22 September, 2020

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A Pardon, Unpardonable 

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

We are back in primitive tribal times.  

The power of pardon is a feature of human society with ancient roots. It originates from the tribal custom exercised by the tribal chief to soften the harsh rigor of embedded tribal customs.

Under civilized constitutional governance all power is derived from the people. The ‘state’ is only the ‘instrument’ through which the sovereign will of the people is exercised. 

Although it may appear , that , this  time around, the decision is driven by  primal tribal instinct of the chief of the tribe with some  advice from the   ‘witch doctors’ who have begun their death dance after Easter Sunday ,  the executive power to pardon held by the President of the Republic stems from an exceedingly    more refined principle.  

Judges and courts of law are subject to the “regularity and rigidity of their accepted time-tested proceedings. The business of the judge is strictly to apply the law. 

The prerogative of the Executive pardon is only a constitutional devise that enables to redress the unjust application of the law in a given situation.

I am not a lawyer. I was appalled by the pardon granted to the Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara thera by President Sirisena. I try to follow the dictates of the Buddha. If there is an afterlife, I would follow them again. But I fervently pray, not to be born in this ‘Sinhala Buddhist Land’. 

Disoriented by the fiendish fantasy of an elected Caligula, I addressed the following question to Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama, a legal scholar of wide repute. 

He himself was once subject to the rigidity of a blatantly unjust law passed by a ‘runaway’ legislature with a warped mandate, devilish remnants of which, we are still struggling to disarm.  

The monk was not jailed for his presumed foresight in identifying sources and places of Jihadist terror. So my question was unambiguous.   

“The ‘rule of law’ presumes that Courts of justice have an inherent power to punish all persons for contempt of their rules, orders and for disobedience of their process, and for disturbing them in their proceedings.

That is what the monk did and that is what he was punished for.
Can the president exercise his presidential prerogative of pardon in this instance without the concurrence of the bench that affirmed the conviction and sentence on appeal?

Has the president violated his oath of office which binds him to uphold and protect the constitution?

This is the response I received.

“Article 34 of the Constitution provides that the President may grant a pardon or remit the whole or any part of the punishment imposed for an offence. Except in the case of a person sentenced to death, where the President is required to obtain reports from the Judge, the Attorney General and the recommendation of the Minister of Justice before exercising this power, he may act on his own in respect of all other prisoners.

A pardon is usually granted if evidence has later surfaced which indicates that there has been a miscarriage of justice. A person granted a pardon is deemed never to have been convicted. The usual relief granted to a prisoner is the remission of the balance portion of his sentence to enable him to be released from prison, and this is done through a general amnesty. I do not know which method was adopted in the case of the priest.

To release a prisoner who has been convicted of contempt of court and sentenced to a long term of imprisonment is a direct challenge to the authority of the court. To do so after he has served only nine months of a six-year sentence of imprisonment demonstrates a total lack of respect for the Rule of Law. 

Having regard to the evidence on which this priest was convicted, and especially the absolute contempt he showered on the judge and state counsel, and the threats he uttered on a woman who was present in court, and the fact that the conviction and sentence were confirmed by the Supreme Court, I do not know of any previous instance when the authority of our Judiciary was challenged, undermined and ridiculed by a Head of State in this manner.” 

Now it is a done deed. But the distaste lingers. 

The Monk was not convicted for his foresight in reading the early signs of Islamic terror in the Eastern Province or elsewhere. 

If that deserved recognition by the state,  the proper procedure would have been to request the ‘prognosticator’ of Jihadist terror,  to plead for a pardon for his arrogant waltz before a magistrate, his tirade in open court to a state counsel and his un- Buddhist caterwaul to a mother who was seeking justice for her  vanished   spouse and  father of her two young sons. 

The picture of the reprieved jail bird accompanied by his own ageing mother calling on a President whose smirk exuded contemptuous nonchalance is the story of our time. 

