Ganesan Nimalaruban: A murder and responses of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice

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Photo courtesy Vikalpa

Ganesan Nimalaruban’s murder in July last year wasn’t an issue for or comprehensively covered in the mainstream media in Sri Lanka. Vikalpa covered the circumstances of his murder and funeral, and this content was translated into English and published onGroundviews. Responses to the stories on both sites included a former high ranking UN diplomat and senior civil servants who said they had tears in their eyes listening to and reading the lamentation of Nimalaruban’s mother at his funeral.

Contrast this with some of the comments made by Sri Lanka’s de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, as reported in the media recently, when the Fundamental Rights case of Ganeshan Nimalaruban was taken before the Supreme Court.

“When the prison is under siege do you want the prisons commissioner have to read to them the Geneva Conventions?”

The AG submitted a confidential report to the Court and Counsel Petitioner requested a copy to be issued to him. CJ Peiris said “Why do you need this? The court is not a place to get documents for the petitioners. This is the way you all procure the evidence and then circulate to the entire world to tarnish the image of the country.”

“The executive submits confidential reports only for the eyes of judges particularly where national security issues are concerned.”

“Counsel, you are not concerned about the country, you are giving a wrong signal to likeminded people.”

Counsel for the petitioner referred to the injuries in the postmortem report establishing torture. The Chief Justice said, “We don’t send nursery children to quell a siege. You’ve got to expect injuries.”

As we noted in our story on Nimalaruban’s murder, which went viral on the web,

“If this is the first time you are reading the details of this story, seeing this video footage and photos and realising the full horror of what the government has tried to cover up, ask yourself whether this is a peace, three years after the end of war, we can really be proud of.”

A year after writing this, things have, incredibly, got worse. The comments by Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice over this case alone are a sobering reminder of the real state of Sri Lanka’s judicial independence and the Rule of Law.

  • Dev

    As usual people like ‘off_the_cuff’ will copy and paste about a dozen links and claim

    “we are special people with a 2500 year history and these people are trying to tarnish our image !!”

    • Off the Cuff

      Hi Dev,

      Crawling back from under the woodwork to post your irrational rants?

      You wrote “As usual people like ‘off_the_cuff’ will copy and paste about a dozen links and claim”

      Are you blind? Have I posted any comments on this thread? You need to have the integrity to challenge what I write in the thread that I write. But you are too much of a coward and do not possess the knowledge to do so. Hence you post irrelevancies in an unrelated post.

      You accuse me of writing “we are special people with a 2500 year history and these people are trying to tarnish our image !!”

      I challenge you to prove what you have written.

      But like before, you will crawl back in to the woodwork without meeting that challenge.

      It is GG Ponnambalam who started that crap and you have proven to be a great disciple of GGP. GGP was identified as a Racist bigot by the Tamil Editor of the Hindu Organ published by Tamils in Jaffna in the 1930s.

      This is what Dr. Jane Russell, the British Historian observed in her book “Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution” (page 131).

      “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”

      She was damn right. Only disgruntled separatist like you, who do not have facts to write about, try this type of puerile arguments. You have found my arguments hard to contest because I use TAMIL sources mostly and do not use the Mahawansa. So you try to introduce it as you have no argument without it.

      You see Dev you only confirm the Sufi Wisdom that a Donkey with a load of Holy books is still a donkey.

      Why don’t you try to retrieve your lost EGO by making a positive contribution to GV instead of running away from debates that you yourself start?

      http://groundviews.org/2013/05/12/conviction-of-efrain-rios-montt-and-the-need-for-accountability/#comment-53173

      • Dev

        You don’t have to talk about the history and your superiority, it is implied in your writings.

