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Serious Questions Over Sirisena’s Move To Release Gnanasara: Lawyers Question Involvement Of “Religious Leaders” In Contempt Of Court Case

Multiple questions have been raised over notorious Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara‘s possible release after Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera sent a formal letter to President Maithripala Sirisena today seeking Presidential pardon for the monk.

While requesting Sirisena to consider the pleas seeking Presidential pardon for Gananasara, Perera also forwarded several letters received by him on the same matter to the President.

Perera yesterday said he had received letters from Ramanna Nikaya, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagi Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya, and the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siam Nikaya for the release of the controversial monk.

Several allies of President Sirisena including Duminda Dissanayake and Shantha Bandara have already stated that Sirisena is likely to release Gnanasara on February 04. Sirisena has also discussed Ganasara’s release with senior members of the Bodu Bala Sena organization – a militant Buddhist organization led by Gnanasara.

However, the President’s inclination to release Ganansara has raised fresh questions in the legal and human rights circles. Many legal observers said releasing Gnanasara on Presidential pardon could adversely impact pending court cases against the militant monk who was directly involved in inciting racially orchestrated violence targeting Muslims in Aluthgama, in June 2014.

“Gnanasara was jailed for contempt (impeding judicial process) and not religious/hate crimes. Therefore, views of the Chief Justice, Attorney General, Justice Minister and Bar are far more relevant than letters from ‘religious’ quarters, for a pardon to be responsibly considered,” Senior Lawyer Viran Corea tweeted, commenting on the matter.

Human Rights activist Shamara Wettimuny sad, “He was not jailed for offences relating to religion (his or anyone else’s) and so his release should not be determined by pleas from religious quarters. Meanwhile, the continuing failure to hold him accountable for his incitement of religious violence is likely to embolden others (the likes of Amith Weerasinghe etc, who was also released on bail) to continue persecuting minorities with impunity. This will also send a message to minorities that they can’t expect the equal application of the law, particularly when it involves Buddhist ‘monks’.”

“None of this is particularly new but it also shows that nothing much has changed, despite changes in govt and rhetorical commitments to reconciliation (including in Maithripala Sirisena’s recent full-page advertisement),” she added.

Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Director of International Crisis Group said, “If even a self-proclaimed liberal & reformist govt, with Mangala Samaraweera, Mano Ganesan and Harsha de Silva in Cabinet, allow Gnanasara to be pardoned without serious resistance, Sri Lanka seems fated to suffer more violence and tension and instability in the years ahead.”

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    With Sri Lanka re-establishing its Politics on the foundation of VIT -Violence, Tension and Instability, pardoning this “Monk” is a minor matter in keeping
    with MY3s behaviour of late – Executive Presidency stuff must be put to practice
    as was evident from 26th October last, and for his own future!.

    • 39
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      Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera ,

      “Human Rights activist Shamara Wettimuny sad, “He was not jailed for offences relating to religion (his or anyone else’s) and so his release should not be determined by pleas from religious quarters. Meanwhile, the continuing failure to hold him accountable for his incitement of religious violence is likely to embolden others (the likes of Amith Weerasinghe etc, who was also released on bail) to continue persecuting minorities with impunity. This will also send a message to minorities that they can’t expect the equal application of the law, particularly when it involves Buddhist ‘monks’.””

      When violence is condoned on religions grounds for the monks, and there is no law and order, then that is the beginning of anarchy.

      Is that what you want? Just because a bunch of the so called Sinhala “Buddhist” Monks, who do NOT follow Buddhism make a request to release a criminal Monk, are you going to release the criminal monk. If so, be prepared for more violence and less law and order.

      Sri Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, a Land like no other, occupied by the Paras.

      • 31
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        This slimy behaviour is expected from the ilk of uneducated ill-bred Sirisena, Rajapakses, “monks,” cardinals et al …………

        But where is the spineless Machiavellian biggest slime-ball Ranil? In one of the defining hours of the nation the disgusting AH is gone MIA!

        Most of the people from all walks of life rallied to put democracy back on track ……….. so the idiot got a chance to hold a placard denoting he is “No 1” …….. for him life and death of the nation is just such superficial.

        This is not about frigging underworld thug Ganasara in yellow camouflage ………. but justice for the widow who has to bring up 2 children without a father.

