SL Court to hear petition on Pirapaharan's sentence

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 March 2006, 03:47 GMT]
Colombo Appeals Court will hear, on 25 May, a petition filed by former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Kotagadeniya, to direct the Security Establishment to enforce the 200 year rigorous prison sentence passed by the Courts on Leader of Liberation Tigers, Velupillai Pirapaharan, for his role in the bombing of Central bank on January 31, 1996, legal sources in Colombo said.

The trial was held against ten LTTE leaders, with Pirapaharan and four other LTTE leaders in absentia. The prison sentence was passed on 31 October, 2002, by the late Judge Sarath Ambepitiya.

Three other LTTE members were also given the same sentence while two were given life imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The court also released four others including LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman due to lack of evidence.

High Court judge Sarath Ambepitiya issued an open warrant through the CID to arrest Mr. Prabhakaran and three others who were absconding.

LTTE leader was found guilty on 51 counts and each count carried 20 years in jail making a total of 1020 years. But the Judge said he was imposing the sentence only on the first ten counts making a total of 200 years in jail.

H.N.G.B. Kotakadeniya is a hardline Sinhala Nationalist who is currently serving as a special advisor to Sri Lanka’s President Rajapakse.


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