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Website Asian Tribune makes puts Sri Lanka’s intelligence services in limbo over international law

KT Rajasingham, editor of Website Asian Tribune makes puts Sri Lanka’s intelligence services in limbo over international law

A major defamation and damages case against the Asian Tribune website was heard at a Swedish court on 15th April. Case was filled against the said website, its owners, editors and writers of the particular articles.

Case was heard by three judges. Prosecution argued that the person vilified in Asian Tribune stories faced threats from the more than 40 armed groups that are said to be operating from Sri Lanka.

During cross questioning, KT Rajasingham claimed that the person vilified in his website was identified by the Sri Lankan intelligence services and that his stories were published only on the request of the service. Ministers, police officers and civil servants provide more than 90% of the stories for his website, according to Mr Rajasingham.

He added that the person who filled the case against the website has been identified by the Sri Lankan intelligence services and that if the person is to return to Sri Lanka he would be targeted.

Rajasingham’s revelations show that the Sri Lankan intelligence is using people living in Europe to identify and vilify individuals living outside of Sri Lanka and is also planning to kill these people if they ever step foot in Sri Lanka.

Prosecution commented that on the basis of what Mr Rajasingham had revealed it is obvious that the said person would be a target for the Sri Lankan intelligence and armed groups and that if anything is to happen to the individual then the Sri Lankan state apparatus would have to take full responsibility.

The person involved as the Swedish and other involved governments to give protection from elements that may have misidentified him from the vilifications stories. He also reaffirmed that he does not even wish to travel to Sri Lanka even for a short term.

Results of the case will be known on 6th May.