12th October, 2003 Volume 10, Issue 13


















Indisputable documentary evidence of Sumathipala's sponsorship of underworld killer Dhammika unearthed by The Sunday Leader

Match over for Thilanga

By Frederica Jansz

'Lies, lies and more damned lies' appears to be the age old adage by which Thilanga Sumathipala is living and resorting to as this newspaper proves beyond all reasonable doubt his strong relationship with the feared underworld criminal, Dhammika Amarasinghe - wanted for no less than 50 killings.

This week we have indisputable evidence that Thilanga Sumathipala indeed financed Dhammika Amarasinghe to travel with him to the UK in 1999 to watch  ICC World Cup cricket matches.

A letter signed by Thilanga Sumathipala and Lucien Merinnage on  May 3, 1999 to the Manager, Hatton National Bank has authorised a payment of sterling pounds 1,500 (Rs. 170,000) to be released in travellers cheques to one Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.  

Thilanga lost for words

Already there is indisputable evidence which proves that Dhammika Amarasinghe used a forged passport under the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage to travel to the UK in 1999 to watch first hand, world cup cricket.  Amarasinghe applied for this passport in 1997 using the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage who is the younger brother of Mahinda Godage alias Bada Mahinda.  The latter is a key underworld figure who worked closely with Dhammika Amarasinghe to carry out incidents of murder and mayhem.

Asst. Treasurer, Cricket Board, Lucien Merinnage

Bada Mahinda in statements to the Criminal Investigations Department and in a signed confession to the Gangodawila magistrate has implicated Thilanga Sumathipala in contracting the underworld killer Dhammika Amarasinghe alias Perera to carry out a shooting attack in 1998 on the home of The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge as well as having financed the killing of former officer of the Presidential Security Division, Baddegana Sanjeewa.

In same flight  

Bada Mahinda in his statements to police also says that Thilanga Sumathipala financed a trip to England in 1999 whereby the underworld criminal Dhammika Amarasinghe travelled with Sumathipala on the same flight on a forged passport under the name, Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.   

In our expose last week we helped corroborate Bada Mahinda's statements by proving how Dhammika Amarasinghe secured a passport in the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage by falsifying and impersonating Godage to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

We also proved through the Jinadasa audit committee report of 2000, a damning finding had been made, which said "as per FC voucher No. 55, an amount of Rs. 170,651.34 was paid for the travellers cheques of Mr. Buddhika Godage. But this payment was classified under the name of the then President of the BCCSL." It is despite this revelation Sumathipala denied knowledge of Godage and called for an audit query last week.

BCCSL accountant's letter to the HNB

Sumathipala's signature authorising payment from BCCSL funds to underworld killer Dhammika alias Buddika Godage

We have now found that Thilanga Sumathipala together with the assistant treasurer of the Cricket Board are the two officials who authorised the Hatton National Bank (HNB) to release a sum of sterling pounds 1,500 from the cricket board's sterling pound account at HNB to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.

All the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) now has to do is call for the records from the HNB and also record a statement from Jude Pillai to whose attention the letters were released to verify if in fact the letters were received by the bank and the travellers cheques issued.

Letters to HNB

Our investigation has evidence that Lucien Merinnage who was assistant treasurer of the BCCSL in 1999 co-signed with Sumathipala an official letter to the HNB to arrange for 1,500 sterling pounds to be released in travellers cheques to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage. This letter, Merinnage and Sumathipala signed on May 3, 1999 and addressed to the Manager, HNB at Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. (See box for full text of letter)  

Dhammika's forged passport in the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage

It is this letter that finally nails Sumathipala's canard of not having links with the dreaded Dhammika and corroborates Bada Mahinda's confession and statement to the CID.

When we contacted Merinnage and asked him if during his tenure as assistant treasurer, BCCSL in 1999 he remembers releasing Cricket Board funds for a trip to the UK to one Buddhika Priyashantha Godage he categorically denied having done so. "I heard this name for the first time three or four days ago." he said, adding, "I am 100% sure that a sum of sterling pounds 1,500 was never at any stage released from the BCCSL to any person by this name..  I am presently also the assistant treasurer to Sri Lanka Cricket and can say this with authority." he said.

