Outrage as Sri Lanka president pardons Swedish teen’s killer

President Maithripala SirisenaPicture copyright
AFP

Picture caption

Mr Sirisena stated Yvonne Jonsson’s homicide had been an “act of impatience”


Sri Lanka’s outgoing president has induced outrage by pardoning a dying row prisoner who murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005.

Jude Jayamaha, from a rich, high-profile household, walked free from jail following President Maithripala Sirisena’s extremely uncommon choice.


The sufferer’s sister, Caroline Jonsson, stated the killer had proven no regret. Sri Lankans criticised the transfer on-line.

Mr Sirisena will not be standing in subsequent Saturday’s presidential election.

He didn’t get assist from his personal occasion to contest the ballot.

Controversial defence chief of Sri Lanka’s conflict eyes energy

President Sirisena introduced final month he was contemplating a request to grant Jayamaha a pardon, saying he had behaved effectively in jail and had been jailed aged 19 “over an incident of impatience”.

Skip Twitter publish by @AzzamAmeen

President Sirisena in his ultimate week within the workplace has granted a Presidential Pardon to Shramantha Jayamaha imprisoned for murdering a 19 12 months previous lady at Royal Park condo in 2005. The court docket imposed the dying sentence on Shramantha in 2012. pic.twitter.com/4hww9hrvL1

— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) November 9, 2019

Finish of Twitter publish by @AzzamAmeen

Sufferer Yvonne Jonsson, who was on vacation in Sri Lanka, was overwhelmed to dying at an condo within the capital Colombo in 2005 after an argument with Jayamaha.

In the course of the trial, the court docket heard that her cranium had been fractured into 64 items.

Jayamaha was initially given 12 years in jail. His subsequent attraction towards his jail time period was rejected and he was sentenced to dying as an alternative, a sentence upheld by the Supreme Courtroom in 2014.

Final month Yvonne Jonsson’s sister Caroline stated the household had been distressed to study that Mr Sirisena was contemplating a pardon.

“We have labored arduous to rebuild our lives and right here we’re, going into 15 years, nonetheless combating for justice,” she wrote in a Fb publish.

“Sadly, we now have to arrange ourselves for the worst doable end result, the pardon of my sister’s assassin.”

She dismissed Mr Sirisena’s characterisation of her sister’s homicide, saying it was a premeditated act and he had waited for her outdoors the household’s condo earlier than attacking her.

Many Sri Lankans took to social media to sentence the pardon.