Sri Lankan court orders ex-leaders to compensate victims of 2019 bombing

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ordered the country's former president and other top officials to pay compensation in connection with a series of bomb attacks in 2019 that killed 269 people.

The court ruled on Thursday that the inaction of the nation's leaders led to the bombings on Easter Sunday. The blasts targeted multiple sites, including luxury hotels and churches in the country's largest city of Colombo.

The ruling comes after a number of petitioners, including bereaved family members, filed for compensation. They claimed that government officials failed to share and act on prior terror warnings from foreign intelligence.

The court ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena to pay 100 million Sri Lankan rupees, or more than 270,000 dollars. It also ordered top police and intelligence officials to pay compensation.

In 2021, Sri Lankan authorities filed charges, including conspiring to murder, against 25 Islamist group members in connection with the attacks. But the complete picture of the incident has yet to be clarified.