A Court in New York issued a Summons against visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, issued this summons in the case of Devi v. Rajapaksa (case number: 1:11-cv-06634-NRB).
Attorney-at-Law Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran has filed this case on September 22, 2011, on behalf of Col Ramesh’s wife Vathsala Devi.
According to Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Col Ramesh was shown on a documentary by UK’s Channel 4 “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, being interrogated by Sri Lankan soldiers in an undisclosed location. His body was also shown in different TV and was confirmed by his wife as her husband’s body.
The case argues that, President Rajapakse in his capacity as the Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, bears primary responsibility for the killing of Col Ramesh and for perpetration of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide of Tamil people.
According to the recent report by the UN Panel on Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Security forces under the command of President Rajapakse, have committed War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity of Tamils. There are elements in this report that also constitute an act of Genocide.
According to this UN Panel Report around 40,000 Tamil people were killed, women were sexual assaulted and around 140,000 people are unaccounted for.
Last week UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon referred this UN Panel Report to the UN Human Rights Council and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action.