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Family of murdered Sri Lanka editor seeks justice

AFP  |  Colombo 

The family of a murdered in criticised the for failing to bring his killers to justice as they marked the ninth anniversary of his death today.

Lasantha Wickrematunga, a of the former administration, was stabbed days before he was due to testify in a corruption case involving the then

The killing sparked an international outcry and shone a light on human rights violations in under former Mahinda Rajapakse, Gotabhaya's brother.

promised to bring the perpetrators to justice when he came to power in 2015 after ousting Rajapakse, but no one has yet been prosecuted.

In a statement, Wickrematunga's brother accused the of using the case as a without ensuring justice was done.

"What about bringing the perpetrators to book," he said, adding there was a "sense of hopelessness" over the government's handling of the case.

"Justice needs to be done not as a favour. Justice needs to be done to prevent repetition."

Wickrematunga had accused the former of taking kickbacks in arms procurements, including the purchase of second-hand MiG jet fighters.

has been accused of giving orders to a shadowy military outfit allegedly involved in murdering journalists and political dissidents during Sri Lanka's long- running civil war, an allegation he denies.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 13:10 IST