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Easter attack: Attorney General asks the court to dismiss the 107 cases!

Yesterday (13) the Attorney General asked the Colombo District Court to dismiss 107 petitions filed for compensation to those who died, were permanently disabled and were injured due to the lack of action taken to prevent the Easter Sunday bombing despite receiving specific information.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena, current President Ranil Wickramasinghe, former Defense Ministry Secretary and others have been named as respondents in these petitions.

When these petitions were called yesterday, the Attorney General informed the Colombo District Court that the Ministerial Memorandum 2019/04 submitted by President Ranil Wickramasinghe on April 22nd, 2019 had been approved on April 24th and that the compensation will be paid according to the said Ministerial Memorandum.

According to the Cabinet Memorandum, Rs. 10 lakhs for a dead and permanently disabled person, Rs. 5 lakhs for an injured person and compensation subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 lakhs for the property damage, were informed that the approval has been received and the compensation will be paid. The Attorney General mentioned before the court that the Cabinet Memorandum has also been recommended to be transferred to the Office for Damages.

Accordingly, the Attorney General requested the Colombo District Court to dismiss the 107 related petitions as the government is working to pay these compensations.

Further hearing of the case was adjourned to November 02.

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