        The other humbug Mahinda pardoned the wife of a minister who killed and burned his mistress. All that is well and good but they also killed the poor servant girl who had nothing to do with it. The poor girl was there out of poverty to eke out a living.

        For the greatest champion of the common-man the poor girl was just collateral road-kill.

        The supposed great champions of the common man don’t give a fig for the common man …….. they are all living off the blood of the poor and enjoying life.

        All these pricks and their offspring should rot in hell.

        That’s all from me. Now I’ll let Buddha take over …………. in the Buddhist country ………… it’s his responsibility.

        • 8
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          Buddha Sassna Minister,

          Former and late Prime Minister, said that SWRD let loose the (temple) dogs. Now the other temple dogs are writing to the mad president described by the late Dr. N M Perera, Sirisena, to release one of their own kind, who committed crimes, who himself had committed an Illegal and constitutional crime, and the parliament has, so far, done nothing.
          Sri Lanka, a Land like no other, occupied by the Paras.

          That is why Para-Sinhala “Buddhism” is not Buddhism, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

          • 7
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            The book “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in South East Asia|, published by Yale University press in 2017 holds the key to explaining what is going on today in Sri Lanka with Buddhist identity politics and violence against minorities. Buddhism is being weaponized by played by Trumpland’s Peace Corps, who use ethnic and religious identity politics to distract the people from US plans to set up bases in Sri Lanka with the help of their puppet Bondscam Ranil who should be impeached for Looting the CBSL, in Trump’s Cold War against China in the Indian Ocean.
            Sri Lanka will soon be like Venezuvela, where Trumpland is playing havoc. Or like Syria.
            These are dangerous times.

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          Nimal Fernando ! from frigging country of AH is gone MIA! By the way whose mistress was burnt and the servant girl met with an accident.
          Come one ! Who are these frogging people whom I don’t know about?
          Go and have a malt Kassippu man.
          I guess you’re frothing Kassipu due to the fact all these AH are ruling our country with no backbone and brain dead………..AHs…….. More Kassipu or famous grouse chap on a Saturday night.?

      • 6
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        Don’t forget the fact that Buddhist Monks and Armed Forces can do no wrong in Srilanka. Both belong to the same class.

    • 5
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      Confusion among the Parliamentarians , Confusion among the general public , Confusion internationally caused by our President Silllll, who is he ?? Is he representing the opposition Mafia occupying the Opposisition seats or is this so called Fake Presisident the leader of the Opposition sabotaging the ruling of the legitimate government??
      Come on ! What’s going on folks??
      Is this ” Fake Ayatollah is promoting and Ruling the country with the support of the Oppositions?? Are we treading a very dangerous path where there is a legitimate government with the Primeminister IDLING , while this crony running around the world with the minority oppositions while some became MPs through back doors even.
      This is WRONG! Totally wrong !! Causing CONFUSION.
      WHat Sampanthan says is right!!
      CONFUSED PRESIDENT, CONFUSED PM , CONFUSED SRILANKANS AND THE WORLD AT LARGE CONFUSED!!
      WHY THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT IS IN SLUMBERLAND??

      This is a SIGN OF SELF DESTRUCTION, REVENGE, SABOTAGE BY TAKING THE COUNTRY INTO RANSOME . A TUG OF WAR IS GOING ON , THE PEOPLE SEEM TO BE SITTING AND WATCHING THE ANNIHILATION OF OUR COUNTRY BY OUR OWN MAD MAN LEADER.
      There’s nothing but the ” Revenge ” is taking place. It’s not healthy for our COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.
      SIMILAR TO SOMEONE HAS GIVEN A TOY TO A MONKEY , WHICH IS BEING RIPPED APART BY THE MONKEY. THE TOY IS SUPPOSE TO BE OUR COUNTRY BEING RIPPED!!

    • 4
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      ” Destruction “of the noble word “” Democracy””
      due to “Madness” and “Religious Fanaticism ” is at its best in Ape Aanduwe.
      Who is Ruling the country??
      The Fake Oppositions and the Mentally unstable ????
      Revenge is taking place in our country while we watch , The country is Not ruled by the Democratically elected Parliament!!
      It’s at the melting point folks !!
      God save our country.

