Checkmate: Inside Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s Legal Gambit Against Gota

Court filings obtained by Sunday Observer from the United States District Court for the Central District of California paint a striking picture of how former Defence Secretary was set upon by a legal ambush in the empty car park of a Los Angeles supermarket two weeks ago today (7).

Ahimsa Wickrematunge has emerged in recent years as a fierce champion of justice for her father, renowned journalist and founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was ambushed and killed a stone’s throw from the Ratmalana High Security Zone on the morning of January 8, 2009.

With local CID investigations into her father mired in political interference from all corners of a reluctant Government, and with Rajapaksa seemingly untouchable in domestic courts, the younger Wickrematunge began exploring international remedies to hold her father’s killers accountable. Last November, Ahimsa Wickrematunge revealed publicly that she had told CID officers investigating her father’s murder that he had confessed to her “he was likely to be killed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa for having exposed the MiG deal,” a fact the CID reported to the Mount Lavinia Magistrates Court.

Over the last several years, she continued to collect evidence, and established a connection with the San Francisco-based Centre for Justice and Accountability (CJA), which has had a history of holding dictators and human rights abusers accountable in jurisdictions around the world. With the onset of the domestic political crisis and the abortive attempt to remove the chief investigating officer in the Lasantha murder, Inspector Nishantha Silva, from the CID, Ahimsa and the CJA redoubled their efforts to prepare a civil case against those she believes are responsible for killing Lasantha Wickrematunge…………………..

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