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The California District Court case against Gota


The two cases filed against Gota in California gave him, as a potential presidential candidate, a great deal of publicity. For nearly two weeks, Gota was the center of all attention in the country. The details of the case filed by Roy Manojkumar Samathanam under the 1991 Torture Victim Protection Act is out in the public domain but the plaint filed by Ahimsa Wickrematunga has not been made public yet. It must be said that the lawyers appearing for Samathanam have written the Plaint well, providing for the requirements of the law they were invoking. What the Plaint says about Samathanam’s case is as follows:

In 2005, Roy Samathanam travelled to Sri Lanka and married the woman who is now his wife and stayed back in Sri Lanka. During this period, Samathanam assisted a friend with the importation of goods for a computer electronics shop. In September 2007, his friend imported 600 mobile phones to Sri Lanka that were delivered to Samathanam’s house. In the early hours of September 14, 2007, armed plain-clothed men raided his home and identified themselves as officers of the TID. The officers opened the boxes containing the cellular phones, and told Samathanam that there was a GPS device in the boxes, and that this was illegal. The officers told him that if he paid them approximately 25,000 Sri Lankan rupees they would leave him alone; if not, they would take him to the TID headquarters for interrogation.

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