Feb 04, 2019

No presidential pardon for Gnanasara Thera! Featured

Imprisoned Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera is not among the 518 prisoners who are to be given a presidential pardon in view of 71st National Day, according to prisons spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya.

Originally, 545 inmates were to be pardoned, but 27 of them would be sent behind bars again over legal proceedings against them.

The 514 men and four women to be released had been imprisoned over minor offences, said Upuldeniya.

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Ghanasara 14 06 18There had been talk that Gnanasara Thera and former MP Duminda Silva would be in the list of prisoners to be pardoned on National Day.

However, wife of missing journalist Sandya Ekneligoda, Lawyers for Democracy and Prof. Maithri Wickremesinghe, wife of the prime minister, had urged against pardoning the Thera.

MP Hirunika Premachandra had opposed a pardon for Silva.