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US case against Shavendra dismissed

2012-02-10 01:05:51
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The case filed in a US court against Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Major General Shavendra Silva, by former LTTE Eastern Leader Ramesh’s widow Vathsala Devi, was dismissed on Wednesday as Major General Silva enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Vathsala Devi filed the case demanding compensation from the senior army officer who commanded the Army’s 58th Division involved in the military operation that defeated the terrorists in 2009.

The order was given by New York District Judge J. Paul Oetken. The plaintiffs were Vathsala Devi and Seetharam Sivam. Major General Silva was represented by Timothy G. Nelson.

“Because Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva is entitled to immunity this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over the claims against him. Accordingly, Silva's motion to dismiss is granted, and the complaint is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” the verdict said.

Major General Silva told the Daily Mirror from New York that the court case was a good opportunity to the rest of the people living in the US to see how the remaining LTTE members operated.

“Wherever it may be I am ready and I will safeguard the dignity of my country and my men who fought along with me in defeating the LTTE and rescuing thousands of innocent civilians from terrorist clutches,” he said. 

“According to information I have gathered Vathsala had fled the country during the last stages of the war to South Africa and is currently living there,” Major General Silva said.

The wife of former LTTE Eastern Commander Ramesh filed a law suit in the US against Major General Silva and received summons on September 24, last year in this regard. The wife of Ramesh was formerly a member of the LTTE female wing. (Supun Dias)


  Comments - 18

  • Johann Gunasekara Friday, 10 February 2012 01:54

    This case was filed under a law introduced by George Bush Snr. where US citizens can seek redress against a foreigner for purpoted acts commited outside the US, but doesn’t apply to a US citizens for the same acts as apparently “there are adequate laws to prosecute US citizens”.
    If however this law applied equally to US citizens, the next of Kin of Bin Laden could then sue Obhama, Clinton and US Military commanders who ordered and supervised the capture and killing of BinLaden (unarmed and living with his wife in Pakistan) and later dumped the body in sea.
    The war in SL may be over but the diplomatic war is not, so all SL’s who love peace should stand firmly resolved to defeat the Tamil Diaspora who funded the murderous LTTE terrorists

    Reply : 46       99

    jacoob Friday, 10 February 2012 02:21

    Defeated LTTE .. good . Wanted to defeat Tamil Diaspora : Better Devolve power and solve national question and ethnic problem: BEST
    Triple gem blesses ALL!

    Reply : 46       65

    lokka Friday, 10 February 2012 02:48

    Good for Major Gen Shavendra. He is Ethical, loyal,educated and professional leader, who lead his 58th Battalion to crush the LTTE. He never hunt to kill civilians. This Diaspora guys have lost the plot.

    Reply : 71       82

    willows Friday, 10 February 2012 03:43

    Our hero even without the diplomatic immunity he can prove how professional he was, he is a real real officer and a gentleman.

    Reply : 65       54

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 10 February 2012 03:45

    Congrats Major General Shavendra...

    Reply : 58       60

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 10 February 2012 05:56

    I added a minus point to this, because the other part of the comment is not there.. I said, though Shavendra is enjoying the immunity in the US, his leader General Fonseka, is not entitled for any such immunity, or whatever the legitimate freedom within our country itself..

    Reply : 13       75

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 10 February 2012 05:37

    A set back to remnants of the LTTE.

    Reply : 33       42

    #Dharitha Friday, 10 February 2012 06:35

    May Triple Gem Bless General Silva; he will show what a general can do even in a Diplomatic forum.

    Reply : 44       38

    AMT Friday, 10 February 2012 07:37

    The case against Sarvendra was dismissed as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. This does NOT mean that he is NOT guilty of the offense he committed.

    Reply : 43       61

    Esala Friday, 10 February 2012 07:51

    Hey, Let us know how about offenses committed by LTTE. Killied thousand of people every where in the country planting bombs.

    Reply : 26       40

    Damsen Friday, 10 February 2012 08:22

    Guilty for What?Is it an offence to get the country as well as innocent tamil poeple free from cruel LTTE?

    Reply : 26       33

    EMARAT Friday, 10 February 2012 08:17

    it seems many comments praise Gen.Shavendra . this mean they accapting gen. is guilty?

    Reply : 24       35

    asoka abeywardena Friday, 10 February 2012 08:36

    Ramesh was a ruthless killer and his wife too. How many unarmed innocent civilians they have killed...?

    Reply : 32       37

    Kc Friday, 10 February 2012 08:57

    .....but he said he would not claim diplomatic immunity and face the trial to prove his innocence...

    Reply : 21       50

    xlntgson Saturday, 11 February 2012 01:12

    Diplomatic immunity is awarded not imposed or can self imposed, that means if he is no more a diplomat will it be from the scratch again?

    Reply : 0       0

    Deepthi de Silva Saturday, 11 February 2012 01:45

    Congrats to Gen.Shavendra !!!

    Reply : 0       0

    Nodrog Saturday, 11 February 2012 02:57

    why is everyone so happy? It's not like he did something bad and got away with it? But would have been better if he had waived diplomatic immunity AND got the same result!

    Reply : 0       2

    niloofer careem Saturday, 11 February 2012 03:44

    Congratulations. Absolutely good news for the rest of the Tamil Diaspora. Keep up the good work.

    Reply : 0       0

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