The Sunday Leader

Secret Navy Team Behind White Van Ransom Abductions

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda who lodged the complaint against Sampath Munasinghe, Furthur ‘B’ report submitted to Fort Magistrate  and Director CID, Senior DIG Amarasinghe’s letter instructing to commence investigations as per the Defence Secretary’s Secretary’s instruction

by Nirmala Kannangara Complaint initially received from former Navy Commander Gota and Hendawitharana ordered full investigations Navy still shielding suspects from CID Victims’ NICs, passports and wallets were in Navy custody The Criminal Investigation Department in an astonishing revelation informed the Fort Magistrate last week that the investigation into the abduction of 11 youths in [...]

Concern Over Rishard’s Views On Wilpattu

Rishard Bathiudeen

by Ifham Nizam Civic minded organisations and environmentalists expressed concern about the remarks made by Minister Rishard Bathiudeen There is no forest destruction done in order to resettle these people It is the government that is using state resources that cleared the forests Civic minded organisations and environmentalists expressed concern about the remarks made by [...]

Shocking Details Emerge On Joseph Camp

Yasmin Sooka and Jagath Jayasuriya

by Ashanthi Warnasuriya “Joseph Camp” in Vavuniya,  is said to have been used to torture detainees during and after the war. Most detainees report being kept only in their underwear during their incarceration Shocking details have emerged about “Joseph Camp” in Vavuniya, said to have been used to torture detainees during and after the war. [...]

SLC Indirectly Ignores Court Ruling


by  Nirmala Kannangara Although the inter-club tournament had been suspended following the court ruling, the same clubs representing the same players are now playing at the hurriedly organised inter- district limited over tournament Kandy district team has only Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) players and no representation from the Kandy District According to the sources, it [...]

Swift Action Led To Peaceful End To Hijacking


by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The vessel ‘Aris 13’ that was hijacked by pirates was released along with the eight Sri Lankan crew without payment of a ransom Piracy has diminished since 2012, largely due to mitigating efforts at sea by international naval forces Piracy off Somalia’s coast used to cost the world’s shipping industry billions of [...]

HRCSL Writes To PM, Raises Concerns On Proposed Amendment

Ranil Wickremesinghe

HRCSL has written to PM regarding its concern about the proposed amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Situation would have been ideal if the government consulted the HRCSL in formulating legislation on this matter thereby enabling the commission to fulfil its mandate  The government must guarantee the right of all persons deprived of liberty [...]

Indo-Lanka Fishing Crisis: Sri Lanka Awaits GPS Data As Tensions Remain

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Indian fishermen had two weeks ago accused the Sri Lanka Navy of attacking them, killing one fisherman in the process Representatives of fishermen’s associations in the North and residents in the area said they do not believe the Navy was responsible for the attack Sri Lankan Navy handed over the 77 fishermen [...]

Financial Stability Of CEB In Jeopardy


by Ifham Nizam  Sources of CEB say that the implementation of interest payment will destabilize the financial situation of CEB CEB seems to have neglected technical observations when purchasing power plant Implementation of interest payment of security deposits of consumers destabilizes the financial of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), The Sunday Leader reliably learns. Total deposits [...]

War Survivors Hope New Law Will Unlock State Land Holdings


by Amantha Perera  As the bloody conflict escalated, Sivakumar tried to formalise his ownership of the land In Nelukkulam alone, there are 800 families without proper land documentation The law has been welcomed by senior politicians as a step towards transparency in Sri Lanka For almost two decades, Sivaraja Sivakumar has lived on a plot [...]

US Human Rights Report Gives Bleak Picture Of Sri Lanka

Police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse an Inter-University Students Federation protest

by Third Eye The US report did note that the government made incremental progress on addressing impunity for violations of human rights Journalists reporting on sensitive topics were sometimes subject to arrest, physical violence, harassment, and intimidation HRCSL received 208 allegations of torture by state actors from January 1 to August 31   While the [...]

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