Why Is President Sirisena Not Applying the ‘Rule – of – Law’ on Ranil Wickramasinghe for the Alleged Murder of Ten Thousand Persons?
Posted on February 4th, 2017

By Gandara John

Speaking emotionally the other day on the massive fraud Arjuna Mahendran and others stand accused of, Sirisena declared that he would leave no stone unturned to indict and bring to justice all those involved in the Central Bank bond scam.

Amongst those accused of  benefiting from the massive fraud are Ranil Wickramasinghe and Malik Samarawickrema, two prominent Ministers in the Sirisena cabinet.

Mahendran was appointed Governor of the Central Bank by Sirisena in January 2016 on the recommendation of Wickramasinghe holding, albeit unconstitutionally at the time, the post of Prime Minister.

Sirisena went on to say that to bring the criminals to book he had appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry, the highest level of Inquiry in the country. This was on top of the Parliamentary inquiry (COPE) report, the incriminating findings of which had already been submitted to the executors of the criminal justice system for punitive action.

It is evident that in Sirisena’s mind, an inquiry under the President’s Seal is the credible preliminary step prior to taking criminal action in a court of law against Mahendran and the others.

In the period 1988 to 1990, during the reign of terror of Ranasinghe Premadasa (father of the present Cabinet Minister Sajith Premadasa) thousands of Sri Lankan youth were abducted, incarcerated, tortured and killed; many went missing.

And grieving family members have grown old or gone to the beyond, waiting in vain for their loved ones to return or to be accounted for.

These youth were snatched, from their homes, work places and streets by hooded death squads prowling in unnumbered vehicles. These death squads spread fear amongst the people who could not sleep at night, in dread of hearing that knock on their doors in the middle of the night by Premadasa goons.

Many of these youth thus snatched were incarcerated in secret detention centres where they were tortured, humiliated and abused before being disposed of, many without a trace.

Of the hundreds of illegal detention centres, where murder, torture and abuse had taken place, Batalanda was identified as the most notorious of them all.

This torture chamber, comprising a few houses, was located in the Batalanda Housing Scheme in Biyagama, in the electorate of Ranil Wickramasinghe, a senior member of the Premadasa Cabinet. The ‘secret’ illegal detention centre was occupied by police officers and overlooked by Douglas Peiris and Nalin Delgoda.

These houses were given to the Police, to conduct their illegal operations, by Wickramasinghe.

Wickramasinghe, allegedly tormented by some traumatic childhood experience and driven by a pathological urge, visited the ‘facility’ often, at various times of the day and night without restriction. The aspiring Police officers therein humoured the pathetic politician who advised and gave directions in the running of the operation.

In 1995 a Presidential Commission of Inquiry was appointed to inquire into the horrendous atrocities committed at Batalanda. The Commission comprised Supreme Court Judges Justice Jayawickrema and Justice Dissanayake.

These eminent judges, after hearing evidence for over two years, in their near 7000 page ‘Commission  Report’  found Ranil Wickramasinghe along with some named Police officers culpable for the murder, torture, abuse and disappearance of an estimated Ten Thousand persons at Batalanda.

Ranil Wickramasinghe additionally had given political direction to this State terror apparatus.

Established in the mould of the Presidential Commission convened by Sirisena to investigate the Central Bank bond scam, the Batalanda Presidential Commission too had no powers to award punishment or to initiate judicial action against those found culpable.

In these circumstances the eminent judges of the ‘Batalanda’ Commission, at the end of their hearings, strongly recommended that Ranil Wickramasinghe (along with the named Police officers) be arraigned in a Court of law, for offences that included murder, torture, abuse and disappearance of approximately 10,000 persons in the unauthorised detention centre at Batalanda.

The report was handed over to then President Chandrika Kumaranatunge an old friend of the Wickramasinghe family and a fellow lickspittle of the Clinton Neoliberals in the US.

Kumaranatunge, herself a pathetic figure of Sri Lankan politics, considered it prudent to sweep the Batalanda Report under the carpet and refrain from implementing the much vaunted ‘Rule of Law’ on a man against whom the Judges of the Supreme Court had found credible evidence of being complicit in mass murder like Prabhakaran.

By taking this course of partial action, Kumaranatunge stands accused of ‘gross abuse of her authority’ and the ‘willful waste of public money’, the precious money of the people of Sri Lanka which had funded all the expenses of the Commission.

