Jun 21, 2018

General Amnesty for Gnanasara Thera!

Discussions are underway between the President and the Chief Prelates regarding a general amnesty for Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who is currently in remand custody, said Cabinet Co-Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

The minister said he had not received any news on whether the verdict would be appealed or a pardon would be given.

He noted that the Thera had been imprisoned under the Prisons Ordinance and if an alternative action is to be taken the Ordinance would have to be amended.

The minister said that the prison jumper is a standard attire when imprisoned irrespective of who the convict is and the same law applies to the 18 monks and priests currently serving prison sentences. Even Somarama Thera who assassinated Bandaranaike had to wear the same jumper while serving his prison sentence.

The minister said this in response to queries raised by journalists at the weekly Cabinet press briefing yesterday (20).

However, according to Dilantha Withanage of the BBS, Gnanasara Thera would not appeal for a general amnesty.


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