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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 - 12:43
Appeal filed against Ven. Gnanasara's guilty verdict
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An appeal has been filed by the lawyers of Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera against the guilty verdict delivered on the Thera for "Contempt of Court".
 
The Court of Appeal ordered them to make the oral submission on 29th of August.

Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was found guilty of “Contempt of Court” and was sentenced to 19 years Rigorous Imprisonment earlier today (Aug 08). 

The jail term would be ended in six years. 

The sentenced was announced by the President of the Court of Appeal, Preethi Padman Surasena. 

Justice Shiran Gunarathne was also a member of that bench. 

The court then ordered that the Thera who is being treated at the Sri Jayewaedenepura Hospital be transferred to the Prison Hospital immediately. 

A group of prisons officials have already on their way to the hospital to accompany the Thera. 

Ven. Gnanasara Thera was admitted to hospital last Monday, complaining of issues with his kidneys. 

The Hospital Director Dr. Susith Senarathna told our news team that the Thera is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday.

The Court of Appeal found the Thera guilty of 4 charges.

Ven. Gnanasara Thera was accused of forcibly entering the Homagama Magistrate Court, whilst the hearing for the case of the disappearance of journalist Prageeth  Eknaligoda was taking place.

The Thera was accused of behaving in an unruly manner inside the court.

Following the incident, the then Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake filed a “Contempt of Court” case against the Thera.

The Thera was on bail, after being sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment, after being found guilty of threatening and abusing the wife of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda also at the Homagama Court.

That sentence was scheduled to end in 6 months.

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