Sri Lanka Brief
2011
  • UPFA MP discharged from rape charge

    United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Colombo district Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was discharged by High Court Judge Sunil Rajapakse on March 24, on charges of rape and engaging in sex with an under-age girl. The judge accepted the request made by State Counsel representing the Attorney General that the latter has agreed to withdraw the indictment […]

  • AG’s withdrawal of murder charges illegal says lawyer

    By Manopriya Gunasekara Questioning the Attorney General’s withdrawal of murder charges and acquitting the accused in the Nampamunuwa murder case – former MP Chandana Kathriarachchi and three others – lawyer J.C. Weliamuna, watching the interests of the deceased said that the action was illegal. Former MP Kathriarachchi and three others were charged for murdering a […]

  • Rajapaksa Blitzkrieg; Basil’s Empire

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”— Orwell (In Front Of Your Nose) By Tisaranee Gunasekara As the latest WikiLeaks-cables reveal, lies and deception occupy a position of honour in the Rajapaksa modus operandi. Open defiance is not the Rajapaksa way, when operating in an unfavourable climate of opinion. […]

  • University lecturers harden stance

    President’s intervention sought By Arthur Wamanan University lecturers, threatening to step down from the administrative level if the government fails to increase their salaries are planning to seek President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention for a salary hike. After their attempt to press the government for an increment failed, the irate lecturers last week decided to inform […]

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