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SIS Director Major Gen. Sallay reports Sooka, ITJP to UN, EU

Attorney-at-Law Pasan Weerasinghe and a group of lawyers after handing over the petition at the UN compound in Colombo 7. Picture by Sulochana Gamage.
Attorney-at-Law Pasan Weerasinghe and a group of lawyers after handing over the petition at the UN compound in Colombo 7. Picture by Sulochana Gamage.

The lawyer representing the Director of the State Intelligence Services (SIS) Major General Suresh Sallay, Pasan Weerasinghe handed over a complaint to the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) yesterday against the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Yasmin Sooka for alleged defamation.

According to Major General Sallay’s lawyer Pasan Weerasinghe, they had informed the UN and EU in writing of the recent conduct of Ms. Sooka and the ITJP.

Addressing the media after handing over the complaint, Weerasinghe said, “On behalf of Maj. Gen. Suresh Sallay, I prepared and handed over a document to the resident representatives of the UN and the EU.

The said letter indicates that one Ms Yasmin Sooka and the ITJP have made and published certain remarks recently and in the past that are both defamatory in nature on one hand and quite detrimental to the process of reconciliation and transitional justice in Sri Lanka. These remarks, I believe undermines the good work done by the entities like the UN and EU towards the transitional justice of Sri Lanka. So, we have brought this matter to the notice of the responsible persons of this institution.”

Weerasinghe stated that these remarks that are defamatory in nature, is a violation of his client’s basic human rights, potentially endangering his life as well as contrary to covenants of the ICCPR Act, which was found on their own motion of UN. Sallay last week, sent a Letter of Demand (LOD) to Sooka and the ITJP demanding Rs.One Billion as damages.It states that the defamatory remarks of Ms. Sooka published by the ITJP Sri Lanka website have caused unto the Major General’s character and reputation a significant damage, which the Major General has valued at 1 Billion Sri Lankan Rupees and in turn, demanded that Ms. Sooka and ITJP pay.

The Letter of Demand has also notified Ms. Sooka and the ITJP to cease and desist from issuing further defamatory remarks and the intention of Major General Sallay to seek litigative remedies, both Civil and or Criminal, if Ms. Sooka and the ITJP fails to adhere to said demands.


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