Kumaranatunge’s crime of Commission (or was it Omission) denied the people of this country the justice they had long waited for and the consolation the loved ones of the victims had been yearning for.

Kumaranatunge by her actions conveyed the impression that she considered herself sovereign, an impression repudiated nicely by an erudite politician who recently said that it is the people who are Sovereign and not the politician.

For criminal offences like murder, torture etc there is no time bar or prescription, which simply means that the accused can be made to stand trial at any time; this is like in the case of the 94 year old Auschwitz guard, Reinhold Hanning, who was tried and convicted in 2016 for being an accessory to the atrocities at the death camp during WW2, simply by being aware of what was going on at the camp.

Was it stark fear of having to face trial or was it a guilty id that prompted Wickramasinghe’s keeper to attempt sneaking in surreptitiously an ‘Immunity from Prosecution’ clause for the ‘super’ Ministers?

All this begs the question, Does the rule of law not apply to Ranil Wickramasinghe?” (or Is Ranil Wickramasinghe above the law?”)

The sound of silence on the issue of prosecuting Ranil Wickramasinghe for the murder of 10000 persons is deafening.

Pray did we hear even a whimper from the self righteous European Union, which pontificates regularly on the ‘rule of law’ and slaps this principle as one of the prerequisites, to lifting their criminal siege – the GSP – on Sri Lanka?

Have we heard a murmur on this matter from the US ambassador who, like Sally Yates, disrespectfully challenged Trump’s authority, publicly?

Have we heard anything on this issue from the usually vociferous Neoliberal lickspittles manning the NGOs, the UN and other like organisations who sing deafeningly for their supper?

The opposition too are not without blame on this matter. Although they have conducted well- intentioned and well organised campaigns on many issues, the opposition creates the impression of having broad – spectrum focus; this has resulted in clouding, in the public mind, the opposition mission statement which should clearly reveal the strategic objective of the opposition.

Some critics argue that the joint opposition are haring after every issue thrown – sometimes deliberately – at them, thereby losing focus of their strategic objective and dissipating the groundswell of antigovernment anger and support that has been reposed in them.

These well meaning critics have advised the opposition to be more coordinated and focused in their efforts and arrive at a single pointed ‘Mission’ that could be decisively accomplished; it is worth repetition that ‘politics is the art of the possible’

Most, if not all of the issues adversely affecting Sri Lanka pivot on Ranil Wickramasinghe, senselessly driven by the American Neoliberal agenda of the Clintons and their cohorts and of course, his personal demons.

In any military campaign, picking the ‘pivotal’ objective from a number of other attractive and competing objectives is the most difficult part of the campaign as was the case in Sri Lanka’s anti terrorist campaign.

It was only in the last three years of the 30 year war, that the military precisely identified their ‘pivotal’ objective. The other objectives balanced on this crucial pivot.

It may be asked ‘how the picking of the ‘pivotal’ objective could be so crucial to a political campaign’; to respond simply ‘all the other alternative objectives balance on this pivot’.

Once that pivotal ‘objective’ had been identified in the political campaign, all effort needs to be focused on dislodging or demolishing that vital ‘pivot’; the other objectives that are balancing on this crucial pivot will collapse like a pack of cards.

If Sirisena is sincere in his proclamations of bringing the Central Bank fraudsters to book and if Sirisena sincerely believes that a Presidential Commission is a mandatory step to take before arraigning the fraudsters in a court of law, he must prove his sincerity in his beliefs by instituting criminal action against Ranil Wickramasinghe who has been found culpable of mass murder by a Presidential Commission comprising Supreme Court Judges.

On this 69th anniversary of our Independence we need to reflect why Justice has not been served to those ten thousand persons who were murdered at Batalanda. Is it because they are poor and the poor do not count in Sri Lanka?

Or is it because the alleged murderer found culpable comes from a wealthy class and he is above the law?

Sri Lanka needs to apply the ‘Rule of Law’ on Ranil Wickramasinghe.

It is preposterous to think that we Sri Lankans find it comfortable to have as Prime Minister a man found complicit in mass murder and untouched by law. We might as well have settled for terrorist Prabhakaran, a pathological killer accused of mass murder.

It is hoped that Sirisena will act on the faith that he has on Presidential Commissions and bring Ranil Wickramasinghe immediately to book.

If not let all the people of Sri Lanka rally round and give impetus to the opposition politicians on this 69th year of Independence to begin a campaign that will not see the end till justice is served for all those murdered at Batalanda.

