Vidya murder case – Appeal by seven accused – Will the new President save them?

The appeal petition filed by the seven accused who were sentenced to death for the murder and gang rape of Sivaloganathan Vidya was yesterday fixed support by the Supreme Court.

Seven accused including Mahalingam Shashikumar alias Swiss Kumar, were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Sivaloganathan Vidya of Punguduthivu in 2015 by the Jaffna High Court Trial-at-Bar on September 27.

The Supreme Court three-judge-bench headed by Justice Preethi Padman Suraena fixed the appeal for support on May 19.Through their appeal, the seven accused stated that they were seeking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to review and set aside their conviction and the death sentence imposed by the High Court.

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