The Sunday Leader

A Government Cover-Up

  • Lasantha’s Killers Still Walk Free

By Frederica Jansz

Attidiya Bakery Junction where Lasantha was attacked and Twenty four months after Lasantha’s murder his killers still walk free

A year ago, a high profile investigation into the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge and the attacks on Editors Upali Tennekoon, Keith Noyahr and Namal Perera got underway as senior sleuths attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) sifted through a smattering of leads which may, they said, eventually pinpoint who were responsible for these attacks on journalists at the height of the war against the LTTE.
Seventeen army soldiers attached to the Army Military Intelligence Unit but also identified as having worked ‘closely’ with former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka were remanded and held by the TID/CID.
When I met with detectives, they said they were attempting to identify those who followed The Sunday Leader Editor  Lasantha Wickrematunge on Thursday, January 8,  2009 as he drove from his home in Nugegoda to Battaramulla and then onto to Attidiya where he was killed.
A serious investigation into the attacks on journalists began only after General Fonseka contested the presidential elections as the common opposition candidate. In the immediate aftermath of Wickrematunge’s murder opposition leaders accused General Fonseka of responsibility.  The government initially simply stymied any investigation into the killing while the police remained impotent.
Following the presidential election last January, I was told that investigators were inquiring into the possible involvement of General Fonseka into the murder of Lasantha after a very senior official at the Defence Ministry revealed that the former Army Commander told him, “I did not intend to kill Lasantha – I only wanted him hurt – but they killed him.” This is according to senior officials conducting the investigation.
Investigators meanwhile succeeded in taking into custody five mobile telephones which on the day Lasantha was killed moved in the same pattern as Wickrematunge’s phone, following his path from his home at Kandewatte Terrace – Nugegoda – to Robert Gunewardena Mawatha – Battaramulla – and then onto Attidiya.
A chart on the opposite page shows the movement of these five mobiles including that of Wickrematunge’s (indicated in black). The phones passed through 11 cellular phone towers starting from Balapokuna Road – Nugegoda and ending at Attidiya.
Police sleuths say that the five numbers have not been used before or since the day of the killing. However they have not been disconnected either.
One of the five phones appears to have been used to monitor and control the entire operation.  A track path of the calls made between the five telephones indicates that they communicated regularly with each other constantly calling one mobile phone used by a person in Nugegoda.
Police believe only two motorbikes were used despite some eyewitness accounts describing four bikes at the scene of the crime.
One of the five phone numbers indicated on the mobile path shows a call having been made at Bakery Junction – Attidiya – at the exact spot Lasantha was attacked.  Sleuths believe this phone was carried by the killer – the man who actually carried out the attack.
No weapon has been traced as yet. Sleuths remain undecided as to whether Wickrematunge was shot dead at point blank range, killed using a ‘Stun Gun’ or fatally wounded by a long nail attached to the end of a pole.
Doctors who attended on Wickrematunge at the Kalubowila Hospital in an initial report said that Wickrematunge had been killed as a result of “firing.” However, later the post mortem report said “There is an entry wound – no exit wound. Nor a spent bullet inside.”
This led to speculation first published in The Sunday Leader that Wickrematunge had been killed by the use of a ‘Stun Gun’; a weapon that is used for culling cattle or sheep which has a retracting pointed steel rod in its barrel.
With no real clues having emerged as yet, there being no spent bullet casing or cartridge found, police appear to be running with this theory based entirely on the speculative report carried in this newspaper.
Of the 17 soldiers who were held in this regard, detectives narrowed the field down to six prime suspects.  Six army men who on the day  Wickrematunge was killed and on the day Upali Tennakoon, the then editor of the Sinhala Sunday newspaper Rivira was assaulted were out on ‘surveillance.’
There however have been no evidence whatsoever that these six men were indeed involved in the two attacks.  No witnesses have come forward to identify the attackers in either case.  And according to detectives they could not connect the five telephones used on the day of the murder to any of these six men. All 17 army men were subsequently released.
Police meanwhile arrested and remanded one Jesudason from Nuwara Eliya who we were told owns a garage.
All of the five telephones used in the attack were registered in the name of Jesudason. When quizzed by detectives, Jesudason claimed he had lost his Identity Card – which would have been required to purchase the SIM cards for the five mobile phones. Jesudason however never made a formal complaint to the police regarding the loss of his ID.
He did however confess to sharing a drink now and then with a soldier who he says identified himself as being a member of the Sinha Regiment of the Army. This soldier, was among the six detained by the CID/TID. At the time of the arrest of this soldier he was a member of the army’s Military Intelligence Directorate headed at the time by Major General Amal Karunasekera.
At the time Sarath Fonseka was appointed Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Amal Karunasekera was tipped to be among a number of senior officers from the  army to be appointed to top posts in the CDS office.
He was however subsequently chosen to join Sri Lanka’s diplomatic service and  was expected to be posted as the Charge d’Affaires in the new Sri Lanka Mission in Eritrea. Maj. Gen. Karunasekera, played a key role in the military campaign against Tiger guerrillas and is identified as being a close confidant of Sarath Fonseka.
Sleuths last year were also investigating why and how Karunasekera transferred a significant sum of monies to the army’s Head Quarters Battalion Account during or roundabout the period when Wickrematunge was assassinated. The dispensing of monies from this account is entirely the prerogative of the serving army commander.
Previously, Keith Noyahr, Associate Editor and Defence Correspondent of The Nation weekly newspaper was abducted from outside his home and brutally tortured on May 23, 2008.
The assailants in that attack were also believed according to the rumour mill to have been acting on the orders of General Fonseka who was Army Commander at the time. Noyahr subsequently left the country together with his young family vowing never to return.  He also remained tight-lipped refusing to identify or indicate who his attackers were insisting that he had been warned of dire reprisals if he did so.
A month later Namal Perera, a journalist with the Sri Lanka Press Institute, was ruthlessly attacked on a busy highway at Kirulapone at 5.30 p.m. as he was being driven home by a close friend – Mahendra Ratnaweera.  Both Perera and Ratnaweera suffered knife wounds but the assailants failed in their attempt to abduct him. Perera too was perceived to have fallen foul of Fonseka.

