Easter Sunday attack victim demands Rs.500 mn damages from ex-President, ex-PM | Daily News

Easter Sunday attack victim demands Rs.500 mn damages from ex-President, ex-PM

A lawyer who sustained injuries following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blast at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo filed a lawsuit in Colombo District Court claiming Rs.500 million as damages from former President Maithreepala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and 10 other officials.

Moditha Bandara, a lawyer filed this lawsuit naming former President Maithreepala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, former Chief of State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardhane, former Director of Special Security Priyalal Dasanayake, former State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, former Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunarathne, former Army Commander Lt. Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, former Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyal De Silva and former Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Kapila Jayampathy as defendants.

Bandara filed another lawsuit against Shangri-La hotel in Colombo claiming Rs.300 million as damages for its failure to prevent the terrorist attack by taking necessary security arrangements.

The victim filed another lawsuit claiming Rs.400 million as damages from the Ibrahim family of Dematagoda in which two sons of Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim have been identified as suicide bombers.

The victim stated that the authorities have received information that Zahran Hasheem of NTJ and his associates are planning to launch a suicide terror attack in Sri Lanka and they are targeting some important churches and Indian High Commission.

It is further stated that the terrorists may adopt any of the following mode of attack; Suicide attack, Weapon attack, Knife attack and Truck attack.

"It is clear that all the officials responsible for the security had been alerted and had in fact been informed regarding imminent bomb attacks and you all did not take any step to prevent such attacks and not even warned the general public and the relevant authorities including Catholic religious leaders and leading hotels," the victim said.

The victim said the former President and 11 others have failed to perform their official duties entrusted to prevent the terrorist attacks took place on May 21, 2019 which cause damages to him.

The victim further stated that he sustained flame burn injuries to his head, face, both right and left arms and right thigh. He stated that his eyes were subject to scarring resulting in Corneal Ulceration.