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Sri Lankan Soldier Sentenced to Death for Tamil Murders

A Sri Lankan army officer was sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering eight Tamil civilians, including four children, in a verdict officials said showed the state was dealing with crimes committed during its 26-year civil war. Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake detained the four Tamil adults, three teenagers and one five-year-old in 2000, then cut their throats and buried them in a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the Colombo High Court heard. "Finally, after a long...

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