Parliamentarian Duminda Silva says he cannot remember the shooting incident in Mulleriyawa last October in which presidential advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said it had recorded a statement from Silva who is receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore. The CID informed court today on the statement it had recorded from the MP who is the main suspect in the shooting incident.Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed last October when his convoy came face to face with Duminda Silva and his bodyguards on the road in Mulleriyawa.
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Rodriguez, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2013 1:34 pm MDT Slim, Mexico’s biggest broadcaster take fight to soccer field MEXICO CITY – Mexicans often feel that billionaire Carlos Slim owns everything in their country, from telephone and Internet companies to banks and chain stores, but his latest acquisitive foray is meeting resistance after touching a national passion: soccer.Slim recently bought part of two of Mexico’s first division soccer teams, setting up another showdown with television giants Televisa and TV Azteca, major players in the soccer field that are in turn trying to push their way into Slim’s telecommunications and Internet markets.The owners of the 18 Mexican first division clubs are scheduled to meet Monday to decide whether one person or one company can own more than one first-division soccer team, and many see Slim as the target.Each team has one vote in decisions by the Mexican Football Federation, so purchasing more teams would give Slim more power in the federation. Recently, there have been rumours in sporting circles and on social networks that Slim also plans to buy or acquire the broadcast rights for Chivas, one of Mexico’s two most popular teams, along with Televisa’s America. The billionaire’s spokesmen have denied that.“What is evident in their business decisions is that Televisa is interested in entering Slim’s mobile and broadband fields and Slim is interested in entering the soccer field, which has been under the monopoly of the two television networks,” said telecommunications analyst Gabriel Sosa Plata, referring to the fact that the networks long had exclusive broadcast rights to the games of all 18 teams.Slim ventured into soccer in September, when he bought 30 per cent of the shares in the Leon and Pachuca teams through his telecommunications company America Movil. In December, he bought all the shares of the second division team Estudiantes Tecos.Following the acquisitions, team owners in February decided to discuss the issue of multi-ownership.The decision raised some eyebrows since TV Azteca currently owns two teams, the Jaguares and Morelia, and Televisa once owned three first division teams, America, Necaxa and San Luis, without notable complaints within the federation about the issue of multi-team ownership. The world football authority, FIFA, however, has expressed concern about conflict of interest questions raised by the issue.Pachuca’s owner, Jesus Martinez, said he was shocked that the subject of multi-ownership has come up since Slim ventured into soccer.“It’s laughable because that (multi-ownership) has been going on for more than 25 years,” Martinez said.But Televisa currently owns just one team, America, and TV Azteca is reportedly thinking of selling the Jaguares to a business group that would relocate it from Chiapas state to Queretaro. A Jaguares’ spokesman wouldn’t comment on the report but if the purchase takes place, Slim would be the only businessman with multiple teams in the first division.Neither Televisa, the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language TV programs, nor TV Azteca immediately responded to interview requests by The Associated Press.Decio de Maria, president of the Mexican Soccer League, said that if there is a vote against a single person or company owning several teams, Slim wouldn’t be obligated to sell one of his teams but he would be prevented from buying more first division teams.“In the next owners assembly, they will discuss whether there are differences between multi-ownership now and what has been happening in the past and if there are then we will take the necessary measures,” said Slim’s spokesman Arturo Elias Ayub.So the upcoming vote on the subject seems geared to preventing Slim from buying more teams, not forcing him to shed one he already has.Slim’s foray into the world of soccer is also threatening the two TV networks in an area they hold dear: broadcast rights to games.Slim’s America Movil is a leading provider of cable and satellite television in Latin America but he has not been able to launch a network of his own in Mexico, something that could change after a recent approval of a reform that allows for more competition in the telecommunications sector.Lacking his own station, after acquiring part of Leon, Slim began marketing the rights to broadcast its games, ending the duopoly held by Televisa and TV Azteca.“Soccer is important for non-paid television because it is part of Mexico’s most watched programming and for Televisa and TV Azteca it was an area they completely dominated,” Sosa Plata said. “Slim’s entry into soccer is reorganizing the field and giving a new perspective to a business that seemed stagnant.”The billionaire sold the broadcast rights for the Leon games to Telemundo in the United States, and the cable channel Fox Sports in Mexico and the rest of Latin America and to the website mediotiempo.com, which belongs to CNN/Expansion. The games are also sown on the Internet through UNO TV owned by Slim’s business group.Pachuca’s broadcast rights belong to TV Azteca but that contract expires in December and Martinez has said he will negotiate with the highest bidder, which suggests that his partner Slim won’t be excluded from the possibility of buying the rights.Slim “is a very important partner in our group, he’s helping soccer to grow, which is what really matters,” Martinez said.Slim is also moving into broadcasting sports outside Mexico.In March, America Movil trumped its rivals by announcing it had acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 and Brazil 2016 for Latin America, except Brazil.
Anyone lucky enough to still have their dad in your life, tell him how much you love him. It really hurts when you can’tPaul Sullivan She told an inquest on Friday that the 66-year-old, who had worked as a postman for 20 years before retiring in 2014, had suffered from bouts of sleepwalking and had been found “outside the house on occasions not knowing how he had got there”.Mrs Sullivan, 64, explained that she had woken up on February 22 around 3.20am to find her husband missing, along with his bicycle and helmet. At that point she believed Mr Sullivan, who had been having difficulty sleeping, was having “one of his episodes”.Knowing that he had used the bicycle to complete his postal round, as well as for leisure after retiring, Mrs Sullivan travelled the route he normally took before calling the police when she could not find him. Mr Sullivan on the right with his son Paul Sullivan and wife RoseCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE A post-mortem examination carried out by a pathologist at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny found Mr Sullivan, who was also a grandfather, died as a result of drowning.Gwent Coroner David Bowen returned an open verdict. He said no other conclusion could be made as there was “no evidence” into just how Mr Sullivan had gone into the water. The death was never treated as suspicious.Sleepwalking – known as somnambulism or noctambulism – is a combination of sleep and wakefulness. Its cause is not known but it can happen at any age, with some people carrying out complex tasks such as driving or cooking.After the hearing, Paul, 31, said the family were hoping the hearing would bring “closure”. Mrs Sullivan told The Telegraph she did not want to make any further comment and added that it had been a “very difficult time”. Show more She told Newport Coroner’s Court she knew Mr Sullivan, who she had been married to for 39 years, “was not dressed appropriately for a bike ride at that time of the morning” because he had left his fluorescent jacket behind.Mr Sullivan’s bike, along with his helmet, was spotted by a dog walker on the river bank near the Llanfoist Bridge around a mile from their link-detached property in the morning. A police officer attended the scene but called in a helicopter after he found initially no trace of Mr Sullivan. His body was pulled from the fast-flowing river between 300 and 400 yards (360 metres) downstream at around 10am.Neighbours and friends paid tribute to the postman after his death. One wrote on Facebook: “What a kind and amazing man, so gutted.” His son, Paul, added on social media: “Anyone lucky enough to still have their dad in your life, tell him how much you love him. It really hurts when you can’t.” The river in Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, where Mr Sullivan’s bike and helmet were foundCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A retired postman is feared to have been killed after setting off on his bike to complete his old delivery round while sleepwalking in the middle of the night, an inquest has heard.John Sullivan’s body was pulled from the River Usk less than a mile away from his home in Abergavenny, south Wales, after he was reported missing by his wife, Rose.