Former MP Premalal Jayasekara sentenced to death

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SLPP candidate and former MP Premalal Jayasekara and two others have been sentenced to death over the fatal shooting incident in Kahawatte during the Presidential Election in 2015.

The verdict in the case was delivered today (July 31) by the Ratnapura High Court, Our reporter said.

The shooting took place on the morning of January 05, 2015 and resulted in the death of a political supporter who was decorating an election stage of then Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Kahawatta.

Former Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekara was arrested on January 10 over the election-related shooting incident while he was released on bail on December 07, 2015.

Provincial Councilor Nilantha Jayakody and Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Vajira Darshana had also been arrested over the shooting.

Jayasekara, also known as ‘Choka Malli’, is contesting the coming parliamentary election from the Ratnapura District under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).