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Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said that to bring justice to enforced disappearances and abductions, there was a considerable need to investigate extra-judicial killings and the atrocities that were said to have taken place during the Rajapaksa regime.

At a media briefing held at the Democratic National Movement’s Head Office, Dr Senaratne said that the cases related to the murder of the prominent journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction of Prageeth Ekneligoda should be investigated.

The Minister said a Cabinet paper would be drafted to commence the investigations into all extra-judicial killings and abductions while keeping the promises made to citizens in the previous presidential campaign in 2015.
He also brought to the media briefing a witness of an alleged white van terror Anthony Douglas Fernando and a victim Athula Sanjeewa Madanayaka, who had charged that a powerful person in the previous government was responsible for alleged misdeeds.

Fernando complained about abductions which were said to have been carried out with the knowledge of some personnel attached to Sri Lankan Police and Army.

Fernando admitted that he worked as a driver and had a hand in ‘white van abductions’.

Madanayaka, a taxi driver by profession, acknowledged that he was a part of transporting gold and money said to have belonged to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

He said that he transported jewellery and foreign money to Colombo from Jaffna, but there have been no records of the gold or the money. Madanayaka said late he was falsely charged with possession of a gun and three bullets and was arrested in October 2013 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He also presented the relevant documents to ensure the credibility of his case to the media for further inquiry. (Nishantha Hewage and Dinali Wijayasooriya)

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  • Kumar B Sunday, 10 November 2019 11:22 PM

    You can fool some people sometime but you can't fool all the people all the time - Bob Marley. These gentlemen are in the government since 2015 and asking for an extension. LOL

    Bakaladasa Sunday, 10 November 2019 11:25 PM

    Dentist’s last whimpers?

    Mano Sunday, 10 November 2019 11:33 PM

    While Tamil civilians suffered with no electricity, no proper place to sleep,and no proper food, LTTE leadership accumulated millions worth of fortune in terms of gold,jewellery,and foreign currency. What has happened to that wealth ? Did Gotta took it ?

    Jason W Monday, 11 November 2019 10:04 AM

    You are directly responsible for the liquidation of JVP during 88/89 era, you were in MR cabinet throughout, what rubbish talking now

    Freddy Monday, 11 November 2019 10:16 AM

    Slander and fault finding dies not win votes. Rajitha thinking bringing issues when he was in Government, CID prosecution and accusation but nothing done. Now thinking bad mouthing might change regime again. Sympathy votes will go to Gota/Mahinda. Lesson learnt.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 11 November 2019 11:18 AM

    That's the truth no matter who says so. Many will only believe this when they are "invited" to a White Van Tour.

    Wasp Monday, 11 November 2019 11:48 AM

    So what did you guys do about it during the last few years, ground koss eta?


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