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Gnanasara pardon ridicules independence of Judiciary – Bishop

Rev Asiri Perera President Bishop Methodist Church/Handout

The Methodist Church is castigating President Maithripala Sirisena for pardoning demagogue Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero.

In a statement President Bishop of the Methodist Church Fr. Asiri Perera says he is extremely disappointed with the release of Gnanasara Thero at a time of political instability and insecurity in our land. 

“I see it as a decision made for political gain ignoring all the threats Gnanasara Thero has been breathing out against the minority religions and races of this country.”

The Bishop says “This release makes us feel very insecure as the Executive of this country is ignoring Judiciary decisions which has up held the rightful place of law and order.”

The Bishop adds that the President’s action is “direct ridicule hurled against the independence of the judiciary carried out by the executive of this country. Such acts of the executive of our country are repeatedly pushing peace-loving citizens to utter frustration.”

‘His unruly behaviour in courts where the Eknaligoda case is being heard and the  threats he breathed against the Ekneligoda family does not match at all with the noble preachings of Buddha.”

‘I urge all Christians of this country and around the world to uphold our beloved nation in prayer which is being pulled down to ruin by wrong decisions made by the rulers of our land.”