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Dehiwala bomb blast: 3 suspects sentenced

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The three accused who pleaded guilty to the charge of having conspired to explode a bomb on the South-bound train at the Dehiwala Railway Station on July 27, 1996 killing 64 people were today sentenced by the Colombo High Court.

Two of the accused were sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment while the third was sentenced to five years RI. When the case was taken up for trial before Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe Counsel G. Jeyakumar and Lakshman Perera appearing for the three accused informed court that the accused Robert Maxillan, Saveri Muttu Loganathan and Thirumagal alias Ramani would plead guilty to the charges of conspiring, aiding and abetting to cause the loss of life and irreparable damage to the Sri Lanka Railway by blasting a bomb.

The counsel while pleading guilty submitted that their clients had been in remand prison for more than 16 years since 1996 and requested Court to lessen their punishment.

Accused Sinnappu Suharajah and Suppiah Sudarshanan pleaded not guilty to the charges and the their trial was fixed for September 11. The accused were indicted on 1708 charges but later reduced to two charges. (TFT)

  Comments - 4

  • Minan Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:39 AM

    This is the time Sri Lankan government should implement capital punishment for murderers. The sentence given to these criminals not enough.

    tarzan Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:12 AM

    the mastermind as chief minister of North and other such ranks promoted as ministers,

    Deepal Perera Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:21 AM

    Killing 64 people? Should deliver Capital Punishment without mercy if proved guilty (or accept plea). Plea bargain is a duty of lawyer but should consider the gravity of offence. Served 16 years in prison is bonus to them, they (culprit-after guilty in a fair trial through beyond reasonable doubt) should thanks to Sri Lankan Legal Systems to allow them to stay in prison. Conspiracy, aiding and abetting are gaining same result in Murder. Do fair to innocent 64 family members.

    DAW Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:34 AM

    These is crazy. I am sure more than 64 would have died in that bomb blast. Deepal I agree with you, after 10-15 years they will come out of prison. then what happens to victims like us who have no future.

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