Aug 30, 2018

Gnanasara Thera back to prison today Featured

Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, who is serving a prison term, is expected to be sent back to prison from hospital today (30), say hospital sources.

He has undergone a surgery at Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital.

The court of appeal will consider tomorrow an appeal filed on behalf of him, against the 19 year prison term, to be served in six years, handed to him after being found guilty to a contempt of court charge.

President’s counsel Rienzie Arsekularatne, who appears on behalf of the Thera, said they would raise three matters of contention with regard to the verdict.

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Meanwhile, co-cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says granting a presidential pardon for Gnanasara Thera would be discussed soon.

According to the law, some time should elapse to consider a pardon, he said.

Speaking to the media yesterday (29), he said the cabinet that met on the previous day did not talk about the matter.