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Friday, 8 January 2016
Sri Lankan leader pardons man who attempted to kill him
Ex-Tamil rebel was found guilty of planning to assassinate Sirisena 10 years ago when rebels fought government forces.
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned a former Tamil rebel who attempted to assassinate him 10 years ago at a ceremony marking the government's first year in office on Friday.
Former rebel Sivaraja Jenivan was found guilty of targeting then cabinet minister Sirisena's convoy by planting a claymore mine on the roadside in 2005 in Polonnaruwa, 180km northeast of the capital, Colombo.
Jenivan, a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - under the alias Mohommadu Sulthan Cader Mohideen - was sentenced to a 10-year jail term last year after a lengthy trial.
"The president has released him using his executive powers," a senior official of the presidential office told DPA news agency.