        As for the rest of your comments….of course we Tamils (and other minorities) are the cause of all the problems in this triply blessed land of yours, yes we burnt ourselves by pouring petrol on ourselves, burnt our homes and shops starting from 1958..to 83 in fact we still do it…..all the way to our fellow minority the muslims destroying their own mosque in Dumbulla to burning and damaging their own shops (fashion bug)….yes we just keep doing it all to tarnish the Sinhala Buddhist image !!!

        • Off the Cuff

          Hi Dev,

          Backing down so soon?
          What a tripe writing coward with no shame.

          You say “You don’t have to talk about the history and your superiority, it is implied in your writings”

          You mean you cannot produce anything from my writings to back up your wild accusations? Reminds me of an ignoramus, who was snapping like a dog at Dr Rajasingham Narendran’s feet, when he could not FACTUALLY counter what another Tamil wrote.

          “As for the rest of your comments….of course we Tamils (and other minorities) are the cause of all the problems in this triply blessed land of yours….”

          Velupillay Prabahkaran was a Tamil and he was the cause of the Deaths of tens of thousands of Tamils including children. He was a separatist like you and may have been your commander as well. It is also possible that you have thrown your uniform and gun and morphed into a civilian by donning a sarong.

          Hence though you could identify with the LTTE and the Separatists, you cannot identify with the Ordinary Tamils that you are trying to hoodwink again.

          Hence please don’t identify with the peace loving Tamils, you are definitely not one of them though ethnically you are a Tamil.

          As for the Muslims, croc tears after shooting hundreds of them while at prayer in Mosques does not absolve you from that crime. Please remind yourself of what you did when you carried a Gun and intimidated and hounded them out of home and land when you created the only Mono Ethnic contiguous land area in Lanka.

          Mr Sebastian Rasalingam who is a low cast Tamil says….

          “The poor Tamils worked in the properties and homes of the upper-caste Tamils. We could not go in buses or attend school. Our very presence was ‘polluting’. When the buses were nationalized by SWRD, the CTB allowed anyone to travel in them. THAT angered the Tamil leaders. It was the Church that grudgingly opened doors very slightly to the oppressed Tamils by allowing them to learn English and read the Bible. In my young days I sat on the class-room floor or carried a low stool from class to class, as only the high castes could sit on chairs. The teachers treated me and another child like me as excreta and punished us for daring to be there. But, I thought that was the law – each had his station in life.

          When I moved to Hatton and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our workmates, mostly Sinhalese would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea. We found that we could go to night school and study without being threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution ‘back in the North’; our dwellings would have been torched and our women raped with impunity”

          That Dev, was a Tamil, writing about your kind of Tamil, in dbsjayaraj.com.

          What do you have to say?

      • Cincinattus

        Off-the-Cuff is right of course about GGPonnambalam’s comunalism. And forsooth,he was the ONLY communalist at that time and since then functioning in Sri Lanka!

        • Off the Cuff

          Dear Cincinattus,

          Thank you for your response.

          You say “And forsooth,he was the ONLY communalist at that time and since then functioning in Sri Lanka!”

          Once the communal snowball is set in motion, it gains in size and momentum and moves on its own, out of control of even those who set it in motion. GGP set the communal snowball rolling in the 20th century.

          Prior to 1939, the 20th century saw only Tamil vs Tamil Riots (1923, 1929 and 1931). ALL of which was due to the DENIAL of BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS to the Tamil Polity by the Tamil High casts. Mr. Sabastian Rasalingam, a victim of the Tamil Elitists, is one of the few Brave Lankan Tamils, still amongst the living, who is unafraid to tell the Truth and expose the animal like treatment the oppressed Tamils received at the hands of the Jaffna Elite Tamils (please see my previous post for a verbatim extract from his writings).

          It is these very same self centred Elite Tamils, who are yet misleading the Tamil polity, by playing the Pied Piper and is now intent on scuttling attempts at reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

          GGP, was prepared to sacrifice the people (Tamils and Sinhalese) in order to wrest the leadership of Tamils from the Arunachelems and Ramanathans. Unfortunately, the Tamils fell for GGP’s ploy, ousted A & R and handed their leadership to the racist GGP.

