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Two former LTTE cadres sentenced over 2000 attack on SL air force plane

Two former LTTE cadres were sentenced to imprisonment for shooting down a Sri Lankan air force aircraft in the year 2000.

The North Central Provincial High Court judge handed out a sentence totalling 185 years each, with parole after 5 years ‘rigorous’ imprisonment, for the two former cadres, 41-year-old Rajathurai Jegan and 43-year-old Nallan Sivalingam.

Jegan and Sivalingam allegedly fired a missile at a Sri Lankan air force Antonov-32 aircraft over Anuradhapura, downing the plane and killing all 37 people onboard, including Sri Lankan air force personnel, navy personnel, police officers and the Russian pilot.

The two were arrested in 2012 in Kilinochchi.