The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will institute legal action against the Financial Crimes Investigation Division, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the Associated Newspapers (Ceylon) Limited in respect of a series of alleged defamatory stories, which erroneously claimed that the China Harbour Engineering Limited had in 2014 provided US$ 7 million for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidential Election bid.
We are going to seek legal redress and claim damages for all these defamatory and malicious news reports, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris told a news conference in Battaramulla yesterday (2).
He also said that the SLPP would also institute legal proceedings against the New York Times, first in Colombo and then in the United States for the similar defamatory allegations which had been published in the international media.
Prof. Peiris also said that Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would also soon arrive, at the same venue, for a press conference, to clarify certain misconceptions about the SLPP Presidential candidate for 2020.
“Today, there is no country, no law, no order, and there is no Police. Only six months of 2018 have been concluded and there have been 1,260 incidents of extortion, 734 rapes and 217 murders. So, how can we expect any discipline or justice and fair play in a country like this?” he queried. He said that the Party will commence a countrywide campaign against the Government in Anuradhapura and Ratnapura on 14 and 15 July respectively and will continue the programme in all the districts before long.
He said that there was a Lawyers’ Association formed in the Kurunegala District for which, he said there had been 188 lawyers in attendance. He said that the second such Lawyers Forum would be in Galle on 23 July.