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“දුමින්ද සිල්වාට ජනාධිපති සමාව දීම අනුමත කරන්න බෑ’’

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හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දුමින්ද සිල්වා මහතාට ජනාධිපති සමාව ලබාදීමෙන් නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යයට බලපෑමක් වන බවට ඇමරිකාවේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තානාපතිනී ඇලයිනා බී. ටෙප්ලිට්ස් මහත්මිය ටුවිටර් පණිවුඩයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසා තිබේ.

මිනීමැරුමක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් 2018 වසරේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයෙන් දඩුවම් ලබාදුන් පුද්ගලයකු නිදහස් කිරීම අනුමත කළ නොහැකි බවත් ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැලැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ අත්අඩංගුවට පත් පිරිසකට සමාව දීම අනුමත කළ හැකි බවත් ඇය ටුවිටර් පණිවුඩයේ වැඩි දුරටත් සඳහන් වේ.

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Lawyer says teachers were forced to implicate Hejaaz

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Two Fundamental Rights petitions filed on behalf of two teachers of the Al- Zuhriya Arabic College said that two teachers were forced by the Criminal Investigations Department to implicate Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hizbullah.

The two petitions were filed by lawyer Erik Balasooriya was supported before the Supreme Court yesterday.

M.A. Sumanthiran PC told the court that the two teachers had told their lawyer Balasooriya during a consultation held in the presence of two CID officers who had an audio recording device, that the officers had promised “leniency” if they implicate Hizbullah.

“They were forced to implicate Hizbullah and were promised leniency and they don’t even know who Hejaaz Hizbullah is,” he told court.

Hejaaz, a prominent Human Rights Attorney-at-Law was arrested in April last year and was indicted for a speech conducted at the Arabic College.

Hizbullah has maintained that the entire case is a fabrication. Four children have filed petitions before the Supreme Court alleging coercion by the CID.

The case against Hizbullah is based on a single statement of a child who studied at the Arabic College.

A poet Ahnaf Jazeem was also arrested and kept in detention as a result of the said confessions by students.

“They were arrested only to bolster up a case and create witnesses,” Sumanthiran said.

He said that the two teachers were produced before a Magistrate only after notice of the Fundamental Rights applications were sent.

“Immediately after sending the notice which has all off this put down, they are produced. And then they are separated to different places,” he said.

The two teachers had informed the Magistrate that they intended giving statements to him.

However, immediately thereafter the prison authorities had separated the two and sent them to unknown places, Sumanthiran said.

“I say with responsibility the only reason they were separated and taken to two different paths of the country was to stop them speaking to the Magistrate,” he said.

He said that the lawyer Erik Balasooriya has sworn an affidavit of what transpired during the consultation at the CID. “The lawyer-client privilege is sacrosanct. How could they have sat on it?”

Upul Kumarapperuma appearing on behalf of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said that they had received numerous complaints regarding the conduct of the CID.

Senior State Counsel Avanthi Perera informed court that she had to obtain instructions and accordingly the matter was re-fixed for 21 June.

M.A Sumanthiran with Ermiza Tegel and Dilan Perera appeared for the Petitioner Erik Balasooriya, Upul Kumarapperuma appeared for the BASL and Senior State Counsel Avanthi Perera appeared for the Criminal Investigations Department.

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හිජාස්ට විරුද්ධව සාක්කි දෙන්නැයි ගුරුවරුන් දෙදෙනකුට බල කරලා?