It beats Lorenzetti’s depiction of the ‘Allegory of Good Government’ in the ‘Hall of the Nine’ in Sienna. The mosaic is flanked by two other paintings illustrating ‘Good Government ‘and ‘Bad Government’. 

In the good government painting, affluent merchants ply their trades, people dance on the streets and well-tended fields yield plentiful harvests.  The other depicting the effects of bad governance, has scenes of violence, disease and decay. What we experience today. 

President Sirisena’s unpardonable interpretation of presidential prerogatives reminds us of the Nazi German legal theorist Carl Schmitt, who notoriously argued that all law ultimately boils down to a single, unreviewable moment of sovereign decision.

 The “sovereign,” as Schmitt puts it, “is he who decides on the exception”—the exception being the state of emergency under whose pressure the regular order crumbles. 

Indeed, the regular order today is in a state of crumbling. Should we not take note  of it? Should we not also take note of the little mind of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his incapacity to connect his grand vision to the ground realities of the day?   

Under this divided dysfunctional regime, further complicated by the perception engineering machine of the Rajapakse restoration project in the hands of virulently racist professionals ,  the truth has ceased to be plain or simple.

For practical purposes, despite its complexity of structure it  is hard to improve on Aristotle’s early definition of truth:  “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false; while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.”

To say it simply, there’s nothing mysterious about the ordinary meaning of truth provided we have truth tellers.

Our problem today is not about truth, but it is about who tells it and how truth is established. 

The country, the people are held hostage by two minds driven by ambition and too deranged to think straight by the harsh tick of the clock in this election’s year. 

Malevolence competes with incompetence. I will not tell you who is what. Take your pick. Let us celebrate what is left of our democracy.  

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    Pardon the unpardonable is done on president ‘s own selfish gains not because he th emost abusive man in country today loves his nation.
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    Today biased media does not mention a word as to why Ghanasara was imprisoned.
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    Those who know it well, Ghanasara had violated the courts as no any living beings would do. No lay people would have been abusing the mouth the way Ghanasara did it.
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    Ridiculously enough most abusive monk until the day of his release, spent ina hospital pretending that he was very sick. His sodomites though in robes went on spreading the lies in favour of keeping Ghanasara further in the hospital.
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    All in all, NOBODY else, but the first citizen himself proved the nation ONCE again, he set an example to be the one standing against prevailing laws inthe country. Ghanasraas unpardonable release proved it to the world.

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    Sarath De Alwis, honestly, why are you engaging in mumbo jumbo about some obscure monk and whatever is going on with the President of the country and his prerogative in granting pardon to whoever he pleases to grant such pardon. Why are you not focusing on the most important thing for this country, which is the current threat of radical Jihadi ISIS terror. Why not talk about the real threat and how to prevent this apocalypse? Are you living in your own senile dream world of your own choice? Why cannot you write about the REAL threat to this country? Tens of thousands of Lankan Moslems are trained in ISIS terrorism and are ready to commit suicide and are either in Lanka or will come back to Lanka.

    Maybe we should just admit that Lankans are moronic and the few who are able to write well in English like Alwis are themselves totally moronic and totally blinded by the terrorist sympathizers, and their hidden hands. Maybe Lanka is just beyond a chance to be saved.

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      JC – Your idiotic comments are just a stepping stone to the gas chamber!

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      Well put Jay Chambers. A majority of the majority community are moronic and cannot differentiate the woods from the trees as was the case with LTTE for 27 years. Sarath belongs to that category. In his old age, he is mesmerized by the compliments he receives from like-minded loathsome people. A classic example is the inability to agree if a No Confidence Motion is undertaken against Rishard Bathiudeen or the government. If the government is defeated, the same buffoons will have to be reappointed as the self-serving 19th Amendment does not permit the dissolution of parliament.

