Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nasty politics in the posthumous letter of Lasantha

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

(January 20, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) Three revelations have taken the gloss off Lasantha Wickrematunge’s last will and testament, written in the form of a letter accusing the Mahinda Rajapakse administration of killing him. First is the report in the London Times (January 17, 2009) which quotes Lal, the elder brother of Lasantha, as saying that “30-40 per cent was written by the staff” who worked on the draft of the letter which he discovered hidden in a safe after the death of Lasantha. Even the headline, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME was written by the staff, he said. This casts considerable doubt on the authenticity of the document. Suggestions have been made to check Lasantha’s computer to figure out when he wrote it and what percentage came from him. Full Text