          GGP’s political hate speeches prompted the Tamil Editor of the “Hindu Organ” to call him a Hot head playing to the gallery.

          Twentieth Century Lanka did not have ANY ETHNIC strife between Tamils and Sinhalese until the advent of virulent Tamil Nationalists such as G. G. Ponnambalam, whose public hate speeches, vilifying the Sinhalese, precipitated the first Sinhala Tamil Riots in 1939. The riots are reported in full, in the “Hindu Organ”, the Tamil Newspaper from Jaffna, written and edited by Tamils, in their issue of 1st Nov 1939.

          “Hindu Organ” of June 22, 1939, page 4 carried the Headline “Mr. Ponnambalam’s N’pitiya speech” and beneath it a strap-line “Mr. Bandaranaike’s challenge” and followed it up with an Editorial titled “THE WRITING ON THE WALL” which stated among other things “Communal differences, though there existed hardly any, during the time of the last generation of leaders, have now been multiplied and intensified, thanks to the hot-heads and irresponsible talkers in the country, who care more for the plaudits of the mob, than for the welfare of the people.”

          Very clear proof, from a Tamil Newspaper and her Tamil Editor as to who is responsible for the Modern Tamil Sinhala strife. Mr G. G. Ponnambalam. This is a fact that the Separatists Lobby has carefully covered up and swept under the carpet.

          Dr Jane Russell writing in her book “Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution” observes, “….. the more and more rapacious demands of the Tamils” (page 240).

          Demands that stand in the way of peace and reconciliation.

          • Dev

            Ha ha off the cuff I am not retreating by any means but I have achieved what I set out to do.

            As for your comment
            “Prior to 1939, the 20th century saw only Tamil vs Tamil Riots (1923, 1929 and 1931). ALL of which was due to the DENIAL of BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS to the Tamil ”

            Ha ha please who is hiding the truth, forgot the Sinhala and Muslim riots of 1915 that started in Kandy that holy city of yours LOL
            Who is conveniently forgetting the truth my dear boy?

          • http://www.groundviews.org Groundviews

            Strongly encourage both interlocutors to kindly stick to the issues raised by the article above, and to resist taking over multiple comment streams to continuously debate the same issues, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

          • cincinnatus

            I wrote”
            “Off-the-Cuff is right of course about GGPonnambalam’s comunalism. And forsooth,he was the ONLY communalist at that time and since then functioning in Sri Lanka”

            Of course OFC, as is to be expected from such a passionate propagandists,misseses the irony in my comment.
            1.A astute historian like OFC must know the other facts about the politics of the thirties and forties of the last century.Be that as it may,I would like to mention that GGP’s Tamil Congress had an exact parralel in SWRD’s Sinhala Maha Sabha,the seed-bed of the SLFP and its comunalism/racism and the policy of Sinhala only,Sinhalese only in employment etc. and now it appears Buddhists only.
            2.OFC cites the editorials in the Hindu Organ which was realy the organ of elite Saivites of Jaffna.It did criticize GGP to begin with but later supported him.In any case the Organ’s criticism of GGP shows clearly that the the Tamils as a whole did not support GGP.There were other critics of GGP too.There was a strong enough presence of the LSSP and CP in Jaffna and until 1956.while the anti- communal parties did not win in parliamentary elections,except once in Pt.Pedro,they did poll substantial number of votes.In fact SJVC was defeated by a UNP candidate in his seat in 1952.Indeed Tamil communalism and Sinhala communalism fed off each other and nourished each other in a deadly dialectic and shall I say, it is specious reasonig to blame GGP and SJVC for the sorry pilght of the country today.It is not enough to read only the Hindu Organ and Jane Russel’s deeply flawed dissertation submitted to the dons in Peradeniya and selectvily pick the information that suits one’s case and ignore others.I suppose one must grant that this the curse of what passes as “internet scholarship”!
            The Tamils as whole did not subscribe to GGP’s policies and should not be subject to recriminations and discriminatioons as renvenge.
            3.Re Rasalingam and caste discrimination in Jaffna: Of course only the Jaffna Tamils have discrimination and the Sinhalese are a totally democratic and egalitarian society in contast to the rest of the island and the subcontinet!Furthermore,when the state and some its people burn, bomb and practise various forms of discriminations against the Tamil people as whole,the redoutable Rasalingm’s reltives and associates are affected too.

