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Lawsuit Against MR In The US

Jan 29, 2011 7:53:32 AM - thesundayleader.lk
A lawsuit has reportedly been filed in the United States against President Mahinda Rajapaksa, seeking US$ 30 million in damages over alleged extra judicial killings.
According to media reports, activists from the Tamil diaspora spearheaded legal action after President Mahinda Rajapakse quietly traveled to the United States.
Bruce Fein, a prominent Washington lawyer, has said he filed the suit on behalf of three plaintiffs under a 1991 act that allows for action in the United States against foreign officials over torture and extra judicial killings.
“President Rajapakse will not escape the long arm of justice secured by the Torture Victims Protection Act by hiding in Sri Lanka,” Fein has said after the filing in the US District Court in Washington.
Fein has said he wanted a reply from Rajapakse and otherwise would seek a ruling without him.
The lawsuit seeks US$ 30 million on behalf of three plaintiffs who said their relatives were killed in three incidents, including the Sri Lankan army’s offensive in 2009 against the final holdout of the LTTE.
Meanwhile, the government has responded to the lawsuit filed by Tamil activists against President  Rajapaksa in the US by stating that it has no time for these forces which are trying to gain media attention.
Director of President’s Media and Spokesman Bandula Jayasekera has said, “We have no time for mercenaries funded by LTTE terrorists who just want media attention.”

A lawsuit has reportedly been filed in the United States against President Mahinda Rajapaksa, seeking US$ 30 million in damages over alleged extra judicial killings.According to media reports, activists from the Tamil diaspora spearheaded legal action after President Mahinda Rajapakse quietly traveled to the United States.Bruce Fein, a prominent Washington lawyer, has said he filed the suit on behalf of three plaintiffs under a 1991 act that allows for action in the United States against foreign officials over torture and extra judicial killings.“President Rajapakse will not escape the long arm of justice secured by the Torture Victims Protection Act by hiding in Sri Lanka,” Fein has said after the filing in the US District Court in Washington.Fein has said he wanted a reply from Rajapakse and otherwise would seek a ruling without him.The lawsuit seeks US$ 30 million on behalf of three plaintiffs who said their relatives were killed in three incidents, including the Sri Lankan army’s offensive in 2009 against the final holdout of the LTTE.Meanwhile, the government has responded to the lawsuit filed by Tamil activists against President  Rajapaksa in the US by stating that it has no time for these forces which are trying to gain media attention.Director of President’s Media and Spokesman Bandula Jayasekera has said, “We have no time for mercenaries funded by LTTE terrorists who just want media attention.”