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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 15:07
The second defendant in the Major General Janaka Perera assassination case sentenced to life in prison
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In the case regarding the assassination of 31 persons including Major General Janaka Perera in a suicide bomb attack, the second Defendant Umar Habthab has been sentenced to prison for life.

The verdict was given by former Judge of the Anuradhapura Special High Court and Gampaha Provincial Civil Appeal High Court Judge Khema Swarnadhipathi.

The judge decided that the suspect was guilty of 31 indictments of the 48 filed against him.

The judge accordingly sentenced the suspect to 20 years in prison for each of the first three indictments which totaled 60 years and ordered that those terms should be spent separately.

In addition, the judge who concluded that the suspect was guilty regarding the 4 to 31 indictment took steps to hand down a life sentence on behalf of all those.

The Judge also ordered that all property of the suspect be confiscated.

This suspect, a resident of Medawachchiya – Mahasiyambalagaskada was in remand for over five years in connection with the murder of 31 individuals including Major General Janaka Perera.

A former armed leader of the LTTE organization, who accepted that he was guilty of aiding and abetting and conspiring in connection with this incident, was sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by the Northcentral Provincial High Court, previously.

Thirty one persons including Major General Janaka Perera were killed in a suicide bomb attack which took place in Anuradhapura on 6 October 2008. 

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