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Key Reports Ready Before UNHRC Sessions

Reports pertaining to the investigations on at least three major incidents are expected to be ready before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins meeting in Geneva next month. Well informed sources said that investigations into the murder of The Sunday Leader founding editor Lasantha Wickremetunge, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the murder [...]

Two Suspects In Thajudeen Murder In Italy

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Two suspects wanted over the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen are said to be in Italy, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said. CID sources said the two suspects who are in Italy have been identified and steps are being taken to bring them down to Sri Lanka. The sources further [...]

Excavation Of Mannar Mass Grave To Begin

The Mannar Magistrate has ordered to excavate the suspected mass grave in a well in Thiruketheeswaram closer to the site that was previously excavated. According to the Office of the Police Media Spokesperson, the excavation is to begin on October 7 this year with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Department of Archeology, and the Survey [...]

Military Denies Claims Intelligence Compromised

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lankan Army has rejected claims that important names and information of some members of the Military Intelligence Unit have been obtained by the LTTE Diaspora groups that are in operation abroad. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Military Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said the Military is unaware of names or any [...]

TNA To Demand For International Probe

The majority of the constituent parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will push for an international mechanism to probe into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka alleged to have happened in the last phase of the war. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, a former TNA MP and member of [...]

Bribery Commission Will Not Be Dissolved

Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe says the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption will not be dissolved under any circumstances. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Minister Rajapakshe added that despite the inefficiency and the allegations levelled against the Commission, it is an important institution established to investigate bribery and corruption. “We will not dissolve [...]

Push To Repeal PTA

By Nirmala Kannangara Leader of the Democratic People’s Front and UNP Colombo District MP Mano Ganeshan has questioned why the new government, in its way forward towards good governance, cannot repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) on a priority basis. Ganeshan, who was demanding for the abolition of this Act even during Rajapaksa administration, [...]

Mahinda Group To Contest LG Polls Separately

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have decided to contest the next Local Government (LG) elections independently. Sources said that discussions are already underway among political parties in the UPFA in order to prepare for the LG elections. According to sources, Sri Lanka Freedom Party members backing [...]

MR Govt. Paid USD 6.5 Million To Lobby Firm

The former Sri Lankan government, over a five-month period in 2014, allegedly paid USD 6.5 million directly and indirectly to US-based WR Group and a private equity fund manager, Imaad Zuberi, the Foreign Policy (FP) magazine reported. Imaad Zuberi, age 45, is an elite political fundraiser. He was among the top tier of bundlers for [...]

No Decision On Opposition Leader Post

A decision is yet to be taken on who the next opposition leader will be with most United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members backing Chamal Rajapaksa. UPFA sources said that while former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided not to accept the opposition leader post, there are those who still want him to accept it. In [...]

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