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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 22, 2004

Sri Lanka Reactivates the Death Penalty After High Court Judge's Murder

On November 20, a day after Sri Lankan High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya and his police body guard were shot and killed outside the judge's Colombo home, Sri Lanka reactivated the death penalty for rape, murder, and drug trafficking.  In his career as a High Court Judge, Ambepitiya ordered life sentences for many members of the organized underworld of crime in Sri Lanka, and a drug gang is suspected of murdering him.  Sri Lanka has not executed anyone since 1976.  More...   [Mark Godsey]

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