Sonali Writes To The President…

Lasantha Wickrematunge’s widow, Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge, on April 24, 2009 publicly released a letter that she had addressed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, expressing her dismay at the government’s attempts to cover up the assassination of her husband, and systematically dismantling the official line that Wickrematunge was killed by ‘forces attempting to discredit the government.’
Mrs. Wickrematunge pointed out several coincidences that jointly point to a government cover up of the assassination, including the fact that the state-run ITN television network did not mention Lasantha’s murder in its January 8 news bulletins. “Even the news editors of ITN, therefore, appear to have concluded that the government was responsible and sought to hush the matter up,” she wrote.
Highlighting the threats made on Lasantha’s life by President Rajapaksa himself in a telephone conversation, Mrs. Wickrematunge not only implied that President Rajapaksa knew full well who was behind Lasantha’s assassination, but went as far as to say “everyone except the police seem to know” who killed the outspoken editor.

“I Know Who Killed Lasantha” — Red Herring?

The Man Who Walked In…

It was mid February 2009 and barely over a month since Lasantha was killed. A small-made, dishevelled man turns up in office and says he wishes to speak with me. He went on to relate an amazing story explaining how Lasantha was killed and who was behind it.
I listened patiently and took down notes of what he said. These notes were retained by me till Friday, March 5, 2010. With news reports in many newspapers and the electronic media that inquiries into the murder of Lasantha were making headway I decided to make a statement on what I was told by this visitor to one arm investigating this case.
Mr. “X” as I would call him had been released from Welikada Prison on an amnesty granted to prisoners on Independence Day in 2009. He was sentenced for embezzlement of state funds. Whilst in prison he was sharing a cell with a few others. Amongst those incarcerated with him were convicted murderers. He heard an inmate convicted for murder talking to another about a contract undertaken by him to kill someone and that the job was done on that day and had bragged as to how the operation was conducted. He said that this murderer had organised a “hit” on someone called Lasantha and a sharp instrument was used to carry out the task. At that point he did not know who this “Lasantha” was, but learnt later when he was watching Sirasa news on TV that night. He said that he had met Lasantha once when he had a problem with higher authorities at the Buddha Sasana Ministry when he gave an interview to The Leader.
He said, “A politician had given the contract to kill Lasantha to Kalu Thushara. Kalu Thushara uses Lakshman Kumara to carry out such contract work even though Lakshman Kumara was in jail. Lakshman Kumara is incarcerated for seven murders and also the HSBC heist. He is in B3 Ward cell 75. Others in this cell were Shantha from Galle and Kamal. Lakshman Kumara used members of his gang  to carry out the murder.”
He said, the weapon used to kill Lasantha was sourced from Vavuniya and those who transported the weapon stayed with a ruling party provincial councillor at Anuradhapura. A three wheeler was used to transport the weapon concealed in a cavity made for transportation of drugs. The three wheel vehicle belonged to an employee at the Transport Board in Ambalantota. The motorcycles used for this operation was sourced by one Indika from Piliyandala. One such bike was later driven by another and was produced at the Piliyandala Police by SI Ousmand.
It was Thusitha, an ex army person, Mr.“X” said who rode one bike to commit this murder. Chatura of Kottawa, Ashan from Kaluaggala and Saman also rode bikes, while Bernard of Pannipitiya drove the three wheeler. Kalu Thushara was remanded for possession of one kilo of heroin. He was charged in the Awissawella High Court. He had falsified the bail documents and was released from Kuruwita prison when he was produced at Welikada for another offence where he was granted bail, on the condition that the Awissawella Courts had given him bail.
Therefore he went free and went by boat to India to link up with Thel Bala to thereafter cross over to Italy. Kalu Thushara was arrested by the Immigration authorities in India and held in a camp.
The ‘hit’ was monitored by Lakshman Kumara from within the prison by using cellular no 07163…which was later confiscated by Jailor Silva on a search conducted within the prison. He also used cellular no 0715727814 and his brother Chaminda used cellular no 0725672771.
Mr. “X” also stated that the “Minister who master-minded the operation had visited Lakshman Kumara in prison that night in a special room and gave him biriyani and Rs. 1.8 million for a job well done.”
Mr. “X” was requested to meet a Police Inspector who was conducting the investigations and also given a card phone to be in touch. On visiting the police station and talking to the Inspector concerned, Mr “X” having developed cold feet vanished and was never heard of till he sent me a registered letter explaining his fear of being identified by the perpetrators.
It was only on receiving the letter that I knew his name. If that is true or not, the investigating authorities are sure to find out. Similarly the truth or falsity of the narrative.
To get to the truth of  Lasantha’s killing all possible leads need to be investigated. This story is being published now, since the CID/TID are finally carrying out a serious investigation into the death and can investigate all possible angles.
The question is who sent this man and why?
Lal Wickrematunge
When We Questioned Sarath Fonseka…

When the presidential election campaign of General Fonseka commenced at a public forum organised by Lakshman Watawala where Fonseka was the guest speaker, a question was posed to him by The Sunday Leader whether he killed Lasantha.  He did not respond maintaining that it was not the proper forum.
On a second occasion when General Fonseka was the Chief Guest at the AGM of the Colombo Lawyers’ For Democracy held at the Galadari Hotel, a written question was sent up to him asking the same question. He replied, “kudu-karayas masquerading as politicians would have done it.”
The third occasion was when The Sunday Leader asked him the same question at an interview held in his political office on December 8, 2009 when he side-tracked the question, mumbling vaguely, alleging kudu-karayas protected by politicians were responsible.

A Year Ago Lasantha’s Widow Sonali Penned A Second Appeal To
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
January 4, 2010
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Temple Trees
Colombo 1
Sri Lanka

