U.S. court dismisses case against President Rajapaksa
A U.S. court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, noting he is immune from lawsuits as a sitting head of state.
Dismissing the case on Wednesday, the U.S. District Judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, said that Mr. Rajapaksa has immunity as head of state.
The U.S. State Department had entered a motion asking the case be dismissed because of the immunity precedent.
Mr. Rajapaksa was sued by families of alleged torture victims under the Torture Victim Protection Act passed by Congress in 1992.
“This court is not in a position to second-guess the executive’s determination that in this case, the nation’s foreign policy interests will be best served by granting defendant Rajapaksa head of state immunity while he is in office,” Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote.
“Two centuries of case law and basic Constitutional and statutory principles prevent this Court from allowing plaintiffs’ complaint to move forward at this time,” the judge said.
Courtesy: The Hindu
- Sri Lanka Government to go ahead with privatising SLT despite ‘NO’ from S.O.C. on National Security June 10, 2023
- Seven Police Narcotics Bureau officers arrested over death of vocational trainer in custody June 9, 2023
- Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security recommends not to privatise Sri Lanka Telecom June 9, 2023
- Sarath Fonseka resigns from Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security June 9, 2023
- Sri Lanka must protect the right to freedom of expression June 9, 2023
Any comments on the issue?
Whether the Hon President is in office or not, he is not answerable to stupid false allegation brought by Tamil LTTE supporter, who does not even live in USA nor a US citizen. This case filed in a US court is out of their jurisdiction. Let the Tamil LTTE supporter who filed this case, file it in SL, as appropriate after MR has completed his tenure as President.
Thank you for the advice Nicholas; I sure will put that action down in my diary.
On What ISSUE Damian..?
There’re “Torture Issues” in US. As many foreign prisoners torturing in US since long time without even trials.
Isn’t it like the US be the “Judge of Father of thieves”
..Or is this the Issue of you Damian; that’s “no Issue”…!
This Shit & Piss view of westerns, about others is hilarious.!
It’s a big f..king Issue for westerns, when there’s no Issue of other countries.!
Because westerns are dependents of others Issues. By supplying f..king fuel to ‘Fire Issues’ between other countries & nations…!!!
Let see how long will you exist on the Issue Basis..!