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Journalist Threatened…
On Tuesday, September 11, at 5:50 p.m. a phone call was received by Dinouk Colombage, the journalist initially assigned to work on the Malaka Silva story from a number that was displayed as “private number”.  Upon answering the call, the man on the line (speaking in Sinhala) abused the journalist and told him that he should “stop working on his story, otherwise nothing good will come of it.”
Colombage has since lodged a complaint at the Welikada Police station. The I.B. reference is 81/94 CIB III.

We Are Innocent Malaka And Rehan

By Frederica Jansz

Rehan Wijeratne (L) and Malaka Silva (R)

Rehan Wijeratne was the first to arrive at Apartment 15/03 at the JAIC Hilton on Saturday September 8.  The time was around 6 p.m.  The apartment had been rented for a day by his best friend and buddy Malaka Silva.  The two boys have told their friends that they had done so in order to watch the election results of the three provinces where polling had concluded that day -  Wayamba, North Central and the Eastern Provinces.
Rehan had came in early to shower, change and await the arrival of Malaka who was expected to arrive together with five or six other friends.
While there Rehan has confided that he had received a call from former casino owner Nalin Fonseka.  The latter owns an apartment at the JAIC Hilton situated on the 27th floor.  Fonseka had buzzed him and asked, “I heard you are having a get-together why have I not been invited?” To which Rehan had replied, “We just came to watch the election results”. Fonseka had then asked Rehan to come up to his apartment.  The youngster obliged. Merely to go say, ‘Hi.’  Entering Fonseka’s penthouse like apartment he claims he noticed two unsavoury individuals appearing to stand guard at the appartment’s rear entrance near the kitchen.  They appeared to be acting as bodyguards. However the two men were not in uniform.
Having greeted Nalin Fonseka, Rehan has confided that he spent a few minutes exchanging idle gossip before excusing himself to go back to apartment 15/03.  Another individual and underworld character “Konde Chutti” was also present in Fonseka’s apartment at the time.  Konde Chutti previously was known to be underworld kingpin Nawala Nihal’s right-hand man. The late Nawala Nihal is a close relative of Fonseka.
When Rehan returned to the apartment Malaka Silva had already arrived with his friends.  The time was around 7.30 p.m.  They had then proceeded to watch the election results and had dinner.
The small party continued until the early hours of Sunday September 9. At around 3.30 a.m. the boys had left the apartment and entered the lobby of the JAIC Hilton on their way to the car park.  In the lobby they had spotted the two men Rehan claims he had seen inside Nalin Fonseka’s apartment the previous night.
One of the men had allegedly approached Malaka and speaking in Sinhalese said, “Umbala me saray chande dinuwata eelanga saray dinnene ne,” (loosely translated meaning, “this time you guys may have won the election but you will not win the next time”).
Malaka had exchanged some words but when it looked like a heated argument was breaking out he had allegedly refused to respond further but walked out of the lobby into the car park area and climbed into the driving seat of his Range Rover vehicle.

The images show Malaka Silva together with his father Minister Mervyn Silva paying homage to the Kapilavastu Relics at the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya on Monday September 10, a day after the incident took place at the JAIC Hilton. Silva did so in the midst of some 2,000 police officers who were assigned for duty that day in Kelaniya.

