Former MP Duminda Silva’s death sentence affirmed by Supreme Court

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Supreme Court’s five judge bench confirms Duminda Silva’s death penalty rejecting his appeal.

Verdict being read out in Supreme Court.

First accused Anura Thushara De Mel acquitted of all charges. Others acquitted of charges relating to joint possession of weapons.

The Colombo High Court found Former MP Duminda Silva and four others guilty of murdering five persons including former Parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra on the 8th of October 2011.

The Colombo High Court accordingly sentenced the five persons to death on the 8th of September 2016.

The death sentence was delivered after the bench was split on the verdict with three judges finding the suspects guilty and two judges against.

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