The Commission mandated to hear the 1971 rebellion case delivers sentences against the JVP insurgents.
Timeline of events under "1971 insurrection" issue
Rohana Wijeweera, the leader of the JVP, is charged with "conspiracy to overthrow the lawfully elected government and waging war against it". He delivers his defence speech before the Criminal Justice Commission.
The Attorney General frames charges on four counts including "conspiracy to overthrow the lawfully elected government and waging war against it" against 41 suspects in the case of the JVP insurgency; 40 are actually charged.
The Criminal Justice Commission of five judges of the Supreme Court is appointed to try those involved in the insurrection of April 1971.
An armed insurrection breaks out in the south led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The government later quells the rebellion with international assistance, killing thousands of insurgents.
The JVP holds its largest public meeting in Hyde Park, Colombo. Rohana Wijeweera is the main speaker.