Tiger sentenced to 20 yrs RI for killing Janaka, 30 others


By Percey Kuruneru, Anuradhapura Corr

Anuradhapura High Court Judge Sunanda Kumara Ratnayake yesterday sentenced Shanmugan Sudhaharan, a former senior LTTE member, to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for the murder of 31 persons including retired Major General Janaka Perera and his wife Vajira in 2008.

Sudhaharan (46) a self-styled colonel of the LTTE had been indicted in the High court on two counts with conspiring and aiding and abetting the suicide bomb attack and was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment on each count, for the sentences to run separately.

A resident of Chenkaladi in Batticaloa, he is the second accused in the case.

When the case was taken up for hearing on August 22, Sudhaharan pleaded guilty and Judge Ratnayake put off the sentencing to yesterday.

First accused Abdul Umar Hameed Hatthar of Maha Siyambalawewa, Medawachchiya pleaded not guilty and the judge fixed the hearing of his case to October 3, 2014 and ordered him to be remanded till then.

The suicide bomb attack took place on October 06, 2008 and the victims included then UNP Opposition Leader of the North Central Provincial Council Maj. Gen Janaka Perera, his wife Vajira Perera, Councillors of the NCP, Sunil Dissanayake, A. Anurdeen, former Health Minister of the NCP, R.C.A. Johnpulle, Advocate A. C. S. Hameed, and Sirasa TV Anuradhapura Correspondent Rashmi Maharoof.

A suicide bomber known as Wasanthan alias Yakkalamulla Thambiyar blew himself up around 8.32 am at a ceremony where the Maj. Gen. (retd.) Perera was present to declare open the NCP Opposition Leader’s Office at 1st Lane, Dharmapala Mawatha near the Old Bus Stand in the Anuradhapura town. It was Maj Gen Perera’s first public function after being elected to the post of Opposition Leader in NCP polling over 115,000 preferential votes at the NCP polls in 2008.

Initially seven suspects were arrested over the suicide attack, but seven of them were released for want of evidence against them

Deputy Solicitor General Chethiya Gunasekara appeared on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department.

Attorney-at-law A.K. Chandrakantha appeared for the second accused. 

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