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මදුරංකුලියේ මද්‍රසා පාසලක ගුරුවරුන් දෙදෙනකු බව කියමින් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් දෙදෙනා මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම් දෙකක් ගොනු කර ඇති බවත්, නීතීඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මහතාට එරෙහිව සාක්කි ලබා දෙන ලෙසට විමර්ශන නිලධාරීන් ඔවුන්ට බලපෑම් කර ඇති බවට එම පෙත්සම් දෙකෙහි සඳහන් වන බවත් ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ එම්.ඒ සුමන්තිරන් මහතා අද (01) කොළඹ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට දැනුම් දුන්නේය.
ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ නඩුවිධාන සංග්‍රහයේ 127 වගන්තිය යටතේ මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයා ඉදිරිපිට ප්‍රකාශයක් කිරීමට සැකකරුවන් සූදානමින් සිටින බව ද ජනාධිපති නීතීඥවරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.
ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ එම් ඒ සුමන්තිරන් මහතා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ රහස් පොලිසියෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් මදුරංකුලිය පාසලක ගුරුවරුන් දෙදෙනකු සම්බන්ධ පැමිණිල්ල අද කොළඹ ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ප්‍රියන්ත ලියනගේ මහතා ඉදිරියේ කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේදීය.
මෙම සැකකරුවන් දෙදෙනා රහස් පොලිසිය විසින් අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබුවේ පසුගිය මාර්තු 26 වැනිදා ය. ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැලැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ ලබා ගත් රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත රඳවාගෙන සිටි ඔවුන් දෙදෙනා මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම් දෙකක් ගොනු කිරීමෙන් පසු ඊයේ (31) රහස් පොලිසිය විසින් ඔවුහු දෙදෙනා කොළඹ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලැබූහ. සැකකරුවන් ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා දීමට සූදානමින් සිටින බව ද රිමාන්ඩ් කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් විරෝධතා තිබෙන බව ද ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි නීතීඥවරයා දැනුම්දීමෙන් අනතුරුව පැමිණිල්ල අද (1) ප්‍රධාන මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයා ඉදිරියේ කැඳවීමට නියෝග කෙරිණි. ඒ අනුව අද සැකකරුවන් දෙදෙනා වෙනුවෙන් ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ එම් ඒ සුමන්තිරන් මහතා පෙනී සිටියේය.
ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැලැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ රඳවා තබාගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන සැකකරුවන් රිමාන්ඩ් කළ හැක්කේ ඔවුනට එරෙහිව පිළිගත හැකි සාක්කි ඇත්නම් පමණක් බව ජනාධිපති නීතීඥවරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයකුට සෑහීමකට පත්විය හැකි ප්‍රමාණවත් සාක්කියක් නොමැතිව ඉදිරිපත් කරන සැකකරුවන් මුදා හැරිය යුතු බව ද ජනාධිපති නීතීඥවරයා කීවේය. මෙම සැකකරුවන් දෙදෙනාට එරෙහිව ද ප්‍රමාණවත් සාක්කි ඉදිරිපත් කර නැති හෙයින් ඔවුන් දෙදෙනා මුදා හරින ලෙස ද සුමන්තිරන් මහතා ඉල්ලා සිටියේය.
සැකකරුවන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති වාර්තාවේ පිටපතක් නීතීඥවරයාට ලබා දෙන ලෙස ලේඛකාධිකාරීට නියෝග කළ මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයා එය අධ්‍යයනය කිරීමෙන් පසු අධිකරණයට ලිඛිත කරුණු දැක්වීමක් සිදු කරන ලෙස සුමන්තිරන් මහතාට දැනුම් දුන්නේය.
පවතින කොවිඩ් තත්ත්වය නිසා සැකකරුවන් දෙදෙනාට පීසීආර් පරීක්ෂණ සිදු කිරීමෙන් පසු එහි ප්‍රතිඵල සලකා බලා ප්‍රකාශය ලබා දීම සඳහා ලබන 15 වැනිදා අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ප්‍රියන්ත ලියනගේ මහතා නියෝග කළේය.

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Detained Maulavis claim under pressure to frame Hejaaz

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Two Maulavis who have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), have informed court through their lawyer that they are under pressure to frame human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah.

Attorney-at-law Erick Balasooriya had filed a Fundamental Rights petition alleging that the two Maulavis are being coerced to frame Hizbullah.

In the Petition, Balasooriya said the Moulavis do not know Hizbullah nor did they conduct any extremist teaching at the Al-Zuhriya madrasa.

When the Moulavis were first produced before the Colombo Magistrates court yesterday, Balsooriya informed court that the Moulavis intend making a statements to him. The matter was thereafter transferred to the Fort Magistrates court.

Meanwhile, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran who appeared before the Fort Magistrate on behalf of the two Maulavis today (Tuesday) told Daily Mirror that he had filed an application seeking permission for the Maulavis to make a statement directly to the Fort Magistrate.

“They want to make a statement to the Magistrate in the chamber. So I made the application,” Sumanthiran said.

He said the Magistrate ordered the prison authorities to conduct PCR tests on the two Maulavis and later present them to court.

Hizbullah was arrested last year over allegations he aided and abetted those involved in the Easter Sunday attacks.

Thereafter the allegation shifted to a speech allegedly made by him to the students at the Madrasa.

Lawyers maintain that the children were coerced by the CID to giving statements.

Sumanthitan PC told the court today that the Moulavis were arrested after indictments were filed against Hizbullah and the principal of the school and that it was in order to frame the duo. (Easwaran Rutnam)

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A country obsessed with racial and religious conflicts

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Sri Lanka, as a nation has been wasting time debating sensitive racial and religious issues for the past several years, without gaining anything. Only thing the country has been witnessing as a result is communities distancing themselves from each other, while portraying a false unity among them. 
The situation seems to have come to a head with people of various communities being emotionally charged over these issues subsequent to the attacks on three Christian churches and three major tourist hotels by the Islamic terrorists on April 21, 2019, which was also the Easter Sunday.


The terrorist attacks which caught the nation off-guard demanded united action by all communities and political parties to handle the immediate situation and to prevent future recurrence of such barbaric acts, but what really occurred thereafter was something totally unacceptable.


The whole issue was politicized with political parties and their supporters vying to get mileage from the carnage. Media outlets used the situation to rouse communalism, according to their respective political affiliations. Communal forces were seen in full swing in sowing hatred among the masses.
Everybody has since been attempting to identify or tie up all his/her adversaries – political or otherwise - with the perpetrators of the disaster. The immediate upshot was that while the real victim community was waiting to be meted out justice by the authorities for the losses they suffered in terms of lives and limbs, two other communities started to fight over various issues.


