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Thilanga Sumathipala handed jail sentence

Thilanga Sumathipala, the former chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for breaking Sri Lanka's immigration laws

04-Apr-2007
Thilanga Sumathipala, the former chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for breaking Sri Lanka's immigration laws. He was granted bail on a cash bond of 10,000 rupees (100 US$).
Sumathipala was charged with taking Dhammika Amarasinghe, a Sri Lankan national, to England on forged travel documents to watch the 1999 World Cup, when Sumathipala was heading Sri Lanka Cricket. Amarasinghe was shot dead in a Colombo courtroom, where he was being prosecuted for a series of contract killings and attempted assassinations, in January 2004.
He was also fined 50,000 rupees (450 US$) by Colombo additional magistrate Ajith Anavaratne who read out the sentence for the case, which began in 2003. Sumathipala's lawyers said he would appeal the sentence.