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Govt.slams Ahimsa for trying to ’’destroy’’ Sri Lanka

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Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage firmly rebuked a widely distributed article by Ahimsa Wickrematunge published yesterday in the Washington Post criticising President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the present government for denying justice for the murder of her father, founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in 2009.

While stating that he had not personally read the article, the foreign secretary said that it was an attempt to “destroy Sri Lanka and see its downfall” by rallying the international community to impose travel restrictions and embargoes on Sri Lankan leaders.“not only her, many are there to try and destroy Sri Lanka,” Colombage continued.

Government Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella lamented that “the public feels that she is tied to a string and is being controlled by certain parties,” including opposition politicians and Diaspora groups. Both Admiral Colombage and Minister Rambukwella praised Wickrematunge’s efforts and rights to seek justice for her father’s killing but said it was unfortunate that she chose to do so during the challenges the country is facing at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

“I encourage her to stay stern and brave,” Rambukwella said,“but I feel sorry for her as all her efforts will be diluted as the timing is not good.” The Minister wished Wickrematunge luck in having the perpetrators of her father’s killing punished someday in a court of law.“i have seen how hard Ahimsa was struggling to bring the perpetrators to book.”(NIRMALA KANNANGARA)

  Comments - 43

  • Citizen Kane Friday, 05 March 2021 07:32 AM

    The standard of professionalism in the Foreign Ministry is amply demonstrated by the Foreign Secretary commenting on an article he admits he has not read!! Lakshman Kadirgamar must be rolling in his grave.

    Senaka Friday, 05 March 2021 07:43 AM

    She has a right to speak for justice behalf for her father. There are so many Sri Lankans still waiting for answers for many extrajudicial killings happened that time. I hope they cannot wait until the killers go to hell.

    Upali Ratnayake Friday, 05 March 2021 07:49 AM

    To end any controversy the Government has to tell Ahimsa who killed her father.It is the Government's duty to solve the murder mystery. Upali

    hoodwinker Friday, 05 March 2021 07:50 AM

    When perpetrators are governing what would anybody expect, don't give -up after all you are dealing with Bananaland

    Roshan Friday, 05 March 2021 07:51 AM

    This will be the fate of the country when people’s right and justice is violated.

    Hari M Friday, 05 March 2021 07:59 AM

    Admiral Jayanath Colombage, some humans have the tenacity to fight for justice against all odds. Unlike others who are willing to hang around for the crumps that falls from the table.

    A Seneviratne Friday, 05 March 2021 08:04 AM

    Without reading the article and facts carefully how Foreign Secretary makes ststements/voice. This is what happen in SL in General. Knowing nothing just buffing. Need to talk to a point when dealing with International community .

    Imtiaz Muhsin Friday, 05 March 2021 08:10 AM

    What would be a good timing?

    Mokan Friday, 05 March 2021 08:12 AM

    That’s why you guys got rid of the CID’s involved in the murder case

    Kumar Dissa Friday, 05 March 2021 08:17 AM

    Wanting justice cannot be considered an attempt to destroy the country. Rather, it is an effort to improve it.

    Nimal perera Friday, 05 March 2021 08:30 AM

    You can not blame this poor girl, however patriotic you are. Her dad killed in broad day light.

    Andrew Silva Friday, 05 March 2021 08:30 AM

    Has Admiral Colabege or President Gothabeya understood a daughters anguish of her fathers slaying. I don't think they have a heart or a conscious. It's you people who has destroyed Sri Lanka.

    Hanza Friday, 05 March 2021 08:49 AM

    Is there anything to be destroyed!!

    sandaruwan Friday, 05 March 2021 08:53 AM

    It would be great if she came SL and fight for it

    Renu Friday, 05 March 2021 11:01 AM

    Look at the present standard of the sec to FM , without pout reading an article published he is expressing his views, You must be capable of handling gunboats but not International affairs as it seems you are clueless of what is happening out side our waters. Dines must be ashamed of such administrators in his Ministry. He has no control of the set up too

    Shihab Shaideen Friday, 05 March 2021 11:13 AM

    Justice is mere word in Sri Lanka, Justice is severed only to less affluent, the rest scot free!

    Sam Friday, 05 March 2021 11:23 AM

    She has every rights to fight for the Justice of her fathers murder. How on earth she destroy Sri Lanka by doing so? Foreign Secretary has no clue about a her pain and agony who is waiting for the Justice over two decade.

    Panda Friday, 05 March 2021 11:35 AM

    If it was my father I too would have done the same. The government should do everything it can to make the judicial system impartial. No point blaming the victims, when the government had not done their part.

    Sampath Weerasinghe Friday, 05 March 2021 11:40 AM

    Its the government's responsibility to find the murderer. Instead the minister is wishing Good Luck to the poor child, even after 12 years

    Jude Friday, 05 March 2021 11:55 AM

    SL News paper editors were using a razor blade to eat curd!! What could go wrong !??