Dear President,

Inquiry into the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge

On 8 January 2010, it will be one year since my husband and your ‘friend’, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated in broad daylight while driving to work. He was one of 14 dissident journalists to have been murdered in Sri Lanka after you became President in 2005. In not a single of these cases have the murderers been brought to book. Indeed, it was not for nothing that Lasantha himself observed that “murder has become the primary tool whereby the state seeks to control the organs of liberty…. When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me.” Not only was Lasantha’s murder not investigated, neither were any of the several preceding commando-style attacks on him, his home and The Sunday Leader’s press.
It is no secret that several other journalists have been attacked or otherwise threatened, resulting in their being forced to flee Sri Lanka. Yet others have been coerced into submission. At no time in the history of our country has the freedom of expression been so brutally repressed as it is now. Such media as do operate in the country have been transformed into propaganda mouthpieces for you and your brothers, or into flaccid shells of their former integrity, bullied into submission through the draconian ‘emergency regulations’ you have arbitrarily promulgated – superseding and, in effect, laying waste to the Constitution that has formed the bedrock of our Nation for the past thirty-two years. These regulations that you have so readily enacted have already resulted in one journalist being imprisoned for a term of 20 years.
In the 12 months that have elapsed since Lasantha’s murder, there has been virtually no investigation into this crime. Had there been even the slightest interest in initiating such an inquiry, the apprehension of his murderers would have been child’s play. According to witnesses the assassins all rode a uniform make and type of motorcycle, yet there was no call for information from the public in this regard. After all, two or more men riding a similar make of motorcycle would not likely escape the attention of the neighbours.
What is more, based on witness accounts, Lasantha’s assailants appear to have communicated between themselves using cellular telephones over a period of several hours and across a number of contiguous cells. Although this makes it quite easy to track their movements, and ascertain their identity, the police have made no visible attempt to do so. Laughably, the official inquiry seems to have centred almost entirely around Lasantha’s own telephone, evidently in an endeavour to identify his sources rather than his executioners.
Finally, despite the existence of numerous witnesses, no accurate description of the attack was ever made public by the police. Mysteriously, though the cause of death was recorded as “due to gunshot injuries”, neither were spent cartridges found at the scene; nor a single bullet recovered from Lasantha’s body or shown on an x-ray. Taken together, all this can leave little doubt in a rational mind that the murder has been the focus of an extensive — if clumsy — cover up.
In the wake of Lasantha’s assassination you not only publicly proclaimed that he was your friend and that you met with him frequently, but you also promised a swift and thorough inquiry. That was indeed generous of you, especially in view of the fact that Lasantha was unarguably among the biggest thorns in your side, right from the time he exposed the ‘Helping Hambantota’ scandal, in which money donated to the people of Sri Lanka for tsunami relief mysteriously found its way into a private bank account controlled by you. But that, involving as it did, a mere few hundred thousand dollars, has in these past four years of your presidency paled into insignificance. Despite your sanctimonious promise; now, 12 months after Lasantha’s murder, we all know that no inquiry ever materialised.
It is perhaps most indicative of your government’s attitude towards such matters that when your brother Gotabaya, who oversees the police, was asked about the inquiry by a foreign journalist, he giggled like a petulant child with a secret, asking (on camera, and for the record of posterity), “Who is Lasantha?” Lasantha himself knew full well that he would be murdered, and who his murderer would be. He was not afraid of death. He needed no escorts, bullet proof vests or armoured cars to ply his trade.
He lived by his publicly stated motto: unbowed and unafraid. Indeed, with remarkable prescience, he addressed personally to you an obiter dictum:
“In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too. For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too, depends on it… You will never be allowed to forget that my death took place under your watch. As anguished as I know you will be, I also know that you will have no choice but to protect my killers: you will see to it that the guilty one is never convicted. You have no choice. I feel sorry for you, and Shiranthi will have a long time to spend on her knees when next she goes for Confession for it is not just her owns sins which she must confess, but those of her extended family that keeps you in office.”
Lasantha’s life has been celebrated widely throughout the world. He has posthumously been awarded numerous honours, including UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Prize and five other major international awards. His work has inspired the world. Even today, a large artistic monument to Lasantha titled Unbowed And Unafraid by Austrian architect and sculptor Peter Sandbichler, stands prominently outside Vienna’s renowned Museum of Modern Art.
While these are unique and prestigious honours that would distinguish any person, let alone a mere journalist from so small a country as ours, the Sri Lankan state media, now absolutely controlled by you, have failed to even mention them. It seems they have drawn their own conclusions as to who it was that slew Lasantha.
Even as the so-called investigation fell apart, I wrote you a letter on April 24, 2009 calling for an independent international inquiry into my husband’s death. I also wrote to then-Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickremaratne requesting his cooperation. Nearly one year later no progress has been made. Now with the upcoming presidential election at stake, predictably, Lasantha’s murder has been made a speaking point of every election campaign. Do not reduce the investigation of my husband’s murder into a political circus, Mr. President.
I want you to know that even at this very late stage I would welcome an impartial, transparent and professional inquiry that will identify Lasantha’s murderers and bring them to justice. In the absence of a proper investigation to-date, and given 12 months of stonewalling by your government, both the Sri Lankan public and the world would have arrived at their own conclusions as to who it was that killed Lasantha. All you can do now is prove them wrong. And this I challenge you to do, Mr. President: Prove them wrong.

