Lasantha’s brother Lal addressing the gathering (Photo: Chandana Prasanna/ NIDAHASA News)
Poetic justice for Lasantha, now on the hands of people
(NIDAHASA News) Hundreds of journalists and activists gathered to Colombo last evening (06) to mark the sixth death anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in broad day light in a Colombo’s high security zone.
The fearless journalist who had been highly critical of government was killed on 8th January 2009. Now, six years later, President Rajapaksa have opted to run for a third presidential term on the same day; a day, according to Lasantha’s daughter Ahimsa, that might deliver the “poetic justice” for the regime which has been accused for the killing of her father.
“I think it’s really time for a change and nine years of what we have been through is enough. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of people calling for change,” Ahimsa Wickrematunge wrote to Colombo Telegraph website.
“The president of this country, called me several times to tell that General Sarath Fonseka is the one who is responsible for my bothers killing,” Lasantha’s brother Lal told the gathering.
“If president himself knows who the killer is, why doesn’t he tell it to the court?” Lal questioned.
Wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Eknaligida, Sandya said that the current chief justice of this country seems to got a problem in his memory.
"Once he told that Prageeth is in hideout to discredit the government," said Sandya. “But when questioned in the court, he told ‘only god knows’ the whereabouts of my husband.”
Sandya Eknaligida told that it is time for President Rajapaksa to go home as he has failed to deliver the justice.
Sri Lanka has been indexed as one of worst places for journalists, by media right watchdogs. According CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index which ranks countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free, Sri Lanka ranked fourth.