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Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 18:48
Gnanasara thero leaves prison
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Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera left the prison after he received presidential pardon this afternoon.

Convener of the Sinhale Api Jathika Sanvidanaya, Jamburewela Chandarathana Thera said that Gnanasara Thera is scheduled to meet the chief prelate of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samgri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabah, Iththepane Dhammalankara Thera.

Gnanasara Thera was sued at the Court of Appeal by current Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake for contempt of court and the Thera was found guilty of 4 counts of charges.

Later he was sentenced to 19 years rigorous imprisonment which was to end in 6 years.

Later, the Thera challenged the Appeal court judgment before the Supreme Court but the three-judge panel dismissed the petition without taking it for consideration.

In addition, the Thera was found guilty of threatening the wife of journalist Pradeep Eknaligoda.

Gnanasara Thera was sentenced to 6 months rigorous imprisonment but Homagama High court which considered the Thera’s appeal suspended the sentence to 5 years.

A large crowd gathered in front of the Welikada prison awaiting the release of the Thera this afternoon.

Among them was Gnanasara Thera’s mother.

However, disappointing the waiting crowd and the media, Jamburewela Chandarathana Thera announced to the media that Gnanasara Thera who received presidential pardon already left the prison.





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