and constitution, one man who decides the fate of country and its citizens, PM and rest of the parliament are just a sham, poisoned his own citizens who are living abroad, put his rivals in prison on madeup charges , took over money making sectors, took all powers under him, guy who was chased out by his own people and escaped by disguising and went into hidding, only to return back take over power,and plenty more,

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    1. Special presidential pardon and released him from death row what about other people who has less charges than this solder.

    2. Government are doing a good job, but small people are taking a hit.
    Stomach not understand curfew or No leniency for curfew violators there will be another hunger virus if the poor are not looked after. It’s no fun to be on an empty stomach continues A hungry stomach cannot hear. even if it a solder

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    KD: Coronavirus mass hysteria is a form of Groupthink — a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a group forms a quick opinion that matches the group consensus, rather than critically evaluating the information.

    Groupthink mass hysteria is what is happening in Sri Lanka at this time, WTO, GMOA, and the Regime with USAID funds robots and surveillance are laying the foundation for the USAID surveillance state and dictatorship of the Sri Lanka’ American brothers first families .. the attack on China’s 5 G and Huawei is on..
    Orwells 1984 unfolding with Lankan and Indian Guinea pigs…

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    I didn’t see the “reason”, unless the Doctor’s conclusion is Prez Nanadaseana wants to commit Hare Kiri.. I mean politically speaking of course.

    I though it will be something Dr Kumar and his side ought to be celebrating with the Big One around the corner soon after the Sinhala Tamil New year.

    Combined with the suffering of those Manual Labor, Garment Stitchers and the Hospitality workforce ,UNP Deputy Leader now has a better than an even money chance to put the Knife into Prez Nandasena.
    And finish off his dreams of liberating, the Nation from the Separatists both Local and in the Diaspora, Wahabi Factions who want Sharia,and the Colombo . Elite , Anglicans and the Vellalas who are craving for their own Singapore in a federal state in Colombo…..

    Young Gun MP and a strong supporter of UNP Opp Leader’s Faction, Kavinda Jayawardana is in the Media today, telling his loyal UNP supporters that Prez Nanadasena is starving the Nation by an unnecessary curfew with no regards for UNP supporters freedom and human rights .
    And Mr Jayawardadana has just stooped of calling Prez Nandasena’s Corona Control is a Hoax..

    I wonder why Prez Nandasean is going full bore to protect the nation from this dreadful decease Corona..
    May be Dr Kumar’s conclusion has some merit..

    BTW Is this Kavinda Jayawardana relo of Junius Jayawardana?..

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    Why not!

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