Sri Lankan authorities have dismissed charges against a former navy chief


Posted on 14 October 2021


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Sri Lankan authorities have dismissed charges against a former navy chief tied to 11 killings that received international outrage, including conspiracy to murder, the country's attorney general revealed Wednesday. The prosecution against Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was part of a larger probe into extrajudicial killings committed during Sri Lanka's 37-year ethnic conflict, which ended in 2009. The state will not prosecute charges against Karannagoda, who was first indicted in 2019. Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam told the Court of Appeal that the state will not pursue charges against him. A court official told AFP that Karannagoda, one of 14 persons accused of kidnapping wealthy families' teenage children in 2008 and 2009 and killing them after extorting money, will be released soon. Karannagoda was charged with four offenses, including murder conspiracy, which carries the death penalty.



Key Points


  • Sri Lankan authorities have dismissed charges against a former navy chief tied to 11 killings that received international outrage.

  • Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam told the Court of Appeal that the state will not pursue charges against him.

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