Sri Lanka prison chief gets death penalty for 2012 massacre

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Sri Lanka prison chief gets death penalty for 2012 massacre
Sri Lanka prison chief gets death penalty for 2012 massacre
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A top Sri Lankan prison official has been sentenced to death over the killing of 27 inmates in an execution-style massacre that attracted international condemnation.

The Colombo High Court on Wednesday convicted Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage, but discharged his co-accused, police commando Moses Rangajeewa, over the killings in November 2012.

The duo was indicted in July 2019 for the killings at Sri Lanka’s main Welikada prison in Colombo. A total of 27 were shot dead, but evidence was gathered in regards to only eight.

Police commandos were used to put down a riot at Welikada and disarm inmates who had allegedly taken weapons from the armory.

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