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    Sri Lanka to recommence probe on high-profile assassinations

    January 21, 2015

    Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it will reopen probes into unresolved high-profile assassinations, including that of two Tamil lawmakers, which took pace during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Cabinet spokesman and the Health minister Rajitha Senaratne briefing the media at the Govt Information Department  said that the newly-elected government of President Maithripala Sirisena will open up the murdes cases which took place during the previous regime.

     

    These include the murders of Nadaraja Raviraj, a Tamil MP from Jaffna, Joseph Pararajasingham, another Tamil MP from the eastern province, Lasantha Wickrematunga, the editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, a former minister.

     

    Raviraj and Pararajasingham were popular Tamil MPs from the main Tamil party, TNA. They were killed during the height of  military campaign which ended the LTTE's separatist campaign in 2009.

     

    Wickrematunga, the editor of the pro-opposition Sunday Leader was murdered after he ran a series of anti-Rajapaksa articles.

     

    The investigations on all these were stalled or abandoned without credible conclusions.

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