Lasantha’s family disappointed at state of progress on probe

The family of slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga today expressed disappointment at the state of the progress on the investigations into his murder.

Lasantha Wickremetunga’s brother Lal Wickremetunga, in a statement read out by his daughter Minal, at the graveside of Lasantha Wickremetunga, said that  nine years after his death justice has not been served.

Nine years have passed since Lasantha was done to death in the most dastardly fashion. Nine years have passed and justice has not been done. Murder, not restricted to Lasantha but of other journalists, was carried out with impunity at a time when apathy reigned amongst the people. At present there is a sense of hopelessness at the manner the present administration is handling investigations. Should political authorities be guiding murder investigations, one may ask. Some may argue that it is the duty to do so since the very same murders have been used to garner votes at election time. Presently, the murders are used to remind people of how brutal a regime was when they occurred. But what about bringing the perpetrators to book? Many such investigations are all but concluded. The need is to arrest the suspects and charge them for murder,” he said in the statement.

Lal Wickremetunga said that letting time pass by till it is convenient may turn out to be counterproductive, as history has evidenced. He said the last regime was defeated on the backs of those committed journalists who lay down their lives when even those in Parliament were quivering before a marauding group in control of every sphere of human activity in our land.

“Justice need be done not as a favour. Justice need be done to prevent a repetition. Else, they would have died not for the people but for a chosen few to replace the defeated. Murder, when it is committed by criminals outside of politics, is investigated in haste and convictions obtained in a couple of years. Failure to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Lasantha could even open the door to the prime suspect or suspects to be elected the President or Prime Minister of our land at a future date. Who knows? We remember Lasantha who revolutionised the journalistic landscape of Sri Lanka at a time when none dared. He was brave, committed and resolute in his task to eradicate corruption within the halls of government. If the authorities cannot bring justice, let us commit ourselves to perpetuate his name amongst the people on whose behalf he lay down his life,” he said.

Meanwhile, Raisa Wickrematunge, who also spoke at the graveside memorial to mark the ninth anniversary of Lasantha Wickremetunga’s murder today, said that her uncle happened to be killed in broad daylight, in Colombo, near an Air Force checkpoint and next to a High Security Zone. She said the way he was killed was clearly premeditated.

“Over nine years, there has been little in terms of tangible progress in bringing the perpetrators of his murder to account. And we are the lucky ones – interest and investigations into so many of the other cases is not sustained,” she said.

She also said that it is time that Sri Lanka works towards a society where critique is responded to with informed debate, not with senseless violence and where all forms of violence are not tolerated or worse, hidden away, because they are inconvenient to examine. (Colombo Gazette)

5 Comments for “Lasantha’s family disappointed at state of progress on probe”

  1. Lima

    SO THE MURDERER JARAPAKSA FAMILY STILL LIVING AS THEY KILLED WITH THE HELP OF GOTA STOOGE. WHA A SHAME TO THIS SINHALA PEOPLE OF SRILANKA . STILL GOING BEHIND THE MURDER WAL BALU FAMILY FROM TANGALLE

  2. I am very disappointed so do lot of SRILANKANS. We all thought justice will be served. Sadly nothing has happened. It looks like even our President is scared to investigate the murder. The person who ordered the murder is a very high profile killer and nothing can be done. In our country law is becoming a joke. The killers are laughing all the way for the past 9 years..

  3. jagath

    The president and the prime minister can give their approval to arrest
    the cold blooded murderers Mahendra Rajapaksa,Gotabaya, to be taken to custody,theiy are sitting ontheir stinking arses tp o prevent from being arrested
    this is a so called sinhala buddhist country,the worst and filthyist buddhist country in the entire world
    more than 25% of the sinhala buddhist are currupt filthy bastsrds amung them
    all the UPFA memebers are para sinhala buddhist must be thrown to the kelani river bodily filthy bastards

  4. malaka

    Thie Rajapaksa Murders Mahendra Gotabaya,Namal must taken to custody immediately,it is crime against humanity this parayas Gota and Mahendra
    must be at least strung up on a coconut tree and shot a thousand times

    Ranil and Sirisena must now take both these cold blooded killers to custody
    sinhala buddhist leaders pigs arse shameful parayas
    throw yoyr national dreSS TO THE GARBAGE
    WORST BUDDHIST SINHALA COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WE FEEL SHAMED TO BE CALLED SRI LANKANS
    THSE FELLOWS WILL GET THEIR ULTIMATE FATE VERY SOON
    DIRTY FILTHY COUNTRY

  5. srilankan judicial service only poor found guilty there will punishment.mr Ranil central bank case was punished big fraud involved in crimes they will well look after by politician, former government mr Rajapaska killed in day light,

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