Outrage as Sri Lanka pardons Swedish teen’s killer

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Mr Sirisena said Yvonne Jonsson’s execute had been an “act of impatience”

Sri Lanka’s outgoing president has precipitated outrage by pardoning a loss of life row prisoner who murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005.

Jude Jayamaha, from a neatly off, high-profile family, walked free from reformatory following President Maithripala Sirisena’s extremely irregular resolution.

The sufferer’s sister, Caroline Jonsson, said the killer had shown no feel sorry about. Sri Lankans criticised the trot online.

Mr Sirisena is no longer standing in next Saturday’s presidential election.

He failed to fetch enhance from his maintain occasion to contest the poll.

President Sirisena announced final month he used to be brooding about a demand to grant Jayamaha a pardon, asserting he had behaved neatly in reformatory and had been jailed ancient 19 “over an incident of impatience”.

Victim Yvonne Jonsson, a dual nationwide whose mother used to be Sri Lankan, used to be overwhelmed to loss of life in the stairwell of the home block where her family used to be dwelling in the capital Colombo in 2005 after an earlier argument with Jayamaha.

Right through the trial, the court heard that her cranium had been fractured into 64 items.

Jayamaha used to be before every little thing given 12 years in reformatory. His subsequent allure against his reformatory term used to be rejected and he used to be sentenced to loss of life as an quite a whole lot of, a sentence upheld by the Supreme Court docket in 2014.

Closing month Yvonne Jonsson’s sister Caroline said the family had been distressed to be taught that Mr Sirisena used to be brooding about a pardon.

“Now we dangle worked no longer easy to rebuild our lives and right here we are, going into 15 years, tranquil combating for justice,” she wrote in a Facebook put up.

“Unfortunately, we now need to put together ourselves for the worst imaginable , the pardon of my sister’s murderer.”

She brushed off Mr Sirisena’s characterisation of her sister’s execute, asserting it used to be a premeditated act and he had waited for her originate air the family’s home earlier than attacking her.

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

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