State Intelligence Services of Sri Lanka (SIS) Director Major General Suresh Sallay complained to the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) today against the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Ms. Yasmin Sooka for alleged defamation.
According to Major General’s lawyer Pasan Weerasinghe, Sallay through his lawyers had informed in writing to the UN and EU of the recent conduct of Ms. Sooka and the ITJP.
Mr. Weerasinghe stated that as per his client’s instructions, he had informed to the UN that Ms. Sooka had recently made several remarks that are defamatory in nature, violating his client’s basic human rights, potentially endangering his life as well as contrary to covenants of the ICCPR Act, which was found on their own motion of UN.
“It has been informed to the UN and the EU that Ms. Sooka and the ITJP, on their UN and EU fame, has been granted funds from various trusts and such other organizations to aid in achieving reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
Yet, the conduct of Ms. Sooka and the ITJP has been contrary to the intended uses of the said grants and particularly, the fact that these funds seem to be utilised for furthering the agendas of entities sympathetic to the case of the LTTE and is impeding the spirits reconciliation among communities in the country, Weerasinghe further said.
Sending a Letter of Demand (LOD) last week, Sallay demanded LKR one Billion as damages from Sooka and the ITJP. The LOD stated that on or about June 01, 2020, Ms. Sooka, in her capacity as the Executive Director of the ITJP has issued a media statement making various defamatory remarks against the Major Gen.
The LOD has also notified Ms. Sooka and the ITJP to cease and desist from issuing further defamatory remarks and the intention of Sallay to seek litigation remedies, both Civil and or Criminal, Sooka and the ITJP fail to adhere to said demands, it added.
Comments - 6
ramm Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:41 PM
Mr.Sampanthan and Mr.Sumanthiran are good candidate to counter Sooka. They just need some personal benefits to do so.
Antony Jude Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:17 PM
UN has enough evidence for the war crime activities of Srilankan armed forces against Tamil community in the North. So it is useless to go and make complains to UN.
Angry former Naval personnel Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:24 PM
Our armed forces are in this continuous receiving end of war crimes allegations against them is because of the REFUSAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS IN SRI LANKA to inform the world of the horrendous war crimes committed against the Tamils in the North and East by 100 thousand strong INDIAN ARMY.
Manga Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:08 PM
Threatening human rights advocates and organizations? So you wants them to keep quiet? Why don't you give them a reply to their accusations about your actions rather than complaining?
Sokrates Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:17 PM
This ruthles war criminal better keep quite. Is he so stupid and think when he is telling such a nonsense the UN and the EU will forget his barbaric crimes? No Western secret service will work together with this mas murderer. Finaly he will end in The Hague.
Yehiya Friday, 19 June 2020 09:49 AM
Where diplomatic channels
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