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Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 19:37
CoA to make another ruling on Ven. Gnanasara tomorrow
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The Court of Appeal is to decide tomorrow whether the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera is permitted to file an appeal against his sentence at the Supreme Court.
 
The Thera was given a six-year rigorous imprisonment for contempt of court by the Court of Appeal.
 
At the same time, the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said that a presidential pardon might be considered after the Court of Appeal decision is announced tomorrow.
 
Meanwhile, when journalists enquired from joint cabinet spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senarathna whether a presidential pardon could be granted to Ven. Gnanasara Thera, the Minister said that such a request could be considered only after the monk serves the sentence for a period of time.
 
Meanwhile, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was transferred to Welikada prison today after undergoing a surgical procedure at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital.
 
At the time the sentence was announced the Thera had admitted to the hospital to have a kidney stone surgically removed.
 
When contacted, the Director of J'pura Hospital, Dr. Susith Senaratne said the Thera was released as he was recovering after the surgery.
 
However, the doctors have advised that the Thera should be taken to the hospital next week to check his health status.
 
Meanwhile, the hospital security obstructed the media when the Prison ambulance arrives at the hospital to accompany the Thera.
 
Here, talking to the media, the Thera said they are committing on behalf of the nation.
 
Meanwhile, our correspondent said that policemen also obstructed the media when they were covering the arrival of the Thera at the Prison Hospital.

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