The Sunday Leader

Eight Years On: Seeking Justice For Lasantha

Eight years have elapsed since the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge was murdered but justice is yet to be served.

Family, friends, former colleagues and others, including those from political and diplomatic circles, will gather at Borella Kanatte at 9 a.m. today to mark the anniversary and remember Lasantha.

Assassinated on January 8, 2009, Lasantha was one of Sri Lanka’s leading journalists and an outspoken critic of the Rajapaksa government. He was attacked as he drove to work and later died of his injuries. The brazen attack was carried out by gunmen on motorcycles in the middle of morning rush-hour traffic.

3 Comments for “Eight Years On: Seeking Justice For Lasantha”

  1. punchinilame

    The Inquiry is governed by current Politics -. The details being processed slowly
    from the bottom only. A wider process with other Units handling some aspects, it could get to the top end too, specially with a DIG under arrest. Any other murder inquiry usually takes place with diversified directions..
    Justice delayed is justice denied.

  2. Sylvia Haik

    I remember the incident very well as I was holidaying with a friend in a house at bottom of Templars Road, Mount Lavinia at the time. I even managed to speak to some witnesses who told me the person who shot Lasantha was in the pillion of a motorcycle and were wearing fatigues. After the shooting, they were seen to return to the Army Barracks nearby. It is astounding that the police apparently failed to garner any witness statements and had missed all the clues.

  3. Naga

    The lone crusader for justice was inhumanly done to death. Hell awaits them and there seems to be foot-dragging in meting out justice.

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