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Tamil cancer patient acquitted after 14 years in prison

A Tamil man who has been imprisoned for 14 years over a reported assassination attempt on Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2006, has now been acquitted of all charges. 

Chandrabose Selvachandran had been jailed by Sri Lankan authorities, after being held on suspicion of the attack. Selvachandran is currently suffering from cancer and was receiving treatment whilst imprisoned.

The only evidence against him was a reported confession, that had already been rejected in the voir dire inquiry. There was no other evidence of his involvement.

Selvachandran is the fourth accused in the trial. Last year, a Tamil Hindu priest Ayer Sri Skandaraja Sharma after nearly 12 years on remand.

See more from the Daily Mirror here and The Island here.