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I placed signature 21,000 times to extradite Mahendran from Singapore: MS

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Former President Maithripala Sirisena said that as the head of state, he placed his signature 21,000 times, over a period of three days, on documents compiled by the Attorney General in order to prepare for the extradition of the former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from Singapore.

Addressing at an event held in Polonnaruwa on Monday former President Sirisena said that he strongly opposed the appointment of Singapore national Mahendran to the post of Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank.

However, former President Sirisena said as only a few weeks had lapsed since the formation of the coalition government, at the time of the appointment he was compelled to agree with the former Prime Minister's decision to appoint Mahendran, in order to avoid disagreements between the two leaders. (Nimal Jayaratne)

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  • Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:33 AM

    Now its high time to keep your mouth shut . You have become a laughing stock now .

    Roshantha Suriyaratchchi Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:33 AM

    You kept counting?

    Raj Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:45 AM

    Even if you spend 5 seconds to place one signature, 21000 signatures will take roughly 30 hours. Did you get a good applause for making this comment?

    Warren Raed Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:07 AM

    And still you were unable to get him down. What a pathetic leader you have been?

    Johan Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:15 AM

    We want the details of Easter attacks from you because You were the defence minister at that time and also you did not appoint a person during your absence when you were in Singapore for wedding purchases

    ANTON Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:24 AM

    SIRADA SIRA?

    Ravi Sene Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:14 AM

    Sir, you must have placed your signature on a petition. Probably you have been fooled by your secretary, as he knew you can't understand it contains.

    tony peters Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:31 AM

    wow, 49 signatures per hour based on a on hour day. And he was keeping count!!

    Polonnaruwa citizen Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:36 AM

    What a looser

    vince Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:41 AM

    what a superhuman. he must have signed for at least 2 and a half days non stop without eating, sleeping or using the toilet. I thought Trump was a big liar, but this one takes the biscuit.

    Anuruddha Bandara Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:55 AM

    7000 signatures a day!!!. Given Your bed time is at 10pm, let’s presume you worked for 10hrs each day. So 700 documents in an hour. Awesome job.

    Maru Sira Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:20 AM

    Let's Say on average it takes 2 seconds to sign. Poor fellow, he was signing the documents for 11.6 hours. He is a SUPERMAN....

    Dr Indika De Silva Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:21 AM

    I hope this man realise that he was the worst president that Sri Lanka has ever had in it's long history. He will say anything to save his own skin !. Shameless jumping frog !

    saman Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:25 AM

    “Stupid is as stupid does” - Forrest Gump

    Neville Jayakody Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:40 AM

    He should have used a good pen, instead of the ball point pen he used for his first day in office.

    More signature but nothing more. Tuesday, 02 June 2020 04:54 AM

    Nothing happened why? Yoe are an inefficient man(Ex president)

    Sam Tuesday, 02 June 2020 05:34 AM

    WHAT A JOKER

    Triple X Tuesday, 02 June 2020 05:47 AM

    Yah, we know you were waiting to put your damn signatures on anything. Presidency to you is same as garland to a monkey.

    Calculator Tuesday, 02 June 2020 05:50 AM

    To get to 21,000 signatures, he would have to place a signature every ~7 seconds, continuously for 12 hours a day to achieve this in 3 days. Really? Sometimes it's better not to talk, but he doesn't seem to know that, just like he doesn't know maths.

    Leonard Pererea Tuesday, 02 June 2020 05:54 AM

    Did he have time to eat drink or sleep by my count he was put his signature every 15 seconds. Man is a machine what a leader

    Premalal Perera Tuesday, 02 June 2020 05:56 AM

    This works out at 5 signatures per minute every minute of the day without eating sleeping or doing anything else. No wonder his Presidency was such a disaster. He had no time to think.

    Sid Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:01 AM

    That shows how much the Singapore Govt cared for Maithri.It also shows to what extent the Singaporean Govt will safeguard their citizen.

    Lion Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:21 AM

    Why do you all still give your space for this useless person who lies to this nation

    Wimal Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:24 AM

    This shows Gamaralas ignorance hitang

    Joseph Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:26 AM

    21,000 in 3 years is 7,000 per year. 583 per month and 23 times a day. 3 times per hour. Now we can understand why no other work has done during his era.

    BogusPatriotic Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:35 AM

    How about arresting the biggest Central Bank bond scammer in the history of Sri Lanka? Mr. Rajapaksha and Mr. Cabraal. They were the biggest bond scammers but not even an investigation was conducted.

    Sumihiri Pane Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:51 AM

    21000 times and yet nothing happened..good.

    Ralahamy Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:53 AM

    Really? So this is the reason you went to Singapore to physically arrest Mahendran and bring him back and sadly the bombs went off in Sri Lanka? You are the real hero like the MGR of Madras Tamil cinema! What a hero!!!

    Neville Jayakody Tuesday, 02 June 2020 06:53 AM

    This happens when you are old, even for me the bank ask to sign again and again when the signature is different.

    Arith-Matic Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:17 AM

    Are you certain it was not 21001?

    Buddhist Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:36 AM

    Ane Sira, you are the one who appointed Mahendran. Does not matter who recommended its you who is at fault.

    DillonDP Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:47 AM

    Were you licking instead of signing seems no signatures are nowhere

    ravin Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:47 AM

    Joke of the day ?

    Roshan samarathunga Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:55 AM

    Jesus be careful the eagle is back. He might land on your head

    Kim Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:58 AM

    Apparently former President Maithripala Sirisena opposed the appointment of Mahendran as Central Bank Governor because he couldn't appointment his own man for the job and shared the loot himself. No wonder he was sabotaging and brought the downfall of the Ranil Wickramasinghe Government.