          • Off the Cuff

            Dear Groundviews Moderator,

            I am exercising my Right of Reply as explained to you in my post addressed to you at
            http://groundviews.org/2013/05/23/ganesan-nimalaruban-a-murder-and-responses-of-sri-lankas-chief-justice/#comment-53335 on 05/25/2013 • 9:11 pm

            I trust that you would respect my Right of Reply.

            Dear Dev,

            You gloat “Ha ha off the cuff I am not retreating by any means but I have achieved what I set out to do”

            Yes of course you have achieved something. You have proven that you will abandon a debate like a coward in one thread and open the same debate on a different thread with an ad hominem argument hoping that the readers would have forgotten the arguments that took place in the previous thread.

            You say “As for your comment “Prior to 1939, the 20th century saw only Tamil vs Tamil Riots (1923, 1929 and 1931). ALL of which was due to the DENIAL of BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS to the Tamil ” Ha ha please who is hiding the truth, forgot the Sinhala and Muslim riots of 1915 that started in Kandy that holy city of yours LOL
            Who is conveniently forgetting the truth my dear boy?

            Well my dear uncle I was discussing Race Riots not religious riots. Tamil – Sinhalese riots were race riots and hence it kept repeating since the causes remained.

            Muslim – Sinhalese riots in 1915 was a Religious Riot precipitated by the Coastal Muslims (imported by the British from India). It was never repeated as the cause ceased to exist. Hence unless you are an ignoramus you won’t try to call it a race riot.

            The cause of the religious riot was the opposition of the Coastal Muslims (from India) to the annual Esala Perahera (procession) taking its traditional route used for centuries from the Walahagoda Devale (dedicated to God Katharagama ie God Kandassamy) in Gampola on it’s way to Porutota on the Mahaveli for the Water cutting ceremony along the Ambagamuwa Road. Along this route there were Christian, Hindu and Moslem places of religious worship. One of them was a Mosque that was built recently in the 1890s by the Coastal Moors.

            Up to 1912 the procession took place on the traditional route to the accompaniment of drums and music unchallenged. In 1912 the coastal moors threatened to riot if the procession came within 100 yards of the Mosque. The GA subjected the issue of a license to the procession avoiding the Mosque. The Basnayake Nilame of the Devale refused and cancelled the procession in 1912 and instituted legal action against the AG on 30th September 1913.

            The case came before Dr Paul E. Pieris, Acting District Judge of Kandy in the District Court of Kandy, on 20th March 1914. Dr Peiris was Knighted later.

            The learned judge delivering his judgement on 4th June 1914, declared that the plaintiff is entitled to the privilege set out in the second paragraph of his complaint (viz. “the right and privilege of marching and to and from and through all the streets of the town of Gampola including that portion of Ambagamuwa street……. With elephants to the accompaniment of tom-tom drums and other musical instruments”).

            The British authorities appealed to the Supreme Court, which duly dismissed the plaintiff’s action.

            The Basnayake Nilame and his supporters appealed to the Privy Council, and retained Sir John Simon to argue the appeal. There were signs that justice in this case was going to be asserted at last.

