The case of the day is Devi v. Rajapaksa (S.D.N.Y. 2012). The case arises out of the long and bloody civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. The plaintiff, Vathsala Devi, is the widow of Thurairajasingham, also known as Colonel Ramesh. The defendant, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is the President of Sri Lanka. According to the complaint, after Devi and her children left Sri Lanka in 2008, she saw a video showing her husband in the custody of the Sri Lankan army, being interrogated. Although Sri Lankan army officials have claimed that the video is a fake, Devi claimed it was real and that it showed that her husband had surrendered and was in Sri Lankan custody at the end…

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