Rehan attempted to climb into the passenger front seat while their friends had tried getting into the back.  At which point, one of the men – later identified as a corporal in the Army had approached Malaka in the driving seat and grabbing him by the collar of his shirt and said, “Me saray umba ahapang Nalin inne ape patthay” (This time you may think otherwise but Nalin is on our side).
Malaka had attempted to shove him aside.
At which point some of his friends had yelled a warning, “Malaka! balapang mung weapon ekak adda,” (Malaka watch out! He has pulled out a weapon). The boys have since told friends that they had then heard the sound of a weapon loading.
They claim they got frightened that they were about to get shot at, by which time, according to Malaka and Rehan  their friends had grappled with the two men who are now known to be serving army intelligence officers.   A scuffle broke out and blows were exchanged. The pistol dropped to the floor and Malaka had yelled to his driver who was also present at the time to grab the weapon which the driver did.
Malaka claims he shouted to his driver to take the weapon to the police.  The boys speedily left the scene and the driver had handed over the weapon together with the mobile phone of Major Chandana Pradeep to the Slave Island police.
Later, Major Chandana Pradeep lodged a complaint at the same police station accusing the boys of having stolen the gold chain he had been wearing around his neck at the time of the incident.
Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana confirmed that indeed the driver of Malaka Silva had handed over the weapon belonging to Major Chandana Pradeep and his mobile telephone to the Slave Island police  the same morning.
SSP Ajith Rohana also confirmed that Major Chandana Pradeep too had initially lodged a complaint also with the Slave Island police that the boys had taken his weapon, mobile telephone and gold chain.
Later, however SSP Rohana said he had been told that the gold chain had been found inside the home of Major Pradeep.  The police spokesman said Major Chandana Pradeep had identified himself as being from army intelligence and claimed to have been on duty at the JAIC Hilton the day of the incident.
Asked if the army officers had been at the apartment of Nalin Fonseka SSP Rohana said he did not know. Questioned if a statement had been recorded from Rehan Wijeratne and Malaka Silva the police spokesman replied in the negative asserting, “We are still looking for them”.
When told that as journalists we know where both boys are – that they were not in hiding but in their homes in Colombo he replied, “I am not involved in this case.  I can only go by what the investigators have told me”.
Asked why Malaka Silva was not arrested when he visited the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya in the company of his father Minister Mervyn Silva to pay respects to the Kapilavastu Relics SSP Ajith Rohana said, “He did so on Monday September 10, the day after this incident.  It is true there were over 2,000 police officers on duty in Kelaniya that day.  However none of them were aware of this incident or that Malaka was wanted.  If you are wanted by the police only the Mount Lavinia or Ratmalana police can act. If you were to go to Kelaniya or Anuradhapura the police there cannot act unless an islandwide police alert is issued. In this case it was not. So the police were unaware despite the media reports”.
In the meantime Malaka and Rehan have insisted they have no idea how the army major got hurt.  Admitting though, that he may have fallen to the ground in the ensuing scuffle and thus injured his head.
Later in the day that same morning, Nalin Fonseka had telephoned Rehan Wijeratne at around 11 a.m. and said, “Rehan malli api meka godin beragamu, avith mage athata weapon eke denna” (Rehan, let’s settle this amicably come and give me the weapon).
Fonseka had then added, “Malli may army eke inna aya. Ussas niladariek thamai maygollo mata dunne” (These are army men given to me by a high ranking officer in the army).  Rehan says he has proof of this telephone call made by Fonseka to his mobile telephone.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader from his home in Colombo on Friday, Rehan Wijeratne said, “The only reason I am not making a statement is because of the ongoing police investigation. I believe the truth will always prevail. Which is why I am not absconding.  If they want to arrest me they can do it”.  Asked if police had visited his home he said they had not done so up to Friday September 14th.
He added, “My mother (Bharathi Wijeratne) has not contacted anyone.  Not the President, nor the Defence Secretary. Nobody.  She told me, Rehan, if you have done something wrong then you must face the consequences. If not, the truth will prevail”.
