Sri Lanka’s new gov’t to investigate high-profile killings

Sri Lanka’s new government will re-investigate high-profile assassinations including those of a newspaper editor and politicians that were alleged to have had state backing during the previous administration, a minister said Wednesday. The killings of Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, Tamil lawmakers Joseph Pararajasingham and Nadaraja Raviraj, and then-Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle will be re-examined, Cabinet Minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters. “We have got all the information and arrests will be made. We know how it was done and who are responsible,” Senaratne said. The lawmakers were critics of then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s conduct in the military campaign against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.



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