US State Department refuses to comment on Major General Shavendra Silva’s case

Sept 29, Washington, DC: The United Sates Department of State says it cannot comment on the Major General Shavendra Silva’s case as it is an ongoing legal matter.

In response to question raised during the State Department press briefing Wednesday (28) on the case filed against Major General Shavendra Silva in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York , the spokesperson Victoria Nuland refused to make a comment.

“With regard to the Silva case, it is an ongoing legal matter in the Southern District of New York. As such, I can’t comment on it further,” she said.

The widow of a senior LTTE terrorist leader, Colonel Ramesh, who was killed in the final battle with the Sri Lankan Army, has filed a civil suit in the district court of New York against the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Major General Shavendra Silva.

The Sri Lankan government says Ambassador Silva is protected by the relevant international treaties on diplomatic relations, immunities and privileges and accepted diplomatic practices.

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