Sri Lanka sentences five Chinese to death

Last Updated: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:57

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s High Court on Saturday handed five Chinese nationals the death penalty for murdering a compatriot at a restaurant near the capital over eight years ago, a court official said.

A Chinese woman and two Chinese men were in court today to
hear the sentence while judges issued a warrant for the other
two who have absconded, the official said.

The five, whose names were not immediately released, were
charged with killing a fellow Chinese restaurant employee in
January 2003 and dismembering his body and disposing it in two
plastic bags.

Among those convicted was the Chinese woman who owned the
restaurant in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala.

Sri Lankan courts pass the death sentence for serious
crime, but the death penalty is usually commuted a life in
prison. The Chinese nationals have the right to appeal to a
higher court.


First Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 11:57
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