Former Sri Lankan jail commissioner sentenced to demise over prisoners’ killings


Colombo Excessive Courtroom trial on January 13 discovered the previous Superintendent Emil Ranjan Lamahewa responsible and handed the demise sentence

A prime Sri Lankan court docket in Colombo has sentenced to demise a former prisons commissioner over the Welikada Jail riot in 2012 which killed at the very least 27 inmates.

The Colombo Excessive Courtroom trial on January 13 discovered the previous Superintendent Emil Ranjan Lamahewa responsible and handed the demise sentence.

The primary defendant within the case, the then Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau, Neomal Rangajeewa was acquitted from all costs.

The case was heard for practically three years earlier than a three-member Bench.

Lamahewa and Mr. Rangajeewa have been arrested in March 2018. The defendants have been charged with 33 counts, together with the killing of eight inmates chosen by the defendants within the industrial space of the jail, the conspiracy to homicide and illegally assembling a mass of individuals whereas the battle was being suppressed.

On November 9, 2012, at the very least 27 inmates have been killed whereas greater than 20 others have been injured when prisoners rioted within the overcrowded jail objecting to an unannounced search by the police’s Particular Process Pressure to nab contraband and cellphones on the jail.

Rights teams led a sustained marketing campaign for justice to the victims which had drawn worldwide consideration too.

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