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6th Death Anniversary Of D. Sivaram

By Abdul H. Azeez

Sivaram

As the sixth death anniversary of slain journalist Darmaretnam Sivaram approached on April 28 there were fresh calls to bring his killers to justice. He was abducted on April 28, 2005 and his body was found dumped a day later in Kotte, in a high security zone near the parliament complex.
The Colombo High Court decided to re-open the case in March, after five years. It subsequently scheduled a hearing on June 28 at the request of the chief suspect who wanted a Sinhala speaking jury.  The suspect, Arumugam Sri Skandharajah also known as Peter, was identified by police as a member of the armed wing of the Tamil militant group turned political party PLOTE. He was later released on bail.
Sivaram, 46, also known by his pseudonym Taraki, was a well-known columnist for the Daily Mirror and a senior editorial board member of the online news service, TamilNet, known for its strong pro-LTTE slant. According to eyewitness quoted by Tamil media he was abducted in Bambalapitiya and spirited away in a car. Police found his bullet ridden body the next morning dumped in a paddy field close to parliament, located within the perimeters of a High Security Zone.
Sivaram was said to have an analytical mind and an extensive knowledge of politics and war. He was also called a ‘terrorist journalist’ by the Jathika Hela Urumaya due to his work for TamilNet.

15 Comments for “6th Death Anniversary Of D. Sivaram”

  1. TomSam Usa

    Yet another victim of thugs for speaking the truth.

  2. Ramees

    Government is answerable for killing Sivaram and Lasantha

    • Ariya

      Really?

      Sivaram was a LTTEr and a traitor! Was Lasantha too a taritor and a LTTEr, Ramees?

  3. Saro

    Lasantha Wickretunge, Darmaratnam Sivaram, Nimalrajan, many others journalists, MP Pararajasingam, MP Maheswaran and many other Tamil MPs were murdered by either paramilitaries or those close to this government but still are free at large. China, Russia and few other countries want to protect this government and the track record of guaranteeing impunity to HR violators and killers. Where can these victims seek justice?

  4. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    I read always Tharaki’s articles . He wrote English comparable to love songs of Karunarathne Abeysekera and George Leslie Ranasinghe.

    • Ariya

      This guys was LTTE member and the editor of the Tamilnet. He was as bad as Prabakaran or even worse!

  5. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Such things are very common in the World History. Remember the death of Fredrico Garcia Lorca.

  6. N. PERERA

    TAMILAL SARI PEETH SARI, DEMALATH HARI GOOTH HARI THIS IS OUR OLD GENERATION GIVEN THIS PROVERB TO TAMILS . THERE IS ANOTHER ONE, TAMIL WHO FRONT OF THE MIRROR, TAMIL WHO DIED AND TAMIL WHO GOING TO BORN NEVER EVER TRUST. MOREOVER, INDIAN PROVERB IS IF U SEE TAMIL AND COBRA , KILL TAMIL FIRST. GOLDEN OLD PEOPLE SAID THOSE THINGS CORRECTLY NOT JUST.

    • Lanka liar

      Here is a good one “Dont belive a a Sin Ha Lie even if he tells the time”

    • proverb

      There is also a proverb which says that “manchal kayithukkaha thayaiyum kolvan sinkalavan” (a sinhalese will kill his own mother for the sake of a yellow thread)

    • Ramees

      Sinhalayo Modayo Kevum Kanda Rothayo

  7. Ariya

    You mean Sivaram the Ltter?

  8. Ashen

    This guy is a terrorist

  9. God will punish those murderers who not only killed Sivaram but also many other journalists. Killers will never brought to justice by the Police and we all know why. In Sri Lanka, mainly under the leadership of Mahinda Percy Rajapakse, jounalists are the villans for exposing the truth about the regime.

  10. Tom Sam

    Pakse gang and their thugs are responsible for these murders.
    The will come to soon to put mahinand gota in the nose.The electris chair is too”humane”

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