Slaughter 27 Convicts, Prison Head in Sri Lanka Sentenced to Death

Sri Lanka

A high -ranking Sri Lankan prison official was convicted death sentence. He was sentenced to death for the murder of 27 inmates on death row.

As reported by AFP on Thursday (12/1/2022), the Colombo High Court sentenced Prison Commissioner Emil Lamahewage to death, but his co-accused, police commander Moses Rangajeewa, was acquitted by a judge of November 2012 murder.

Meanwhile, the state prosecutor, said that eight detainees were called by name and killed by execution style. Others were also shot dead.

The warden engineered the weapons as if the victims were trying to shoot the prison guards. However, they did not say who ordered the killing.

The killings increased international condemnation of the government of then president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current prime minister who also faced rights abuses in the final years of Sri Lanka’s 37-year Tamil war that ended in 2009.

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