US Judge Denies TRO Motion in Civil Case
Lankan victims of LTTE terror suing TRO-USA, Raj Rajaratnam
(UPDATE: SL-USA) - July 17, 2011 - The New Jersey US District Court has denied yet another attempt by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) to squash a civil case for damages brought by Sri Lankan victims of LTTE terror who accuse the group and the disgraced former CEO of the Galleon Group Raj Rajaratnam of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity.
The TRO-USA was attempting to reverse a previous ruling by the same court that denied its motion to dismiss the one remaining count against it in KRISHANTHI et al V. RAJARATNAM et al Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh in his June 30 ruling said the court was not swayed by the motion which sought to dismiss a previous ruling that the TRO-USA is liable, under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), for the deaths and injuries caused by five specific bombings by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that occurred in Sri Lanka 2007-2008. The complaint holds the group directly responsible because it functioned as a 'front group' for the collection of funds for the LTTE. In denying the motion the court considered whether a corporation could be sued under the ATS and found that corporate liability does in fact exist.
The lawsuit which was filed in October 2009 by a group of 30 Sri Lankans directly or on behalf of deceased relatives under the Alien Tort Claims Act in federal court seeks unspecified damages from the TRO-USA, Raj Rajaratnam, his private charitable foundation, and his father J.M. (Jesuthasan) Rajaratnam for “aiding and abetting, intentionally facilitating and/or disregarding crimes against humanity in violation of international law.”
LTTE terrorist bombings cited in lawsuit
Fort Railway Station Bombing
November 28, 2007 “No Limit” Clothing Store - Parcel Bomb, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
The blast killed at least 17 people and injured more than
30 people. Some of the victims were waiting outside the store at a crowed bus stop. The No Limit department store and the adjacent building were damaged in the explosion and secondary fire sparked by the bomb.
April 6, 2008 Kanthi Stadium Suicide Bombing, Weliweriya
Early Sunday morning, April 6, 2008, a LTTE suicide bomber attacked the Sri Lankan Minister of Transportation Jeyaraj Fernandopulle as he prepared to give the starting
signal for a marathon race at Kanthi Stadium at Weliweriya, Sri Lanka.The attack killed 15 people and injured 80 people. Among those killed were the Minister, several prominent
Sri Lankan sports figures, athletes and spectators.
February 3, 2008 Fort Railway Station Suicide Bombing Colombo
On Sunday February 3, 2008, at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon, an LTTE female suicide bomber attacked passengers waiting for trains at the Fort Railway station in
Colombo. The LTTE bomber killed 15 people, including several school boys injured 105 individuals, 20 seriously.
February 23, 2008 Bus Bombing at Mount Lavinia
On Saturday, February 23, 2008, an LTTE operative left a bomb hidden beneath seats in the middle of the #5665 bus. Passengers and the driver became suspicious about the bag
and as the driver called the police the bomb exploded, injuring 18 by-standers and damaging several nearby shops including a grocery shop. The bus was completely destroyed.
April 25, 2008 Piliyandala Bus Stop Bombing
On Friday, April 25, 2008, an LTTE operative planted a remote controlled bomb aboard a crowded commuter bus carrying passengers from the Piliyanda bus terminal to the
suburb destination of Kahapola. 28 people were killed and more than 70 injured. The LTTE operative responsible for the
bombing, known by the alias Vasanthan, was arrested by Sri Lankan police. In his confession, Vasanthan admitted he was directed by LTTE to conduct the bombing. He was aided in the attack by LTTE operative Devendra Sinnaiah. Vasanthan enlisted in the LTTE in 2000 and received two years of training.
LIST OF PLAINTIFFS
Karunamunige Chamila Krishanthi
Hettige Priyantha Perera Jayatunga
Punyaseeli Dhammika Rajapakse
Sadhisa Jayasinghe Gunasekara
Hettiyakandage Anusha Kumari Fernando
Gangodawillge Kusumawathi Dabare
Godihena Gamage Niluka Sudarshani Gamage
Don Sarath Chandrasoma Hallala
Senehiweera Arachchige Munidesa
Buda Godage Vonica Keerthilatha
Karunamunige Hathwellage Dona Sriyani,
Theymuni Dewage Dayawathi,
Done Pathminie Mahamudalige
Kasturi Arachchige Done Gunawathi
Juwandara Kankanamge Niranjala Trixey Perera,
Naranpitage Rohana Pathmasay Perera,
Balapuwaduge Thusani Manahari Mendis
Udahage Don Asanka Chandra Kumara
Captain Pathmasiri Thewarapperuma
Palliyagoda Kalukankanamage Ramani Peiris