Acting spokesman for the military Brigadier J. V. Ravipriya said the Army is to carry out a military court of inquiry.
According to Brigadier Ravipriya, the military court of inquiry has been appointed in this case as the party concerned is subjected to military law.  Asked who in the army will conduct the inquiry he said, “The names of those officers cannot be divulged for public consumption”.
Questioned on what exactly took place in the early hours of September 9 at the JAIC Hilton Brigadier Ravipriya said, “We do not have much information other than that there was an argument, then a quarrel and then the officers were assaulted after which Major Chandana Pradeep was treated for head wounds at the Colombo National Hospital before being transferred to the Narahenpita Military Hospital”.
Asked if the two officers had been present inside the apartment of Nalin Fonseka on the 27th floor of the JAIC Hilton Brigadier Ravipriya replied, “I do not know. However the two officers were on duty”.
Pressed to explain what exactly he meant by them being on duty he said, “I cannot be specific.  They are army intelligence officers and they were working that night”. When we telephoned the JAIC Hilton and asked to speak with Nalin Fonseka at his apartment on the 27th floor the operator after checking came back on line and said, “Mr. Fonseka’s domestics say he is away – out of Colombo and cannot be contacted”. We left a message and a contact mobile telephone number but at the time of going to press Mr. Fonseka had not called.
Rehan Danushka Wijeratne is not the son of the late Mano Wijeratne.  He is the son of Sujith Jayawickrema and Bharathi Wijeratne. Rehan studied at S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and is a classmate of the President’s son Namal Rajapaksa.  Malaka Silva too was a classmate.  Silva’s education career remains as chequered as his current behavior given that he is not just a school drop-out but a college drop-out too.
Rehan’s parents divorced when he was just three years old.  He remained in the custody of his mother, having little contact with his biological Dad.
He subsequently adopted the name of his maternal grandfather Wijeratne.
His mother, Bharathi Wijeyratne (nee Wijeratne) is currently Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Turkey.  She is also Chairperson of the Ranjan Wijeratne Foundation.  The late Ranjan Wijeratne was her Uncle.  Her second marriage was to the late parliamentarian Mano Wijeratne.
The late General Ranjan Wijeratne was a defacto Commander-in-Chief of Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces during the reign of Southern terror in the late 80s. He was initially a Lt. Colonel but was posthumously promoted to the rank of General for annihilating JVP terror.
According to the website dedicated to the memory of the late Ranjan Wijeratne the Foundation was formed to carry on his
vision for the “Motherland and her Armed Forces”. The Foundation, therefore lists its chief objectives as providing welfare, publicity and related activities towards the Armed Forces following the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s three decade long war.
It must indeed be ironical then that in this backdrop, Rehan stands accused of having been party to the physical assault of a military officer.
The Ranjan Wijeratne Foundation recently funded the book ‘Gota’s War’ authored by C. A. Chandraprema.  Which is why, Rehan’s mother Bharathi, delivered the welcome address at a glitzy, politically studded function held on May 14 this year at the Grand Ballroom at Waters Edge to launch the book. C. A. Chandraprema confirmed that indeed Bharathi Wijeratne not only spearheaded but was in charge of raising funds for the book he authored.  He said he could not however recall how much exactly the Foundation donated towards the final publication of the book.
Rehan and Malaka share a long term friendship. Both are 25 years old. The two young men clearly are “buddies” going by their pictures posing together on the beach and elsewhere on their Facebook pages.
That apart, both are employed at the Ministry of Public Relations and Public Affairs where the Minister is Mervyn Silva.  Malaka is ‘Private Secretary’ to his Dad while Rehan reportedly had told family and friends that he functioned for a time as Mervyn Silva’s ‘Press Secretary’. For how long he served in this position is not clear. Additionally, according to his Facebook page he states that he is working as a “Director” at Udekki Alankuda Beach in Kalpitiya.
Glen Terry, the owner of Udekki confirmed to The Sunday Leader that Rehan is a Director at his hotel.

