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Petitions challenging Gnanasara pardon on Dec 5

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court to hear Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the pardoning of Gnanasara Thero in December

President Maitrhipala Sirisena meets Glagodaththe Gnanasara Thero and his Mother at the President’s residence on Thursday/ President’s Media Division

The Supreme Court fixed 5 December to hear two Fundamental Rights applications filed against President Maithripala Sirisena pardoning and release of the Right-Wing Monk Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero when the case was called today 10 Sept.

The Centre for Policy Alternatives and the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, Sandhya Eknaligoda are the two petitioners.

The demagogue Monk was convicted of contempt of court after he threatened Eknaligoda inside the court when the Gangodawila Magistrate was hearing the case against several Military Intelligence personnel accused of forcibly causing the journalist to disappear.

A three-member bench comprising Justices Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardana and Vijith Malalgoda are hearing the case.

After preliminary depositions, the Judges said they would hear arguments in December.

The petitioners told the court that the Thero had been sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment by the Court of Appeal for contempt and the President granting such a convict a pardon was in violation of the Constitution and their fundamental rights.