The then Trade Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and two provincial governors, Azath Salley and M. L. M. A. Hisbullah were accused of being behind the carnage. However, they are still at large with even the former having received the clean sheet from the top most official of the police. Even the Parliamentary Select Committee and the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that probed the terrorist attacks had exonerated them. (Sally was arrested on Tuesday for openly challenging the country’s law, despite him being later said to be questioned in connection with the terrorist attacks).


The debate then turned towards Madrasas - the Muslim religious schools, and Quazi courts, the courts that have been established by the Judicial Service Commission under the Muslim Personal Law in Sri Lanka. Then a Sinhala newspaper reported that 4000 Sinhalese women had been sterilized by a Muslim doctor called Shafi Shihabdeen, diverting the attention of the country from the terrorist attack. However, with the two main candidates of the Presidential election vying for the minority votes, all these and the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks were forgotten by October 2019.


Four months after the ascension of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President, the COVID-19 entered the country creating another dispute over the disposal of dead bodies of pandemic victims. It was the subject matter for the media and the politicians for a year, with politicians rekindling it whenever its tempo was subsiding. Twice President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the officials to find a dry land for burial of cadavers of COVID- 19 victims which provoked protests interestingly by pro-government elements. 
Yet, nobody protested when the government had to give up its hardline on the issue, against the backdrop of the UNHRC sessions where some tough measures were proposed against selected authorities in the country over alleged human rights violations. Nevertheless, as if government wanted the debate to be dragged on the authorities first decided to bury the bodies in Iranaithivu, an island 20 km off the mainland in the Kilinochchi District, before they were sent to Ottamavadi.


In the meantime, another controversy was about to be opened with the Prime Minister submitting in September last year, a proposal to ban cattle slaughter to the Cabinet. However, it only provoked few demonstrations and “voice cuts” in favour of the government and the Cabinet decision vanished into thin air. It was later revealed that the decision had been taken while the South Asia’s largest meat processing factory was being built in Katunayake Investment Promotion Zone. The factory was opened on December 12.


As if the tension between the Sinhalese and the Muslims did not suffice, government ministers wanted to abolish the provincial council system that was introduced under the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987. Subsequent to the issue cropping up during the ongoing UNHRC session, now the government is to hold the provincial council elections soon, despite there being legal issues to be sorted out before calling nominations for the elections. 
Then came the report compiled by the Presidential Commission that probed the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. It too contributed to the heightening of communal tension rather than to a healthy debate on how to mete out justice to the victims of the carnage and how to prevent recurrence of such terrorist attacks.


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 12 issued an extraordinary gazette (2218/68) under the highly controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for “De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology.” The gazette, despite it having not literally aimed at arrest of extremism among Muslims in this country is nothing but a move to control the activities of Muslims that might be harmful to the society. Also it seems to have stemmed from the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the terrorist attacks on the Easter Sunday in 2019.


Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara on last Friday said that he had signed a Cabinet paper to ban unregistered Madrasas, the Islamic religious schools and Burqa a face veil worn by some Muslim women. However, again the government said it will decide on Burqa after consulting relevant stakeholders. The backtracking seems to be a result of two tweets by the Pakistani High Commissioner Saad Khattak and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Ahmad Shaheed, expressing their displeasure over the proposed ban.


Despite the possibility of the gazette on “De-radicalization” and the Burqa ban too falling into the category of maintaining the communal heat, a healthy and constructive debate on the purpose of them is essential. Whatever the modalities of implementation proposed by the gazette are, one cannot contest the purpose of it which prescribes rehabilitation of those indoctrinated with violent extremist ideologies.


There is no assurance that all those brainwashed by the extremists who killed 269 people on the Easter Sunday two years ago, have been put behind bars or at least identified. Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who was also a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee that probed the Easter Sunday carnage, citing CID officials say that hundreds of those who had been indoctrinated by Zahran Hashim’s National Thawheed Jama’ath (NTJ) must be at large. Whatever the number may be, it is acceptable that a killer ideology would not vanish overnight just because the apparent major players have been killed or arrested.


It was revealed during the investigations that the terrorists had first targeted the Kandy Esala Perahera and the police after the attacks on churches and hotels had announced that they were planning to attack what are known as “Hubbu Mosques,” the mosques with the graves of Islamic saints. Therefore no community could be assured of their safety unless the killer ideology is arrested. 
However, the gazette gives the responsibility of identifying the radicals to the police. And there wouldn’t be trial by the courts of law either. With regard to the radicalization among Muslims, are the police competent enough to ideologically differentiate the radicals and the ordinary Muslims to weed out the former, without being influenced by the various media hypes and politicians?


In fact, face veil is a controversial issue among Muslims as well. The point expressed by the Pakistan and the UN was that the ban would marginalize a community. But, on the other hand, the people concerned have to accept the fact that the face veils such as Burqa and Niqab are counterproductive in terms of integration of various communities.
However, the country must dedicate its time and energy mainly for a fruitful debate on economic and social development, rather than wasting time on communal issues that are detrimental to the social progress and useful only to power-hungry politicians.

 

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