      • 2
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        A question to our President , Are you taking the Revenge against the People of Srilanka for your own Selfishness??? If so please don’t .
        We are not the Pawn for your vengeance.
        This is supposed to be a democratic country , lately more and more of the Anarchy rules
        by the Selfish Leaders, so do the others follow suit.
        May god save this Cursed country from the mad men and women Politicians who continue to destroy our nation.

    • 5
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      Let his bugger Pseudo monk be rotten in the a prison cell. He should feel how it would be, if torments of tantalus be with families for whom his riots worked few years ago. If the bugger monk would have been set free, there will be lot more problems in the society.
      Just ask the bugger to leave SANGAhood and enjoy his life. I have no doubt, this bugger should have molested x numbers of samaneras: Those who fought with and for him are all violent akin to those in Wirathus country.

    • 3
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      Lawyers,

      RE: Lawyers Question Involvement Of “Religious Leaders” In Contempt Of Court Case

      Why not question the Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” monks. “Religious Leaders”, Involvement In Contempt Of Pristine Buddhism?

      Is Para-Sinhala “Buddhism”, Maraism?

  • 45
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    The President is being mischievously misled by interested’ parties seeking to score points.

    The obnoxious and vituperative Gnanasara is a disgrace to the Sangha and should have the robes withdrawn. The man is a universal disgrace to Sri Lanka. He should every second of his sentence. Decent followers of the noble message must be squirming in embarrassment.

    This ‘amnesty’ is a sham. It has been ever since JRJ pardoned Gonawala Sunil, the murdering thug and rapist, and then appointed him JP.

    What respect will people have for all involved in this process, when we see kudu-kings, murderers, and priests who stick two fingers up to judiciary, celebrating their release without serving their fit and proper sentences.

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      Spring Koha

      Since many senior so called for this thugs release let the government release him and exile him to Myanmar.

      In his place lets imprison Ramanna Nikaya, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagi Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya, and the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siam Nikaya and throw the keys away.

      People should recognise where the fault line lies.

      We should request/beg SJ to organise a Mao style cultural revolution in order to marginalise saffron clad aspiring theocrasy.

      • 3
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        Native Vedda,

        “Since many senior so called for this thugs release let the government release him and exile him to Myanmar.”

        The Para-Sinhala “Buddhists”: call him a Ven representative of the Sangha, the so-called Third Gem of the Triple Gem. The is why the other third ems of the Sinhala “Buddhist” gems want Ganasara released.

        That is why Para-Sinhala “Buddhism” is not Buddhism, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    • 13
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      If he is pardoned it is a disgrace to Judiciary. He is another Buddarakitta Thero

  • 33
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    Sri Lankans suck!!!

  • 35
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    sirisena also should be charged for contempt of court for releasing a man in 6 months,who was jailed for 6 years for contempt of courts.If that is not contempt,what is?Also he should get the justice minister’s approval in writing,otherwise how can she do her job like a puppet of his.Another reason why this presidency should be abolished.Too much unnecessary power in one person.

  • 30
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    An all powerful president can pardon anyone. This is why N.M Perera questioned as to what will happen if a mad man becomes president or if a president goes mad while in office? Is there a constitutional amendment for this too that I don’t know of that limits the powers of a sitting (or a SHITTING) like our president. I suspect Duminda too might get a pardon. Idiocy of our framers are proof that we lack even the basic human intelligent to wrote up a constitution.

    • 25
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      Looks like that was not a consideration when the constitution was written. Even in the US the country struggles with the mad man they have elected (through dishonest means it appears), and he is causing havoc in the country, destroying international deals, isolating America from allies that has stood by it, and is implementing hard line policies that go against the norms, laws, and even the constitution. Hate crimes have risen, and racists take the upper hand encouraged by a president, who supports white supremacists. There are endless scandals and investigations, and many have been indicted, arrested, plead guilty and serving time in jail. The country has been duped by a morally and ethically challenged man, and it will take years for the country to recover after all the damage done.
      Are we going to follow that disastrous path?