    Prof Jey R Friday, 05 March 2021 12:25 PM

    She is Trying to Save Sri Lanka.. Her Attack is on Bad Government.. Which is Good for Sri Lanka and She has all the Rights.. Hope His Holiness Ranjith Malcolm also will not end up holding a board seeking for just after 10 years like this poor helpless Girl

    Robert Friday, 05 March 2021 12:29 PM

    At least America want to tell who order to kill Late Mr.Lasantha like Saudi Prince

    RIP Sri Lanka Friday, 05 March 2021 01:00 PM

    Sri Lanka is self destructing due to the incompetency of its leaders (both past and present). You don't need the assistance of Ahimsa to destroy Sri Lanka.

    Sunil Friday, 05 March 2021 01:01 PM

    I have no words to say.. Justice here serves only for less affluent

    Man Friday, 05 March 2021 01:02 PM

    If she is in SL she would have been killed like her father by self called patriots who sell and destroy SL resources with the backing of that American. They badly need her presence in SL

    Pantha Kumaran Friday, 05 March 2021 01:19 PM

    This poor girl,s dad was murdered in broad day light near a check point by some body from the army. For 12 years nothing has been done. When this girl is going to get justice. There is no point in critising this girl. During the family regime there were so many murders and justice is still in the air. Kehelia and Admiral don,t know the pain.

    Susantha Friday, 05 March 2021 01:19 PM

    Mr. Colombage, It means the present government officials involved in his murder?. the simple implication indicates it

    brainmaster Friday, 05 March 2021 01:45 PM

    Ahimsa keep your courage, don't give up

    Rama Friday, 05 March 2021 02:30 PM

    What more do you expect from a Sri Lankan ‘admiral’? People have put these clowns on a pedestal.

    Fuller Friday, 05 March 2021 02:54 PM

    Its pretty obvious who murdered her father, too bad justice will never happen

    Naman S Friday, 05 March 2021 03:16 PM

    It is good on Ahimsa to find the killer of her father. Persist on getting the judgement which has been elusive to many.

    Ram Friday, 05 March 2021 03:26 PM

    After a crime the cries of those affected by the crime makes those involved in the crime and their friends disturbed as the long arm of the law may reach them. In this instance Ahimsa's cries would ne in vain but she should not stop.

    Concerned Professor Friday, 05 March 2021 03:33 PM

    No one is destroying SL. It's been self-destroying since independence. Now it has reached a crescendo. It is an easy thing to prevent, by being truthful and in reconciliation. But, can't see it happening.

    MuhezM Friday, 05 March 2021 03:40 PM

    Classic, Never read....but !!! While stating that he had not personally read the article, the foreign secretary said that it was an attempt to “destroy Sri Lanka and see its downfall” by rallying the international community to impose travel restrictions and embargoes on Sri Lankan leaders.“not only her, many are there to try and destroy Sri Lanka,” Colombage continued

    Piyadaya Yapa Friday, 05 March 2021 04:53 PM

    Why did not she brought this with RW, father's friend

    Kumara Friday, 05 March 2021 06:12 PM

    No need to read the article: For senior ministers there is only one-way and they will adjust their statements accordingly.

    Mafia Friday, 05 March 2021 06:16 PM

    No need for Ahimsa to do it , The Raja paula has already destroyed the country !

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 05 March 2021 08:56 PM

    Jayalath Colombage, Lasantha's undue departure is suffered by his daughter not you. No other alternative, she mourns and seek justice thro' the international community as you all have denied it.

    Buddhist Friday, 05 March 2021 09:21 PM

    Only political slaves who violated human rights will say that Ahimsa is destroying the image of Sri Lanka.

    Kathir Saturday, 06 March 2021 02:19 AM

    Rajapaksh clans should understand that this poor girl has all the rights to demand genuine justice fir her father like millions Tamil mothers seeking justice fir their beloved children killed by this military gouvernment.Will Nimal Rajapaksh tolerate if his mother is raped and killed?

    Ranjith Gunetilleke Saturday, 06 March 2021 10:11 AM

    This poor girl has all the rights to get justice. nobody can blame her.

    Ranaweera Saturday, 06 March 2021 10:12 AM

    Should everyone whose farthers were killed go to Washington Post and publish an article when UNHRC is considering sanctions against Sri Lanka. Is she being funded by LTTE diaspora ? The LTTE is dead angry with Gota. What would Rajapaksha achieve by killing this journalist while so many other journalists are living. Why not take up all the killings done by Premadasa with JVP. So many good people were killed by them. Why their sons and daughters are not going to Washington Post. Why is she taking this up only when Rajapaksha is in power. She could have taken it up when Ranil was in power. Guys ask questions , do not just get blinded by one side of the story.

    Mathanamutha Saturday, 06 March 2021 05:59 PM

    @Ranaweera: Yes, when your father’s killer was an American citizen when he killed, you would do so! Why are you dragging LTTE into this? Soon the officer Silva, who legally, investigated will surface with investigated evidence and what can we do or say?


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