Former police chief and defense secretary shall be punished with death penalty for homicide

Pujith Jayasundara and Hemasiri Fernando

Attorney General of Sri Lanka Dappula de Livera has ordered police to arrest the former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando and former Inspector General of Police Pujith Wijesundara for committing homicide, hurt, grievous hurt, negligence and mischief in connection with the series of attacks carried out by an Islam extremist group on 21 April 2019.

Based on the investigations carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department and the interim report of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, the Attorney General has directed police to take legal action against the two officials under the articles 296, 298, 327, 328, 329 and 410 of the Penal Code.

Article 296 is related to homicide that shall be punished by the death penalty.

Article 298 is related to causing death by negligence and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both.

Article 327 punishes for acting rashly or negligently thereby endangering human life or the personal safety of the others. This offence shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with a fine of Rs. 100, or with both.

Article 328 is related to causing harm by acting rashly or negligently whereas the offender shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with a fine of Rs. 100, or with both.

Under article 329 punishes for causing grievous hurt and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with a fine of Rs. 1000, or with both.

Article 410 is related to committing mischief and thereby causing loss or damage to the amount of Rs. 50 minimum. The offender shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with a fine, or with both.

258 people died whereas over 500 persons sustained non-fatal injuries from the Easter Sunday attacks. Officials under the Minister of Defense, President Maithripala Sirisena are accused of inaction despite of receiving accurate information on the designs of the terrorists.

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