12 Responses to “Why Is President Sirisena Not Applying the ‘Rule – of – Law’ on Ranil Wickramasinghe for the Alleged Murder of Ten Thousand Persons?”

  1. Christie Says:

    Indian Empire want the Genocide of Sinhalese. It is achieving it.

  2. aloy Says:

    Gandara John,

    The thing you are suggesting will never happen; already he has been exonorated from an inquiry. But a presidential commission is on for bond scam and he can be fixed there. For that commission to come to a successful conclusion he need to temporarily step aside. Instead of doing that we see that prez is going to give him FM’s portfolio. If he does that he will be a useless daft fellow (or even a deliberate act to scuttle the process) who can no longer be relied upon to lead our country.

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Nobody dares to confront traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande Wadakaya pol pot [email protected]
    wickramaSinhalakiller. Batalande Commission report recommended him to be punished. It fell on one eyed bandit
    queen chadrika’s lap and what did she do? She just swept it under the carpet.

    Batalande Wadakaya’s crimes against Buddhism, Sinhalese race and Sri Lanka are monumental. He doesn’t have
    any offspring So the catholic west worshipping Wadakaya is at his devastating best. Just look at some of his mega
    crimes.
    Batalande torture and killing of Buddhist jvpers (eyes gorged out while the victims alive; this is from eye witnesses).
    All this done with his catholic top police buddies ernest perera, douglas peris, merryl g, and john mara, festus perera etc. etc. Nobody uttered a word since they were all Sinhalese Buddhists, the doormat in so called Buddhist
    Sri Lanka.
    Managed to cull over 60,000 Sinhalese Buddhists with alugosu thambi mudiyanselage [email protected] during BHESHANA SAMAYA.

    Giving half the country to his catholic buddy hitler mala paharan on a plate in 2005. Then to expedite the creation
    of a catholic country in Sri Lanka, [email protected] grassed millennium city intelligent officers to the catholic tigers of tamil
    drealam bullet.

    Stopped teaching history in school when the [email protected] was education minister

    Stopped state pension as soon he became the Pathala Man PM through the back door (Sinhala modayas over the moon, since the Wadakaya’s golden brain gave them the chance to beg on
    street)

    His defence secretary asstin fdo even went to see his catholic buddy tamil sellan in the vanni with apples and grapes.
    Still Sinhala modayas thought catholic-run UNPatriotic party will save them. No chance in hell. The xxxx kept
    sacrificing over 100,000 Sinhalese to the catholic tigers of tamil drealam bullet saying the terrorist were too
    strong. When MR came, so called invincible catholic tigers of tamil drealam were running for their lives. That’s how
    these traitor xxxx of UNPatriotic party fool Sinhala modayas.

    As soon as Batalande Wadakaya the Pathala Man became PM, he appointed his catholic buddies asstin fdo and
    reg cooray as governors in the north and the east. Obviously the pair going to turn blind eyes to anything to with
    Sinhalese, Buddhism and Sri Lanka. Then he appointed his catholic buddy maha horandran to the govenor of CB and immediately the pair robbed the CB of 5585 billion. Catholic run Sri Lankan media paint Batalande Wadakaya
    as MR CLEAN. So the Sinhala modayas believe every word coming out of the Wadakaya’s back side.

    There hasn’t been a traitor of his calibre in the history of Sri Lanka. He even managed to outdo his uncle traitor
    alugosuwa (to Sinhalese only) thambi mudiyanselage [email protected] Puppet maru sira will say he will punish the Wadakaya
    no matter what. The truth of the matter is maru (hora) sira wets his pants (amude) in front of the Wadakaya. So
    the Wadakaya reins supreme. Only way to see any thing happens to the Wadakaya is a natural death. Hope it will
    come soon and it is a very very painful one for the Wadakaya since he has inflicted so much pain to the Sinhalese
    race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism.

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    I keep pasting these links at least one Sinhala modaya will see the true colours of the catholic-run UNPatriotic
    party. Hope at least some Sinhala modayas can make the connection.

    http://ltte-christian-ties.blogspot.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6_o9txURc

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/08/05/christianizing-of-sri-lanka-unps-betrayal-of-buddhism/

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/05/27/ranil-wickremasinghes-new-unp-3/

    http://www.lankagrid.com/soma-thero/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_eJ1gX_fuU

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/09/26/ltte-terrorism-church-links-can-someone-explain-these-photos/

  5. NAK Says:

    Sirisena’s Presidential commission is another load of bullshit nobody will buy. First of all Sirisena himself is implicated in that he dissolved the parliament of 100 day to scuttle the COPE report of DEW Gunasekara and saved Ranil Wickremasinghe’s ass.That is why Ven. Bellanvilla Thero gave him a slap in the face but this shameless worm kept defending himself.