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        Eagle Black Eye, Anton, London Man

        “A majority of the majority community are moronic and cannot differentiate the woods from the trees as was the case with LTTE for 27 years. “

        Please leave everything else for a moment.
        First pick your right name and stick to it forever.

        Do you believe by using different pseudonym you can improve the quality of your typing?

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    “Under civilized Government all the power is derived by the will of the People.” ..Great ..

    After this Yahapalana Government allowed a Singaporean to rig the first Sovereign Bond Issue and made his SIL the richest in the Land, with 30 odd Businesses bought with the Stolen money, the people’s Will was expressed quite distinctly with the Opposition scoring an absolute majority in the Municipality Elections.

    In fact the Will of the People relegated the Ruling Coalition parties to second and last positions.

    But Yahapalana Supreme Court didn’t follow the Will of the People but the Will of Dr Ranil and his 113 stooges who had amassed Millions of Tax Payer owned money by selling their Car permits alone.

    Is the LAW which the Yahapalana Judges adhered to fair ?..Specially when the Attorney General of the Country clearly said there is no issue there..

    I don’t think our Dalits will miss Sarath Alwis even if ” he comes” back to Lanka..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “After this Yahapalana Government allowed a Singaporean to rig the first Sovereign Bond Issue and made his SIL the richest in the Land, with 30 odd Businesses bought with the Stolen money,”

      How did Yahapalana Government allow the Singaporean to rig the Bond Issue?
      How much did the rigging cost the state?
      How much did the Singaporean made out of this rigging?
      Could you provide the names and addresses of these 30 odd Businesses which were bought with the Stolen money?

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    Sarath de Alwis

    “If there is an afterlife, I would follow them again. But I fervently pray, not to be born in this ‘Sinhala Buddhist Land’. “

    You are really really really asking for trouble.

    The Sinhala/Buddhist noisy fascist minority is going to be up in arms.

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      You seem to be redefining ‘fascist minority’ in your usual, corrupt way that makes you irrelevant to the debate on this issue.
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      Noisy Fascists are the global Zionists who believe in the myth of their chosen-ness and worship the Pharisee rabbis like mad pigs.
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      So go in front of a mirror if you are keen to see an irrational Fascist.

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      Every story has two sides to it. The other side to Sarath’s prayer is, would Sri Lanka want him as a son, daughter or even a canine? Right thinking people must do a ‘Hooniyama’ or ‘Kodivinaya’ to ensure Native Vedda and he are born in Saudi Arabia as blood brothers if there is an afterlife. We all know the type of punishment Saudi Arabia hands out for the likes of them.

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      People carrying the Alwis last name are Beravaya people. A very low caste in Sri Lanka. Before wishing anything else he should wish to correct that technicality at least in his next life.

      LOL!

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        RLRSP,- In whose opinion is anyone a Low Caste Individual?
        Isn’t Caste a Myth that is created by People who are insecure?

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        Well said, Just as lansi vedda is a wandering Belgiq Jew!

  • 13
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    You are exactly correct.
    Unfortunately we have a primitive president now.
    He is very jealous of people who are speaking in English.
    He was speechless in cabinet when other ministers discussed in English.
    That is why he is not happy with Ranil Wickramasinghe.

    He acts like Gamarala .
    He is not fit for the presidency.

    This nefarious monk, Gnanasara is a criminal and corrupted monk.
    He was convicted and sentenced for six years.
    Verdict has been given by the Judge according to rule of law.
    Gnnasara violated and committed crime according law and he was punished.

    Sirisena used people’s power which people unwilling to exercise.
    Sirisena must be brought to justice and incarcerated for life.

    He is utterly and completely responsible for recent tragedy.

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    There is no democracy in SL. It died when Ceylon got its independence. It is an autocratic ruling of the country since then with some tolerance at the start followed by varying degree of harassment and ill treatment of minorities. FRom time to time people have tried to change the rulers, thinking that they are changing for the better but were disappointed within the a short period of the change. The reason being we haven’t got any political leader with an iota of integrity, all they are after is power and money. They are all corrupted to the core. What we need is a person like…………to lead the country. Unfortunately the person ………….. is yet to be unearthed in Srilanka. I hope I am wrong in that assumption can some of you find that person please.

