Lasantha’s 11th death anniversary to be marked with graveside service

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  • To be held tomorrow at Borella Kanatte at 9.00 a.m. 

The 11th anniversary of the assassination of The Sunday Leader founder and Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, which falls on 8 January, will be marked with a service at his graveside tomorrow.

Family, friends, former colleagues and others, including those from political, diplomatic and media circles, will gather at Borella Kanatte at 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday to mark the anniversary and remember Wickrematunge.

Assassinated on 8 January 2009, Wickrem-atunge was one of Sri Lanka’s leading journalists and an outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan Government. He was attacked as he drove to work and later died of his injuries. The brazen attack was carried out by gunmen on motorcycles in the middle of morning rush hour traffic. Although successive Sri Lankan Governments have called for an investigation into Wickrematunge’s murder, these requests have yielded no tangible results thus far and his killers still roam free 11 years later.