Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage has slammed the daughter of a murdered journalist, labelled her plea for international action an “attempt to destroy Sri Lanka and see its downfall”.
Colombage's comments follow Ahimsa Wickrematunge's Op-ed in the Washington Post last week, which called on the international community to ensure “murderous autocrats pay a price”.
Wickrematunge writing in the Washington Post detailed the Rajapaksa linked assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009 and the numerous attempts to attain justice being quashed by Sri Lankan judges aligned with the Rajapaksa’s. Lasantha Wickrematunge was assassinated on January 8 2009, weeks before he was due to testify about the corrupt arms deal which had implicated then-Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa for embezzling US $ 10 million in government funds. The piece prompted the US House of Foreign affairs to tweet its support for Ahimsa Wickrematunge search for justice asserting that the “US must reassert its leadership role on human rights and supports calls for justice in Sri Lanka”.
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