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    to his simple mind pardoning gnanasara will help him to get the monks to work for him in his presidential bid

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    wow, Now Mangala Samaraweera is a saint. Rishad Bathiuddin and Hisbullah are saints. Bond Scam is forgotten. Tourism and Economy are gone to dogs. A Bhikku was jailed because he was hiding 100 Kgs of C4 explosive in Wanathavillu. He Threw stones at Mannar Judge. He cleared some 3000 acres of Conserved forest. Five Of his associated bhikkus were caught as ISIS supporters. He had given political donations to presidents, PMs and all 225. His release is a criminal offence. Oh my, Holy constitution is gone to dogs.
    Mr. Sarath De alwis, Who is holding you leaving the country and settle some where else in the world in this life. Why you are waiting. . To which almighty you report once you die.
    Now, I understand about the Bhikku Virathu. I heard he is one very spiritual. Only problem is he talked and that pissed off CERTAIN minorities.

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    President Srisena has pardoned & relesed the hooligan Monk to help him win the next Presidential Election, its simple as that but it will not work , Srisena is a write off.

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    On a serious note,Ven ,Gnnanissara says he wants to go after the Sharks not the Sudayas .

    Unlike our politikkas who are going after that Muslim Quack and the failed UNP Ministerial Contender at the last Election ,who snipped the Fallopian Tubes of our rural Sinhala Women while doing Cesars on them,

    Ven Gnnanissara has named Abdul Rahuman, the CEO and owner of a British Tertiary Education Institute in Colombo as the Financier and friend of Zaharan the Suicide Bomber..
    To me that is really Shark Fishing-

    My worry now is will Abdul Rahuman fix Ven Gnnanissara to do a another stint at Welikada.
    I know it is not a criminal offense, but the the dosh Rahuman can ask in a Civil suit will be Colossal,.
    Will the Ven Gnnanissara be able to pay it ?..

    Can Gnnanissara even hire a gun Lawyer Like Abraham to get off the hook, let alone pay the Fine?..
    Sira can’t even given Gnnanissara a Samurdhi Payment because Mangala Samare is the Boss now..

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      UK is known as a money laundering country but by Wahhabi Terrorists. It is public news and UK intelligence remains silent and not to know it probably some one known to UK is doing that. Muslims are just the CATPAW..

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    Sovereignty, as we all know, is only a concept. It is not one kilo potato at the super market. It is not even the share certificate, which you never show, but believing, is with your broker. Not a platinum rod, standard unit scale, sitting in Paris or Geneva. It is only a concept. So with in all the definitions you can see in legal encyclopedias or in UN charter, Sovereignty is something what you do or how you use it. Demanding from candidates to eat Biriyani at election time is not of enforcing your sovereignty. If you want to eat Biriyani, you need not to have to have your sovereignty defined. If you are going to surrender without protest to the thieves in Colombo, about their election laws and impunities and criminally pardoning one another, you better not worry about the sovereignty as it is going to be sour grapes for you. Sovereignty is like a set of instructions given to you by your physiotherapist. Unless you understand what he has told you to do in the instructions, you will not do the exercises he told you to do. Bending the limbs in unwanted ways and enduing additional pain is worth for nothing. Because you could not do the exercises Therapist asked you do, you never will get rid of your pain. This is why we have been telling that Universal Francize of 1931 is tricky idea that time Britain came out with that one day after Sinhala Buddhism and Wahhabi Islam are fully infected the Lankawe, they bomb the whole island and give it CIA to plant Land mines to kill the Chinese contractors who are building artificial islands to rule the Indian and Pacific oceans.
    “Naaikaen Por Thengai?” (Why a dog would want coconut fights). Just give them a parcel of Biriyani and sip of arrack to sleep tonight. Sinhala Buddhists cannot worry about the sovereignty & Democracy & Constitution & Pardoning criminals. It all ends up in Aanduwa hiring ISIS to beat Tamil Churches and UNHRC.

