Daughter says Sri Lankan PM failed slain journalist father
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The daughter of a leading journalist killed during the rule of Sri Lanka’s former strongman has accused the current prime minister of not doing enough to prosecute the strongman’s brother for alleged involvement in her father’s killing. He is now the opposition’s presidential candidate.
Ahimsa Wickrematunge, daughter of Lasantha Wickrematunge, wrote to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday accusing him of using her father’s name to seek votes and not keeping his promise to achieve justice.
Lasantha Wickrematunga, editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, was killed in 2009. His daughter filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court seeking damages from Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a top defense official in his brother’s government for alleged involvement in the murder.
There was no immediate reaction from the prime minister’s office.