The court has sentenced Prison Commissioner Emil Lamahewage but released the men accused of killing 27 inmates in a killing spree.
Sri Lanka prison chief has been sentenced to death for killing 27 prisoners by hanging. killing people which attracted international criticism.
The Colombo High Court on Wednesday ruled that Prison Commissioner Emil Lamahewage was guilty, but released his colleague, police chief Moses Rangajeewa, on charges of murder in November 2012.
The two were tried in July 2019 for murder in Welikada Central Prison in Sri Lanka in Colombo. A total of 27 people were shot, but evidence was gathered about only eight.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
According to the prosecutor, eight prisoners were named and executed as executed. Others were shot dead.
Weapons later became known to appear as if the victims had tried to shoot prison guards, according to court documents.
But they did not name those who ordered his execution.
The killings sparked international criticism of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former Prime Minister who was also the target of criticism. violation of rights in the final years of Sri Lanka’s 37-year-old Tamil war that ended in 2009.
Some of the slain prisoners have been arrested for robbery in a Sri Lankan museum and temple.
The 2012 genocide was the worst in prison on the island since 50 prisoners were killed in the July 1983 riots.