Leading SLPP candidate in Ratnapura sentenced to death for murdering UNP supporter

DEATH SENTENCE – SLPP candidate in Ratnapura Premalal Jayasekara sentenced to death for 2015 murder

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ratnapura High Court has sentenced a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Candidate Premalal Jayasekara to death for the murder of United National Party supporter Shantha Dodangoda during the 2015 Presidential Campaign.

Jayasekara, a former Member of Parliament was on bail which was granted in 2016.

The death sentence was imposed on Jayasekara and two others for shooting at a group of UNP supporters decorating a venue for an event in support of then Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.

Jayasekara, also known as Choka Malli, is contesting the current General elections under the SLPP from the Ratnapura District.

He is the leading candidate for the SLPP from the district.

He was the former Deputy Minister for Power and Energy and before that Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development.

A former Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, Jayasekara was an MP in the recently dissolved Parliament.

He has been in Parliament since 2001, and is 47-years old.

In the shooting incident Shantha Dodangoda, also known as Dodangodage Susil Perera, was killed and two others were seriously injured.

The injured were K. Karunadasa Weerasinghe and M. Ilshan.

Civil Society groups including the eminent Friday Forum had castigated the SLPP for nominating Jayasekara.

“The fact that a person accused of a serious crime is on bail does not make him eligible for nomination,” the Forum wrote in a media statement released earlier this week.

(Colombo, July 31, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana