The wife of missing journalist Sandya Ekneligoda says that the Sri Lanka’s Military Intelligence (MI) is still under the influence of deposed Rajapaksa regime that killed former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga eight years ago.
Speaking to journalist after paying floral tribute at the murdered journalist’s graveside, Ms Ekneligoda said that “the method of delivering justice” on the cases with regard to the enforced disappearance of her husband and the murders of the Sunday Leader editor Wickrematunga and former Jaffna district parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj have become the same.
“Because, these crimes have been committed by the same organisation and launched from one place. The Rajapaksa regime carried out these crimes through the military intelligence,” she said.
“I can clearly say that even today the Rajapaksa regime is in control of the military intelligence,” Sandya Ekneligoda told reporters on Sunday at the Borella cemetery.
Ms. Ekneligoda, who was a leading woman in the campaign to ouster the Rajapaksa regime prior to the January 2015 election sounded deeply sceptical about justice being ensured in these high-profile murders in the near future.
“Last year we felt that the justice in these cases were getting closer. We thought the perpetrators will be exposed and punished. But it appears that the justice slipping away from us,” she said.
The country will become conducive for the people live, only if justice ensured for Prageeth, Lasantha and Raviraj. We established a good governance hoping to ensure justice for these people and several other who were made to disappear,” she stressed, adding that the system was not operating in the manner the way it should.
Several ministers including Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganeshan and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya paid floral tribute to the slain editor at this graveside.
Mandana Abeywickrema, a top journalist who worked under the slain editor, said that her editor was killed in a heavily-guarded place at a time when the country was at a war footing.
“Those who were in-charge of the defence sector should be held accountable, but we have not seen any of them being questioned,” she said.
Commenting on the murder, Minister Eran Wickremaratne said although there an investigation is underway “there are some impediments in expediting the judicial probe”.
“These impediments have to be removed and justice should be ensured”.