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Sri Lanka to Offer Amnesty in lieu of Illegal Weapons

In a bid to curb spiralling crime, fuelled by the easy availability of arms, Sri Lanka plans to grant amnesty for a certain period to those who return illegal weapons to the government. The announcement follows two sensational murders – of dreaded underworld don Dhammika Amarasinghe on January 9, and four days later of an underworld suspect who was to be questioned on the don’s murder. The killings came on the heels of police reports that the number of murders in the island nation had gone up from 1,282 in year 2002 to 1,387 in year 2003 and bank robberies had doubled from 21 to 43. The sensational murders forced President Kumaratunga to direct the Interior Ministry to grant amnesty to those who return unauthorized weapons and also provide incentives to informers. Full Story

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