Background to the
fundamental right’s cases
There are twelve Fundamental Rights applications filed relating to Easter Attacks in the Supreme Court Sri Lanka (SCFR No. 163/19, 165/19, 166/19, 184/19, 188/19, 191/19, 193/19, 195/19, 196/19, 197/19, 198/19, and 293/19). The Respondents in the cases include former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, former Inspector General of Police Pujitha Jayasundara, former president Maithreepala Sirisena, former Prime Minister and current President Ranil Wickramasinghe, former Cabinet and the Attorney General.
On the 12th of January 2023, the Supreme Court delivered the judgement with respect to all the above petitions filed by the petitioners. The Supreme Court ruled that the respondents named in the Fundamental Rights petitions failed to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks, despite having credible information of an imminent attack and thereby had violated the Fundamental Rights of the petitioners. The court ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena to pay a compensation of Rs. 100 million, former Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara and former State Intelligence Services Chief Nilantha Jayawardena to pay a compensation of Rs. 75 million each, and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to pay a compensation of Rs. 50 million. Former National Intelligence Service Chief Sisira Mendis was ordered by the court to pay a compensation of Rs.10 million. The court ordered the state to pay Rs. 1 million to the victims as compensation. The Supreme Court said that all these funds need to be collected and used to compensate the victims of the Easter Sunday Attacks. You can find the actions taken by the Government to comply with the judgement on reparations.gov.lk