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Sajin To Become Witness For State Against MR

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema Former United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena is to become a witness for the state in the investigations carried into allegations of financial irregularities leveled against UPFA MP, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, highly placed government sources told The Sunday Leader. It is learnt that Gunawardena has agreed to [...]

Challenges To Re-Establishment Of Law And Order

The shooting in Kaduwela courts of a remand prisoner by an unidentified gunman, who got away and was later apprehended by police, will bring fear and cause much concern among ordinary citizens. It brings into question whether the government authorities are capable of protecting even those who are entrusted to their custody even inside a [...]

To Hang Or Not To Hang?

By Saliya Pieris  The tragic death of five year old Seya has led to frenzied calls for the implementation of the death penalty in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena himself weighed in on the question last week when he announced that he will place the question of the death penalty before Parliament. Social media has [...]

Probe On Prison Officials And Drug Kingpins

Bribes paid for special perks for suspects By Nirmala Kannangara The issue of the alleged involvement of prison officials in aiding and providing various facilities to suspects in remand and convicts in jail came out in to the open last week. Last week it was confirmed that certain prison officials are involved in aiding and [...]

What Would Be the Next Step?

By Upul Kumarapperuma With the tabling of the Resolution at the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in respect to the government of Sri Lanka, a new concept of ‘Hybrid Court Mechanism’ has come to light, which has become the latest addition to the legal jargon of the country. After the Resolution [...]

Tamils In The North Are The Ones Who Are Still Suffering – Champika Ranawaka

Minister of Megapolis and Western Province Development Patali Champika Ranawaka is of the view that we do not need an international mechanism to deal with crimes alleged to have taken place in the country during the war. He says our Constitution does not allow for an international mechanism. Hence, to resolve these issues, he says [...]

When ‘Genocide’ Became Just ‘Horrific’ Crimes

By N. Sathiya Moorthy By declaring both in the national Parliament and at the informal member-discussions on the US draft resolution at Geneva, Sri Lanka has shown near-unanimity in rejecting UNHRC probe’s core recommendation on setting up a domestic ‘hybrid court’ with international judges to probe ‘war crimes’ and ‘accountability issues’. With this one stroke, [...]

India Will Back A Consensus Resolution

There is a “sea change” in the approach of the new Sri Lankan government over the alleged war crimes during the last phase of the civil war with the LTTE and India is hopeful that there will be a consensus resolution on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council, the Press Trust of India [...]

Controversy Over Firearms Issued To RALL

Investigation into Rakna Lanka continues By Nirmala Kannangara After the revelation that the controversial Rakna Arakshka Lanka Limited (RALL) – a government owned security company, a brain child of the former Defence Secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – had obtained firearms without following related legal process, questions have been raised as to who had given the [...]

Tamil Parties Have Agreed To A Local Mechanism – Gayantha Karunatilleka

Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleka says that since the Tamil parties have agreed to a local mechanism, no one should be allowed to create unnecessary racial issues. In an interview with The Sunday Leader the minister said that there still are many including certain media, who are trying to stir up tensions by propagating various [...]

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