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GANDHI KILLERS’ MERCY PLEA REJECTED

Aug 11, 2011 6:17:36 AM - itnnews.lk

President Pratibha Patil has rejected the clemency petitions of three killers of Rajiv Gandhi whose death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2000.

The apex court had sentenced members of the banned LTTE, Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini to death in 1999 for the assassination of the former Prime Minister in Sriperumbudur on May 21st, 1991.

A Rasthrapati Bhavan spokesperson said President Patil has turned down the clemency petitions of all three accused.
The apex court had confirmed the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan while commuting Nalini’s sentence to life imprisonment.

The trio, charged with criminal conspiracy and execution of the suicide attack plot, had filed a mercy petition before the President after the confirmation of the sentence by the apex court.