30 years imprisonment for attempting to murder the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga

The suspect Shakthiwel Illangeishwaran who pleaded guilty to the 1999 Town Hall bomb attack which killed 28 and injured former President Chandrika Kumaratunga was sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment by the High Court today.

Giving the sentence High Court judge W.M.P.D. Waraweva said that the said that it was proven that the accused had attempted to murder the former President. He added that if the former President had been assassinated the country would have plunged into turmoil.

The 1999 blast 28 persons were killed and another 80 were injured.

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  1. A salutary judgment. Our law as it stands today allows the judge to punish the accused even with imprisonment for 5 years. The judge has come up with a fair decision which is not too lenient nor too strict and which is acceptable by all the citizens of this country. This judgment is a deterrent in one way as it conveys the message that our country does not tolerate terrorism and at the same time it shows compassion to thousands of less fortunate individuals who became accomplices of the LTTE and who now regret and repent about what they had to do. Further there should inevitably exist reasons that warranted punishing him with 30 years rigorous and not with life imprisonment. Although this is just a piece of news to lay people, for a judge it is a matter of his conscience. There’s no doubt that being a citizen of the country and a Sinhalese Buddhist, the judge strongly condemns this kind of an offense but his role as a judge requires him give a person only his just desserts. Therefore this judgment will be a historic one! I praise the judge! and I would also wish to request critics to read the judgment and find reasons before coming to various conclusions

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