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A police officer prepares to exhume the body of Lasantha Wickrematunge at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka

By: Eastern Eye Staff

SRI Lankan police on September 27 exhumed the body of a senior journalist who had predicted just days before his murder in 2009 that he would be killed by the government, marking the latest development in a series of probes into former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration. Lasantha Wickrematunga, an outspoken editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, often clashed with politicians. Rajapaksa’s brother, then defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had sued it for defamation over stories criticizing the country’s civil war and alleging procurement graft. In his last editorial just before the murder, Wickrematunga had written that he had reason to believe…

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