By Jeewana Pahan Thilina (Ceylon Today)
“Decision made to hear the case against Mahinda”
This news was reported in a newspaper on 23 November. When considering this in relation to some of the statements made by Mahinda up to now, this is in fact a victory of Mahinda’s. What Mahinda kept saying up to now was that if he had committed any offence he should be punished.
“Where…was I taken into custody?”, “Where…were we made offenders…?”,Were crimes proved…?”
These were the things that were said often by the Mahinda faction.
The present President came into power through giving promises about these. Finally what the people began asking the Maithri-Ranil Government was also about these.
“Where are the offenders?”
“Where are the punishments?”
However, the government frequently involved the country. Prior to the presidential election wrongdoings were pointed out like mountains. However, accusations were presented like mere fibres. Anyhow whatever this government boasted about, as yet there are not enough facts to say that they are not treating the Rajapaksas with love. Even though there was severe thunder, there is still no rain. The members of the Rajapaksa family were sent to the FCID, from there to Court, from Court to Prison, Prison to Hospital and from Hospital as soon as possible back home. Namal and Basil left the prison with pride. Therefore, even Mahinda has no reason to fear even as much during Mahinda’s time.
However, Mahinda was aware of the game. Now, the trump cards are in the hands of Maithri and Ranil. Using someone to carry out what they want remains in the hands of these two. Now the trump cards in Mahinda’s hands have already been played. Whatever game Mahinda has to play has to be played prior to 26 January 2017. The case against Mahinda is to be taken up for hearing on 26 January, next year. Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Shiran Gunatilleke gave that verdict on 22. That is in connection with an incident that a loss of Rs 122.5 million was caused to the government by non-payment of charges for buses which were hired for the presidential election fight, from the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
Mahinda who said, “Hamuduruwane…if we have committed offences, punish us…”is now saying a different story. Now, Mahinda has begun talking about political prisoners.
“Taking Tissa Attanayake into custody is totally political revenge…”
Mahinda made this comment when he went to visit Tissa, who fell ill, while in jail, at the Prison Hospital. According to Mahinda, Tissa is a political prisoner. Even though Mahinda recalls political prisoners now, he did not remember anything about them during his period of administration.
Mahinda was not satisfied with defeating Sarath Fonseka who came into the fray during the 2010 presidential election with Mahinda. While Mahinda became President, his opponent who obtained forty per cent of the country’s people’s preference, was taken into custody. The presidential election was held on 26 January. Sarath Fonseka was taken into custody by the Army on 8 February.
During Mahinda’s time, the cases also belonged to the hamuduruwo and the goods also belonged to the hamuduruwo. Finally the hamuduruwo also had nothing to say. The hamuduruwo were Mahinda’s. When Mahinda deprived Fonseka of all of his Army official posts, he did not bother about it. Finally when Fonseka received a sentence of three years imprisonment, Mahinda remained silent. Mahinda did not think then, that the other person would also get a chance one day. There was no other politician who knew so much about the shapes of politics in Sri Lanka. However, Mahinda thought that the story will end with himself, and will not go any further or provide a chance for anyone else. That is where Mahinda went wrong.
Subsequent to the April uprising in 1971, a group of persons including Rohana Wijeweera were taken into custody and sentenced to prison. These individuals requested the then government to grant them political prisoner status. However, Sirimavo’s Government which existed then did not agree to it.
“Anyone who has been imprisoned under general law is simply a prisoner and not a political prisoner…”
At that time, this was the opinion of the government. During that time, Mahinda was a Member of Parliament of that government. Young Mahinda who was a novice parliamentarian did not think at that time that the rebels who were parallel to him in age were political prisoners. Finally Wijeweera and the others commenced a ‘hunger strike.’ When Sirimavo’s Government accepted that Wijeweera and the others were political prisoners, they were in such an inactive state, unable to even to stand up.
Therefore, now it is too late to talk about political prisoners. This is the system of asking a certain monk to be served when actually it is the monk himself who has the requirement. Whatever happens to Mahinda on the twenty sixth what the Joint Opposition will propose is this same name. That is ‘political revenge.’ If by chance the people say, “your sins come back to you”, there is no harm in that either.