            The 1915 riots broke out in this time of indecision. On 28th May that year, the Vesak Full moon Poya Day, the traditional Esala Perahera of the Walahagoda temple was held. The procession followed its usual route along the Ambagamuwa road. But the Police prevented the procession from passing the disputed place. The Moors, encouraged by what they assumed to be support of the Police for their cause, started jeering at the Buddhists marching in the procession and threw stones at them from the steps of the mosque. Retaliation was swift and inevitable.

            Rioting between Buddhists and Muslims spread to other parts of the island. As usual in such situations criminal elements took to looting and arson; shops of Moor traders were attacked and goods stolen; mosques were set on fire. The Governor Sir Robert Chalmers declared martial law. By the time order was restored and martial law withdrawn three months after the rioting had started 63 people had been killed by the Military and the Police. Ad hoc commissions dispensed summary justice.

            Although the hearing of the appeal of the Gampola Perahera Case before Privy Council began promisingly for the aggrieved Devale authorities, it did not go on until a final decision was delivered because the new Governor of Ceylon Sir John Anderson was trying to settle the dispute after 1915 riots by adopting a more conciliatory attitude towards the Esala Perahera. He gave binding orders that the Perahera was not to be interfered with any restrictions. When the Coast Moors found that the Government was no longer behind them they gave up their extremist demands. In 1917 the Governor himself attended the Perahera as the Sinhalese kings of yore had done.

            Hence Dev, before you start gloating, you should expand your reading beyond Sangam.org.

            When I point to the Moon you look at my finger.

            The Sufi Moslems have another idiom.

            When a man points to the Moon the idiot looks at the finger.

          • Off the Cuff

            Dear GV moderator,

            I am exercising my Right of Reply to Cincinnatus’s post of 05/25/2013 • 7:25 pm that you published. My post deals with the subject matter that has been already published.

            Dear cincinnatus,

            You say “Of course OFC, as is to be expected from such a passionate propagandists,misseses the irony in my comment”

            I am sorry to disappoint you but I did not miss the meaning of “forsooth”. Secondly I am not interested in propaganda but will defend my country from propaganda.

            Propaganda is what people like Ms Usha S Sri Skanda Raja Senator of the TGTE, Ms Yasmin Sooka of Ban Ki Moons expert panel, Ms Savitri Hensman, Gordon Weiss, Channel 4 and those who call themselves the “Tamil Civil Society” indulge in.

            I have exposed the propagandists and examples of my defense is available at this link. You are welcome to refute them factually, as those to whom I addressed them went underground, never to be seen again in those threads.

            http://groundviews.org/2013/05/12/conviction-of-efrain-rios-montt-and-the-need-for-accountability/#comment-53143

            You say “I would like to mention that GGP’s Tamil Congress had an exact parralel in SWRD’s Sinhala Maha Sabha”

            Of course it had but you have ignored the Time Line. Let me quote again from the Hindu Organ as you have astutely ignored the reference to the Time Line.

            ““Hindu Organ” of June 22, 1939, page 4 carried the Headline “Mr. Ponnambalam’s N’pitiya speech” and beneath it a strap-line “Mr. Bandaranaike’s challenge”

            Since you appear to be conversant in the language that we both write, the significance of the above para could not have escaped you. SWRD RESPONDED to GGP. If you study your history a bit more you will find that Tamil Racism preceded the Sinhala response by several years.

            I have effectively dealt with the other questions that you have slipped in, in my previous posts on GV. I am constrained by GV’s observations on 05/25/2013 • 7:01 pm in dealing with them here.

            You say “It did criticize GGP to begin with but later supported him”

            Did it support Racism that it denounced in no uncertain terms? Must have been a very fickle editor that was in charge!

            “There was a strong enough presence of the LSSP and CP in Jaffna and until 1956.while the anti- communal parties did not win in parliamentary elections,except once in Pt.Pedro,they did poll substantial number of votes”

            Yes true, so why couldn’t they win elections by standing on a non communal platform? Because the majority of Tamils were non communal?

