Memorial service held to mark 13 years since Lasantha’s assassination

A memorial service was held today (8) to mark the 13th anniversary of the assassination of The Sunday Leader founder Editor-in Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The service was held at the slain Editor’s graveside at Borella Kanatte at 9 a.m., with family, friends, former colleagues and others gathering to mark the anniversary and remember Wickrematunge.

Assassinated on 8 January 2009, Wickrematungewas one of Sri Lanka’s leading journalists and an outspoken critic of the then Rajapaksa Government. He was attacked as he drove to work and later died of his injuries. The brazen attack was carried out by two gunmen on motorcycles in the middle of morning-rush-hour traffic.

The investigation into Wickrematunge’s murder has yielded no tangible results thus far and his killers still roam free, 13 years later.

Pics by Lalith Perera