    Roshan sanarathunga Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:00 AM

    Why we call him leader. He is in second life as eagle who can attack .

    Sen Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:01 AM

    What use,it won't make any difference,seems ,they have taken you for a ride

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:02 AM

    Sirama pissek

    Kapila Senaratne Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:17 AM

    Mr. Ex-President, that 3 day effort shows how ineffective your presidency was.Sad! Time to retire gracefully.

    Sambo Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:21 AM

    You are full of talk and no actions Mr. ex president as all others.

    Joshua Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:22 AM

    Who listens to him. Waste of ink

    Imtiaz Muhsin Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:22 AM

    Good. Now you know your value!

    BigEars Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:24 AM

    That is a lot of signatures for small fingers and brain. Well done.

    Kumar Dissa Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:27 AM

    Really?

    Sokrates Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:36 AM

    Instead of signing 21,000 times, you should only have read the extradition agreement with Singapore once. That says very clearly that in a case like this, extraditing a citizen of Singapore is not possible, you fool.

    Darshan Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:48 AM

    He is a super man without sleeping and eating he need to put almost 5 signature per minutes ( 3x24x60 =4320 Minutes ( 4.86)

    sas Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:50 AM

    It seems nobody cares his signature.

    Jude Tuesday, 02 June 2020 08:56 AM

    Even placing one million signatures couldn't do the job !!?? Huh!!!

    Roshan samarathunga Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:07 AM

    EAGLE IS BACK

    Roshan samarathunga Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:10 AM

    Eagle sign 21000 times. He must land on papers

    Anura Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:15 AM

    Didn't know that he was capable of counting that deep....

    prakash Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:20 AM

    If you were a strong president, one signature would have been good enough. This shows how weak you were as a leader.

    C. P. DeSilva Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:21 AM

    Telling lies is one thing, but telling stupid lies is another! In 3 days, if you take time out for sleep, food, hygiene, travel, etc., you have a maximum of about 30 hours working time. If you sign 21,000 times in 30 hours, that mean you would be signing about once every 5 seconds. That is without any interruptions for talking, or discussing any other issues relating to looking after the country as a "head of state" etc. Basically he is saying that for 3 straight days, he was not doing ANY other duties regarding his position of running the country, only signing every 5 seconds, to get Mahendran back.

    Please retire from politics, enough is enough Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:23 AM

    Useless example of humanity, what a waste of space. Traitor to himself and the country.

    Upali Amarasinghe Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:25 AM

    21,000.... roughly 4-5 pages...That itself shows the standard of the document...

    Asanga Bandara Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:27 AM

    No one cares your lies until its possibility.

    Jude Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:28 AM

    Framework and Practice for Mutual Legal Assistance and extradition Law is in place with Singapore UNDER the extradition law (NO 8 of 1977, as amended by Act 48 of 1999) and the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (No.25 of 2002) Extradition and MLA provided without a treaty for Commonwealth Countries in which Singapore is a member!! NOW WHERE did OUR Legal Wizards failed to Extradite the Alleged Criminal !!??? Huh!!

    Ganan Karaya Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:31 AM

    Bru kiyanna epa!! Kawuda ganan kale?

    Gaddafi Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:33 AM

    why does this man keep entertaining public? Is he a relation of late Fredie Silva?

    Lost Lankan Tuesday, 02 June 2020 09:38 AM

    MS is good at maths more than signing was counting and wasted our days.

    Renu Tuesday, 02 June 2020 11:49 AM

    Your Signature is like Bull Dust to others, not worth a penny!

    Samson de Silva Tuesday, 02 June 2020 11:56 AM

    RE: Dr Indika Silva's comment. Dr Indika, There's one thing I don't agree with. Everyone thought he was the worst. Alas! Even his record has been broken by someone else, in just six months.

    Casanova Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:24 PM

    That's cheating.

    Ramal Tuesday, 02 June 2020 01:53 PM

    Futile as everything that he has done.

    Neville Gunasekara Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:05 PM

    My...This is a world record. He must be counting his initials put behind typing mistakes and other corrections in the text also as full signatures.

    Raz Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:16 PM

    Shows how insignificant is your damn worthless signature is

    Dalit Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:26 PM

    He put his signature to appoint him.

    Jan Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:29 PM

    Waste of 21,000 papers and pen ink...

    Leo Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:32 PM

    Even if you placed 21,000,000 signatures nothing would have ever come of it. You were nothing but a puppet.

    Ruvin Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:40 PM

    I voted for you sir. afterwards, i punished myself 21000 times for being an idiot.

    Hassanda Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:43 PM

    But your Signature was not valid Bcos you are loose talk man

    Aussie Gamaya Tuesday, 02 June 2020 02:57 PM

    There is a pithy Aussie saying for this - “natanna bari gona’ta mona signature wisi ekdahakda oiy! Ohe palayang hutang!”

    Mahindananda Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:25 PM

    Hasn't the present President. Gotabaya Rajapakse placed his signature on this matter even once ?

    MUNAS Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:34 PM

    Can we call this man a president of a country? THE WORST PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD IT IS A DISGRACE TO SRI-LANKA

    rew Wednesday, 03 June 2020 02:17 PM

    One or two more signed orders to Police and Security, might well have saved over 250 lives.

    Sa Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:41 PM

    But Why then you kept PloC report on Central bank hiding in National Archives for 30years


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