Prominent member of Yahapalana gov. is behind Keith Noyahr’s abduction: JO

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The Joint Opposition said today that a prominent member of the yahapalana government was behind the abduction of journalist Keith Noyhar.

Issuing a special statement on behalf of the Joint Opposition, its MP Dalles Alahapperuma said the CID obtained a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa about the 2008 abduction, assault and release of Keith Noyahr.

The statement said, “In the days that followed, there was an attempt on the part of government politicians, the state media, websites connected to the government and by some NGO activists, to allege or insinuate that the former President was involved in the Keith Noyahr incident. A few weeks after that, on September 12, the CID obtained a statement from former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapsksa as well, about the Noyahr incident. Thus we see that there is a surreptitious attempt to create the public perception that the Rajapaksas were responsible for this assault on a journalist. It is now ten years since this incident took place and it is important to remind the public of certain facts relating to this case.

The abduction of Keith Noyahr took place on 22 May 2008. This was followed by attacks on two more media personnel, Namal Perera and Mahendra Ratnaweera on 30 June 2008. On 8 July 2008, the then Chief Opposition Whip UNP Parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera made a special statement in Parliament about these incidents under the title “Threats to journalists” where he emphatically stated that these attacks on media persons are being carried out by a special team under the then army commander and that they had obtained this information from a person directly involved with this special team. The Army commander at the time these incidents took place was Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka. If a journalist faces a threat, we have to assume that it is connected to something he may have written.

In this regard, the article titled “An army is not its commander’s private fiefdom” which appeared as the ‘Military Matters’ column written by Keith Noyahr on 11 May 2008 i.e. ten days before he was abducted and assaulted; is a vital clue as to who would have had a motive to attack Noyahr. However we see that the CID is deliberately trying to avoid taking into consideration Keith Noyahr’s article of 11 May 2008 and Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera’s special statement in Parliament on 8 July 2008. We believe that the reason for this reluctance is because the person responsible for the abduction of Keith Noyhar is a prominent member of the yahapalana government.

Instead of following the clues which may indicate who would have abducted and assaulted Noyahr, the police are engaged in a dishonest attempt to mislead the public by investigating the phone calls that are said to have been exchanged between various individuals to have Noyahr rescued. Since we cannot simply stand by and allow the CID to ignore vital clues in the purported investigation they are making, we will make a request to the police to follow up on the line inquiry that reveals itself through the article that Noyahr wrote on May 11,2008, and the special statement that Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera made in Parliament on July 8, 2008. If we do not receive a satisfactory response from the police to this request, we will present the relevant facts to the Courts,”

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  • Machan Monday, 17 September 2018 12:02 AM

    Don’t try to pass the ball around, abducting and killing people isn’t a joke, if this was a first world country all you criminals would be in jail by now.

    TONY Monday, 17 September 2018 12:24 AM

    DALLAS HAS TO CHANGE HIS WIG FOR HIS BRAINS WORK PROPERLY. THESE JO CHAPS GO ALL OUT TO PROTECT THE RAJAPAKSAS. WHY CANNOT THEY MAKE A COMPLAINT REGARDING THE ABDUCTORS TO THE CID

    cheers Monday, 17 September 2018 05:28 AM

    reading the article looks like Keith Noyahar got hammered from the previous army commander for leaking the war news

    Arnold Monday, 17 September 2018 06:33 AM

    Jospeh don't know if he is coming or going.

    S B Lokuge Monday, 17 September 2018 12:45 PM

    Yep. You seems to know everything.

    Mevan Monday, 17 September 2018 07:26 AM

    Former president and his family did nothing wrong. Robbing tsunami aid, selling valuable Colombo lands to Chinese, killing ruggerite Thajudeen, killing Lasantha, making Eknaligoda disappear, earning billions as commissions and last but not least passing that 18th amendment to the constitution to stay in power forever were all done by present cabinet ministers.

    SAM Monday, 17 September 2018 02:51 PM

    On Tsunami, The great law master had stated it was proved fine and a Govrnment MP was proved fault. Now where is the justice?

    hssgtfzc Monday, 17 September 2018 09:21 AM

    Gees theses JO idiots are still directing the Law Agencies as to how to carry out Investigations. LOL

    Dhammika Monday, 17 September 2018 09:50 AM

    JO - If you know the culprit - NAME HIM without going round the bush .

    Shelly peiris Monday, 17 September 2018 11:01 AM

    During time of attacts on jurnalists Rajapaksas were protecting their Army Comander SF. And would have done needfull even without knowledge of SF.

    Shelly Monday, 17 September 2018 11:16 AM

    At the time jurnalists were murdered ,attacked Rajapaksas were fully backing and protecting their Army Commander.Fall out was very much later.Dallas may direct IGP on that line.

    Rasheed Monday, 17 September 2018 11:50 AM

    If SF has done all these, then definitely MR would have revealed this and arrested him when he contested the Presidential election against MR.

    Haramanis Monday, 17 September 2018 02:08 PM

    Recent revelations of SF's association with underworld figures and also exposure of his extremely vindictive nature should definitely point to his involvement in the abductions of journos who cross him


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