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No evidence for Arthur C Clarke child sex allegations: Sri Lanka
23 Mar, 2008 15:28:55
March 23, 2008 (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities said Sunday that the British-born sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke had been cleared of decade-old paedophile allegations before his death last week.
Clarke was buried Saturday in Colombo, where he had lived since 1956. Obituary writers have resurrected the 1998 accusations that he had sex with young boys in his adopted country Sri Lanka.

But the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) chief, Jagath Wellawatte, said there was no case against the writer, who captured the world's imagination with "2001: A Space Odyssey" and visions of extra-terrestrial civilisations.

"We had no case against Clarke and no one had come forward to say they were abused by him," Wellawatte told AFP. The agency was established under new child protection laws enacted after the allegations against Clarke surfaced.

"We have not had any formal complaint or testimony from anyone saying they were abused by Sir Arthur," said NCPA investigator W.T.D. Wijesena. "We cannot go on the basis of rumours."

The forerunner to the NCPA, the Presidential Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse, had in 1998 initiated an investigation into Clarke's conduct with the help of Interpol.

Police spent two and a half hours recording a statement from Clarke in 1998, but no charges were brought against him.

Clarke, who died Wednesday at age 90, vehemently denied the allegations and also threatened to sue the British newspaper which made the charges following a "sting operation" by two undercover reporters.

Clarke said at the time that he was "disturbed to discover that there has been a long-standing conspiracy here in Sri Lanka to discredit him ... involving activists associated with child welfare organisations."

The accusations surfaced while Britain's Prince Charles was visiting Colombo and was due to confer a knighthood on Clarke. The investiture was eventually held two years later.

Upon Clarke's death, there were no official condolences from London, and the High Commission or embassy in Colombo only briefly noted Clarke's death with "sadness" on its website.

"Even in death, the sage of science fiction could not shake off the accusations of paedophilia levelled against him," wrote British newspaper The Times.

Children's rights groups in Sri Lanka, which were quite vocal when the allegetions were first levelled, have largely remained silent following Clarke's death.

"It is a cultural practice here that we don't speak ill of the dead," said Sunanda Deshapriya, director of the private Centre for Policy Alternatives think tank.

"They may also feel that the celebrity status of Clarke will have some reflected glory on Sri Lanka, and to criticise him now would be to take away some of that shine."

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5. Nicole Phillips Mar 26
I'm not sure about our politicians but the following link is certainly an eye opener..

http://www.sokaren.se/INDEX135.HTML

of course the fact that the late abrahem kovoor of the rationalists society of ceylon effectivly debunked the miracles of the sai by performing them himself says a lot...

4. lucky Mar 25
It's intersting to note that people who claim to perform miracles and claim to be gods, prophets etc, age like we do , get hemorrhoids, prostate , cancer , heart trouble and all the other conditions that normal people get and die also like a normal human beings.

If Sai Baba can perform miracles - ask him to produce a car, house or TV from thin air! Why only small items like rings, watches and ash that can be hidden in the hand ? (like any good magician would do) Why is he always wearing a long sleeved tunic all the time, just like magicians?

Most of the information I have got is from Sri Lankan devotees who had stayed in his ashram at Puttapathi for several months.

The legal cases were highlighted on BBC. Sai Baba instituion has not challenged any of it. I am personally prepared to give Rs 10,000,000 to anyone who performs a miracle in front of me.

If Sai Baba can cure people by touching them why he is building hospitals? In fact , if he can perform miracles he should be able to materilaze a fully equipped hospital from thin air wiith all the CT scanners and MRI scanners already installed.

I said famous people and didnt mention anything about ' politicians' - wishful thinking on your part?

3. CO2000 Mar 25
To Lucky:
Where is your "proof" that Sri Lankan politicians are pedophiles and that Sai Baba is a homosexual who abuses boys? There are NO legal complaints filed in India by any accusers so you are misinformed. There are alot of suspicious accusations on the internet which are being pushed by a group of white adult males who are NOT Indians and that is all.

One anonymous person claiming to be an Indian posted a lot of fraudulent material under numerous pseudonyms and ignorant people like you jumped on it as being true solely because it was posed on the internet. Even a few dumb journalists got caught in this fraudulent, racist, anti-Hindu smear campaign.

Atheists and rationalists are some of the biggest hypocrites there is. For example, atheists are backing accusers of Sai Baba who claim his genitalia supernaturally morphed from male to female.

Accusers claim out of one side of their mouths Sai Baba has supernaturual powers, then they turn around and try to claim he is a fraud. And people like you follow these wackos without a second thought without pretending to be so 'rational'.

2. Che Mar 25
Well said Lucky
1. lucky Mar 24
There are many famous people in Sri Lanka who have been accused ( and guilty) of sexual abuse. But these people continue to hold high positions in society and some have been even awarded Deshamanya titles.

Sir Arthur was targeted because of his nationality and his atheism. He was a scientist to the core and his aethism irritated a lot of people in religious Sri Lanka. In religious societies, hypocrisy rules.

Sai baba is a well known for his homosexuality and abuse of young boys. There are more than 100 legal complaints against Sai Baba for sexual abuse mostly by parents of devotees from UK and USA.

Several cases were highlighted by two BBC TV programmes some years ago. But Indian government has failed to take any action against a so called ' demi-god'.

In Sri Lanka ,young Buddhist priests ( trainee)have been admitted on several occasions to Kandy General Hospital with Rectal injuries following sodomy.

A Christian priest was caught red handed ( excuse the pun) with his trousers down with some choir boys- also in Kandy. But these cases are not investigated purely becuase the the alleged accused are priests holding high positions.

The police here go only after foreigners. The biggest child abuse is the practice of ordaining underaged children into priesthood - which is overlooked by all and sunder.