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Janaka Perera killing: 2nd accused pleads guilty

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The second of the two accused, indicted by the Anuradhapura High Court on charges of assassinating Major General Janaka Perera and 29 others in a suicide bombing, pleaded guilty to the charge before North-Western Provincial High Court Judge Sunanda Kumara Ratnayaka.

This case was taken up for hearing today in the Anuradhapura High Court. The second accused Shanmuganadan Sudaharan is a resident of Chenkalady in Batticaloa and an ex-colonel of LTTE. He was remanded till September 5.

After the indictment was read out to the second accused, his lawyer A.K. Chandrakanthan said his client had willingly made his confession in the presence of the then Anuradhapura Chief Magistrate Darshika Wimalasiri.

The lawyer said his client confirmed that the confession which was read out was the one made by him and requested the court to transfer him to another prison because of the threats he would be subjected to from the other terrorist suspects in the Anuradhapura Prison.

The Judge directed the Prison Superintendent to transfer the accused to Welikada Prison and with the confession made by the accused being accepted by Court, Magistrate Darshika Wimalasiri ordered that the witness be released.

The Attorney General had named Magistrate Darshika Wimalasiri as a witness in this case because the second accused had made the confession in her presence when she was Anuradhapura Chief Magistrate.

The two accused were indicted in the Anuradhapura Court on 48 charges. Of the nine suspects arrested earlier seven were released by Court because of the lack of sufficient evidence. One hundred and fifty eight people were named as witnesses in this case.

Major General Perera and 28 others including senior lawyer A.C.S. Hameed, Attorney M. Anurdeen and Attorney Thanuja Rajapaksa were killed in a suicide bomb attack on October 6, 2008. (Upali Ananda)




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  • Phantom Friday, 22 August 2014 02:29 PM

    [quote name="deshpremi"]He should make a confession as to who gave the order, chain of command & to make sure any of the present tamil elite politicians had any knowledge of this plot & the workings of these tamil killer machines[/quote]
    Food for thought but why suspect only Tamil politicians? Remember, he was a presidential candidate!

    deshpremi Friday, 22 August 2014 11:13 AM

    He should make a confession as to who gave the order, chain of command & to make sure any of the present tamil elite politicians had any knowledge of this plot & the workings of these tamil killer machines

    mountain Friday, 22 August 2014 10:00 PM

    What about Karuna and pillayan at the time in Batticaloa who arranged bomb suit .. KP

    Mohan Friday, 22 August 2014 01:16 PM

    smart choice
    if he pleads not guilty he have stay in prison forever. with pleads guilty he couldbe free now or in few years


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