A committee appointed in 1999 by the Sports Ministry had in fact queried a payment of sterling pounds 1,500 (Rs.170,000) to one Buddhika Priyashantha Godage but stated the committee even at the conclusion of its investigation could not determine who this individual is. We have now proved it is the dreaded underworld killer, Dhammika Amarasinghe.

The Sunday Leader last week proved that Buddhika Priyashantha Godage has been impersonated by the underworld kingpin Dhammika Amarasinghe to the extent the latter used Godage's national identity card in order to secure a passport in the name of Buddhika Godage which Dhammika used to travel overseas.    

It appears that Sumathipala's conscience is not shaken by his continuous uttering of falsehoods. When we broke this scandalous story, Sumathipala at first denied that he even knew the underworld thug Dhammika Amarasinghe. He then proved that he had lied by telling the editor of this newspaper that yes, he did in fact have contact with the underworld killer. That was only after he was informed, calls made by Dhammika while in remand custody from his cellular had Sumathipala's number recorded. So much so, that after one telephone conversation with Lasantha Wickrematunge, Sumathipala by his own admission "using certain channels" claimed he contacted Dhammika in order to verify if indeed the latter had led the attack on Wickrematunge's residence.

Exco meeting

Last week, Thilanga Sumathipala was uttering more falsehoods. This time his lies were directed to members of the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket. Questioned by Cricket Board members whether he used Board funds to finance the underworld criminal Dhammika Amarasinghe to England in 1999, Sumathipala responded by denying he had done so saying he has never heard of an individual by the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.

Today, we have no misgivings in naming Thilanga Sumathipala as a liar, a cheat and a criminal of no mean proportion. As his credibility lies in tatters, we have indisputable evidence that Thilanga Sumathipala has abused the high office of Sri Lanka Cricket in order to commit an outright act of fraud having stolen funds from the Cricket Board to ensure an underworld criminal enjoys a fully paid holiday in the UK. What is more significant is that this evidence while being a non bailable offence in itself, also helps corroborate Bada Mahinda's statements.

Following our expose last week where we proved Dhammika using a passport under the name of Buddhika Priyashatha Godage had been financed by Sumathipala in 1999 to travel to the UK, the Sri Lanka Cricket President to prove his bona fides went so far as to call for an immediate audit query, possibly believing the damning documents no longer exist.  How wrong he has now been proven to be.    

What is damnable is that Sumathipala has been aided and abetted by other executive committee members of the BCCSL when committing this disgraceful act.

It is amazing that given the seriousness of this issue, Merinnage has been unable to jog his memory and remember that he not only signed this letter, but also hand wrote below the typed figure of 1,500 pounds in words "(one thousand five hundred only)."  (See box)

The only other explanation is that Sumathipala and his accomplice believed this damning document was destroyed for good. 

Doesn't Merinnage respect the high office he holds at the Cricket Board to have even questioned Sumathipala in 1999 to find out who this Buddhika Priyashantha Godage was? And why the BCCSL was releasing over Rs. 170,000 to him to travel with Cricket Board officials to the UK to attend the 1999 Cricket World Cup?

Cover up   

For how long did Lucien Merinnage believe he could continue to deceive, attempting to cover what is a serious act of cheating and misappropriation of Cricket Board monies?  In the letter to the HNB Manager, Merinnage and Sumathipala have requested the former to release the monies to Buddhika Godage from the BCCSL sterling pounds account number 028110609018 at HNB.

Merinnage's and Sumathipala's letter followed another letter issued on the same day May 3, 1999, also to the HNB Manager. The contents of this letter are identical to the second letter and signed by the BCCSL Accountant, Subash Pathmaperuma. The only difference in the two letters is that Pathmaperuma has indicated to the HNB Manager that a letter of authenticity with regard to this request will follow from the BCCSL, which is what Merinnage's and Sumathipala's joint letter was about.

On June 10, 1999, District Judge, Colombo, A. W. A. Salam issued an interim injunction restraining Thilanga Sumathipala and others from holding office at the BCCSL until the conclusion of a case filed by Clifford Ratwatte, who had in March that year contested the office of president against Sumathipala. The latter was contesting in court the election on March 29, 1999, of Sumathipala and the other executive committee members to the BCCSL.

On June 14, 1999, the then minister appointed an interim committee comprising of Rienzi Wijeratne, Micheal Tissera, Sidath Wettimuny and Asantha de Mel.  Eight months later, on February 21, 2000, the Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry on the instructions of Minister, S. B. Dissanayake appointed a committee to investigate into queries raised by the auditors, S. J. Associates, into the auditors accounts of the BCCSL.

