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Two days more for Maithripala to pay compensation over Easter bombings

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The deadline to former President Maithripala Sirisena and other accused individuals to pay compensation for failing to avert the Easter Sunday bomb attacks will come to an end on Wednesday (July 12).

In a verdict on January 12, the Supreme Court ordered former President Sirisena to pay a sum of Rs. 100 million while former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former SIS director Nilantha Jayawardhane were ordered to pay Rs. 75 million each as compensation, former Defence Secretary  Hemasiri Fernando was ordered to pay Rs. 50 million and former National Intelligence chief Sisira Mendis was ordered to pay Rs.10 million within four months from January 12.

The Court held that these respondents had violated the fundamental rights of petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks.

The Easter bombings, the worst attacks in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended in 2009, took place on Easter Sunday in 2019, targeting three churches and three luxury hotels across Sri Lanka, killing 270 people and injuring over 500. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 24

  • Four days later what can the courts do, powerless even to make elections happen Saturday, 08 July 2023 10:37 PM

    Courts cannot even keep the constitutionally required elections happen. The supreme court makes ineffective and pointless directions for election, which are easily worked around. Similarly, all these demands for compensation will be worked around easily. Nothing will help, and the injustice will continue four days from now.

    Ram Sunday, 09 July 2023 03:37 AM

    He will apply for further time after a part payment.

    Jude Sunday, 09 July 2023 08:31 AM

    Nothing gonna happen!! Lawyers of MS gonna ask for extension and that process will continue to foreseeable future YEAH!!

    Justice Sunday, 09 July 2023 11:06 AM

    The SC gave six months time to pay up the fine, There should not be any instalments, or, postponements!

    Six months was too much already, courts were harsh to Ranjan Monday, 10 July 2023 09:15 PM

    What do you think will happen in a few days when none of those who have to pay up pay up. None will sell their personal property, but totally rely on donations. It would be cheaper for them to spend a few weeks in easy no trouble jail, and come out than pay a cent because the courts demand it. Most likely they will just ask for another date a year from now, and repeat again and again until they all die, and their personal assets all pass on to their descendants in full. In comparison to the mass murder, and the those negligent, and how nothing will happen, Ranjan was harshly punished by the courts.

    DJ Sunday, 09 July 2023 02:51 PM

    This is a Joke. Prison is the best. That will never happen in Sri Lanka

    sam Sunday, 09 July 2023 03:54 PM

    He will avoid payment by getting extensions

    Mohammed intiquab Ghouse Sunday, 09 July 2023 04:49 PM

    Banana Republic.

    Sambo Sunday, 09 July 2023 07:17 PM

    So Mr. Ex. what is it going to be. You may have to withdraw many fixed deposits.

    Punchi Monday, 10 July 2023 09:04 AM

    Funny situation here, JR Jayawardene, Gamini Dissanayake and a host of our patriotic leaders planned and engineered our multiple pogroms. No one has been held to account for this. Maybe the current situation in our country where we are subservient to external forces is divine retribution for what was done supposedly to benefit us

    Saman Siriwardene - Polanaruwa Farmer Monday, 10 July 2023 01:49 PM

    No issues, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena will pay 100 million and close the chapter. He has enough money to spend for the forthcoming presidential election.

    Ravi Kulatunge - (UNP - organizer Polanaruwa) Monday, 10 July 2023 01:55 PM

    He will not pay the amount as per the court order with regard to this payment he had already spoken to Ranil Wickramasinghe with and signed a secret agreement.

    K.S. Kandiah Monday, 10 July 2023 01:57 PM

    Don't disturb Sirisena as he is busy with his Election Propaganda in the North

    E.P. Bandara (rice mill owner) Monday, 10 July 2023 02:02 PM

    Former President Sirisena had given all his Easy earned money to his brothers to run their businesses, nothing to worry, they will set of 100 million [Just pea nuts for them]

    Dr. J.P.R. Samarakoon Monday, 10 July 2023 02:07 PM

    Now Cardinal must wake up to alarm the authorities to take appropriate action against Sirisena. Yes, now at the moment, Sirisena is the 6th richest man in SriLanka.

    D.W. Wickramathunga Monday, 10 July 2023 02:17 PM

    Mr. Mythiripala Sirisena, did you tell the truth to the courts that Basil Rajapakshe only paid all your travel and 5-star accommodation in Singapore with your family and paid 172 million as bribe. (This is the true information)

    ANNECUNT Monday, 10 July 2023 06:01 PM

    He got 150 billion in the bank

    UMAS ALI Tuesday, 11 July 2023 01:40 AM


    Edie Tuesday, 11 July 2023 03:51 AM

    I think he has made enough money during his term in the office. Do you remember there was an incident where one of his Secretaries was involved in collecting an huge brieb at one of the big hotel parking lot ? That itself was quite sufficient to cover up towards the Easter Sunday negligence.

    Piyasiri Daranagama Tuesday, 11 July 2023 07:49 AM

    It is pity that the Court has not ruled the consequences in case of non-complience / default. High time for the original complainant / s, refer the default to the courts again. The imposement of an adequate jail term will be a historical judgement to other similar culprits as well as to restore the erroded honor of the Judiciary.

    Rienzie Wannithantri Tuesday, 11 July 2023 08:28 AM

    He has more selling the Pensioners to rogue banks under draconian regulations making the poor silent community suffer at the hands of banks with extra cost of bank charges on top of forex charges. Peoples Bank is thriving in non productive loans with in the management community

    R,N.K. Hearath (Rtd. SC Judge) Tuesday, 11 July 2023 10:26 AM

    Mythiripala received a huge sum from MR

    Jackson Tuesday, 11 July 2023 10:29 AM

    Release Sirisena - poor man went to Singapore for his back pain treatment..

    DOT Tuesday, 11 July 2023 12:32 PM

    There were some fund raises for this task! Please watch out !

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