Malaka’s Track Record

Malaka (L) and Rehan (R) posing again while on holiday together

In September 2007 an Accountant, Chaminda Senasinghe was hit on the face with pistol butt by Malaka Silva at the Bistro Latino Restaurant. Speaking to The Sunday Leader from the Nawaloka Hospital, Chaminda recounted those last moments before he fell to the floor only to be kicked and manhandled by about 10 persons. (The Sunday Leader September  9, 2007). After visiting hospital Chaminda lodged a complaint at the Bambalapitiya Police Station. However Malaka had made it to the police station before Chaminda and had himself made a complaint indicating to a small bruise on the bridge of his nose and stating that a group of persons had assaulted him. Senasinghe had 11 stitches on his forehead. Malaka Silva was remanded on September 11, 2007 for pistol whipping Chaminda Senasinghe.
* Malaka Silva and two of his bodyguards on November 2, 2006 pleaded guilty to attacking  Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers who were on a drug raid at a night club in a five star hotel.
Colombo High Court Judge Upali Abeyratne ordered them to pay compensation of Rs. 10,000 each and enter into a bond for Rs. 100,000 each for good behaviour for one year. The accused were Malaka Silva and his bodyguards Sampath Kumara Rajapakse and Prasanna Kumara Suresh. The Judge ordered that the compensation be directed to the Police Rewards Fund.
In a direct indictment by the Attorney General the three accused were charged with wilfully causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty. Malaka Silva was charged with intimidating and obstructing the PNB team which went on a narcotics raid with a court order to the night club My Kind of Place at Taj Samudra in the early hours of July 24, 2005.
The accused were indicted with assaulting police personnel including PC R. W. A. Dayan Lasantha – an offence punishable under Section 323 of the Penal Code.
According to the statements given by PNB officers and PNB OIC Buddhika Balachandra at the magisterial inquiry; on the said date the narcotics team on a tip-off had raided the night club to arrest an ‘ecstasy’ dealer who was said to have been trafficking the drug at the hotel. When the PNB officers who were in plain clothes were leaving the night club after completing the ten-minute raid, Malaka Silva had obstructed them and abused them in foul language. Malaka Silva had allegedly threatened the police officer at gunpoint and assaulted the police officers. Later he had called his bodyguard who was armed with a pistol and attacked the police officers.
The PNB team had allegedly withdrawn from the place since the accused were armed and as they did not want to create a problem there. Later they had complained to the Colombo Fort police. The accused had later surrendered to the police. Ironically two days after the attack former Police Chief, Chandra Fernando, announced the release of Malaka Silva and his mates saying that there was no evidence. Media reported that the police were under pressure not to work hard on the case.
In his attempt to defend his son, Mervyn Silva abused journalists in filth and stated that he knows what to do with the owners of Sirasa and Swarnavahini – two privately owned media stations. Earlier in connection with this trial Malaka had also been banned from entry into night clubs after 7 p.m with a warning that if the ban was violated the one million rupee bail on the two persons would be converted into a fine and charged from them (The Sunday Leader September  9, 2007).
* According to a leaked US diplomatic cable in February 2007, US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis wrote to her Secretary of State saying that “according to a former Sri Lankan security services official, drug kingpins in Sri Lanka have political patrons in the government, chief among them Dr. Mervin Silva, a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Labor. His son, Malaka Silva, is suspected of trafficking the drug ‘ecstasy’ in Colombo.”

Courtesy: Colombo Telegraph

40 Comments for “Believe It Or Not”

  1. This article smells fishy. I know the ‘Leader’ has been bought by Asanga Seneviratne (a rajapaksa proxy). I will continue to read the paper as long as Fredrica, Tissaranee and Vanderpoorten write for it. Like I said before this article smells fishy, and only a ‘konday bandapu cheena’ would believe that story of poor innocent Malaka being attacked by the CID officer. :)

    • Pandi

      I agree 100%, this article is extremely fishy, Did the writer speak to the army major to get his side of the story?

    • Cyrando

      This smell is not “fishy” but the smell Fredica gets when she licks the Rajapakaya a***holes!
      She calls these parayas ‘boys’, like they were some kids out having fun.
      Jasnz has lost her credibility, so don’t bother reading any of her stories except for a laugh.

  2. Shantha Siriwaradane

    Malaka earns millions selling ecstasy in Colombo. Being an old Thomian he is has connections in the high society

    • kudson

      it is imperative that sri-lanka gets rid of these parasites
      selling dope to the youth
      people like nalin fonseka play gangster to poor people
      but run with their tail between their legs
      when a young wanna be gangster punk like malaka challenges them
      also most of the army intelligence guys are always seen hanging around
      some of the best night clubs and casinos
      where do they get the money

    • Anil

      I am a Thomian. It is disgraceful that a son of Mervin Silva was admitted to STC, Mervin was a Kolla in Mrs Bandaranayake’s domestic staff.

