7th  July 2002, Volume 8, Issue 51
















Impeaching the President

  By Suranimala

While President Chandrika Kumaratunga upped the pressure on the government with timely statements on the rising incidents of violence and cost of living, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe moved last week to address the economic crisis confronting the nation by going public with his future plans.

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President, CJ to be impeached

By Suranimala

The government last week decided to impeach President Chandrika Kumar- atunga on a wide range of issues from corruption to the abuse of power whilst also deciding to impeach Chief Justice Sarath Silva.

The decision was taken by the government's political affairs committee at a Temple Trees meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday, July 4. Among those present at the meeting were Power Minister Karu Jayasuriya, Defence Minister Tilak Marapone, Constitutional Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris, Port Development Minister Rauf Hakeem and UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema.

Airforce Commander Jayalath Weerakkody leaves the Coroner’s Court after the inquest in to the death of Rathnasena Silva, the cleaner of the lorry that collided with the vehicle driven by the commander, in the early hours of June 15. The Maligakanda magistrate on Friday, July 5, refused to grant permission to arrest Weerakkody. However, he was asked to appear before the court on Tuesday, July 9. Photo by Nishantha Weerasinghe

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Air Chief nose-dives as operation cover-up backfires

By Frederica Jansz

The deplorable manner in which Air Force Chief Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody tried to cover-up a motor accident with the  connivance of the police took a dramatic turn on Friday, July 5, when the cleaner of the lorry he crashed into on June 15, died.

Rathnasena Silva, fell out of the lorry when Weerakkody's Peugeot 406 car hit the lorry, at around 4.15 a.m. on June 15, at the Borella - Horton Place traffic lights.

We were told at the time that Rathnasena suffered severe concussion  and that he required a hip replacement. Warded at the Colombo General Hospital, exactly two weeks later, Rathnasena was dead. Rathnasena hails from Kalutara and was married with two children.

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