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    Who cares about rule of law in this Banana Republic? Foreigners ruled over us by dividing us. Some of us licked their backside to get wealth this country thrown out to them. . Then these people became our rulers by using the language card. They lied through whatever holes they had in their bodies to get our votes and sent their kith and kin to get educated in a language other than the language they promoted. This was a plot so the voters of this country not to think ahead and educated so only a handful get qualified correctly or incorrectly ( certificates for money). Just look at all the rulers of this country in the post independent era.
    They are either from same political class or family. Even the odd few rulers made sure that they make a fast buck out of this system or made sure the continuation of their dynasty. Nothing would change by few of us screaming by the top of our voices. Even the good few who want to get in and change would be absolved by the corrupt system
    A big change is needed. That change should come en-masse. The judiciary of this country had stood by the people and taken some bold decisions almost always. They are the ones who should give leadership for such change.
    When would this come is the BIG QUESTION.

  • 9
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    This rowdy thug has to be hanged in the name of Buddha. Bloody Senaaaa worm.

  • 14
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    Mr Minister, Bloody fool, You are going to loose thousands of U.N.P.Votes!!

  • 8
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    the unp is trying to get the buddhist monks on their side for the upcoming elections

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    There are several issues arising out of a contempt of court action. Practically all over the world, there are no rules governing it. Questions basically are (1) What constitutes contempt of court? (2) What are the punishments for various forms of contempt of court? We inherited these practises from UK, our colonial master of the yesteryear. But the master has now graduated to the extent that of permitting critical analysis of judgements in the press by practise. We do not find recent instances of unruly behaviour in court premises in the western world and then be subject to punishment for such action under contempt of court for us to compare with the current practises in that part of the world. Nevertheless such behaviour should be discouraged to the hilt. It is observed as per the published letter ,that not only the Mahanayakes of all the Nikayas but the President of a Hindu Association too had interceded in the matter. In view of matters presented for and against this issue it is prudent for the President to consult the highest in the judiciary prior to taking a decision in this matter.

  • 7
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    Politics at the garbage level. SOB old fart GJP should be f….ked off with rhe rest of the unp con artists like RW, MS who were recently seen at the wedding of their close friend MR”s son. A bunch of rogues and hypocrites who continye to bluff the people. Definitely time for the decent honest young guys in the unp to break away from RW and thieves forming anew poltical party that will be supported by us. More educated women and honest professionals should contest. As for the traitor and slimeball Shitsena collect your shit to throw at this arsehole.

  • 13
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    When Buddhism is given the foremost place in the Constitution, does it also mean a Thug Buddhist Monk who was jailed for Contempt of Court could be pardoned by the Head of State?
    It is Jayawickcrema Perera who should now be charged for contempt of court.
    Ex:CJ. Sarath.N.Silva was present in courts just the other day for the contempt of Court charge against him.
    If found guilty ,the chances are that he too would be pardoned!
    SriLanka is a failed State; Thanks, to Hopper Sirisena!

    • 5
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      Plato

      The Chapter II of the constitution does not protect nor promote Buddhism, instead it has become a good hiding place for crooks, criminal, liars, rapists, child molesters, war criminals, racists, bigots, arsonists, …. land grabbers, …………………

      No onder Mahasangha wants to retain Chapter II at all costs.

    • 4
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      It is the duty of the government, the Sangha, and the rest of the nation to ensure that WE honour that special status. Anything, and anybody that brings disrepute to the hallowed status must be dealt with – by the authority of the Sangha, or the law of the land.

      It has been growing for sometime, and today we have a whole slew of egregious ‘monks’ dabbling in politics, and acting with impunity, inciting and causing civil disobedience and unrest, and unafraid to commit contempt of court . Failure to deal with these transgressions puts responsible parties entrusted in safeguarding the constitution in jeopardy of being accused of failure to do their constitutional duty.

      A Presidential pardon will send the wrong message to the lawless ‘monks’, and all others.

      The odious Gnanasara should serve every second of his sentence.

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        Spring Koha

        “The odious Gnanasara should serve every second of his sentence.”

        Or Send him to fight the Rohingya refugees in Burma .
        Once in 2015 he wanted the right to bear arms, T56 and other. He regretted the demise of LTTE. Can we not send him to fight his nemesis the ISIS?

  • 7
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    There have been requests from MPs, Buddhist monks and others to pardon Gnanasara. Has there been any Protests from anybody to the President Against the Pardon? Wouldn’t the President Claim that No one Objected to the Pardon Only to justify his decision to Pardon him?

    When will those like Senior Lawyer Viran Corea and Human Rights activist Shamara Wettimuny and others who Object to the Pardon Register their Objection with the President?