            “it is specious reasonig to blame GGP and SJVC for the sorry pilght of the country today”

            In this thread I have identified GGP as the person who started the Racist snowball rolling when there was no Racism in existence. I have provided evidence to that affect. I did not mention SJVC. Hence please explain how the guy who caused the FIRST Tamil Sinhala riots in 1939 is blameless for the current situation.

            “It is not enough to read only the Hindu Organ and Jane Russel’s deeply flawed dissertation submitted to the dons in Peradeniya and selectvily pick the information that suits one’s case and ignore others”

            The Hindu Organ was a Tamil run Tamil owned Newspaper of Jafna. It reported the news. Are you trying to say it fabricated the news about GGP’s hate speech in Nawalapitiya in 1939?

            Re Dr Jane Russel’s book that you call “deeply flawed” where is your argument? Is it “deeply flawed” because her observations are inimical to your cause?

            In a debate I pick the information that buttresses my argument. Surely you don’t expect me to argue with myself? Has anyone prevented you from presenting a counter argument? Or are you devoid of facts to make a factual counter?

            “I suppose one must grant that this the curse of what passes as “internet scholarship”!”

            Hmm …. so the real scholars find Internet Scholarship hard to beat?

            “The Tamils as whole did not subscribe to GGP’s policies and should not be subject to recriminations and discriminatioons as renvenge”

            I have no intention of revenge but I will contest propaganda. If you think the majority of Tamils were not deceived by the Racist propaganda of GGP, please explain how GGP wrested Tamil leadership from the Arunachalems and Ramanathans.

            “Re Rasalingam and caste discrimination in Jaffna: Of course only the Jaffna Tamils have discrimination and the Sinhalese are a totally democratic and egalitarian society in contast to the rest of the island and the subcontinet!”

            DId I say this? No I haven’t.
            But Rasalingam says the following, that shows a very clear difference in the Tamil dominated Jaffna and the South.

            “When I moved to Hatton and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our workmates, mostly Sinhalese would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea. We found that we could go to night school and study without being threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution ‘back in the North’; our dwellings would have been torched and our women raped with impunity”

            Is he lying about his schooling and the teachers treating him as excreta?
            Is he lying about Segregation in Tamil owned Public transport, before it was Nationalised by SWRDB?
            Is he lying about Tamil society refusing to sit down with them for a cup of tea?
            Is he lying about being beaten up if caught attending night school or borrowing books?
            Is he lying about their houses being torched for doing things that you would not approve?
            Is he lying about their women being raped with impunity?

            Do I need to say more, such as preventing Temple entry to practice their religion?

            “Furthermore,when the state and some its people burn, bomb and practise various forms of discriminations against the Tamil people as whole,….

            You have introduced many issues that I have dealt with on GV. Countering them on this thread is not possible in this already lengthy reply as GV frowns on it. Hence I will invite you to engage with me on ongoing debates. For me GV has been a learning experience and I would love to learn the truth. Hence please post your arguments in any of the links that you find at the link given above.

            “……the redoutable Rasalingm’s reltives and associates are affected too”

            That’s why I called him a Brave Tamil. He continues to write from Canada to this day and he has exposed the canards that the Tamil separatists try to disseminate. I would be honoured to meet him one day.

  • Jayalath

    This is very worrying situation in Sri Lanka .what must be realised by those who responsible for this type of murderings that those people’s voices would not be able to stop by murdering them , rather stand to address what they appeal for . It is very clear now , our politicians are not ready to listen to the people and trying to minimise the inequality and inequity in the society which has been spreading like a plague .

  • cincinattus

    Groundviews

    05/25/2013 • 7:01 pm “Strongly encourage both interlocutors to kindly “stick to the issues raised by the article above, and to resist taking over multiple comment streams to continuously debate the same issues, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.”

    You are quite right in making this recommendation I am sorry I contributed to the veering off of the discussion away from Nimalaruban’s murder and the the callous response to it the agents of the GOSL,

    • Off the Cuff

      Dear cincinnatus,

      I thought you were a honourable person but I believe I was mistaken.

