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The chief suspect of the UNP MP T Maheswaran assassination was sentenced to death by Colombo High Court Judge Sunil Rajapaksha
this morning.

The accused has been identified as Christopher Valentine.

Late T Maheswaran was the Colombo District United National Party (UNP) legislator and former Hindu Affairs Minister. He was shot dead at the Sri Ponnabala Vaneshwara Kovil in Kotahena on 1 January, 2008. The gunman who shot him was arrested when Maheswaran’s bodyguard returned fire and wounded him.
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  • patrick Tuesday, 28 August 2012 08:22 AM

    commenting on our courts regading to land disputes,where many land dispute cases take as many as 10 to 15 years to be resolved by the courts as the judges keep posponing and posponing thus making people to keep paying and paying lawyers and court officials why are many many case of land disputes taking so long to resolve please try to finish these long standing cases as qiuckly as possible some cases are simple ones which can be easily solved.

    munasinghe Monday, 27 August 2012 09:20 AM

    arrested right at the spot of the crime, red handed and yet took 4 and half years to sentence him. Miracle of Asia, truly.

    silva Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:15 AM

    Will he be pardoned , and later released ?

    Rom Monday, 27 August 2012 10:31 AM

    Well if the SL judicial system works without any hinderonce of the politicians this would have been done and dusted!!!!
    I have a personal experionce, My cousin was killed in 1988 and the perpitraiters were sentence only last month!!!, The verdict a mere 18 months sentence for a LIFE taken!!!!!

    Nesan Monday, 27 August 2012 10:46 AM

    Is he the scapegoat or the real killer? Only god knows.

    buffaloa citizen Monday, 27 August 2012 11:21 AM

    In Sri Lanka this translates to the god king. This is exactly what the ex-AG Mohan Peiris also stated in courts...because god king certainly knows.

    Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 28 August 2012 04:31 AM

    But why did he kill the MP?
    Personal dispute? Or any other?
    Truth must come out to the public.

    Lobo Monday, 27 August 2012 01:05 PM

    Our judiciary system is a joke which is not funny any more. If such a high profile case took so long we can just imagine how long ordinary cases will take. Is it any wonder people now resort to their own form of instant justice??

    Justin Keppetiyagama Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:01 AM

    Death sentence by Courts have been made a joke by JRJ Constitution, because it has to be approved by the Presidents but the Presidents have never appoved them. Not only that President can pardon them and appoint as a Justice of Peace
    Justin Keppetiyagama

    singing fish Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:54 AM

    He would have been used by some one to kill Maheswaran.The real truth should be revealed and the culprit who motivated to do so also be punished..

    Sumanasiri Monday, 27 August 2012 03:17 PM

    Wow, only four years for the verdict...must be a record for the Sri Lanka judicial system.

    Truth? Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:58 AM

    One information should be added here. The person killed is an LTTE member according to the records. But, the wife of the late Maheswaran Vijayakala once claimed in Parliament that his husband was killed by ......


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