With Best wishes for the New Year,

Yours Faithfully,
Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge

27 Comments for “A Government Cover-Up”

  1. Samantha

    I am dumbfounded about the vital clues these letters give with regards to Lasantha’s murder. This clearly links a politician which is not difficult guess for any Lankan.

    Infact this politician has said many times that ‘he knows who the killer is’ and I am still baffled why the police authrorities haven’t even questioned this person and clarified to the public???

    But will they or can they ???

    Despite doing most stupidest things known to man, being humiliated by the TV workers, attacking many journalists and TV workers, talking filth in public etc the govt. continues to shower promotions to this man……..


    Is he hiding the top secrects of leaders of the country?
    Is he the terror arm of the govt?
    Isn’t this the obvious reason why the govt. is protecting this man despite what ever he does?????

    • jayasena

      WELL if you know who he is, why don’t you name him without plying little games. or are you just full of it?

  2. click Lanka

    you have nothing else than Lasantha’s case to speak about.

    • Hilly

      What else did you expect an article concerning the assassination to be about? Dessert recipes ? And have you not seen any of the other 30 or so articles that talks about ‘other things’ ? Or has every single article in the paper; lifestyle to sports; talk about Lasanath’s case ? Something tells me you have a reason to get irritated when anyone talks about anything that might discredit the almighty government of yours…

  3. lankan


  4. Celine


    • Jaffna Tamil

      Fonseka knows Gota ordered the killings. Why don’t you let him out and let him speak from abroad. What are they scared of, they have locked him up for what. What has this man done? Gotta, Basil and MR can launder money they received from shady arms sales in California but this man wants to speak out and gets locked up. Sri Lankan justice.

  5. Not only Fonseka… Ranil W., MR etc etc everybody knows. Ranil was the first person who accused Fonseka in this regard.

  6. Ranaya

    What happened to the killers of the welknown journalist Richard de Soyza?He was killed during the terror campaign unleashed by Premadasa government.Richard’s mother identified Ronnie Gunasinghe a top police officer under Premadasa government as one of the abductors but no charges has been brought forward against him.But whether it is Karma or god or whatever Ronnie went to pieces with Premadasa on that 1st of May with all other abductors of Ricard. RIP Richard.We will remeber you as a freedom fighter who did not get money to betray SL and died for critisising a ruthless dictator who killed more than 50,000 during his reign of terror.

    • Jaffna Tamil

      Ranaya, Richard’s moma was a good friend of my father when they were all at school. I have seen Richard in Jaffna just before we ran away from there. sad, how he was murdered. The following were the people who were involved and all 3 are dead from assassinations or bomb blasts;
      SSP Ronnie Gunasinghe, Minister Ranjan Wijeyaratne & Premadasa. All three murderers are dead and gone. I hope the same fate will fall upon the MR gang. But Ranaya, unfortunately in Lanka, another tyrant will rise up and take over. Ranaya, your analysis was a good one. Keep them coming, I like to see them. I am neutral, if you ask a Jaffna man like me, they will not say anything about Premadasa because he was ok with the Tamils. But that is wrong, murderer is a murderer regardless of who he kills. Prabaharan and all these paramilitaries were the same, look what happened to VP, he was finally captured taken to Colombo, tortured, brought back to Mulivaikal and axed to death, he was not shot. VP told his cadres to take cyanide and then he surendered. Double standards eh!!!!!

  7. Ashok

    Well said Ranaya.Premadasa killed Richard de Soyza and also many other journalists,professors,doctors,Univercity deans and presidents and also very intelligent leaders like Lalith,Gamini and Kobbekaduwa.At that time human rights activists were sleeping and they put Mahinda Rajapaksha in prison along with Vasudewa for going against the government.Now we live peacefully and not like during Premadasa or JR or the time of LTTE.

    • Jaffna Tamil

      Ashok, are you joking? Lalith & Gamini intelligent leaders. They were racist pigs. They deserved what they got. Gamini and Cyril Matthew along with 200 drunken police thugs burnt down the Jaffna Library. Yes, I agree they had a decent education, what did that do for them? Nothing!!!! I believe you are talking about Denzil Kobekaduwe, yes I agree with you. He was an officer and a gentleman. Even the LTTE respected him as a decent soldier. You are also correct that he was assassinated by Premadasa, not the LTTE. There is peace under Rajapakse? are you mad and blind? Can’t you see what is going on in the country? where are you living? Yes, MR destroyed the LTTE menace, thank God for that. But MR is no better than VP or Premadasa. I consider myself a Sri Lankan even though I am a Jaffna Tamil. But let me tell you this, I am happy what Lalith and Gamini got for what they did to the Tamils. They deserved every bit of it. This country should destroy every racist.

