Infographic by the Daily Mirror, click through for interactive.
The Daily Mirror has a neat interactive infographic, and by neat I mean horrifying (hat-tip, Abu). In a somewhat confusing display, it shows the 20 politicians arrested or charged in the first 6 months of the year. Some of the incidents are as minor as UNP politicians being charged with damaging the UNP headquarters. Some are as horrific as rape and murder in Tangalle and the abduction and serial rape of a minor… also in Tangalle.
Power corrupts, but even minor power, like being in the Pradeshiya Sabha, seems to corrupt pretty thoroughly. The fact is that institutions have eroded in Sri Lanka, and the President is part of this system where patronage and connections matter more than skill or position. From the top down politicians get away with murder and worse, and Mervyn Silva is a walking billboard for how far thuggery can get you.
The government says it wants no more rapists in the party, but then it reinstates the man charged with raping a Russian tourist and brutally murdering a British one in Tangalle. Duminda Silva, previously charged with statutory rape and assorted intimidation, remains in Singapore despite being involved in a multiple homicide. So that’s the message from the top, and it’s no wonder local government officials are treating their position as more like being made into the mafia than serving the public.