UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (Front) addresses the General Debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Qin Lang/IANS)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that all suspects involved in the Easter Sunday terror explosions have been arrested
He said the arrests were made, following extensive investigations and search operations carried out by security forces and that the suspects might receive the death penalty as there was clear evidence against them, local media reported on Wednesday.
Speaking at a function in Malabe on the outskirts of Colombo, Mr Sirisena said that according to the country’s criminal law, the death sentence could be given to those found guilty of murder and conspiring against the state.
He said all suspects involved in the Easter Sunday attacks should be given death sentence, noting that over 250 people were killed in the incident.
NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA – APRIL 21: Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. At least 207 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after multiple explosions rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday mass. According to reports, at least 400 people were injured and are undergoing treatment as the blasts took place at churches in Colombo city as well as neighboring towns and hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand, during the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended a decade ago. Christians worldwide celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day on which Jesus Christ is believed to have risen from the dead. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)