  8. Gangdhi

    It is the same terorists who paid him.

  9. NotCorrupt

    All this evidence and the police cannot come up with at least a suspect?

    Its clear that the order came from the very top and the brothers planned and knew about it all along. They couldnt use the forces in case it all went wrong. So they got Mervin on the case!

    What a bunch of COWARDS they really are. We will get the chance to teach them a lesson soon…

    Mr Wickrematunge was a TRUE HERO AND PATRIOT. Let us never forget him. I hope his family will achieve every dream he dreamed for them. All of you deserve the very best in life.

  10. I am astonished that the doctor/doctors who treated/performed the postmortem examination on Lasantha’s body said that he “had been killed as a result of ‘firing’ ” – such verbiage is vague and colloquial, and is NOT used in forensic medicine.
    The full postmortem report, which all who have studied forensic medicine ( a subject for the MBBS ) have awaited, has not yet been made public.
    From the examination ( edges, appearance of the skin sourrounding the wound, the depth of the wound, the direction of the wound etc. ) the type of weapon could be identified.
    Who carried out the postmortem examination – this is not known/divulged. Why? I remember that Minister Rambukwella said “we know who did this” or words to this effect, and the IGP refused to record his testimony, saying that “it is only a statement” ! Such a response is unheard of from any chief of any law enforcement agency anywhere.
    From all above, it is evident that the killing had been ordered by a person at the top of the political hirearchy, on behalf of, and on orders from, those who stood tainted by the truth divulged by Lasantha in his writings.
    None of around 17 killings of journalists since Mahinda R became president has been investigated fully.
    Can we expect anything even from the RRLC in these circumstances?
    In other countries, such a series of murders would have ‘brought down’ the government.
    This government appears to think that other countries & international human rights organisations should ignore this situation.

  11. machanman

    what are the chances the politician’s name begins with “Mervin” and ends with “Silva”?

    • Jaffna Tamil

      good one machanman. It is a good possibility. But sometimes I feel Mervin is a low level thug and does not have the intelligence to carry out such an assassination of this calibre. It must be coming from someone above him…….maybe the name starts with Go.. ends with…….:)

  12. Gamage

    The more the Sunday Leader goes on and on and on about Lasantha’s muder the more the Sri Lankans will go off the subject. Can’t you see that people have better things to think about than Lasantha. Just give up ‘Sunday Leader’ and do something to build up the country that was betrayed by people who supported LTTE. No matter what you say, at least more than a half of the country believes that Lasantha betrayed the motherland due to his support to LTTE. Sorry but lets face the truth if you are all for the truth.

  13. Karu

    Some one who can interview RW can ask him who killed Lasantha. He is the first one to accuse of the big guy who is in Jail now. It’s funny how every one is running around the bush. Lasantha reported on the big guy, Lasantha was told not to do so but he did it any ways. Big Guy took care of it. So what’s the big deal? Unless some one put the guy on a lie detector, he will never admit to any thing. He is a master of lies. Frederica Jansz, you know personally how good the big guy in Jail can lie. What else? So let’s not waste any time here. Reporters die not because they are ugly, but when they report other peoples garbage. If the big guy took the highest seat in the country, there were more who was going to go on Lasantha’s path.

  14. Mohan

    The killers were G and M

  15. Robert Shammugalingam

    Well said karu…..!!!

  16. Foreigner

    Isn’t everything in SL a cover -up? like the level of poverty, starvation, pick pockets, murders, corruption and the list goes on.

  17. Tony

    Wow! Sonali’s challenge to the President is very powerful. Unfortunately, this government has decided that international condemnation, including the loss of certain economic concessions, is a price worth paying to be able to pursue their family-oriented (the Rajapakse family), undemocratic policies in pursuit of limitless wealth and power for themselves. Neither Robert Mugabe nor Idi Amin much cared what the world thought about their treatment of uncooperative journalists, and neither does The Ruling Family of Sri Lanka.

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