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2019-07-17 Sri Lanka
Drug gangs were behind Easter bombings, blabbers Lankan president
[DAWN] International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists.

The statement comes amid a nationwide narcotics crackdown, with President Maithripala Sirisena aiming to reintroduce capital punishment for drug offences.

Authorities have said local jihadist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were responsible for the suicide kabooms in churches and hotels that killed at least 258 people in April. The attacks were later claimed by the bully boy Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....

Sirisena’s office said the day after the bombings that local Death Eaters and international terror groups were responsible for the attacks.

But in a statement issued by his office on Monday, Sirisena said the attacks "were the work of international drug pushers".

"Drug barons carried out this attack to discredit me and discourage my anti-narcotics drive. I will not be deterred," he said.
he said, further discrediting hissowndamnself
Sirisena is waging a battle against efforts by his governing coalition in parliament to abolish capital punishment, which has been subject to a moratorium since 1976.

A front man for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe discounted the president’s claims. "Police completed the investigations within about two weeks," Sudarshana Gunawardana said.

"There is no mention of drug pushers being involved. We have no reason to doubt our Sherlocks."

He said speedier justice would be a bigger deterrent to narcos than the threat of capital punishment.

"We don’t believe hanging people will address the issue, especially considering that it takes several decades to get a conviction." Sri Lankan courts take on average 17 years to complete criminal trials for grave offences such as murder and rape.

Gunawardana said Wickremesinghe was opposed to capital punishment as it was against the policy of his United National Party, and noted that there was cross-bench support in the legislature to completely abolish it.

Police officials said investigations into the April 21 suicide kabooms were still ongoing, and all the more than 100 people in jug were Sri Lankans.

"We are going on the basis that this was a crime planned and executed by a group of radicalised Sri Lankan Moslems," a senior police official said, asking not to be named.

"Everyone involved in the attacks is either dead or in jug." Sirisena has marshalled public support for an end to the moratorium on the death penalty
, saying that hangings would deter the illegal drugs trade.

Posted by Fred 2019-07-17 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6480 views ]  Top
 File under: Islamic State 

#1 Next he'll say the Catholics did it.

Islamic terror connection with SL Drug-Trade.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-07-17 07:38||   2019-07-17 07:38|| Front Page Top

#2 Saying the 'Drug Gangs' were responsible would also give him Carte Blanche to run the miscreants through a meat grinder without HRW, and their ilk, getting the vapors.
Posted by Mullah Richard 2019-07-17 10:52||   2019-07-17 10:52|| Front Page Top

#3 why does everyone bow down too these pieces of shit. Fuck the "moderate" muslims , there is no such thing. Behind closed doors they all hate everyone who isn't muslim.
Posted by chris 2019-07-17 11:58||   2019-07-17 11:58|| Front Page Top

#4 Because some Muslims (e.g. Saudis before fracking) were very generous to their friends, Chris.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-07-17 12:01||   2019-07-17 12:01|| Front Page Top

#5 anyone i have ever been generous too forgot very quickly. fuck em
Posted by chris 2019-07-17 12:07||   2019-07-17 12:07|| Front Page Top

#6 I believe the 'drug gangs' device was cleverly inserted by this guy in the middle of deals with China, to secure more moolah to "fight crime".

There were eight blasts in all, at churches in Negombo and Kochchikade in the country’s west, and Batticaloa in the east. Three luxury hotels drug dealers don't kill their market, I mean they do, but not like this ! in the capital Colombo were also targeted.

Three of the blasts occurred at churches, timed for Easter, at least part of the attack was aimed at the country’s more than 1.5 million christians. The almost simultaneous blasts left no time to warn other churchgoers or people going to service. Until recently the Srisena govt has been in a tussle with Rome and the local diocese over church properties, land that may have been encroached by christian residential societies and church buildings. After the blasts, it becomes necessary to police these areas for their own protection. While the insinuation sounds far-fetched to me, the actions of the Jamaat did eventually curb the diocese land-grabbing and put christians at the mercy of the police.

Sri Lanka’s economy has grown at merely 4% since the power shift in 2017 It wasn't no Luxembourg anyway , the currency has weakened, and Colombo has struggled to repay loans from the IMF. There has been an austerity drive for officials while Srisena regularly visits his bankers in Doha. China parleyed for a port and took 15K acres of prime land away, also leveraging rights to use Lankan ports for its naval vessels. Srisena is beset from all sides in his own govt because of The investigation of the blasts resulting from his soft policy of dealing with the muslims. Conformist liberal appeasement of minorities for his image or diktats from Qatar ? We don't know yet. But someone does. And the corruption scandal that is yet to erupt, information already doing the rounds of his cabinet. Between this, he needs the media and civil groups to avert their scrutiny from him. What better target than... drug gangs ! Those expendable profiteering bastiches. While it's a good thing that some who deserve it will hang now, but they have nothing to do with blowing up churches. I wouldn't be surprised if the Chinese suggested it to him.

"Drug barons carried out this attack to discredit me and discourage my anti-narcotics drive. I will not be deterred," he said.

And then he got $15m in aid for upgrading police resources and a frigate to combat 'import of drugs by gangs through the Indian Ocean', from China Only too happy to oblige dictators and sell-outs .
Posted by Dron66046 2019-07-17 12:51||   2019-07-17 12:51|| Front Page Top

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