Apr 05, 2019

Wele Suda’s death sentence confirmed

The Court of Appeal today, rejected the appeal filed by Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ over the death sentence imposed against him by the Colombo High Court for the possession of heroin.

The appeal was taken up before a Bench consisting of Justices Deepali Wijesundara and Achala Wengappuli.

Wele Suda was awarded capital punishment in 2015 over possession of 7.05 g of heroin in the Mount Lavinia area in 2008.

However, Wele Suda appealed against the verdict stating that the manner in which the High Court had imposed the sentence on him was against the law and sought an order acquitting him from the charges.

However, after a long drawn trial the Appeals Court rejected his appeal.

The petition filed against him stated that in 2012, indictment was filed against Wele Suda in the Colombo High Court by the Attorney General for the possession of 7.05 grams of heroin in the Dehiwala area.

After a lengthy trial the Colombo High Court found him guilty of the charge and imposed the death sentence.

President’s Counsel Anura Maddegoda represented Wele Suda.