Although special protection has been sought by the Sihala Ravaya for Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, who is serving a prison term, a presidential pardon would not be sought.
General Secretary of Sihala Ravaya, Magalkande Sudaththa Thera yesterday (15) said they requested special protection for the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), who is serving......a prison term, due to a risk to his life. Meanwhile, CEO of the BBS, Dr. Dilanthe Withanage said that no presidential pardon would be sought for the incarcerated monk.
Gnanasara Thera was sentenced by the Homagama Chief Magistrate Udesh Ranathunga on 14 June to one year rigorous imprisonment to be served in six months, after the Thera was convicted of threatening journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s wife Sandhya Ekneligoda within the Court premises and was found to be in contempt of court. Previously on 24 May he was found guilty of criminal harassment and criminal intimidation. Apart from the prison sentence, the Thera has been ordered to pay a fine to the aggrieved party. Meanwhile, an appeal was lodged in the High Court on 14 June against the conviction.