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Army chief sues newspapers

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Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya has moved the District Court of Jaffna against the Uthayan and Valampuri newspapers seeking Rs. 100 million each in damages.

Army headquarters said that action was filed on Friday. Lt. Gen. Jayasuriya’s action followed reports published by Jaffna newspapers on July 11, 2012, which the army chief said was defamatory of him.

Army headquarters statement quoted Director Legal, of the Sri Lanka Army, Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana, as having said: “Just as much the army is not above the law, we are not below the law. We’ll fight vigorously to protect the good name of the institution.”

The two cases will be called on Jan 21, 2013 in the District Court of Jaffna. (SF)

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