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Ten fresh charges filed in US against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

27 June 2019 - 887   - 0

Ten fresh torture charges have been filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Central District Court of California in US yesterday (Jun 26).

The ten complainants who had filed fresh charges are Ramesh Thevarajan, Vidhya Jayakumar, Ramanan Sivalingam, Shanti Padmanathan, Saman Perera, Nimal Jayasuriya, Vasanthi Ratnasingham, Suresh Jeyabalan, Senthil Puwaneswaran, and Mayuran Rajakumar.

They are currently residing in Europe.

Meanwhile, Roy Samathanam, a Canadian plus Sri Lankan citizen who filed charges against Mr. Rajapaksa in April this year had also moved court along with the other complainants thereby bringing the total number of charges against the former Defence Secretary upto 11.

According to a 64-page court document submitted by the plaintiffs, the eleven individuals who are prosecuting the case, had been "abducted, tortured, and raped by security forces" at certain torture sites controlled by Mr. Rajapaksa during his tenure as defence secretary.

These venues have been listed out as the Chaithya Road Detention Site, Criminal Investgations Department (CID) Headquarters (4th floor), Boossa Camp, Mount Lavinia, Dematagoda and Pulmoddai Police stations, and Joseph Camp.

The complaint also points out two military camps in which sexual slavery had occured. The location of these camps have not been identified in the document. 

Accordingly, the complainants had sought compensation from former Defence Secretary Rajapaksa and also a court order imposing any other punishment that "court may deem just and proper".

See court document here

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