Latest Issue

Death in Sri Lanka, and the man who wrote his own obituary

By Anonymous  


The motorbikes weaved in and out of the traffic to surround the dark blue sedan making its fitful way through Colombo’s rush-hour traffic. One rider drew up alongside the right-hand side of the sedan, reached across and smashed the car’s window with the butt of his revolver, He then fired two rapid shots into the head and body of Lasantha Wickrematunge—who would die within hours at one of Colombo’s clean, well-equipped hospitals.

Summary executions, assassinations and torture are an increasing part of daily life in…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect