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By Easwaran Rutnam

An Australian professor is to sue the authorities in Sri Lanka afterhe was linked to the Easter Sunday attacks.

In an email to the Daily Mirror, an independent advocacy organisation said that Professor Lukman Thalib has instructed lawyers to begin defamation proceedings against the Sri Lankan authorities for false allegations made against him.

Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara had told Parliament recently that Lukman Thalib and his son Lukman Thalib Ahmed had facilitated the mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks, Zaharan Hashim  to meet four religious extremists in the Maldives. 

CAGE, a UK based, independent advocacy organization told Daily Mirror that  Lukman Thalib and his son were shocked to read they had been linked to the Easter Sunday attacks of 2019. 

“Recent discussions on the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka which brought my name into public disrepute out of the blue, have shocked me and my family. I have had no contact from Sri lankan authorities - they’ve not questioned me about any allegations. Instead I read about them in the press, which is a violation of my due process rights. It is absolutely reprehensible and disgusts me to my very core. I have spent all my life, as a Professor of Public Health and a scientific researcher, working for the protection and preservation of human life,” Lukman Thalib said in the email. 

He said that he has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against the government of Sri Lanka for these defamatory allegations. 

Naila Ahmed, CAGE Casework Manager said that their client, Professor Lukman, has not been offered any opportunity to reject the allegations prior to them being unethically leaked to the press.

  Comments - 7

  • Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 30 March 2021 07:10 AM

    Sarath Weerasekara s mouth works ten times faster than his brain and his stupid comments is one of the reasons as to why SL lost the UNHRC vote . It's best he talks less or better don't talk at all as he must remember that the international community are not like the brainless voters who voted him in .

    Punchi Banda Tuesday, 30 March 2021 07:20 AM

    I may be incorrect but I believe the CIA was interested in the son Who is working in IT some where in the the exporter of terrorism Middle East for financing terrorism

    ravin Tuesday, 30 March 2021 11:13 AM

    Sorry , this is not against any community. But it is in general few communities have several people with similar names. for example in Vietnam you may find the name "nguyen' spell in differently by different people. What proof these guy's have it is them ?

    Disillusioned Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:15 PM

    Are you serious?

    Truth matter Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:21 PM

    How on earth you accuse some one without proving..each one is innocent till he is proved as a guilty..where are all legal experts in Sri Lanka? Why do not they open their mouths now agaisnt the arrest of innocent people .. This is utter violation of basic human rights.

    Ranawak Tuesday, 30 March 2021 12:36 PM

    how many years is this nonsense joke of an investigation going to go on with our local jokers pointing all over the place like blind rats, looks like some international organization will solve this faster. Something fishy with some big bosses in govt arrows pointing all over to save themselves...mmmm

    Disillusioned Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:39 PM

    Ravin: are you serious?

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