British tourist murdered in Tangalle
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 7, 2012 1:56 PM Last Post By: axact
Dec 26, 2011 1:53 AM
British tourist murdered in TangalleDetails below - courtesy of the BBC. It appears that local journalists are being threatened in order to suppress this story. No doubt in order to protect the guilty.
This incident illustrates the underlying corruption and hidden dangers in Sri Lanka.
Whatever you do, do not cross the thugs around local politicians and businessmen. You may come across them in restaurants, nightclubs, bars and casinos. It seems that this unfortunate couple made the mistake of 'dissing' them. They cannot be seen to lose face in public and so the tragedy took place.
These people have almost complete impunity and can do what they like knowing that the police will do nothing against them.
Dec 26, 2011 3:34 AM
1My friend Ian says that local journalists are being threatened in order to suppress this news item in question,and it was through the courtesy of good old BBC that Ian came to know about it.In fact i was wondering why Ian was so late in blaring about it to the world.For your information Ian,It was on Derana,Sirasa,Swarnawahini TV news yesterday.It's headline news in all major newspapers in Srilanka today.
There is no question of condemning this crime.But moving away from the subject in making false statements regarding journalists being threatened,makes me suspicious about Ian's true motives.Fishing in troubled waters eh?
Anyway regarding your holy BBC,it was they who told the world that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq clearing the path for the slaughter of over one million Iraqi civilians. Lets get things straight Ian.A tourist being killed is important news in a forum like LP.But this yarn about journalists being threatened to suppress this news item is a pack of lies as well as irrelevant in a travel forum.After all this not the Tamil tiger forum!So before making hypothetical remarks,why don't we wait and see how the investigations progress?If investigations are not satisfactory,then i am with you Ian.Till then you being a neutral observer(i hope so),why don't you stick to the news item itself without doing dirty jobs for the Tamil tiger terror outfit?
Dec 26, 2011 4:08 AM
2Journalists who write factually about the news in Sri Lanka put themselves in danger of being killed. When Lasantha Wickramatunga, the editor of a Sri Lankan newspaper, was shot dead a few years ago, the noted former Sri Lankan newspaper editor, Vijitha Yapa stated "Lasantha Wickramatunga meticulously collected the facts, which was why so many politicians feared him." Any journalist who wishes to live to a ripe old age in the country cannot speak factually about the ruling class and power elite, nor the crimes they commit on a daily basis.
Whereas in the West one is careful when in the slums and among the poor, in Sri Lanka, the reverse is true. The most dangerous people are those with money and power and any places where they visit and entertain themselves. Be careful of their children and relatives as well since they too are beyond the reach of the law.
Dec 26, 2011 5:15 AM
3Here we go :-) who ever criticize the regime automatically earn the Tamil tiger label and that's what's happened to Ian too . Don't worry pradiselight your beloved Leader's days are numbered and citizens of all races in Sri lanka will rally around to chase away your so called " sensitive leader" before he becomes another Gadaffi or Kim Jong Ill . direct me to a single article published in Sri lanka where they reveal the culprits name ?? it's none other than the chairman of Tangalle provincial council Sampath Chandrapushpa ,a close relative of your beloved president and a henchmen to his son Namal Rajapaksha . just before two months back a good hearted man from Colombo was killed right in the day light by another thuggish MP and we all know how they have twisted the story to say that the person who's killed fired the first shot. I'm very sure the same fate will happen to this British guy too unless the British government intervene to punish the culprits . Anyway if you are close to your beloved president just ask him to rob us a lot more because he's about be unseated by the end of his term . till then keep repeating the same tape " We won the War so you citizens should be grateful to me and my family " :-)
Dec 26, 2011 8:40 AM
4It seems that both Sl boy and elakiri have hit the ceiling.May be they are still suffering from yesterdays Xmas hangover.Sl boy says"your beloved leaders days are numbered".I don't know how he comes to the conclusion in his "beloved leader"line.Loved or unloved i hope that he is not talking about the notorious suicide bomb operations which got rid of Rajiv Ghandi,Premadasa and others.Anyway without verifying facts i wouldn't call Prabakaran, Sl boy's beloved leader.Then he suggests,British intervention to bring the culprits to book.That's the same line that the defeated tigers draw.I hope he is not talking about Iraq and Afghanistan type intervention.Already three persons have been arrested.Without putting the cart before the horse,why don't we wait and see how events unfold itself?But still you are entitled to play armchair detective.
Then Elakiri goes on to say how bad it is for journalists here and boasts about media freedom in the west.I am sure that Julian Assange will agree with you.If you want to clarify further why don't you ask the BBC or Channel 4 about the burnt body that of the Fiat Uno driver who was involved in princess Dianas murder?Then how about the banning in UK,of the documentary"Unlawful killing"exposing Dianas murder?Lets not get carried away in playing detective.We are all eager to see that the culprits are brought to book.
Dec 26, 2011 2:48 PM
5Just the BBC reporting ? In spite of the risk a number of local reporters have their take on what happened.
Although it is noticable that such bastions of the Sri Lankan media such as The Island and the Mirror remain silent..
It is also interesting that once again any faint criticism of the Sri Lankan authorities results in a rant about LTTE and the bias of foreign media.
It tells the story.
Dec 26, 2011 8:35 PM
6There is now a photo available of the main suspect in the murder of a British national at a tourist resort in Tangalle. As it turns out, the murder suspect is a politician with the powerful ruling party. Here he is standing with one of his friends:
Thinking of this, I remember a case in Tangalle where Germans, a few years ago, who had their hotel raided in the middle of the night when all of the husbands were shot dead and their wives raped. Whatever happened to that case? All these horrors seem to be swept under the carpet.
There have actually been many foreigners murdered over the years in Sri Lanka which seem to be all but forgotten after a week or so. Someone should research this and write a book on it.
Dec 26, 2011 11:13 PM
Jan 2, 2012 3:20 AM
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Jan 2, 2012 5:29 AM
Jan 2, 2012 5:51 PM
10Quel surpris !! Indeed.
The truth of what happened will be buried by the lies of those who want to protect their employer.
It's the culture of impunity that has existed for a long time in Sri Lanka. People with power and money get a very different justice from the poor and powerless.
Its worth bearing in mind whilst in the country. You have no power apart from your wallet and no rights except to spend money and go home.
Jan 7, 2012 1:56 PM
11The above comments could describe a number of asian countries but in the 16 years I have been visiting this beautiful place I have never felt unsafe.
Go interfering in an arguement in any place especially when alcohol is involved is risky.
I agree with most of the above comments but they should not affect the average tourist who leave having found the Sri Lankans to be a friendly & welcoming people
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