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Three sentenced to death over an assassination in Pannipitiya

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By ITN News Editor July 17, 2018 19:17

Three sentenced to death over an assassination in Pannipitiya

The Colombo High Court today imposed the death penalty on three persons found guilty over a murder committed at Pannipitiya.

The Attorney General had filed charges against five suspects for the hacking to death of an individual in Pannipitiya over a personal dispute and critically injuring the victim’s wife on the 2nd of November 1996. Following a prolonged trial which had lasted for over 20 years, four of the accused were found guilty by the court for the charges. Another accused was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years rigorous imprisonment and also ordered to pay a fine of 25,000 rupees. The other defendant in the case was acquitted and released as they had failed to prove he is guilty without a reasonable doubt.

The Colombo high court today ordered to hear the case against former Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage on the 10th of October.Former Minister Aluthgamage has been accused for purchasing a housing unit at the Kynsey road in Colombo-7 using corrupt money. The former Minister requested the courts not to take up his case before Colombo High Court judge Gihan Kulatunga and instead transfer it to other court in the High Courts. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal ordered to change the court. Notices were issued to the 17th witness of the case to appear before the court today.

Meanwhile,   IP of the Police Narcotics Bureau, Neomal Rangajeewa and former Superintendent of Prisons, Emil Ranjan Lamahewa were re-remanded by the Colombo Chief Magistrate till 31st of this month. The two suspects are in remand custody in connection with the assassination of the 27 inmates of the Welikada prison. The Criminal Investigations Department informed the courts that investigations in regard to incident are not over.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 17, 2018 19:17

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