The Navy apologises in the Supreme Court as the former Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne has assaulted the Journalist Roshan Dilip Kumara during the Hambantota Fort workers’ Protest on the 10th December 2010.
Navy had been used to repress demonstrators while protesting against handing over Hambantota port to a Chinese company.
The Navy obstructed the journalists who had been covering the event. Local journalist of the Hambantota, Roshan Dilip Kumara, who serves some media institutions, was attacked by Former Navy Commander Vise Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. The journalist made a complaint to the police regarding the assault but had to remove the complaint due to influence. Later journalist Roshan filed a lawsuit before the Supreme Court stating that his fundamental rights had been violated. During the trial, the case came to a settlement and the plaintiff’s stance was that the Navy should be unconditionally apologised for the attack. They also requested that the forces have to be well trained to deal with media during a reporting in conflict situations.
The Navy requested an apology from the assaulted journalists. The Supreme Court decided to end the trial as both parties agreeing to the settlement.