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Report on kidney trafficking at Hemas, Nawaloka, Lanka & Western Hospitals missing!

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Dr. Jayasundara Bandara Committee report compiled with information related to the alleged kidney trafficking at the Hemas, Nawaloka, Lanka and Western Hospitals, which was revealed by Indian security forces, is missing from the Health Ministry, the Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

The report had been handed over by Dr. Bandara to the then Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and the then Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala.

They had placed it at the Ministry and now it is said to be missing.

Following the death of an Indian youth named Dilip in Sri Lanka on March 22, 2014, the details of this trafficking were revealed.

An autopsy conducted in Sri Lanka said the cause of his death was heart disease.

However, Dilip’s relatives who suspected it took the body to Hyderabad, India. During the second post-mortem, it was discovered that one of his kidneys had been removed.

The police, who checked his emails, were able to reveal information about kidney trafficking.

Accordingly, two individuals named Pawan Sri Niwas and Ian Venkatesh were arrested by the Indian police.

At that time, newspapers reported that Thalawathugoda Hemas Hospital was involved in the kidney racket and Dr. Monique Ambepitiya was coordinating the surgeries while a doctor from Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital had performed the surgeries.

Nephrologist Ranga Migara Weerakkody was also allegedly involved in this racket.

The smugglers have said that they receive 3 million Indian rupees from the recipient of the kidney when they bring youths from Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad to Sri Lanka to sell kidneys.

From the 3 million, Rs.1.5 million will be given to the Sri Lankan doctor who performs the surgery and another 1 million will be taken by the trafficker.

The remaining Rs.500,000 will be spent on air fares and accommodation to bring the youth to Sri Lanka and the poor youth will be given a measly amount of 350,000 Indian rupees for the kidney.

Six Sri Lankan doctors named Madhava, Monique, Sadhana, Chamila, Niroshani and Habiba Sahib have been revealed as the doctors involved in the racket.

They have directly dealt with traffickers.

Sri Lankan laws prohibit selling body parts for money subject to the principles and ethics introduced by the World Health Organisation in 1991.

According to Section 17 of the Act No. 49 of 1987, buying and selling kidneys is an offence punishable with imprisonment not exceeding 2 years and a fine exceeding Rs.15,000 rupees.

Human organs have been sold for years under the kidney mafia but no one has been prosecuted.

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Wijedasa requests Speaker to summon key officials of JSA

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally requested the Speaker to summon key officials of the Judicial Service Association (JSA) to the Committee on Privileges. 
This follows a JSA statement, which the Minister alleges, has breached his parliamentary privileges.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, Minister Rajapakshe highlighted his concerns regarding the recent statement made by the Chairman and Secretary of the JSA.

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Five-member judge bench appointed to hear ex-Navy chief’s writ

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The Court of Appeal has decided for the writ petition filed by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda over the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009, to be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench.

The former Navy Chief has filed the relevant petition seeking an order preventing the hearing of a case filed before the Colombo High Court against him and several others, related to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and its suburbs in the 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundera, Sampath B. Abeykoon, Mayadunne Corea and Chamath Morais on September 25, 2024.

The petitioner’s attorney has alleged through this petition that despite the investigations into the case stretching out for 10 years and statements being recorded from over 150 persons, the police had failed to uncover evidence to prove his client guilty of abducting and killing the said 11 youths.

(adaderana.lk)

 (This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Rulers can’t decide whether country isn’t bankrupt anymore – Sajith

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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has slammed the government, saying that rulers themselves cannot decide if the country is bankrupt any longer.

He said that making the relevant  decision is up to international rating agencies, and they are yet to find the country eligible to be so.

“When the debt repayment system is prepared, the international rating companies such as Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s, will use the financial data to declare whether our country is bankrupt or not because our country has entered into a debt repayment system,” he pointed out. 

“One of the reasons for the decline of this country is the deception, desperation and trickery of the people. The people of a bankrupt country should pay attention to the information and data provided by international financial rating agencies which decide whether the country is bankrupt or not,” he added.

Mr. Premadasa was speaking after donating smart classroom equipment to St. John’s College, Kalutara yesterday (June 24).

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