Full responsibility for report

This committee was chaired by G. Jinadasa, who was then chairman of the Employees Trust Fund Board.  The other members of this committee were Chief Accountant, Finance and Planning Ministry, N. Warusawitharana, Deputy Director, Department of State Accounts from the Finance and Planning Ministry, D. Abeysuriya and Chief Accountant, Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, A. V. H. Gunasekera. 

When we spoke to Jinadasa he said he would continue to stand by and take full responsibility for every word in the committee report. He said that Sumathipala and the members of the 1999 BCCSL Board had been questioned by this committee for a period of six hours. Jinadasa however could not recall if Sumathipala had been questioned on a payment of Rs. 170,651.34 paid for travellers cheques to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.

Jinadasa's committee report states that this payment has been classified under the name of the then BCCSL President, who was Thilanga Sumathipala. The report refers to an FC voucher No. 55 which is proof the payment was made by the BCCSL to Buddhika Godage. Jinadasa said that they were unable to verify the identity of Buddhika Godage even after consulting repeatedly with the Board auditors, S. J. Associates. He said they were also not supplied with a full list of names of those who had travelled to the UK in 1999 as part of the BCCSL delegation.

When we asked the BCCSL Treasurer in 1999, Trevor Rajaratnam if indeed these monies had been released to Buddhika Godage alias Dhammika Amarasinghe, he said he could not remember. He added the present executive committee of the Cricket Board have requested its auditors, S. J. Associates, to conduct a full inquiry into this aspect. He asserted the conclusions of this report are expected to be finalised this week - "after which the Board will act on the audit findings."


Well, Rajaratnam and the executive committee no longer have to wait for the audit findings. Sumathipala's letter to the HNB speaks for itself.

What must be emphasised at this juncture is the fact that it is this same Board on which sits as its Chief, Thilanga Sumathipala. It is indeed laughable that the very individual against whom we have proved with documentary evidence, financed an underworld criminal to enjoy a fully paid holiday to the UK in 1999 and watch the ICC Cricket World Cup, has now authorised auditors to conduct a full inquiry. No doubt, S. J. Associates will have to seek the assistance of this newspaper in order to gather documentary proof as Sumathipala would make sure the files turned over for the auditor's scrutiny would carry no evidence of such monies released. 

After all, even Jinadasa said that when the committee of inquiry he chaired repeatedly consulted with the auditors, namely, S. J. Associates they still could not ascertain the identity of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.

Sleuths from the CID will now have to seek the assistance of HNB to supply documents in relation to the release of these monies to Buddhika Godage from the BCCSL sterling pound account at the bank.

Trevor Rajaratnam meanwhile defended Thilanga Sumathipala asserting that the latter has been known to use his own funds for various official travel concerning the Cricket Board and that he had personally advised Sumathipala to refrain from doing so and seek reimbursement. He said that in this context, he finds it hard to believe that Thilanga Sumathipala could have used Cricket Board funds to finance an underworld thug and killer to travel to the UK. How Rajaratnam can make this statement in view of the documentary evidence available against Thilanga Sumathipala in this regard is certainly cause for concern.

Chose to ignore

Another curious aspect to this sorry saga is why Trevor Rajaratnam and the other executive committee members of the BCCSL chose to ignore the findings of the Jinadasa report in 1999. Why did they not query who Buddhika Godage is given that a sum of Rs. 170,000 had been paid to facilitate his travel to England in 1999 from BCCSL funds, unless of course they too knowingly sanctioned it? After all, this statement the committee report backs with evidence of a payment voucher issued and classified under the name of BCCSL President Thilanga Sumathipala. 

When The Sunday Leader asked Rajaratnam what exactly it means to have such payments classified under the name of the Board president he said, "maybe Sumathipala would have reimbursed the monies to the Cricket Board from his own pocket." Surely this then makes Thilanga Sumathipala even more culpable in having aided and abetted a wanted criminal to travel to the UK also using a forged passport. After all, Thilanga Sumathipala would have been well aware that Dhammika Amarasinghe travelling with Sumathipala to the UK in 1999 having forged his passport using the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage was none other than his partner in crime.

