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Sri Lankan prison official arrested over Welikada inmate massacre

A prison officer has been arrested in connection with the bloodbath at the Welikada high security prison in 2012. Pictured are Sri Lankan prisoners on a roof during the riots (Photo by: Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

SRI LANKAN police Thursday (29) arrested a top prison official over a massacre of 27 inmates that became an icon of grave rights abuses under former president Mahinda Rajapakse. Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage was arrested in connection with the November 2012 bloodbath at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo, police said. A police inspector was arrested on Wednesday for involvement in the killings at Welikada which happened when Lamahewage was the prison superintendent. The arrests followed a reopening of the case in July last year following media reports that the killings were ordered by senior members of the former regime.…

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