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State controlled Lake House ordered to pay Rs.500 m for defamation

wijedasa-rajapaksa-lakehouseLake House 410px 06 07 13Colombo District Court has yesterday (05) confirmed previously issued order to Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd (ANCL) to pay an amount of Rs.500 million to Wijedasa Rajapakshe for publishing a defamatory article against him in the ‘Silumina’ newspaper.
The court issued the order rejecting the request made by the ANCL to suspend the previous order.
Colombo additional district court judge T.D. Gunasekara issued the previous order to pay Rs.500 million to Wijedasa Rajapakshe for publishing a defamatory article against him in the ‘Silumina’ newspaper in 2007 and the ANCL has submitted a petition requesting the court to reconsider the decision as its officers were unable to attend the particular hearing.

However, the judge Dhammika Ganepola rejected the petition yesterday and reaffirmed the previously issued order.

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