Lanka announces charges over 2012 prison massacre

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s chief prosecutor on Friday announced charges against a top prison officer and an elite commando for the killing of 27 inmates in a notorious rights case. Attorney General Dappula de Livera said he wanted a special fast track trial for Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage and police commando Moses Rangajeewa over the execution-style killings in November 2012. A third suspect who was a member of a prison intelligence unit was on the run, Dappula de Livera said. Commandos were used to put down a riot at the Welika jail in Colombo and disarm inmates who had taken weapons from the armoury. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonAccording to Dappula de Livera’s account, eight prisoners were called out by name and killed execution-style. Weapons were later introduced to make it look like the victims had tried to fire at jail guards, according to court documents made available to AFP. The documents did not mention any command responsibility for the deaths. Media reports have said the killings were ordered by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.last_img read more