Rohana Wijeweera's wife files petition after 28 years ...
saying he is missing!
Wife of pioneer and leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Mr. Rohana Wijewera, Mrs. Chitrangani Wijeweera has filed a writ of habeus corpus with appeal courts today (29) requesting him to be summoned to courts without delay saying that he had disappeared for so many years and that no information has been received about him either.
The writ has been forwarded through attorney-at-law Mr. Senaka Titus and 11 respondents have beennamed including K.A. Wijedasa, a former secretary of the president, former army commander Hamilton Wanasinghe, major general Janaka Perera and captain Gamini Hettiarachchi. There are newspaper records to say that he was shot dead together with Upatissa Gamanayaka keeping them lined up on the rail-track adjoining golf grounds behind Borella kanatta on 13th dawn in 1989. Though there were rumours later on that Wijeweera and Gamanayaka were heavily battered prior to being killed and that their limbs would be broken and that they would be thrown into the crematorium while still alive and be burned there, there is no genuine evidence that anything of that nature has actually taken place.
The media announcement released by the army commander at that time Hamilton Wanasinghe is as follows: "The army has taken steps to conduct search operations in many areas including Ulapane based on secret information received on activities of the rebels concerned. A batch of army personnel who carried out operations in Ulapane area in the evening of November 12th 1989 they came across a person who could be suspected as Rohana Wijeweera. This person has admitted that he was Rohana Wijeweera when questioned about his identity and further admitted that the others in the house were his wife and children. Since there was suspicion that Rohana Wijeweera had connections with disruptive activities against the lawful regime in the country and other antagonistic and other intimidating activities, he was thus taken into custody for further investigations. The decision of the chief of the army personnel who arrested him was to take him to a place where he would be afforded the highest possible protection.
That very night Rohana Wijeweera was brought to Colombo at 10 o'clock. Subsequent to further interrogation Wijeweera volunteered to come forward to address the young generation of the country asking them to give up their aggressive activities. This talk in fact was captured on video. Thereafter Wijeweera consented to allow the police and the army to escort him to the main operations and press centre belonging to the JVP and Deshapremi Janatha Vyaparaya. This was a place located in Colombo district. Wijeweera who spoke to member of the political board of the JVP, H.B. Herath then instructed him to hand over
The following day, that is, at dawn of the 13th, Wijeweera was able to show war activities and media centre of the JVP and Deshapremi Janatha Vyaparaya to the army. Wijeweera who on that occasion spoke to a member of the political board of the JVP, S.B. Herath and instructed him to hand over everything at the headquarters. Herath who handed over some documents to the army, pretending to search for other documents, immediately pulled out a weapon and shot towards Rohana Wijeweera.At that point the army also fired back. During this crossfire, Wijeweera and Herath who were in the midst of the shooting were subjected to injuries and died on the spot. Subsequently the army who took action according to emergency laws cremated the two dead bodies".