State Intelligence Service Director, Major Genaral Suresh Tuan Sallay, has taken steps to send a Letter of Demand to ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project) Executive Director Yasmin Sooka and the ITJP.
The said letter, sent through Major General Sallay’s Lawyer Pasan Weerasinghe, states that on or about 1 June 2020, Sooka, as the ITJP Executive Director, had issued a press statement making various defamatory remarks against Major General Sallay.
The press statement is said to be published via the ITJP Sri Lanka’s website.
The letter highlights the defamatory implications have resulted in parties with vested interests making attempts on the life of Major General Sallay.
Further, the letter states that the defamatory remarks of Sooka, published by the ITJP Sri Lanka website, have caused unto the Major General’s character and reputation a significant damage, which the Major General has valued at Rs 1 billion and in turn, demanded that Ms. Sooka and the ITJP pay.
The Letter of Demand has also notified Sooka and the ITJP to cease and desist from issuing further defamatory remarks and the intention of Major General Sallay to seek litigative remedies, both civil and or criminal, if Sooka and the ITJP fail to the adhere to said demands.
Suresh Sallay reportedly used as leverage the fact that Dr Varatharajah needed essential surgery on his arm to force him into the press conference, where they were instructed to state that only 650 people had died during the final phase of the massacres. “Colonel Suresh threatened us all with many years’ imprisonment,” said the doctor.
The Sri Lankan President has promoted to Major General, former military intelligence director, Tuan Suresh Sallay, who allegedly forced a Tamil doctor in custody in 2009 to give false testimony by denying him medical treatment and threatening him. Dr. Thurairajah Varatharajah was a government doctor who served in the war zone in 2009 and was then detained for approximately 100 days at the end of the war.