  • 1
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    Multiple questions admission, and removal.

    The scope of power to regulate the admission, removal, Is the president decision bona fide as we saw in the passed the constitutes understanding by him was rejected by the courts.

  • 4
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    Ha ha ha, no legal or human rights activists cry foul when the President pardoned an LTTE terrorist in 2015.
    Venerable Gnanasara Thero is not a terrorist.
    Why can’t the President pardon (better if the sentence is cancelled) Gnanasara Thero, when;
    1. the President can pardon an LTTE terrorist in 2015 who was on life sentence,
    2. when some judges can imprison LTTE suicide air tigers only for 5 years who killed 14 including military personnel and destroyed and damaged 8 + 10 aircraft in Anuradhapura air force base,
    3. when another two terrorists who killed 8 military personnel can imprison only for 5 years,
    4. when some LTTE terrorists who killed military were released without any reason.
    All those court cases involving terrorists should be revisit in the future in order to file fresh cases on individual basis for each and every murder they committed. For an example; for the 14 people LTTE air tigers killed, there should be separate court cases seeking punishment for each and every murder separately, say, 20 years for each murder, so that the hardcore air tigers will be imprisoned for 280 years.
    The punishment for contempt of court is 19 years which is selective while the punishment for terrorism is only 5 years, 2 years or no punishment at all. How about that?
    In light of the lenient and comfortable sentences received by bloodthirsty LTTE terrorists recently, specifically after 2015, all the three military personnel who are currently on death sentence and all other tri-forces personnel in prison should be pardoned forthwith.
    I am interested to know the opinion of legal and human right activists who are against Gnanasara Thero, about LTTE terrorists, who killed military men being sentenced only 5 years and the military men who killed LTTE terrorists being imposed death penalty.
    Clearly, there is a profound double standard in judgments against Buddhist priests and military men.

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      Further, none of the military men who were accused for killing LTTE terrorists were guilty of the offence as there was no concrete evidence against them other than the evidence provided by terrorists themselves which is the biggest joke. They were imposed a death sentence for no reason.
      The same story goes with the military men who are currently in prison.
      There is absolutely no evidence against them committing crimes, that is why the Defence Secretary sought evidence from LTTE diaspora terrorists who are currently living in exile.
      During the last phase of the war, many terrorists who posed as civilians were taken into custody which cannot be labelled as abductions. All incidents and arrests taken place during LTTE terror era should be categorized under counter-terrorism laws, not under civil laws as there is a big difference between the two.

  • 2
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    I had a one to one discussion with BBS officials regards the case against Gnasara Thero and my brief preliminary meeting has provided me a conclusion that more than the perdon he should be compensated if those details are authenticated

    what was really happened at that time. I asked them to authenticated the facts and details to make sure their facts are not distorted. if that so it will be a serious matter I strongly believe that an activist should have freedom to express their oppinons which cannot be oppressed as we are globally embarrassing the civil liberty.

    Judges delivering the judgments based on facts put forwarded to them and it is not there duty to question deeper authentication. but it is the responsibility of the State to make sure not to allow anyone to twisting facts and details that ended up by Puting an individual life in to a misery. I have decided to look into their appeal cause their preliminary details are looking fishy on how it has been handle by the state. You don’t punish a person who don’t deserve to it and don’t mix up with his other and past activities. it’s the responsibility of the State to look at the merit of the current case.. I am continue to observe the facts they put forwarded to me and if there is injustice and I have the caliber to change it to other side.

    Muheed Jeeran
    International Human Rights Activist
    Sri Lanka Forward With Jeeran

  • 6
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    Looks like he had an easy time in jail and never wore the jumper shorts!

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    Ramanna Nikaya, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagi Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya, and the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siam Nikaya have written to the Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera seeking Presidential pardon for the BBS monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara.
    It is reported that the Buddha Sasana Minister has supported the pardon.
    .
    If the pardon does eventuate, the reputation of Lankan Buddhism will be tarnished.
    .
    In Myanmar the charlatan Buddhist monk Wirathu was disowned by the Burmese Buddhist hierarchy.
    PS: Wirathu was special invitee to several BBS functions.

  • 4
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    Release of this monk is not a good example.