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    When you have a hare – brained person as the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, it is a big circus with lots of clowns, LOL. Will this saga continue for another six months!

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    This is called Lankawe “Low and Odor”. A moron who do not respect the constitution, disrespects courts, disrespects government by intentionally keeping them away in making vital security decisions, intentionally ignored the Easter warnings and later lied about it. made up stories about threat to his life,abused power and privileges for family purposes, had nexus to underworld, took his son to the UN sessions, appointed family members in government sectors,brought disgrace and shame to country by refusing to hold any inquiry or take action on matters agreed with UN, made deals with pharma companies and very well may refuse to leave once his term is over. This guy is the face of Lanka still representing as a sitting president.Seems like a stiff competition to Mugabe. Well done retards.

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    The pardoning of this utterly distasteful monk is a slap in the face of the judiciary.

    For too long our ‘rule of law’ has given way to exceptions created by political miscreants.

    Now it is practised by the very highest office in the land, and it stinks.

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    This is an injustice in the name of law and the President is not above the law. He has already insulted
    the judiciary of the country by pardoning the BBS secretary Gnanasara Thero,. The president is under
    contempt of court and he should be prosecuted for violation of the Constitution and acting against
    the law of the state. Now it is the duty and responsibility of the Law Association of Sri Lanka to take
    action against this president for his high handed act against the law.

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    Sarath de Alwis, your hatred seems to be blinding you to the facts.
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    Most reasonable readers of CT would agree that Dr Nihal Jayawickrama had pointed to the constitutional powers of the president to pardon and the special requirements relating to commuting the death sentence. His personal views on the issue are irrelevant here.
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    You seemed to have under the false belief that the president should have consulted with the judiciary. This is nonsense in relation to commuting a death sentence.
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    Your clearly apparent lust for the blood of any Buddhist monk standing up against the destruction of Buddhism (as the Portuguese and Dutch did overtly, and British did surreptitiously) seems to be blinding you to developing a fair view on this issue.
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    Most Sinhala Buddhists would n’t care less about opinions like yours,. The only result of this continuing vendetta against the president is only soiling the intellectual garb you are so keenly trying to develop for yourself.
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    Pity you.

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    Does this pardon demonstrate the widely held fact in SL that Sandhya Ekneligoda’s husband journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda was a suspected terrorist or terrorist supporter. Did he really work for LTTE money?
    Why even Lasantha Wickrematunga’s case is not given prominence by this government? He may now be considered a muck-raking journalist who worked for money to discredit the armed forces that was fighting against the LTTE.
    These are not my opinions but those of the people whom I spoke to when I was in SL last Oct-Dec, 2018.
    Therefore, this pardon is not unpardonable from the point of view of the public, though you and I write against it.

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    When President pardoned the LTTE terrorist who tried to kill him and other LTTE cadres, he was a Statesman. When President pardoned Ven. Ghanasara who was convicted for contempt of court, he is a tribal chief. Bloody hypocrites!

    It is really disgusting to see how this ‘Yahapalana’ Government is trying to protect Muslim politicians to whom there are charges for having close relationships with terrorists.

    The Sinhala voters elected Sinhala MPs to represent them in the Parliament but they have miserably failed to do that. They are protecting corrupt politicians and politicians who have serious charges against them. You guys will be branded as traitors. Do not come asking for Sinhala votes again. Have these Muslim politicians oiled the palms of these Sinhala politikkas?

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      Eagle Blinded Eye

      “When President pardoned the LTTE terrorist who tried to kill him and other LTTE cadres, he was a Statesman. “

      Could you name the president and the would be assassin.
      If you can’t just forget it.

