Monk to refrain from defaming Ali Sabry

BY Buddhika Samaraweera 

Ven. Madille Pannaloka Thera of the “Sinhale” organisation, in a statement to Colombo Chief District Judge Aruna Aluthge yesterday (10), promised that he would not make any defamatory or insulting remarks about Justice Minister President’s Counsel M.U.M. Ali Sabry.

Minister Sabry had filed a case against the monk over some allegedly defamatory and insulting statements that the latter had made in relation to him. The parties had then reached an agreement to settle the matter and the monk said so in court in accordance with the terms of the settlement.

The case was filed by Sabry in the Colombo District Court on 27 May 2021, seeking an injunction, restraining the monk from making such statements on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media platforms. He had also demanded compensation of Rs. 1.5 billion from the monk.

When the case was taken up yesterday, the lawyers for both the parties had informed the court that the case would be closed as per the agreement reached between the two parties.

Accordingly, the respondent Ven. Pannaloka Thera stated before the court that he would no longer make defamatory and insulting remarks against Sabry. He further said that he had accepted that the complainant Sabry would have the right to seek relief in case of any such statements in the future.