When asked if such payments from the BCCSL are all approved by the Board, Trevor Rajaratnam confirmed that all such payments are made with the full approval of the executive committee members of the Cricket Board.

If indeed, Thilanga Sumathipala had the approval of the entire Cricket Board in 1999 to release these monies to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage who we have now proved is Dhammika Amarasinghe who even in 1999 was a criminal wanted for some two dozen murders, then Sumathipala and the entire 1999 BCCSL board have been party to the misappropriation of funds, cheating and an act of misuse and abuse of power.

Penal code

Section 398 of the Penal Code defines the offence of cheating as: "whoever by deceiving any person fraudulently or dishonestly induces the person so deceived to deliver any property to any person or to consent that any person shall retain any property, or intentionally induces the person so deceived to do or omit to do anything which he would not do or omit if he were not so deceived, and which act or omission causes or is likely to cause damage or harm to the person in body, mind, reputation, or damage or loss to the government, he is said to cheat."

The CID meantime, last Wednesday (8), wrote to the British High Commissioner (BHC) in Colombo, Stephen Evans seeking assistance for the BHC to release to the police details of the sponsorship letter given to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage when he was granted a visa to the UK in 1999.

The CID has informed the BHC that there is evidence to prove that Godage falsified information and used a forged passport to secure this visa.

In a separate case involving the burning of the Lake Club and press in Kandy, which too Bada Mahinda has spoken of, another underworld figure, Jude Washington has in his statement to Kandy police as far back as 1997 named Thilanga Sumathipala as having contracted Dhammika and a host of other underworld thugs to carry out this deed. In his statement, Washington has even detailed how and where Sumathipala first met the underworld criminal Dhammika.  (See box for details)

It remains to be seen what lie Sumathipala will now come up with to overcome the damning new evidence.

Evidence linking Thilanga to Dhammika in an earlier police probe

Other corroborative evidence gathered by The Sunday Leader has found that Thilanga Sumathipala has been named as far back as 1997 by another underworld figure in statements made to the Kandy police with regard to the burning of the E. W. Balasuriya Lake Club in Kandy in 1997. The press owned by E. W. Balasuriya at the club was burnt on April 10, 1997.

Bada Mahinda also in his recent statements to officers attached to the CID has made a reference to this incident attributing the contractor to have been Thilanga Sumathipala.

Interestingly, what has surfaced in statements made to the Kandy police with regard to this incident by an underworld character named Jude Washington Indrajith Dias in 1997 details how Dhammika forged a very close relationship with Thilanga Sumathipala. The latter according to the police statement by Jude, contracted Dhammika to burn down the Balasuriya owned press in Kandy.

In this statement too, in similar vein to Bada Mahinda, Jude says that on April 10, 1997, the day they all left Colombo for Kandy to carry out this contract, Dhammika had told him, "bossge vadakata yanawa." (going to carry out a job for Boss).  

Jude's statement

Bada Mahinda too in his statement both to the police and to the Gangodawila Magistrate says that soon after the shoot out on Lasantha Wickrematunge's home in 1998, Dhammika telephoned someone on his mobile phone and said, "Thilanga Boss, vade hari." (Thilanga boss, the job is done.)

Jude Washington in his statement to the police has detailed how he introduced Dhammika to Thilanga Sumathipala at his home at Campbell Place, Borella, after having met Dhammika himself through the latter's brother Chinthaka.

Jude Washington identifying himself as a trader by profession, has stated he was first introduced to Thilanga Sumathipala when the latter purchased some electrical equipment from his shop in Pettah. Washington says that he had by this time already met Dhammika Amarasinghe who had been introduced to him by his brother Chinthaka who had also met Jude after having purchased a cassette radio and other electrical items from his store in Pettah.

Jude in his police statement says that about a year after he had known Thilanga Sumathipala, the latter had one day told him that he needed to "give the works to a club in Kandy" and could Jude find some men to do this.  Jude says he thereafter took to Thilanga Sumathipala's home at Borella, Dhammika, Chamara and Udayakumara alias Gala. It is the latter who finally killed Baddegana Sanjeewa in the company of Dhammika.

