Muslim prisoner alleged of LTTE gets back-to-back life sentence in genocidal Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 May 2019, 09:09 GMT]
Anuradhapura’ Special High Court’ of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka has served three jail terms, 20 years each, to be followed one after the other for the first three indictments and a life sentence for the remaining 29 charges to a Tamil-speaking Muslim political prisoner on Tuesday last week. The accused, 45-year-old Abdul Hameed Umar Hattaaph, was the second accused in the case regarding the assassination of a notorious Sinhala military commander, Major General (retd) Janaka Perera in October 2008. Umar Hattaaph had pleaded not guilty. He has been languishing in SL prisons for the past ten years. There was no lawyer prepared to defend him. Umar Hattaap is a father of three and hails from Neariya-ku’lam, Maangku’lam, Vavuniyaa.

Tamil prisoners in Anuradhapura said Umar Hattaaph had no proper defence and the current situation prevailing in the island was favourable to the Sinhala judicial system to punish the Tamil-speaking Muslim political prisoner with such rigorous back-to-back sentences along with a life sentence.

The Sinhala Judge, Khema Swarnadhipathi, has also ordered that all property of the ‘suspect’ to be confiscated. She found the defenceless Muslim political prisoner as being guilty of 31 indictments of the 48 charges that had been filed against him.

Sinhala lawyers Nimal Marasinghe, Sajeewa Gunaratna, Chandani Hatangala, and Ariyarana Wickramaarachch were defending the accused.

In the past, almost all the lawyers approached by the accused had said it was a difficult case. Even the few who were prepared to represent Umar Hattaaph demanded millions of rupees, according to his wife.

The following extract is from an open letter issued by his wife, Segu Mohaideen Noorjan, in 2006.

Letter from Segu Mohaideen Noorjan


A video interview with Ms Noorjan recorded in August 2006 follows:



* * *


The late Maj Gen Janaka Perera played a significant role in Jaffna and in Ma’nal-aa’ru (Weli Oya), which was Sinhalicised.

When Janaka Perera was serving the SLA in Jaffna, hundreds of Tamil youth were subjected to enforced disappearances.

The Tamil villages Ma’n-ki’ndi-malai and Neluk-ku’lam were renamed as Janapuara by him when he was in command of Ma’nal-aa’ru.

After the fall of Elephant Pass Base (EPS), Janaka Perera was appointed Overall Operations Commander (OOC) when Major Sarath Fonseka was the Security Forces Commander in Jaffna.

Janaka Perera retired from the military after being sidelined from becoming the Commander of the SLA and appointed as the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, first in Australia, and then in Indonesia, following his retirement.

Colombo was forced to withdraw his controversial posting to SL High Commission in Canada, following diplomatic pressure on Colombo on his poor record on Human Rights during his career.

Janaka Perera was Opposition Leader of the United National Party in the North Central Province when he was assassinated in October 2008.

“I will make Rajarata, a territory with resources in abundance after winning the North Central Provincial Council election like Dutugemunu captured Anuradhapura and developed it,” Janaka Perera had claimed in July 2008.


Related Articles:
16.10.16   NPC Councillor initiates action to assist Muslim political p..
20.08.16   Global Tamils urged to help fight legal case of Muslim polit..
12.10.08   SLA shuns Perera's funeral
06.10.08   Janaka Perera assassinated, blast kills 28 in Anuradhapura
02.08.08   Hostility will turn towards Sri Lanka's soldiers, says Janak..
06.07.08   Janaka Perera compares himself to Dutugemunu
25.06.08   Janaka Perera promises victory for UNP in provincial electio..
22.06.08   Janaka Perera to be UNP defense spokesman
16.08.03   New Sinhala families settled in Nelukkulam


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
07.08.19 23:28   Photo
Book on Santhiya becomes narration of Tamil struggle incorporating Marxist ideas in early 80s
06.08.19 23:27   Photo
State discrimination causes death of 1000 cows, milk production drops by 5,500 litres in Batticaloa
05.08.19 23:55   Photo
Pirapaharan’s statements between 1984 and 1993 reproduced in book form in Europe
04.08.19 23:47   Photo
Threatened female activist suffers injuries in suspicious ‘accident’ in Batticaloa
03.08.19 23:55  
SL Army puts up military post, Buddhist chanting dominates Kanniyaa
02.08.19 21:18  
Tamils must fight back against illegal seizure of lands by SL Forest Department: Kurunathan
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39463