Aug 10, 2018

Appeal to grant Gnanasara Thera Presidential pardon

The Bodu Bala Sena intends to ask President Maithripala Sirisena to grant a Presidential Pardon to the convicted General Secretary of the organisation Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, said its organiser - Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera, yesterday.

Sudantha Thera noted that Gnanasara Thera is not a monk who should be incarcerated as he has always worked towards the best interest of the country, race and religion.

He said that this initial verbal appeal would be sent to the President in writing and they hoped for a favourable response from President Sirisena.

Sudantha Thera said that Gnanasara Thera had not committed murder or any other grievous crime, adding that he personally did not believe Gnanasara Thera had not intentionally insulted court.

The Thera made these comments at a media briefing held at the Sri Saddharmarajitha Viharaya on Nawala Road, Rajagiriya yesterday.