Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Former Sri Lanka Navy Commander claims damage from opposition presidential candidate

Dec 29, Colombo: Adding to the political drama in the run up to the presidential elections, former Navy Commander is claiming damages from the former Army commander for defamation.

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda has sent a letter demanding 500 million rupees in damage for defamation from the opposition presidential candidate and former military chief General Sarath Fonseka, the Government Media Unit reported.

The former Navy Chief says a statement made by the former military chief at an interview with a private television channel on the 24th of December 2009 is per se defamatory of him.

According to a report by the Government media, in the letter of demand sent to General Fonseka, Admiral Karannagoda has claimed that a remark made by the General about him was malicious and has in fact tarnished his good name, reputation and public image, thereby causing him irreparable loss and damage.

The demanded sum of Rs. 500 million should be paid within 14 days and in the event of failing and/or neglecting to pay and settle the said sum legal action will be instituted against General Fonseka to recover the said sum, the letter said.

It has often been reported that the former commanders had personal rivalries and did not have an amicable relationship during their tenures.