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Soldier, associates sentenced to death for killing a Tamil priest

A Sri Lankan soldier and two of his associates have been sentenced to death for killing a Hindu Tamil priest.

On 11.04.2010, a Sri Lankan soldier and two of his associates entered the house of Sivananda Kurukkal in Sankanai, and after shooting him and his two sons, got away with jewels.

Sivananda Kurukkal died on the spot whilst his two sons were injured.

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Handing over a death sentence today on the convicts for murder, Jaffna High Court Judge M.Ilancheliyan also sentenced them to twenty years imprisonment for robbery and assault.