Jude says only he and Dhammika went inside the house and met with Thilanga Sumathipala. He said that Thilanga had discussed burning down the Balasuriya press at the Lake Club in Kandy with both of them. He says thereafter, he and Dhammika were taken by Thilanga Sumathipala, just before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year that year, to "Dissanayake mahaththaya's" house at Rosmead Place. Here, he states another discussion followed regarding the burning down of a club in Kandy. Jude says during the discussion he sat inside the front room of "Dissanayake mahaththaya's" home.

He said after the discussion, Thilanga Sumathipala dropped them both off at Punchi Borella. Thereafter he says, Dhammika had told him that he would notify him the exact day and time when they would carry out the contract given by Thilanga Sumathipala.

He states that on April 10, 1997 he received a telephone call from Dhammika to come to the Raddolugama housing scheme in a three wheeler. He maintains that he went there and met with the underworld gang comprising of, Dhammika, Moratu Saman, Udayakumara, Chamara, Sanjeewa, Pol Malli, Piyarathne and one Vajira Sampath. He said the gang had three 9mm pistols, two hand grenades and three mobile phones among them. He said that they used a white Dolphin van driven by Moratu Saman to travel to Kandy that day. On the way he says Dhammika had told him "bossge vadeta yanawa."

He said they arrived at the Lake Club in Kandy at around 9.30 - 10 that night before carrying out the attack.

The Kandy police had also recorded a statement from Thilanga Sumathipala in this regard. Sumathipala has denied knowing anybody by the name of Dhammika or any of the other named underworld characters in Jude Washington's statement.

The Sunday Leader has now proved that Thilanga Sumathipala's denials must be taken with a pinch of salt as his utterances in this respect have been proved beyond all doubt to be nothing but lies, lies and more damned lies.

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BHC still to decide whether to support CID investigation

Excerpts of the responses to our questions to Third Secretary and Spokesperson, British High Commission in Colombo, Colin Hicks...

Q: Was a visa issued to a person by the name of Buddhika Godage in or around April/May 1999?  If so, for how long was the visa?

Hicks: I cannot say, as I would need to confirm these aspects with the relevant file, which I do not have yet. Even if I did, we are bound by the Visa Protection Act in the UK not to disclose such information to the media or any other persons or persons. So I really cannot say.

Q: Would the records be available at the BHC on visa applications made in Colombo in 1999?

Hicks: I am unsure. Procedures in high commissions around the world differ in this regard. We have obviously more applications than most other high commissions and it may well be that records dating back to nearly four years may have been destroyed.

Q: Would you know if this person known as Buddhika Godage would have been interviewed before being granted a visa to the UK?

Hicks: No, I cannot confirm that until I can access the relevant file, if it still exists. And even then, I would not be in a position to release that information to the media.

Q: Is the British High Commission willing to cooperate with the ongoing investigation conducted by the CID into the underworld figure Dhammika Amarasinghe having been granted a British visa to enter the UK in 1999?

Hicks: As far as I'm aware we have not received any such request. That is not to say it has not come as the letter would be addressed directly to the High Commissioner. Our cooperating with the police on this issue would depend on a decision taken by the High Commissioner.

Q: Would such an application for a visa have to carry a letter of recommendation from any individual or organisation?

Hicks: Yes, it would.

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Serious threat to life

Thilanga Sumathipala's claim to being tried by the media with regard to this issue was stated last week on the advise of Nihal Sri Amarasekera who reportedly drafted Sumathipala's response. Amarasekera was the former Finance Ministry advisor when it was under the purview of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and recently challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister K. N. Choksy over the government's Inland Revenue Act.

Soon after The Sunday Leader broke this story, it is Amarasekera who even drafted a letter to the Premier and Inspector General of Police T. E. Anandarajah requesting state sponsored security for Thilanga Sumathipala citing the articles as posing a serious threat to Sumathipala's life.

Now it is proved it is none other than Sumathipala who has links to underworld killers.

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Thilanga's letter of irony to PM

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, MP.,
Prime Minister,
Temple Trees,
Colombo 3

Hon. Sir,

Conspiracy to incite others to have me killed

I write with a great sense of remorse and outrage, having played a pivotal role in bringing the UNF government, headed by you, into power at the December 2001 general elections.

As you are aware, I was overseas with my family recently, and returned to the country during the wee hours of the morning, Thursday,  September 11, 2003, having left the country on the night of Friday, September 5, 2003. Whilst aborad, I received several telephone calls from my family and friends about a scandalous perverse report about me in The Sunday Leader of Sunday, September 7, 2003.

