Fmr. Army Lt. compensates family of dead LTTE suspect

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Former Army Lieutenant, who was convicted for the death of a LTTE suspect, when he was attempting to escape military custody in 1998, today paid Rs. two million to the victim’s family as compensation.

The former army Lieutenant Wimal Wickrema was charged under section 298 of the Penal Code by the Attorney General for shooting carelessly and causing the death of Robert Wellinthan.

The incident took place at the Point Pedro camp in 1998 while the victim was allegedly in handcuffs.

Wickrema was recently sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment with a suspended sentence of 10 years and a fine of Rs. 10,000 by the Colombo High Court.

The Lieutenant was also ordered to pay Rs. two million as compensation to the closest relative of the victim.

The victim’s wife and father received Rs. one million each as compensation before Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena today. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • Suren Sarathkumara Tuesday, 18 October 2016 02:14 PM

    Any merit of anyone shouldn't make him permissible to commit crimes of any nature.

    sobers Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:13 PM

    No religion, No community, No personalities etc... are above the law. All should be equal. No matter what good they have done. Then only the real democracy will prevail.

    moiez Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:03 AM

    Well its a good gesture, but where did he get this money to pay compensation? Any bank loans ?

    Ranasinghe Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:02 AM

    What about the compensation for thousands and thousands of innocent people the LTTE killed for three decades? Sent the so called LTTE transnational govt members to prison and get them to pay compensation to innocent victims of LTTE brutality?

    SSM Tuesday, 18 October 2016 04:48 PM

    Best not to give guns to the army. Give them toy guns!

    senewi Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:08 PM

    Why the justice is delayed in Sumith Prasanna's murder case at Embilipitiya ?

    SL Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:36 AM

    who is going to compensate People killed by LTTE starting from 1981

    Bernard Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:50 AM

    But I thought it's the soldier's job?

    Philip Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:48 PM

    Good start


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