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Despite death threats

Gota citizenship challengers to appeal CA verdict

Despite receiving telephone calls threatening their lives, the petitioners who filed the recent court case challenging the citizenship of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate, former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are now exploring a legal appeal against the Court of Appeal verdict given last Friday (4th). The Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed the petition which was filed by Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara challenging Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship, hearings on which began on October 2nd.

The case was taken up for the third consecutive day on Friday (04) before a CA bench comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda, Arjuna Obeysekera, and Mahinda Samayawardana.

Petitioner Professor Thenuwara, a distinguished painter-scholar, told the Daily News that they were yet to understand the court’s reasons for dismissing the petition. “I think we will receive the reasons for dismissal before 42 days from the date of the verdict. After we receive the reasons, we can study them and see if we could appeal the verdict. I think that is what should be done. It is only but correct that we appeal if we have a chance.” Thenuwara observed.

Professor Thenuwara pointed out that he had received telephone calls that threatened his life. He said that the Inspector General of Police has extended his fullest support to provide necessary protection to the petitioners. “Mostly, the threats come in the form of verbal abuse and harassment. Facebook and other social media campaigns mostly target us with such abusive language. While I was travelling, there was an experience where a three-wheeler driver drove past me while abusing me filth. Such things happen. It is obvious that these fellows are Gotabhaya Rajapaksa supporters and such persons are acting in an indecent and an uneducated manner. I do feel threatened and scared because of these threats,” Professor Thenuwara pointed out. Thenuwara also pointed out that some media are unnecessarily and purposely highlighting the case,” he said.

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