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Lake House, editor ordered to pay Rs. 500 m to Wijedasa Rajapaksha


Wednesday, 23 March
Lake House and ‘Silumina’ editor Karunadasa Sooriyarachchi have been ordered by courts to pay Rs. 500 million as compensation to UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapaksha.

Colombo additional district court judge T.D. Gunasekara issued the order today (Mar. 23) after considering a defamation case filed by the MP.

The petitioner alleged that ‘Silumina’ had published the defamatory article on 14 November 2007, just four days after he left the UPFA and joined the UNP.

The court decided the petitioner had proved the charge beyond doubts.

MP Karu Jayasuriya, Ven. Maduluwawe Shobhitha, Ven. Banagala Upatissa and Ven. Kiniyawala Palitha Theras submitted evidence by affidavits on behalf of the petitioner.

Mr. Rajapaksha was represented by president’s counsel Romesh de Silva and attorney Sugath Caldera.

Sri Lanka Mirror

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