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    When your leaders protect extremist supporters of another race & religion because of their money & power, when the people are asking for justice & are repeatedly denied..isn’t it natural for them to turn to an Extremist of their own race & religion in the hope of obtaining justice ?

    People are angry.. And idiots like Mangala, Rajitha & Rishard add fuel to that anger by irresponsible & sometimes anger baiting statements.. repeated cries for Badurdeen’s removal from his post by the majority of the Sinhalese & Tamil population is ignored….

    When the government is powerless to opose one set of Muslim extremists, people have little choice but to turn to their own extremist answer who will fight fire with fire…

    People have had enough

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      Hyro Proto
      Hypo Crito

      In effect you want different justice system for Tamils and Muslims and a completely different one for Sinhala/Buddhists.
      In other words when courts find a Sinhala/Buddhist guilty of heinous crimes they shouldn’t be punished instead they should be rewarded. The rewards could include cash, promotions if government functionary, honour with highly meritorious awards, …..

      If the case of OTHERS, arrest them throw them in the slammer and lose the file and the key.

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    When the government is powerless to opose a set of extremists because of their power & money & the government has taken their said money, people have no option other than to turn to their own extremist to fight fire with fire.

    People are angry at the governmen’s cover-ups, innactivity & protecting higher-up extremists supporters… They are asking for justice..and the government is too busy cuddling the 3 Muslim Wahabism extremists to give a shit… People will find a different outlet to get their justice it seems

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    When Extremists like Hisbullah , Asath Sali , Badhurdeeen , and Abdul Razik are out there after having direct links to the Islamic barbarism , I do not see anything objectionable to this priest being released . All the criminals are out there roaming free and I do not see why only this priest who drew the attention to Zahran way back in 2014 /13 should be behind bars.

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    Thank you Sarath.
    “A Pardon, Unpardonable “
    Criteria to pardon:
    (1) Is he/she a Sinhalese? – yes
    (2) Is he/she a Buddhist(Sinhalese Buddhist))? – yes
    (3) Would he support the Shitsena in the next election? – Yes

    So Pardon – yes.

    This is what we are saying for 70 odd years – one rule for Sinhalese Buddhists and another for the rest.

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      ‘This is what we are saying for 70 odd years – one rule for Sinhalese Buddhists and another for the rest’.

      Anpu if that were so, none of the Muslim and Tamil politicians would have been able to get away with bribery and corruption would they?

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        taraki

        “Anpu if that were so, none of the Muslim and Tamil politicians would have been able to get away with bribery and corruption would they?”

        So is it a competition among Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese as to who is clever/resourceful/connected enough to get pardoned by the president?

        Could you list the names of all those who were pardoned by presidents in the past 71 years? If you don’t know don’t bother.

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      Anpu
      How about the would-be LTTE Presidential assassin?
      (1) Was he a Tamil? – Yes
      (2) Was he a Tamil minority – Yes
      (3) Would his pardon make Tamils vote for Shitsena in the next election – Yes
      So Pardon – yes
      To put matters in perspective, one rule for one’s own voters and another for the rest including Sinhala Buddhists – no?

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        Eagle Deranged and Blinded Eye

        “How about the would-be LTTE Presidential assassin?”

        Interesting however meaningless question.
        Keep up your good work.
        Have you taken a break from rioting?

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      Anpu,
      “one rule for Sinhalese Buddhists and another for the rest.”

      I fully agree with you. Whatever the rules that apply to native Sinhalayo should apply to others who came from other countries and settled in this country.
      # Scrap ‘Thesawalamei’ which is a customary law from Malabar brought to this country by slaves imported from Malabar by Portuguese and Dutch.
      # Scrap ‘Shariah Law’ that allows Muslims to do all kinds of funny things like having several wives, marrying underage women, Halal, Muslim Banks etc. etc.
      # Close down all schools run by Muslims violating the law applicable to education of children in the age group 5-14 in this country.

