Appeal filed against Duminda Silva’s death penalty dismissed

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An appeal filed against the death penalty imposed on former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.

Duminda Silva and two others, who were sentenced to death, had appealed against the sentence.

The Supreme Court however dismissed the appeal today.

Duminda Silva was found guilty in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case and was sentenced to death.

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, a former Presidential advisor, and his bodyguards were murdered in October 2011 ahead of elections held at the time.

Duminda Silva was also injured in the incident and he sought treatment overseas but he was accused of being involved in the killing.

The convicts in the case will serve life in prison as the death sentence is not implemented in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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