      My comment of 05/25/2013 • 9:11 pm at the link below responded to the GV moderator’s comment of 05/25/2013 • 7:01 pm which said “Strongly encourage both interlocutors to kindly stick to the issues raised by the article above, and to resist taking over multiple comment streams to continuously debate the same issues, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.” It was not published and I do not want to elaborate on what I wrote but it is sufficient to say that the facts that I brought to the notice of the editorial of GV was the reason my Right of Reply comments addressed to you and Dev was published.

      I commend the Editorial of Groundviews for listening to reason and upholding the journalistic ethic of a Right of Reply. http://groundviews.org/2013/05/23/ganesan-nimalaruban-a-murder-and-responses-of-sri-lankas-chief-justice/#comment-53335

      You say “I am sorry I contributed to the veering off of the discussion away from Nimalaruban’s murder and the the callous response to it the agents of the GOSL,”

      I believe the same blindness that afflicts the separatists have afflicted you.

      The very first post on this thread that the moderator of GV passed for publication WAS a callous and insensitive response to Nimalaruben’s murder. You should open your eyes wider and read the first post again.

      The first post was written by a separatist, who like the other separatists would spit even on a dead Tamil to spread his doctrine. It is unfortunate that you did not recognise that defilement and joined in to help your fellow separatist.

      Now that I have effectively met your arguments you cry like a baby taking refuge behind a pseudo respect for the dead.

      As I said before I will defend my country from false propaganda. Please note that the word used is “Country” and not the “Regime”.

      Kind Regards
      OTC

      • J Fernando

        Thank you GV moderators for stepping in and controlling members like “off the cuff”

        A mother has lost her child her and he tarnishes the entire image of the majority community through his racist vitriol.
        As a long time reader of this blog,this is a frequent problem I see due to contributors like “off the cuff”

        This country has suffered enough and what it needs right now is not the kind of people represented by off the cuff !
        I would suggest banning such members and I as a Buddhist especially during this holy month of ours apologize on his behalf.

        • Off the Cuff

          Dear Mr J Fernando,

          I always apologise when an apology is called for and hence please don’t bother to apologise on my behalf.

          I am surprised to find such an UPSTANDING member of the public like you, TURNING A NELSONIAN EYE to the REAL Culprit who DEFILED this Web Page with his Racist Crap.

          Please let me know your “Righteous opinion” of the FIRST COMMENT on this thread, which seems to be in your blind spot.

          Kindly look at it with your Macula instead of your Blind Spot.

          Here it is, for your ease of reference.

          Quote
          As usual people like ‘off_the_cuff’ will copy and paste about a dozen links and claim
          “we are special people with a 2500 year history and these people are trying to tarnish our image !!”
          Unquote

          Do you find it Oozing with Sympathy and Respect for the Dead or the grief of a Mother?

          It is because of a few of us, that the Racists find it difficult to peddle their racism.

          It is because of a few of us, that people like Ms Usha S Sri Skanda Raja Senator of the TGTE, Ms Yasmin Sooka of Ban Ki Moons expert panel, Ms Savitri Hensman, Gordon Weiss, Channel 4 and those who call themselves the “Tamil Civil Society” find it difficult to peddle their racism and go in to HIDING never to be seen in the threads in which they were challenged. Are you finding it difficult to counter our arguments with facts?

          Would you rather have an open field for the RACISTS to peddle their wares?

          If that is your objective, you are definitely a Tamil Separatist, hiding behind a Sinhala name.

  • J Fernando

    I am not interested in starting another war of words with you. The first comment was insensitive but I was making a general observation of you in all the threads not this one only, I am a long time reader and an observer of the likes of you.
    As for this
    “If that is your objective, you are definitely a Tamil Separatist, hiding behind a Sinhala name.”

