Lanka court jails Tamil for 30 years for 1999 attack on ex-president Kumaratunga

October 28th, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Colombo, Oct. 28 (ANI): A court in Sri Lanka has sentenced a Tamil man to 30 years in prison for his role in attempting to assassinate former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Satyavel Thilangeswaran, 29, was a Tamil Tiger who smuggled in explosives used in the attack, the BBC quoted the judge, as saying.

Twenty-eight people were killed and 80 injured in the blast at an election rally in Colombo on December 18, 1999. Kumaratunga was blinded in one eye.

Thilangeswaran pleaded guilty to the charges. Three others are on trial. (ANI)

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