A cry for justice nine years after Lasantha’s murder

By Easwaran Rutnam

Monday January 8th marks nine years since the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickremetunga.

Speaking at an event last month, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the media never questioned him on the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga.

Tomorrow, January 8th, the Prime Minister and his Government will most certainly be questioned why even his Government has failed to bring those responsible for the crime before the law.

Family and friends of Lasantha Wickremetunga will gather at his graveside, as they have since the day he died, to pray for his soul and call for justice.

Speaking at the ‘UNESCO Regional Conference on Reinforcing Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in Colombo last month, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe questioned if the local media are really interested in media rights adding that they never ask him about the investigations over the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga.

If, as he says that question was never asked, it will be asked once again tomorrow (January 8) as it has been asked every January 8th since the day Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed.

In August last year the second post mortem on the assassination found that Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed by a blunt object.

The Mount Lavinia Magistrates’ court was informed in August there were no signs to prove Wickrematunge was killed from a gun shot.

The remains Wickrematunge were exhumed in September 2016 to conduct a fresh investigation over his murder. Wickrematunge was killed while he was on his way to office.

Popularly known for his investigative journalism and for the stand he took on media freedom, Wickrematunge was believed to have been killed for taking on the then Government which was on the verge of defeating the LTTE.

13 Comments for “A cry for justice nine years after Lasantha’s murder”

  1. sunday leader mr lasanatha weeratunga was day killed by the mr Rajapaska and his brother mr Gota, it was proved but judgment was not given it delay, mr Ranil told the journalist not ask any question regarding his death supporting former president his brother ,mr Ranil is supporting CB case for mr Mahadran they were good friend, he is not a citizen to hold top post in government ,of srilankan ,mr Ranil must sent out of politics by people,

  2. ed

    THE NEWS FIRST, SHAKTHI TV AND THE MAHARAJA ORGANISATION SHOULD HAVE A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO ONE OF IT’S GREAT MEDIA PERSONNEL WHO WAS MURDERED BY THE RAJAPKSHA REGIME.

    WHY HAS THE TV CHANNEL DESSERTED THIS MEDIA PERSONNEL ??? WHY CAN’T THE NEWS FIRST,SHAKTHI TV AND THE MAHARAJA ORGANISATION SHOW THE WHOLE COUNTRY THE COMPLETE EPISODE LEADING TO LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGA’S MURDER???

    LET JUSTICE PREVAIL AND PROTECT ALL MEDIA PERSONNELS !!!!! WHY DON’T YOU STAND FOR YOUR RIGHTS ?????

  3. nimal

    killed for exposing helping hambantota and MIG fraud.

  4. Need to see the MIG fraud case and other court cases on, at the time of Lasantha’s death, and above all else, the topics Lasantha was addressing in the media, shortly before he was killed. No murderer should lead this nation which which will come more under the curse of shed blood. Let us be blessed and free.

  5. jayantha

    ALL SRI LANKANAS THE EDUCATED KNOWS THE MURDERERS OF
    tHAJUDEEN,lASANTHA,kEITH nOYER ,EKNELIYAGODA,GODA A ND mR ,nAMAL ARE THE MAJOR MURDERERS’THEY MUST BE ROASTED IN AND OVEN OR STRUNG TO COCONUT TREE AND SHOT A MILLION TIMES WITH AN ARMY RIFLE
    FILTHY PARAYAS SINHALA bUDDHIST DISGUSTING BUDDHIST PEOPLE
    THE RELIGION BECOMES WOTHLESS NOW
    THESE PARAYA ARE SAFE GUARDED BY sAGALA RATHNAYAKE,AND rANIL WICKREMASINGHE

  6. ranjit demel

    ranil accused sarath fonseka,why not ask him why he accused s.f.

  7. tomsam

    All white van murders aided and abetted by pakse clan still open.This includes Taraki and Lasantha! The system is slow rigged and inefficient !!!

  8. KUMARA HERATH

    I GAVE THE MOST VALUABLE
    EVIDENCE TO CID. ACTION PENDING.

  9. Lasantha was killed by the order of coward/s. These cowards are born to many fathers. That means their blood is not normal like ordinary citizens. These murderers sleep well in the night while Lasantha’s family suffer. Our President should seriously start commencing the investigation on Lasantha’s murder. Failing to do so means our President is scared to the killers. We all know these killers are powerful and cannot be arrested. They have the full support of mad people.

  10. During MR period all murders, rape, white van crimes, high jacking for bribe were done by Gotha with full knowledge & backing by MR. There is nothing moved even a leaf without the knowledge of MR, he & Gotha will meet their death in an abnormal way if there is a God.

  11. ennceew

    All the big talk of bringing in rule of law and standing for Justice and Fairplay.
    Who is also aiding and abetting the Criminals by protecting their interest.Get the hell out of that and show your standing for what is right.
    Those who secretly safeguard the Killers of Lasantha will be also be visited by his every night starting tomorrow 8th.Night.

  12. parakkrama

    MR the so called war hero who was in a thai brothel in the last two weeks of the war
    sleeping witha 17 year old young thai Girl,came after his session in the brothel to a red carpet at Katunayake this this filthy para sinhala buddhist must hun g up on
    Jak tree and shot a thousand times and fremains thrown to crows in Medamulana
    filthy para jadaya

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