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Lawsuits claiming compensations over Easter Sunday attacks: Maithri files appeal

15 February 2022 08:53 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former President Maithripala Sirisena has filed an appeal petition at Colombo Civil Appellate High Court challenging the District Court's decision to reject his request that he be discharged from several civil lawsuits filed by the victims of Easter Sunday attacks.

The relatives of those who have died during the suicide bomb blasts that took place in Colombo and individuals who were injured had filed 109 lawsuits before Colombo District Court claiming compensations from former President Maithreepala Sirisena and several other defendants.

The plaintiffs were the victims of the Easter Sunday Bomb Attacks that took place at St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade.

Colombo Civil Appellate High Court two-judge-bench comprising Justice Frank Gunawardena and Justice Saman Weeraman fixed the appeal petition for support on March 9. The Court was informed that Plaintiffs-Respondents (victims) were yet to receive notices regarding the appeal.

On January 7, the Colombo District Court rejected the request made by former President Maithripala Sirisena that he be released from these lawsuits. 

The victims alleged that the defendants including former President Sirisena have failed to perform their official duties entrusted to prevent the terrorist attacks that took place on April 21, 2019 which caused irreparable damages to them.

Senior Counsel Waruna Senadheera with Counsel Avinda Silva and Ishan Razeen appeared on behalf of the Plaintiffs-Respondents.

President's Counsel Faiz Mustapha with counsel Pulasthi Rupasinghe appeared for former President Maithripala Sirisena. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 9

  • Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:16 PM

    There is a semblance of evidence of dereliction of responsibility by the then president, who was the commander in chief of all three forces. Power corrupts when one is in supreme command.

    Gag Tuesday, 15 February 2022 10:29 PM

    you can not escape mister! you were a puppet with no ears and common sense.

    A Tuesday, 15 February 2022 11:05 PM

    He was the President Gutless cow..send him to Jail he will tell who are behind this...

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:08 AM

    Sirisena face the lawsuits rather than trying to evade them

    Observer Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:14 AM

    Whatever the Judiciary may decide, the feeling amongst the people from the day of the disaster is that MS is at fault.

    H.M. Ariyapala (attorney-at-law) Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:27 AM

    All the fingers in Sri Lanka are pointing out their fingers on Mythiripala Sirisena. Yes, he is the culprit. Action should be taken against him.

    G. Gamage Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:30 AM

    Good for nothing greedy Sirisena had earned his money illegally its crystal clear and proved. He is responsible being the President that time paving disasters to take place on Easter Sunday. He should be kept behind bars.

    Ralaharamy Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:31 AM

    When a person becomes a president, he not only gains authority and perks, he is also given responsibility. You cannot claim ignorance of responsibility because you don't have a degree.

    Arnold Wednesday, 16 February 2022 09:58 AM

    We are living in a kingdom and the king and king alone decides the fate of his peasants.

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