The Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018 carries an interview of Gotabaya Rajapaksa by journalist Gagani Weerakoon. For the first time Gotabaya Rajapaksa admits that he will run for President in 2020 if he is asked and he would give up his American Citizenship. He also goes on to admit that his sole focus is to safeguard Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, ensure a united country and the safety of war heroes . Huh? Could you believe that ?
So Gotabaya Rajapaksa will give up his American citizenship ONLY if he is running for Presidency of Sri Lanka !!!!! Otherwise he will be an American citizen who yet loves the sovereignty and unity of one Sri Lanka. Are we dumb? Read Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018.
He goes on to say that he did the “right thing” by “handing over” the investigations into the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr and Upali Tennekoon to the CID and TID who made great breakthrough revelations. Consider that these were all journalists as much as Gagani Weerakoon is and one may surmise that it was obligatory of her/him, to ask such questions from Gotabaya. Well and good. One does not know how senior a journalist Gagani Weerakoon is. But it is elementary of any worthy journalist to ask the follow up questions to answers that beg further clarification. The journalist does not. Perhaps the interview was to give the former Secretary of Defence an opportunity in a contrived manner to deflect accusations against him.
The BBC interview with Chris Morris does not bring forth a single reference to Gen Fonseka when you are questioned on Lasantha Wickramatunge other than ” Who is Lasantha?”:
But the Hard Talk interview with Stephen Sackur you take Gen Fonseka to the hangman for accusing you of possible war crimes:
Shame on you Weerakoon for containing the extra judicial crimes to a few of the many that took place. What of the tens of Uthayan journalists who were killed and assaulted ? The world is aware that Gotabaya is an out an out racist. Perhaps you are too.
The world witnessed your infamous interviews to BBC and Hard Talk which went viral and is yet available on the internet
He failed to do so and left many unanswered questions. He accepts that he was high up as far as it goes in the chain of command in this interview, save for the President at the time and PM. That being his brother and DM Jayaratne. He accuses the then Commander of the Army General Sarath Fonsekabeing in-charge when all these crimes occurred and therefore he must be questioned. BUT HE HAS BEEN QUESTIONED. He has stated to the CID that there were secret military squads run by the very same Gotabaya Rajapaksa using “white vans“and God knows what else.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes credit for the military defeat of the LTTE, but does not accept failure to prosecute Gen Fonseka for the above crimes despite handing them over for investigations to the CID and TID which came directly under HIM where Gen. Fonseka had no access nor control over these arms. Huh?
Gagani Weerakoon chose not to know that or did not wish to know since the interview was for another purpose. They were all of her/his ilk and it was an obvious follow up question to ask. Do not forget Gotabaya Rajapaksa had six years, from 2009 to 2015 to direct the CID and TID even to question Gen Fonseka. He did not. WHY? But he did force cases against Gen Fonseka for a puny amount in purchasing binoculars and then of course the White Flag issue. Could it not have been the biggest feather in Gotabaya’s cap if Gen. Fonseka was prosecuted for these attacks? He would not be in parliament today if that was done. He had more time than enough.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes pains to defend his “civilian” Chief of Intelligence Kapila Hendavitharne but throw Gen Amal Karunatilleke as the point person in charge of Intelligence. He accepts that it was the Army Intelligence who were behind these crimes at this interview. A careful consideration of this may reveal the real reason. Perhaps, just perhaps Gen Karunatilleke is the stronger of the two and could withstand a probing interrogation. The other reason being that he was a serving “war hero” and easily defended. Obviously as the question is not put to him he does not comment whether the Army Intelligence officers so involved are “War Heroes” in his eyes.
What a country Sri Lanka is. Do we believe this crap? Perhaps we do. We believed that there exists infertility pills that could be introduced to Kottu Roti, when such an invention is yet to be devised. We took it to the next level and burned muslim houses, shops and places of worship. We believe we cannot arrest a saffron robed person even if he is breaking the law in front of policemen. So I guess Gagani Weerakoon and millions of others would believe you Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Oh yes they would. In the meantime,
Be Sri Lankan if you are President of Sri Lanka or be American if not. You decide. Sri Lankans will follow. (By Suranimala Umagiliya)