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    The thing is that Gnanasara was jailed for the wrong reason. He was deliberately charged with, and convicted of contempt of court. This is a minor offence when compared with inciting racial hatred, so it is easier for scheming politicians to set him free. He should have been charged with inciting religious and racial hatred, inciting violence etc etc and punished accordingly. He should also have been banned from wearing the robe.

  • 1
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    mad hatter is released by another mad hatter. if the monk starts his nonsense, he should end-up in kanatta.

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    What is really required is not a full pardon but re-evaluation of the severity of the punishment which appears to be totally out of proportion to the seriousness of the crime. One wonders whether the judges were regular Colombo Telegraph readers who are conditioned by anti Buddhist monks sentiment and lost their balance. Neither the pardon or the punishment should be influenced by the fact that he was a Buddhist monk.

    Soma

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      somass

      “What is really required is not a full pardon but re-evaluation of the severity of the punishment which appears to be totally out of proportion to the seriousness of the crime.”

      When did you qualify as the legal eagle?
      If MR, his baby Namal, Sarath N Silva, Mohan Peris, ….. could why not you?

      “Neither the pardon or the punishment should be influenced by the fact that he was a Buddhist monk.”

      As a Layman, who spends quite a lot of time speaking to all type of people, including legal luminaries, what I gather from them is the punishment is not proportionate to pattern of his behaviour.

  • 4
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    Devanesan Nesiah returned his title ” Deshamanya” to the president in support
    of restoring parliament democracy . Gnanasara and his B B S maintains that
    is a patriotic movement and here is the time to REFUSE any pardon given by a
    President whose actions were proved wrong and illegal by the Supreme Court !
    Why give Sirisena any chance to boost his image under cover of BUDDHISM ?
    Why not become a hero by REFUSING to be used as a tool ? U N P and Sira ,
    it’s a joint operation , a GAME to fool the FOOLS .

  • 3
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    which country will aappa sira go next? when?

  • 2
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    Is not this Galagoda Atte Gnanasara on bail following conviction for disorderly behaviour in public, using obscenities, driving a lorry under influence of alcohol and/or drugs?
    .
    Gnanasara blesses the nool sported by GR on his wrist.
    Gnanasara is special.

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    Now that the President has returned from Singapore, let me remind what Lee Kuwan Yew did when the then President of USA, Mr. Bill Clinton appealed to him to release a USA citizen, an America youth who was ordered by Courts to give 14 lashes for being found guilty of pasting “Chewing Gum” in a bus stop. Mr. Lee Kuwan Yew – the then PM of Singapore said, in honor of Mrl Bill Clinton, that “14 Lashes” would be reduced to “12 Lashed”. The world Media reported this “Reduction” of the punishment as the “Assessed Value” = “2 Lashed”, of the then President Mr. Bill Clinton. Our President, FRESH from a visit to Singapore could “Reduce” this “Ganasara’s” sentence by “15 Dayas” (Two Weeks”) in honoring the requests of all the “Sanga Nayakas”, “Diyawadana Nilames” and the Ministers and all other VVIPs.I would say all those “VVIPs” who made the request to “RELEASE” this “Ganasara” are NOT WORTH even that much i.e “15 Days”. But good to show them their “WORTH”, as Lee Kuwan Yew showed Mr. Bill Clinton, the then President of USA. Madam Mrs. Athukorala – the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General: Please advise the President accordingly. Thank you.

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      Douglas ,

      In the US , it is mainly capital punishments that are recommended for
      pardoning and some are commuted . The prisoner must make a request
      after spending four or five years in prison to qualify ! Many countries
      have this practice but in the case of Gnanasara , for many reasons , he
      should spend at least a third of his term in the cell to save nothing but
      Buddhism first ! And secondly Srilankans need a break !

  • 3
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    Gnanassara mahattya looks very healthy and fit; he might be having a 5star life there. Someone should guide him to some rigorous workout.

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    Srilanka politics and corruption ,what move is next .. difficult to comprehend ,will Gnanasra become Ansar.

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    Just came news from the Secretariat Appa Sira has still not returned, coming back on Sunday night. Anuradha is in Singapore as well

  • 4
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    No where in the world contempt of court accused has been pardoned. Only this uneducated, untrustworthy President who stole votes promising Yahapalanaya is planning to do it. He has to be impeached.

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