Balendra Prasad Sathisseran, found guilty of the charge of murdering Peradeniya University Undergraduate Selva Vinyagar Prakash Varagpragas on October 6, 1997, was today sentenced to death in absentia by Kandy High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke.
The convict, who is said to be living abroad, was also sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment on one of the charges and a warrant for his arrest issued to Interpol.
Initially, two accused were indicted on five charges of abduction, unlawful assembly, grievous hurt, torture and the killing of Prakash Varagapargas.
On April 4, 2008, the second accused pleaded guilty the charges and was ordered to pay State Costs of Rs.1,500 and Rs.1,500 with a surety bond of Rs.50,000 to be of good behavior. He was also ordered to pay Rs.100,000 to the victim’s parents.(L.B.Senaratne)
Comments - 6
jan Saturday, 05 July 2014 02:29 PM
Why did it take 16 years to bring justice.
Dee Saturday, 05 July 2014 03:08 AM
Hope the guys who are studying for free (from our tax money) don't start protesting over this.
Maheeka Sunday, 06 July 2014 03:44 AM
Excellent news! I was an undergraduate during this time this incident occured, and I wrote a letter to the editor of the Times Paper in Novermber the same year, requesting justice to be done to these so called educated sadists. I am glad that justice has been meted out, at least 17 years later...
However, IF the person concerned is not in Sri Lanka at present, how can we be sure that the sentence will be carried out for certain? Can somebody enlighten me please? Thanks,
snaryan Sunday, 06 July 2014 06:08 AM
Congratulations for the Judge, Excellent verdict. I am happy the island law and order is getting restored and Judiciary given full powers. If it would have been in India the culprit would go scot free or spend in years in jail with luxury till death at least you guys be happy it happened in 16 years. Let the death penalty be done in public like Saudi Arabia. It should be a lesson for others.
shamila Sakkaff Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:26 AM
Excellent Hon.HC Judge.
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