KANDY (Daily Mirror) - Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would not accept the Supreme Court judgement that he and several others in the government were responsible for mishandling the economic crisis in the country.
The former President visited Kandy on Wednesday night (15) and paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Replying to a query from the media whether he agreed with the Supreme Court Judgment in the fundamental rights petitions against those responsible for financial irregularities and mismanagement of the economy, he stressed that he will not accept the judgement and that he would explain the reasons when he gets the opportunity.
He further said that the next party convention will be held grandly and that steps are now being taken to organise it at electoral level covering all districts.
He didn't mishandle the economic crisis, he and the others created the economic crisis by looting the country's wealth!!
ravin Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:38 PM
Hopefully justice will prevail.
Aiyo Salli Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:47 PM
He is literally saying he is above the law.
D S de Silva Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:53 PM
The rule of law applies to everyone. You are convicted of a grave crime, you need to shut up and accept it.
MirakRajBanda Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:56 PM
Seek refuge behind the robes as usual.
Shame on him and his litters!!!!
Voter Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:56 PM
You’re a super human and you won’t accept ruling of the land of law…(those who professed one country one law)…
Iamapandithaya Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:00 PM
Wow. Disregarding the supreme court. Contempt of court?
C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:04 PM
The people of this Country believed that he, his brothers, sons and their clan are responsible for the economic downfall of this country. Now the court has confirmed it in the judicial language. Convicts refuse the judgement even at the the gallows.
Onlooker Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:07 PM
Well it is said that if you are shameless, you can do anything vile. Even to face others with a straight face.
sam Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:07 PM
SC should have indicated how much should be paid to the 22 million people.
Terrence K Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:08 PM
Not accepting the Supreme Courts decision is Contempt of Court which should not be tolerated as this could result in a precedence and the whole law and order situation in the country is in jepoardy.
Gayantha Hemachandra Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:15 PM
Looter of the Nation…..
Aiyo Sirisena Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:19 PM
It's quite obvious. These guys thought and continue to think that they are above the law. Can you selectively accept Courts decisions. People should realize. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who still hero worship them. very sad...
Mahila Friday, 17 November 2023 01:49 AM
"These guys thought and continue to think that they are above the law?"
Of course, Raja Pukayo's have right to think so!!??
Only judgement they accept is from "GEDERA YANA GAMANG" MAHATHAYO delivered Verdicts!!! He is the only Judicious and sensible Officer, in Town! OR BY LADY JUDGE – CONTEMPERORY OF MaRa at Law College??? Excellently Net-worked!!!??? No compromise!!!
How come these Young Johnnie’s dictate to us??? Acclaimed “Jathika Vasthuwa”!!!??? NONE OTHER!!??
Affected citizen Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:21 PM
You were the President from 2005-2015, Leader of the Government Party from 2005-up to this date, and Prime Minister from 2020-2022. So you have to accept the responsibility for mishandling the economy. Stealing public money and depositing that money in foreign banks is another issue.
Mahila Friday, 17 November 2023 01:47 PM
NO, NONE OF THOSE NONSENSICLE THINGS ARE ACCEPTABLE to us!? We don't accept “any and all wrong doings, as all doings are for betterment of Poor Citizens” of SL and NOT for our Benefit!!?? DON'T ACCEPT, ANY "ACCOUNTABILITY", AT ALL!!!??? WE never do any wrong, always we are RIGHT!?
EVEN WRONGS, such MURDER, MAYHEM, RIOTS, "TURN-OUT" to be "rightful and fitting, appropriate action" after the EPISODE - DUST SETTLES!!?? See we are fortunate we have a highly erudite and knowledgeable Following - unmatched by others!!? THE SLPP!!!???
Bandara Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:22 PM
It is like asking a murderer that if he accepts that he murdered. The politicians visit to religious places always to hoodwink the public. That is their Technics, I don't understand one thing, do the politicians believe they are immortal and that they will never face judgment.
Sokrates Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:22 PM
MR, now you are no longer in a position to ignore SC Judgments like you used to. Hopefully you live long enough to see all of your family's assets confiscated and everyone gradually rot in prison, whether here or in The Hague.
Ah Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:28 PM
It is utter foolishness for media to ask MR whether he accepts SC verdict. Would anyone even any journalist for that matter accept his wrongs.
Let SC and Rajapakses fight it out. For me it would be a wastage of time awaiting SC’s final judgement in terms of any punishment that would be slapped
Ruwan Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:34 PM
The opportunity is now!
Lion Thursday, 16 November 2023 01:49 PM
It was you habit to deny any thing that comes against you but the whole country agrees fully with the judgment delivered against you. You and your people should be jailed for life.
Ram Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:02 PM
MR is no respecter of courts. I remember how he removed onetime CJ Shirani Bandaranayaka. In my mind civic rights of all those named must be removed ASAP. Whether that will happen is a Million Dollar question. Let us wait and see.
Jayantha Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:08 PM
So this is contempt of court. If law applies to others then it should apply to this rogue politicians too. Sarath silva saved him once and no action taken against both even at that time. Go home rw and corrupt family.
Sinna Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:32 PM
Why didn’t you stand for your innocence,when MS accused you for stealing money, which was borrowed from Chinese bank to alleviate suffering of people living around Nilwala river by floods but you stole whole loan,and deposited in your niece Nirupama’s name ,and that was reappeared in Pandora papers, this revealed by MS, why didn’t you take action against it
S. Samarakoon Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:32 PM
In Contempt of Court MR.
Can a person hurt Kith and Kin ? Safe for the moment dear with the Government.
ANNECUNT Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:43 PM
with respect Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa you should be in jail today along with your brothers
FERNANDO OF NEGOMBO Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:47 PM
ARE YOU INSULTING THE SUPREME COURT OF SRI-LANKA?
