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Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 5.43 GMT
Case against President Rajapaksa dismissed by US Court

Recognizing "Foreign Policy interests" in US- Sri Lanka relationship


A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against President Mahinda Rajapaksa noting that President Rajapaksa is immune from lawsuits as a sitting Head of State.

The court noted that head of state immunity is a well-established legal principal in the United States. The U.S. State Department had entered a motion asking that the case be dismissed because of the immunity precedent.

The lawsuit alleged human rights abuses occurred during the conflict, and attempted to hold President Rajapaksa responsible.

The case was brought by Bruce Fein, an attorney who has been accused of working closely with the pro-LTTE diaspora in the United States.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote: “Two centuries of case law and basic constitutional and statutory principles prevent this Court from allowing Plaintiffs' Complaint to move forward at this time."






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