When I returned to the country, I was taken aghast with the headline "story" in The Sunday Leader of Sunday, September 7, 2003, with further scandalous allegations prominently carried on pages 12 and 13 of the same newspaper, the contents of which I reject.

This despicable perverse reporting, is unbecoming of the norms of "independent journalism" and is full of "hearsay" material and allegations. It has been calculatedly and intentionally written, and/or caused to be written, not only to character assassinate me, which this newspaper has done over several years, to me and so also to certain others, whilst those at the receiving end and their families suffer pain of mind and humiliation in silence; but also, it has been written with calculated intent to schemingly incite underworld elements to kill me or have me killed. I consider this as a grave danger and threat to my life, and also members of my family. I believe this to be a conspiracy, schemingly plotted and hatched, by those who wish to eliminate me and extinguish my future.

As to how a purported statement full of "hearsay" material, alleged to have been made to a police officer by a suspect held in custody, came to be released to this particular newspaper, alone speaks volumes. This alone you would, no doubt, concede warrants investigation.

Intriguingly, and perhaps revealingly, the Ravaya newspaper of the following Sunday, i.e. September 14, 2003 carries the same headline story, as above, on its front page going on to page 2. The Ravaya newspaper of Sunday, September 14, 2003 reports that the above statement alleged to have been made to a police officer by a suspect in custody, is reported to have been made on September 9, 2003.

The above raises the plain and simple question, as to how and under what circumstances, The Sunday Leader reported such scandalous character assassination allegations and inciting statements previously on Sunday, September 7, 2003? Pointedly, Ms. Fredrica Janz of The Sunday Leader telephoned me in this regard on Thursday, September 4, 2003. Information I gathered from her, as to how she came by this alleged perverse and scandalous statement made to the police is quite revealing.

In addition, the aforesaid perverse and scandalous allegation in The Sunday Leader had been published very prominently on page 3, as a full page story on Sunday, September 14, 2003 in the Nijabima newspaper. The public is aware the Editor of The Sunday Leader associates with the UNF government very closely.

Your inquiries will reveal that Sunday newspapers, particularly the inner pages, are printed by the previous Thursday, or latest by Friday morning, whilst the front pages are printed latest by Friday evening to be circulated to the market to be available on the following Sunday.

Coincidentally in the same flight I left for Bangkok on the night of Friday, September 5, 2003 was also the Hon. Minister, Ravi Karunanayake and the Editor of The Sunday Leader on their way to Mexico. As you are aware, I know both of them quite well, and the close rapport between the Hon. Minister and the Editor of The Sunday Leader is public knowledge. What amazes me is that our discussions at the airport and during the flight was that of light banter. The perverse and scandalous allegation against me headlined in The Sunday Leader, which would have already gone into print, was mysteriously suppressed from me.

I am advised that this is also a violation of my fundamental right to the equal protection of the law enshrined in Article 12(1) of the Constitution, and that freedom of speech and expression, including publication, enshrined in Article 14 (1) (a) of the Constitution does not necessarily mean, that it enables the alienation of and/or violation of and/or intrusion into the freedoms of others. This perverse and scandalous news report has also been carried in the internet.

I am also advised that the sum total of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution is to ensure my rights as a citizen to live with dignity and self respect. This has been violated by the surreptitious release to the press of such unsubstantiated statements allegedly obtained by the police during an investigation from a suspect in custody.

In view of several threatening telephone calls, which I and the members of my family have been receiving during the past few days, our freedom of movement guaranteed under Article 14 (1) (h) of the Constitution has also been violated.

In the given circumstances, I believe that there is real threat and danger to my life and that of the members of my family, from underworld elements, who, I believe, have been deliberately and calculatedly incited with rage to avenge the alleged killings, by killing me or having me killed, as revenge. I believe this not only to be a real threat and danger to my life, but also a very craftily and schemingly mapped out conspiracy, to have me killed and eliminated by those, who perceive me to be a threat.

In the circumstances, I urge, you sir, to cause this serious matter, including the unlawful release to the press of such statement obtained by the police from a suspect in custody during their investigations, to be thoroughly investigated, and afford me and my family adequate protection and security, which the Inspector General of Police would deem necessary and warranted.

Yours respectfully,
Thilanga Sumathipala

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