Joseph Navaratnam Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:50 PM
Mokan Thursday, 16 November 2023 02:51 PM
You think you are F.. above the law
Rajiv De Silva Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:04 PM
Contempt of court ruling???
Get nation Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:13 PM
Direct violation of law , contempt of court!
MR SIRISENA Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:18 PM
MR DO YOU RESPECT THE SRI-LANKAN SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT?
Piyawathie Wathumulla Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:25 PM
You accept only the stolen money to take with you to the next life in the Hell to bribe Yamaraja!
Nadeeka Thungama Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:29 PM
That was under you, Myna! Respect the law and order of this country! You and your brothers destroyed all with the help of Gon Sons!
Cheers Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:32 PM
Onlooker Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:55 PM
I follow the Buddhist Philosophy. But I cannot understand these "priests" entertaining and hobnobbing with such well known criminals as declared by the Supreme Court and other Courts of Law. At least they should explain the Philosophy which these culprits say Bauddha Agama to these criminals. Instead they accept their gifts and smile and say some nonsense to please them.
Hapun Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:56 PM
Which thief accepts a crime they’ve committed?
Bandu Thursday, 16 November 2023 03:57 PM
A convicted thief, The former President visited Kandy on Wednesday night (15) and paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic on is birthday.
May be confession like in the Catholic Church.
sam Thursday, 16 November 2023 04:11 PM
Charge this looter or contempt of court
Nihal S Thursday, 16 November 2023 04:25 PM
Then appeal on the verdict, not just talking to the media. You steal State funds all the time, starting with Tsunami.
M S G De Silva Thursday, 16 November 2023 04:33 PM
Rajapakshas always considered themselves to be above the law. It is meaningless for anyone to ask him whether he accepted the SC verdict.. They should be punished by the people's tribunal
idiot Thursday, 16 November 2023 04:41 PM
Yes! Boss. You are right. People did not blame you.
Volker Metzger Thursday, 16 November 2023 04:58 PM
This former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has never taken responsibility in the true sense of the word, at least that applies to the political areas in which he has worked !!! For him, responsibility, namely to undertake to ensure that - within the scope of one's own possibilities - no harm occurs and that I stand up for what I do with my personality, has remained a foreign concept!!! His whole life so far has been characterized above all by the fact that he has evaded responsibility or delegated it to others!!! This behavior is obviously a basic trait of his personality and shows how his character is structured!!! In this respect, one cannot be surprised at his non-acceptance of the court verdict, on the contrary, he acts as he always did, in accordance with his character!!!
Dulan de Silva Thursday, 16 November 2023 05:08 PM
Nothing will happen this will be a old story soon
Ravana Friday, 17 November 2023 09:00 AM
Sad but true. This is what happens.
ANNECUNT Thursday, 16 November 2023 07:28 PM
so do you think it is correct to call your family human hyenas
Alam Thursday, 16 November 2023 07:53 PM
If he doesn’t accept sc decision, all citizens can not accept sc decision. So it’s the Wild West. Contempt of court, he can and should Goto jail.
ROSH Thursday, 16 November 2023 08:54 PM
We need to check his bank account
Volker Metzger Thursday, 16 November 2023 10:51 PM
This former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has never taken responsibility in the true sense of the word, at least that applies to the political areas in which he has worked !!! For him, responsibility, namely to undertake to ensure that - within the scope of one's own possibilities - no harm occurs and that I stand up for what I do with my personality, has remained a foreign concept!!! His whole life so far has been characterized above all by the fact that he has evaded responsibility or delegated it to others!!! This behavior is obviously a basic trait of his personality and shows how his character is structured!!! In this respect, one cannot be surprised at his non-acceptance of the court verdict, on the contrary, he is acting as he has always acted, in accordance with his character, irresponsibly!!!
Wimal Friday, 17 November 2023 12:54 AM
Even Ali Baba claimed , he is not a thief. This disgraceful character is no different
Ranjan Dissanayake Friday, 17 November 2023 02:01 AM
It makes little difference if this goon and his family does OR does not accept the verdict of FIVE member bench of the Supreme Court. What remains now, is to take the next step and persecute these scoundrels and bring in the Capital Punishment for each and everyone of these thugs for killing so many innocent people either by war, terror or merely by poverty.
dana Friday, 17 November 2023 06:04 AM
I,a senior citizen, one who affected badly due to looting spree of rajapakshas family during their period of power, like to suggest non political organizations and opposition SJB, NPP and others, make use this important judgement to sue them in court, if starts now, that would make good propaganda against all extortionists of public assets during election time 2024
Punchi Friday, 17 November 2023 06:12 AM
We tell international bodies line the UNHRC that we have superior 2500 year old internal mechanisms to investigate issues. When one of our internal mechanisms the supreme court issues a verdict there are people who tout our internal mechanisms but refuse to abide by the verdicts of our internal mechanisms
Poochie Baba Friday, 17 November 2023 08:48 AM
we also have our Sri Lankan Donald Trump, who thinks he can do anything !!
Umar Perera Friday, 17 November 2023 08:51 AM
MR doesn't know the meaning of the words responsibility, accountability, integrity, equality, humanity. He only knows the mantra "Me, Myself
Edie Friday, 17 November 2023 09:55 AM
There is enough evidence during his period as Prime Minister and as President. There are more government officials who are still holding top positions served during the Rajapaksha regime period should be investigated!!!!
Nimal Friday, 17 November 2023 10:21 AM
Only way to hold them accountable is to make them lose power in the next election. Then the rest would follow.
Anthony. R Friday, 17 November 2023 05:03 PM
Why Is he above the law ?
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