Third accused in Welikada Prison massacre acquitted

The third accused in the Welikada Prison massacre, Imaduwage Indika Sampath, was today ordered by the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar to be acquitted and released from the indictments.

Indika Sampath was attached to the Welikada Prison Intelligence Unit when the massacre took place.

When the indictments were served Sampath had been absconding and was believed to be residing in the United Kingdom.

The other two main accused in the case are Police Inspector Moses Neomal Rangajeewa formerly of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) and former Welikada Prison Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewage.

The Attorney General had served indictments on them in July last year. The 2012 Welikada prison riot left 27 inmates dead. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The three-member committee that conducted an inquiry on the 2012 Welikada prison massacre concluded that it was premeditates and the then Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered the Police Special Task force in although the prison officials had said it wasn’t necessary and themselves could handle the situation.
    Why has both the previous governments essentially spared those ultimately responsible for these murders and the subsequent staging of the crime scene so as to place blame on the dead prisoners?

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