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SRI LANKA: 18 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN US TEA FIRM CASE

November 25, 2016: A court in Sri Lanka has given death sentences to 18 men over murdering a US tea company executive in the capital Colombo three years ago, the largest group to be condemned in a single trial in the South Asian country.
The High Court of Sri Lanka on November 25 found the men, who were members of a criminal gang, guilty of hacking and beating Nihal Perera to death, in Deraniyagala, a township on the outskirts of the capital, in July 2013.
The 71-year-old victim, a Sri Lankan national, was the superintendent of the Noori Estate tea plantation run by Texas-based firm Walters Bay, and his tragic death caused a massive public outcry against the police at the time. The protesters accused the police of incapability to deal with criminal gangs allegedly led by members of the country’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party.
Twenty-one men were arrested at the time on homicide charges and trial commenced in February 2015, with around 20 witnesses giving testimonies. On Friday, however, three of the suspects were acquitted.
“Among the men condemned today is a politician (from Rajapaksa's party) who headed a local government council in the area,” AFP quoted an unnamed court official as saying, adding that the "victim had been hacked to death because he stood up to the criminal activities of the gang.”
The accused were also found guilty of inflicting grievous hurt upon three employees of the tea firm at the time. (Sources: presstv.ir, 25/11/2016)

SAUDI ARABIA: THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH, ONE TO JAIL
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO YEMENI NATIONALS EXECUTED FOR KILLING SAUDI MAN
BELARUS: THREE EXECUTIONS FEARED IN AS MANY WEEKS AMID ‘SUDDEN AND SHAMEFUL PURGE’ OF DEATH ROW
SUDAN: ARMY OFFICER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE IN SOUTH DARFUR
MALDIVES: HIGH COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE ON TWO MINORS OVER BOBBY’S MURDER
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BELARUS: ANOTHER CONVICT EXECUTED – HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
NIGERIA: LAGOS ASSEMBLY APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
USA: JUDGE GRANTS DYLANN ROOF'S REQUEST TO REPRESENT HIMSELF IN FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY TRIAL
GAZA: DEATH SENTENCE VERDICT UPHELD FOR PALESTINIAN CONVICTED OF KILLING CHILD
IRAN: ANOTHER JUVENILE OFFENDER SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN: MAN HANGED ON DRUG CHARGES, TWO EXECUTED FOR MURDER
IRAN: SUPREME COURT CANCELS BILLIONAIRE’S DEATH SENTENCE
PAKISTAN: TWO MURDER CONVICTS HANDED DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: FIVE HANGED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
PAKISTAN: MURDER OF THREE HANGED TO DEATH
NIGERIA: KANO PRESCRIBES DEATH PENALTY FOR CULPRITS
IRAN: FOUR HANGED IN PUBLIC
PAKISTAN: DEATH SENTENCES FOR KILLERS OF CHRISTIAN COUPLE
PAKISTAN: COAS CONFIRMS DEATH SENTENCE OF ANOTHER 10 HARDCORE TERRORISTS
ANTIGUA: TWO MURDER CONVICTS RELEASED
BANGLADESH: TWO TO WALK GALLOWS FOR DOUBLE MURDER
NIGERIA: TRADITIONAL RULER’S SON, TWO SIBLINGS SENTENCED TO DEATH
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