      • rufus

        That’s a good one , who brought him to politics ? maybe mrs .Kumartunga. She is responsible for this Kolla’s behavior. just imagine how much of Kudu would have been sold by this Kolla ? Today he can buy a jumbo jet to fly to Colombia to get acquainted with the world’s top drug dealers.

      • Shaik Anwar Ahamath

        If Mervyn Silva was indeed Mrs Bandaranayake’s kolla, it explains a lot. He could have picked up something salacious with which he is holding the Rajapakse’s to ransom. Otherwise there’s no good reason why this thug is tolerated and given positions of responsibilities he has no qualifications whatsoever. The apple does not fall far from the tree. His son Malaka is cashing in on the strength of his father.

      • SAM THAMBY

        May be St Thomas’s College Matara, Pls check with STC Mt. if he really was in STC… May be Gurutalwa, Bandarawela!!!!

        This story points fingers at the Army Major, What duty has he in Jaic “Intel”, or for that matter the shady Mr.N Fonseka…Why would he go threaten these guys on political issues… well Fredrica has put out the story and if she stand by it well for once Malaka & Rehan are put it mildly innocent!!!!

        The Army guy is in terrible trouble..being in Jaic for drinks that too in the wee hours of the Morning with a weapon and on duty not mention after a few drinks!!!!

        Thats how I see it..

      • paul

        Agreed 100%. How dare a domestic servant’s son got enrolled in to our upmarket college?

    • udaya

      The only connection to this “high society” he has is because he’s a son of a politico. So cut the crap abt where u schooled and high society!

  3. Shantha

    Silence from little Gota?

  4. Shantha

    Silence from little Gota

    • Chris

      Looks like Gota doesn’t mind his war heroes being beaten up by a drug dealer’s son! So much for his patriotism and pride in the soldiers!

  5. sandman

    Innocent ???????????????

    • Nathan

      The whole country and the entire political system is stinking of not fish but rotten fish. You can’t blame the poor lady because she has to survive. These murderers from top to bottom can just bump her off. There is no law and order at all. JR started the Dharmista Aanduwa and now we have reached the peak thanks to Mahintha Chintahna.

      The whole country is a tragedy and a comedy.

  6. Sameen Jan

    FJ’s vocation-planting. Planting stories all over SL. Rides high -on a giraffe-cannot get down.
    False information. The duo are not of the same age.Malaka is nearly 40.Was this deliberately done?
    What’s this ‘de facto C in C of the forces’ rubbish of FJ?
    FJ is doing what she is expert in-running down the state and the forces.This was a God sent opportunity to blast both.
    Kicks off with a sympathy card about some ‘threat’ on one Colombage! Sure to win an award from the Intl Community if she fights for it as usual on awards night!
    Nemisis approaching-deservedly.
    Hope,it is not as watery as where her heroes ended up- Nandi kadal

  7. Buddhadasa

    One thing is very clear. Our country is fast becoming another”Somalia” where drug king pins take the rule of law to their hands and politicians ,their sons and their faithful henchman can play hell anywhere like this and get away without any problem. The president and defence secretary are giving a grand example to the country by protecting these underworld thugs like Malaka Silva and Duminda Silva. They are worshiping Kapilawastu relics to hoodwink the the public on one hand. Sadly they keep a blind eye when it comes to safegaurding law and order on the other hand. Dear president,We don’t need to be fooled for you to be in power.Be honest and ensure a country anybody can live in peace and dignity obeying law and order.

  8. dagobert


    This fiasco apart, I am interested to know to whom this RANGE ROVER belong to ?
    If it is owned by the Silvas, isn’t it a case for the Inland revenue department.

  9. ROY


  10. Emil van der Poorten

    Sameen Jan:
    It would help if your abuse was in comprehensible English! Instead of trying to be clever and writing stuff NO ONE can understand, why don’t you put it down in simple English. Or would that reveal that there is nothing inside that stupid head of yours?

  11. Max

    I did not know that the entry requirement for St Thomas’s college was that you had to be a Thug!!!

  12. Shaik Anwar Ahamath

    I have the greatest respect for Frederica Jansz but this report has very little credibility. It is not corroborated by anyone other than Malaka and his cronies. By rights the other side should have their say and I trust Frederica will be publishing it.







  14. This is totally one sided fabricated article written as a cover up to tell the truth. Why didn’t Ms. Jansz interview the injured army major and the corporal….We want to hear their side of the incident. If she could publish it.

    • malaka

      @Saliya.. either you are stupid or totally ignorant and havent read this article by Jansz… She is defending the Thug rather than the LAW.. if she interviwes the Victim or even ask why was the hotel cctv was erased. then the truth will come out and she would not want her socalled valuable rep transihed defending thugs.

  15. Appuhamy

    Fredrika Jansz says : “Rehan and Malaka share a long term friendship. Both are 25 years old”! I am confused! I have seen Malaka and his gangsters in action at various nightclubs as way back as 1999 – especially at the “Blue Elephant” at the Hilton. So, if he’s 25 now, he must have been 12 years old in 1999. Seems like Fredrika Jansz has got her facts all tangled up as usual!

  16. Richie

    Religion and Sopranos juxtaposed as One goes on recurring.
    Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process.
    I don’t think journalist can change the nation, but when the nation begins to change it searches for something different. I may be naïve but nothing is permanent.

  17. Kumar

    This story is one sided and is the narrative of Rehan Wijeratne. Are you expecting him to say “we were the bad guys?” FJ should find out the other side before publishing such bull shit.

  18. The father, the son and the cunning ghost.

  19. Appuhamy

    What I can’t understand is how this young Rehan who hails from respectable family backgrounds got involved with this low class “walang-bettas”. I suppose he must be feeling powerful amongst all those thugs who surround this Malaka fellow. There are also certain other Colombo’s high flying night owls – like Diren Nirmalingam – who are also seen in the company of this Malaka fellow for the same reason.

  20. Max

    Has FJ being bought up by Rajapakse PLC???

  21. Dexter

    Malaka isn’t 25… get your facts right… LOL !! why are you making this idiot more younger

  22. malaka

    I see Frederica Jansz.. Has paublished a vile gutter piece calling it journalism.. How she defends a Brutal Thug as a Saint. My god she has investigated this more than the Police..and yet how Frederica Jansz finds the socalled thug as the victim and NOT THE JUSTICE system of this nation… Yet she speaks of LAw when in the company of the west and in sri lanka she uses the and abuses the Office of true Journalism to defend a Well known Thug Rather than the Process of The LAW…. Frederica Jansz has turned the Sunday LEader into piece of gutter rubbish the mouth piece of her choosen few.

    • Richie

      Rajapakse family the Village jackals like Saddam/Gaddafi the dictators who believe what they are told to believe have sacked Frederica Jansz.

      Gota the mother of all step fathers what a pathetic prick.

      Bye Bye S.L.

  23. paul

    This is a forgery. Someone else must have written it using Federica’s name.. Else the new owner must have forced her to writethis garbage…

  24. Kumara

    Dear Mr. President,
    Are you out of your mind?? This is your People???

  25. Gamini

    Malaka 25 years old?? WHAT A JOKE. Innocent? WHAT A JOKE. Any one with one brain cell who has seen the way these two baboons act in public whether it be in a night club or 5 star hotel knows they are sick in the head. Besides, it is a known fact his bodyguards carry weapons. As a result why would one major and corporal, despite being from the army want to go against a gang of 8 buggers?? The whole thing smells fishy. I rather believe the story that the whole thing started over a cigarette (as stupid as that sounds, it sounds more believable than this pile of rubbish).

  26. Sujee

    This writer has thought that their reader base are babies.. what a spin attempt.

    This article is an insult to the readers.

    This is the standard of stories you will see from this paper from now onwards. That’s for sure..

    Sell your udder.. sell your udder.. just for few bucks…

    If Lasantha was alive, he would die reading this crap!

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