Namal rubbishes allegations

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has rubbished the allegations raised against him over the break-in at the Bambalapitiya residence of journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.

Some websites had alleged that the men who forced their way into Abeywickrema’s house had been looking for some files involving MP Namal Rajapaksa.

While the police insist that the men were part of a robber gang, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and others have been quoted as saying it was not a mere robbery attempt.

However MP Namal Rajapaksa denied he had any involvement in the incident and that an intelligent person would not believe such rumours.

“The pen is mightier than the sword. Unfortunately one can write any fictitious story and spread any rumour but it is for the intelligent mind to believe so otherwise,” MP Rajapaksa told the Colombo Gazette.

Meanwhile Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) called upon the head of United Nations human rights body visiting Sri Lanka to be uncompromising in her search for accountability on grave crimes committed against journalists and media freedom including on the incident involving journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay commenced her weeklong visit on the 25th of August to Sri Lanka which is on the Reporters Without Borders lists of “countries under surveillance” and ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. It is not all about developments, the country is heading towards dictatorship and becoming a little North Korea. Recent shooting on unarmed civilians and attacks on journalists are clear signs. This is a huge worry for the world, especially to India, Japan and South Korea. The UN clearly understand this, therefore I expect an adverse report by Pillay in September at the UNHRC meeting. Her adverse report will have an impact on the CHOGM in November. The Rajapaksa dynasty is coming to an end. I am expecting an unsuccessful CHOGM, after that the Foreign Minister’s resignation. Most properly Sri Lankans will go to polls for the general election next year. If the Rajapaksa brothers decided to ignore the international community, and decided to place the country under military rule as North Korea to keep their power, then it will get really ugly. Sri Lanka will become Libya, and people of Sri Lanka will execute the Rajapaksa brothers as Libyans did to their leader. Playing against the world is a suicidal move.

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