    This commission will drag on for as long as this government survives and nothing tangible will come out. The question is will the next government take action or follow the same route.

  6. AnuD Says:

    Wickramasinghe, allegedly tormented by some traumatic childhood experience and driven by a pathological urge,

    – Some of his photos suggest he has some chromosomal abnormality.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    NAK is correct!

    Aiyooooo Sirisrna’s Bond Scam investigation Commission will drag on utility the next general election …. without indictments or prosecutions of the GREAT CENTRAL BANK ROBBERS!

    That is the PURPOSE of this Commission: to protect the thieves until the election is over! If the Yamapalanaya wins the election, that will be last anyone hears of the Bond Scam!

  8. Cerberus Says:

    To understand Ranil Wickramasinghe, please watch the videos below:

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqSW3cKNb7k

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfUASsdwj34

    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Av-d2qJ0Ys

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RddXfSU0aSE

    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9t4Tv9cy60

    6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6_o9txURc

    7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxbGojMb1xc

    8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldB-CKsG9rk

    9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgVyaHJGhc4

  9. Charles Says:

    Aloy, was there a case ? I met at a Pirith Chanting ceremony a man who said he was Ranil’s driver-a policeman. But he still has no pension,as he is an accuse on the Batalanda case, and the case had not been heard. If a case is filed against him most of the present political grievenses will be over. Some one should rise to the occasion.

  10. aloy Says:

    Charles, I read somewhere that there was an inquiry on the Batalanda affair and RW was exonerated. I did not know that there was a case filed.
    However, it is he who took over the CB under his care and as the PM took upon himself to appoint a non national and allowed the biggest bank robbery in the country despite Prez’s objections. And he has taken upon himself to charter the destiny of our country. How can this happen under a democratic rule?. Is the Prez also complicit in someway?. All law enforcement agents as well as armed forces are powerless. In which other democratic country this can happen?. This at the moment is not only a financial issue,but a security issue that threatens the existence of our country.
    If the trouble the GMOA is going to make materialize this man will create another Batalanda with the help of the police. I am sure he is getting ready for that by getting IGP also into the limelight. We advise him to stay clear of this crafty man.

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    Aloy,

    As you imply, an HONORABLE man not complicit in the Bond Scam would take responsibility for the error in judgment in appointing a non-citizen, with connections to Diaspora EELAMISTS, to be the Governor of the Central Bank and RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.

    It is not as if the appointment was not opposed by many who had better judgment. Even after the Bond Scam was committed, Wikunanasinghe tried to shield him and cover up the affair. If that was not bad enough, he appointed him to a position as an Advisor to himself, the PM of the country, ignoring all the ample evidence of criminal activity. All of this makes since only if Wikunanasinghe himself is involved in this massive theft and is a beneficiary of the stolen assets.

    Clearly, WIKUNANASINGHE is not an HONORABLE man. He may be MUCH LESS than a DISHONORABLE man; he may be a common thief using his position to rape the treasury of his Motherland!

    It is an UTTER SHAME that even the President Sirisena dillied and dallied without acting IMMEDIATELY to dismiss Mahendran, launch an investigation of the allegations, and take steps to recover the large amount of the nation’s assets stolen by the scammers! He has a fiduciary legal duty to protect the nation, and he has so far failed to act expeditiously! Therefore, if the President is an HONOURABLE man he should also RESIGN!

    But, we KNOW that a BACKSTABBING Aappaya is not an HONORABLE man, so we most likely have DISHONORABLE CROOKS protecting each other occupying the two highest positions in the land!

    I weep for my Motherland!

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    Gonja breaking stones illegally!!

    “https://lankacnews.com/%e0%b6%b8%e0%b7%84%e0%b7%8f-%e0%b6%b4%e0%b7%92%e0%b6%bb%e0%b7%92%e0%b7%83%e0%b6%bb-%e0%b7%84%e0%b7%92%e0%b6%ad%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%8f%e0%b6%b8%e0%b7%93-%e0%b6%bb%e0%b6%b1%e0%b7%8a%e0%b6%a2%e0%b6%b1/”

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