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Ahimsa contests US District Court decision

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Slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge's daughter, Ahimsa and her legal team filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, contesting the United States District Court’s decision to grant former Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa immunity for the suit related to the assassination of her father, San Francisco based The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) said.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California held that it lacks the jurisdiction to consider Wickrematunge’s claims because, in the court’s view, Rajapaksa is entitled to common law foreign official immunity for the acts that are alleged—acts of torture, extrajudicial killing, and crimes against humanity. The court erroneously awarded Rajapaksa immunity even though Sri Lanka did not request it, and incorrectly found that Rajapaksa’s actions were committed within his official capacity as Sri Lanka’s secretary of defence, despite the fact that Lasantha’s assassination was neither authorised nor ratified by the Sri Lankan Government.

The District Court made no finding on the actual merits of the allegations against Rajapaksa, which include his alleged responsibility for the extrajudicial killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge and for the Sri Lankan Government’s campaign of violence against journalists during Sri Lanka’s civil war, the CJA said.

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) is a San Francisco-based human rights legal organisation dedicated to deterring torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights abuses around the world through innovative litigation, policy and transitional justice strategies.

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  • Mm Thursday, 14 November 2019 06:37 PM

    Now this type of news is becoming stale and nothing new

    Gune .G Friday, 15 November 2019 08:50 AM

    If someone is murdered, it never become stale in their loved one's, even in 100 yrs. U have not faced this situation. That's why ur naive.

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 15 November 2019 10:26 AM

    Any person with a sence of justice against such a dasterly crime will stand by Ahimsa

    mp Friday, 15 November 2019 08:37 AM

    This person is almost misled.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 15 November 2019 10:00 AM

    This US felon Gota must be punished for his brutal crimes.

    ANTON Friday, 15 November 2019 10:14 AM

    BATTLE OF THE SRILANKAN FARMERS IN AMERICA.

    D perera Friday, 15 November 2019 10:39 AM

    Ms Wickramatunga you have to take a long breath and let it go. You try tried best.

    Haramanis Friday, 15 November 2019 10:40 AM

    She has become a cats paw of the diaspora


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