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* Sri Lanka Supreme Court upholds death sentence ruling for Angulana double murder convicts
Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 01:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty ruling of a lower court given to the former police officers convicted of killing two youths in 2009.

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane today dismissed the appeal filed by the four convicts and reaffirmed the death sentence given by the Colombo High Court.

The former Officer-in-Charge of Angulana police station Inspector T.D. Newton, Police Sergeant Indrawansa Kumarasiri, Police Constables Nihal Jayarathna and Janapriya Senarathna were convicted of the murders of Dinesh Tharanga and Dhanushka Udayanga while they were in police custody.

The convicted police officers have arrested the two youth over a minor offense on the night of August 12, 2009. Their bullet ridden bodies were found on the rail tracks at Angulana in Moratuwa following day.

Three-judge panel of Colombo High Court convicted and passed the death sentence on the four ex-police officers on August 25, 2011.

The killing of the two youth in Angulana, a town along the Southern coastal line of Sri Lanka resulted in a severe public outrage against the police. While reaffirming the death sentence the Supreme Court bench also ordered a letter to be sent to the Inspector General of Police commending the work of the inquiring officer, ASP Shani Abeysekera.

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