Colombo Telegraph

Kadir’s Land Grabber Unveils His Statue

The President Mahinda Rajapaksa  unveiled a statue of the former Foreign Minister the late Lakshman Kadirgamar at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies in Colombo yesterday (August 12).

The unveiling ceremony had been organized to co-inside with Kadirgamar’s eighth death anniversary. Last week the son of assassinated Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has filed legal action against Rajapaksa regime moves to acquire his ancestral property in Maviddapuram in the Jaffna peninsula. 

The former Minister who inherited the land from his mother, was a strong critic of the LTTE and considered Sri Lanka’s best foreign minister of all time. Minister Kadirgamar’s brothers have also extended yeoman service to Sri Lanka, as military officers of rank and eminent lawyers.

His son’s petition against the Rajapaksa regime’s acquisition of his personal property puts the eminently respected Minister’s family front and centre of an ongoing struggle for land rights in the formerly embattled Jaffna peninsula.

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