Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera seeking Rs. 1 billion in damages over an alleged defamatory statement the latter had made last week during a press conference.
At this press conference, Samaraweera had accused Rajapaksa and his family of having siphoned off funds worth more than $ 18 billion during Rajapaksa’s terms in power.
Nevertheless, soon after this accusation was made, Rajapaksa denied the allegations in a statement while charging that the Government was utilising the “devious means” by which false propaganda against him was being disseminated.
The letter of demand sent to Samaraweera by Attorney-at-Law Athula Priyadarshana de Silva, on behalf of his client Mahinda Rajapaksa, states that the allegations are defamatory and had caused discredit to his client.
It says that while the damages caused to Rajapaksa’s reputation by the comments cannot be estimated his client will be seeking a sum of Rs. 1 billion as compensation.
The letter of demand also warns that in the event Samaraweera fails to pay the aforementioned sum within 21 days, legal action will be instigated against him.