Sri Lanka dismisses law suit by Tamils against Rajapaksa

15:58, January 29, 2011      

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The Sri Lankan government on Saturday dismissed as a media ploy the law suit said to have been filed in the United States by a Tamil group against the president.

"We have no time for mercenaries funded by LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) terrorists who just want media attention", Bandula Jayasekera, the presidential spokesman told reporters.

A Tamil minority diaspora group in the United States was said to have filed the law suit in Washington claiming 3O million U.S. dollars as damages from the Sri Lankan president for alleged extra judicial killings.

The legal actions was taken as President Mahinda Rajapaksa concluded his private visit to the United States on Thursday.

The Tamils allege that a large numbers of civilians were killed in the successful government military campaign which ended in May 2009.

The government rubbishes the claims saying that nearly 300,000 people liberated from areas of rebel control were provided protection and resettled in their former areas of habitat.

Source: Xinhua
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