Puttalam court issues death sentence

The Puttalam High Court issued the death sentence on a suspect arrested in 2007 for having heroin in his possession.

P. Mohomad Jauffer was found guilty today for having heroin in his possession when a vehicle was stopped at a police check point in Nagaviluwa, Puttalam in 2007.

Puttalam High Court judge S.B Arafat Kassim issued the death sentence when the case was taken up for hearing today.

The first accused in the case, K. Selvaratnam, was released by the court while another suspect, Salam Azwar, is believed to have fled to India.

High Court judge S.B Arafat Kassim issued an arrest warrant for Azwar and instructed the police to present the warrant to the police in India.

Heroin weighing some 899.5 grams was found in the vehicle at the time it was checked but the suspect had managed to flee.

Following investigations, the police identified the three suspects and arrested two of them as the other man had fled the country.