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        Eagle Deranged and Blinded Eye

        The ministries of education, law, ………… Justice are always occupied Sinhala/Buddhist fascist. It is upto them to change laws.
        Why haven’t they attempted to change everything you wanted changed in the past 71 years.

        Being Blinded and deranged Legal Eagle could you tell us all about Thesawalamai, Sharia law, ……………..
        Thanks.
        If you haven’t got any idea, please ignore my question.

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    I am surprised to see Sarath’s anti-Buddhist perception . he had been masquerading as a Buddhist and serving as an executive board member in the Mahabodhi Foundation of Sri Lanka for a long period of time. Mahabodhi was Anagarika Darmapala’s organisation .Dubious and Double standard writer . Always writes with hatred towards Buddhists .

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    Pyro Proto or is it maniac. . It is your Sinhalese Buddhist leaders including Rajapaksa , who were bed partners of these Muslim politicians, you mentioned. Not only them even KP, Karuna and Pillayan too. Then you have all the underworld elements, Ganasara and the rest for company. . Stop acting innocent.

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    This low class ignorant peasant of a president did not even have the wisdom to require the rogue monk to apologise unqualifiedly to the judiciary and request the people of Sri Lanka to treat the courts with respect

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    The Rev Gnanasara Thero was serving a six year sentence for contempt of court, and to grant a pardon after a mere nine months of that time is tantamount to that same offence – contempt of court. The President’s action reflects a callous disregard for the rule of law and constitutes a crude affront to the dignity of the court. The Rev Gnanasara is a well know anti Muslim agitator, and granting a pardon hot on the heels of the recent attacks on Muslims and their properties, also demonstrates a pathetic insensitivity to the feelings of the Muslim community. Clearly, these niceties don’t worry the President. The President’s action shows little evidence of scruples but a lot of cunning, for this is also a cynical exercise in wedge politics. He judged rightly that the southern political parties would say nothing. So it is that from RW and MR there was not a whimper. Only the TNA protested publicly. It is clear that MS needs votes in his bid for re-election, never mind from where. But it is good to remember the old adage that he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon. Ignore that if you must but at what cost?

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      FRED: Muslim Agitator, for Nashirishthan, Rishad Bathiuddin, Stoned the court premises and Judges house. Is it because Daoolar Kaakkas went against the bhikku. Dollar Kaakkaas are scared to saudi arabian dollars and Dinars. Bhikku got 19 years to spend in six years simultaneously and Rishad Bathiuddin got agains a minister post with so many ministries and FORTY – all money making – institutions under him. Whose Ideas are these. Ms said the Scientific way of allocating ministries. Ranil and MANGALA Samuha aanduwa do things differently.

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    The central character in Sarath de Alwis’ {“A Pardon, Unpardonable “} is Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera.
    On 2019 Wesak Day, some 763 prisoners were granted amnesty by President MS. After spending 45 minutes with Gnanasara Thera at Welikade Prison, MS personally added the name.
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    ‘Amnesty’ is not the same as ‘Pardon’.
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    In 2012, Gnanasara Thera founded BBS-Buddhism This sect has very little in common with Buddhism as we know it.
    MR family pretended not to see the difference and provided protection, immunity from prosecution etc. GR went to the extent of volunteering to be a Patron of BBS.
    Credit to Gnanasara, today Lankan Lawmakers are pleading for Gnanasara’s Patronage.
    The International Community is watching the reversed role!

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    Yes, tribalism indeed…that seems evident in much of what the public in Sri Lanka are engaging in, under one rubric or other, often at the behest of political manipulators or influenced by sensationalism rampant in the media. Pallewatte Gamaralalage Sirisena is acting like a typical peasant with very little wisdom or education. Good statesmen will probably never emerge in Sri Lanka as the paths are always blocked by robbers, rapists, murderers and drug lords who seem to rule the land.

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