The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has condemned the decision to release a soldier sentenced to death in June 2015 for the murder of eight Tamil civilians in 2000 in Mirusuvil.
The TNA said that they condemn the opportunistic action of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa under guise of dealing with the issue of prisoners at a time like this.
“This is one case in which a person was actually convicted. Other cases weren’t even prosecuted or were acquitted,” the TNA said.
Former Army Staff sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was reportedly granted a Presidential pardon by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.
The killing of eight Tamil civilians was termed as the ‘Mirusuvil massacre’ after it was reported that the civilians were killed by troops during the war.
The Colombo High Court sentenced the soldier to death after he was found guilty over the murders. Four others were acquitted over the case.
The High Court found the first accused, former Staff Sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake of the army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) guilty of 17 counts including unlawful assembly with common intention to cause injury and murder of eight persons. (Colombo Gazette)