Easter Sunday attack victim sends Letter of Demand to Maithri, Ranil | Daily News

Easter Sunday attack victim sends Letter of Demand to Maithri, Ranil

A lawyer who sustained injuries following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blast at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo has sent a Letter of demand urging former President Maithreepala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and ten other officials to jointly pay Rs.500 million as damages.

Moditha Bandara, a lawyer by profession sent this letter of demand through his attorney Sujeewa Gunathilaka.

The letter of demand has been sent to former President Mithreepala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, former Chief of State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardhane, former Director of Special Security Priyalal Dasanayake, former State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardhane, former Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunarathne, former Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake, former Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyal De Silva and former Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Mahesh Kapila Jayampathy urging them to pay the damages within 14 days.

It has warned that legal action will be instituted if the money is not paid during this time period.

The victim stated that the authorities have received information that Zahran Hasheem of NTJ and his associates are planning to launch a suicide terror attack in Sri Lanka and they are targeting some important churches and Indian High Commission. It is further stated that the terrorists may adopt any of the following mode of attack; Suicide attack, Weapon attack, Knife attack and Truck attack.

“It is clear that all the officials responsible for the security had been alerted and had in fact been informed regarding imminent bomb attacks and you all did not take any step to prevent such attacks and not even warned the public and the relevant authorities including Catholic religious leaders and leading hotels,” the letter of demand stated.

The victim said former President and eleven others have failed to perform their official duties entrusted to prevent the terrorist attacks took place on May 21, 2019 which cause damages to him.

The victim stated that on April 21, he had gone to Shagri-La Hotel to collect a pen drive he had left at the Hotel Business Centre after a meeting he had with two of his clients at the hotel. The victim further stated that at around 8:10 am on April 21, 2019 he had collected the pen drive and headed towards the Table One of restaurant at Level 3 of the Hotel to have his breakfast.

He had then finished his breakfast and while waiting for the waiter to return with the balance money. The first bomb had exploded at approximately 8.10 am. The victim said that he was not injured from the first bomb blast. He stated that he had then run towards the exit point of the restaurant and just as he reached the exit, the second bomb had exploded and the petitioner had been thrown about 15 feet away. He further stated that a hotel taxi driver had then taken the petitioner to the accident ward at the Colombo National Hospital. He further added that he was out of his legal practice for seven months.

The victim further stated that he sustained flame burn injuries to his head, face, both right and left arms and right thigh. He stated that his eyes were subject to scarring resulting in Corneal Ulceration.