    You sound like Gothabaya who says anyone criticizing the him or his government is a separatist; the likes of Sunila Abeysekera a full blooded Sinhalese come to mind.

    Please, we are still trying to find peace in this country and live, what we need is not people like you destroying what little we have, stop being so racist.

  • justitia

    Murder of a person in state custody is a serious matter and should be fully investigated.
    The postmortem report is the most important piece of evidence giving the time,manner and cause of death.
    The CJ denying this report is unbeleivable – he appears to be covering up the cause of death.
    “………….you have got to expect injuries”. This statement is unbecoming of a judge in a murder case.
    After about the sixties,all postmortem reports in cases of unnatural deaths are being kept a secret.
    Counsel for prosecution and defence appear to tolerate this!
    How can justice be served in a murder case?
    Lawyers and law associations appear unconcerned.
    Thus,our justice system has become a farce.
    P.S The report into the deaths of 27 prisoners at Welikada Prison is being kept a srcret.

  • Aia

    High time: The time of threesome synchronisation

    Bashed to death men from minority race while in state’s custody is not something new in Sri Lanka, irrespective of which major party occupies the Temple Tree. Time to time different reasons were given: some times they say the killing was the work of uncontrollable inmates; some times by a mob from outside that provoked by externalities; this time, in this case, not sure what the reason was for Nimalaruban’s death. Would we be able to know ever? The mad minds that committed this heinous crime, and the others who aided and abetted think they have more rights to live in this island than this poor guy. Where is the justice for this family, and the inconsolable mother? This killing is not as if someone came on a white van taking someone’s life. Who should be held responsible for this? Should not there be some one? Drop the economic efforts aside, Sri Lanka can be considered taking a step in the right direction towards becoming the wonders of the Asia only if and when the Minister responsible for the prison is resigned the following day when a similar killing happens in future. Will we see a day it happening, I am sure the latter but not so about the former. It is not merely amassing the $?€…Rs that make our small nation to achieve its aspiration becoming the wonders of Asia, but would also the people’s maturity more notably the ones holding the reign. So long as the prisons in SL are discharging function of animal slaughter houses, this wonders of Asia is a distance dream, and one starts wonder wether it even worth wondering.

    The more appalling thing is the comment that CJ made. He saying “we do not send nursery kids to quell a prison siege…” implies to me that he is yet to divorce his positions (cabinet/president adviser, etc.) that he held when the prison siege was on in 2012. By going with this kind of gloating while holding a position of CJ calibre he himself making a claim on the de facto tag. To say “This is the way you all procure the evidence and then circulate to the entire world to tarnish the image of the country”, is he admit the brief provided by the Executive, if made public, has the potential to discredit the country’s reputation. What else to read from all these other than concluding this was a calculated murder, and then to get away from the crime some reasons were doctored sufficient enough to convince a panel of patriotic judges that he was a terrorist and threat to the sovereignty of the nation. Anyone who reads these comments would understand that the very person who would be on the forefront to keep politic away from this august institution, the one does the opposite. He will not be looking at balance of probability nor proof beyond reasonable doubt but somewhat hybrid patriotism in the arguments being presented in the high court. This is the time of threesome synchronisation- the judiciary, the legislature and the executive; all colluding in the name of patriotism and committing crimes with total impunity. To me the current CJ can make a good politician or a lobbyist than being a judge even in a magistrate court. Say lobbyist because I heard his speech in the Geneva UN session in which he appealed to the USA by addressing, are we good friends?, sounded like why do you make things harder for us, etc. I thought that was good, and it was quite appropriate in the role he was holding the task he was responsible for. However, the kinds of comments he makes holding the CJ position are not only concerning to the minorities and political opponents of the current rulers but will also give a very bad signal to outside world, which is looking at investing in a post war Sri Lanka. Courts being politicised is risky, worst is Supreme Court – pave way for making legislations on the run, as the three arms of governance act in unison.