Norway shocked by court ruling

“We are unable to understand the court’s decision in this matter. The local court has chosen to disregard the statements of the Sri Lankan government lawyer and Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry in this lawsuit,” Frode Andersen, deputy director of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by The Nordic Page website. However the Colombo Additional District Judge had dismissed the immunity claim and allowed the NGO to proceed with the case. (Colombo Gazette) The Norwegian Foreign Ministry says it is unable to understand the court ruling last week that allowed an NGO to proceed with a case against the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.Colombo Additional District Judge Amali Ranaweera had last week ruled that the Foundation for Co-existence headed by Kumar Rupasinghe can proceed with the case to sue the former Norwegian Ambassador, Hilde Haraldstad and other Norwegian officials for Rs. 98.5 million for failing to honor a 2008 agreement. Norwegian authorities had earlier dismissed the lawsuit saying that diplomats could not be sued because they had immunity.