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Sri Lankan govt pledges justice for Lasantha by Jan 2017

The Sri Lankan government pledged that the killers of the murdered Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge would be brought to justice by next January.

"I assure that we will carry out the investigations and bring justice for Wickrematunge before next January," the Sri Lankan minister Ravi Karunanayake was quoted by UCA News as saying on the 7th anniversary of his death on January 8th, 2009.

The new government's failure to bring the perpetrators to account has been criticised by the former editor's wife, who said, "The police have taken such a long time with this investigation. We're wondering if somebody is dragging their feet or putting some restrictions on the investigations."

"Journalists are the watch dog of a democratic country and it seems the government is reluctant to take action against the culprits," an Anglican priest, Rev Marimuthu Shakthivel further said.

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