Presidential pardon for Sigiriya girl

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President Maithrpala Sirisena has signed the documents to pardon the girl (23) who damaged the Sigiriya Mirror Wall using a hairpin, Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa said.

She was charged with causing damage to the Mirror Wall at Sigiriya and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Dambulla Magistrate Sanjeewa Ramyakumara on March 2.

The woman, a resident of Batticaloa, had visited Sigiriya along with some friends and scribbled her name on the Mirror Wall using a hairpin.

Police said Archaeological Department officials had apprehended her as she was writing her name (Udaya), in English, on the wall.
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  • Bala Thursday, 02 April 2015 03:51 PM

    At least Prsident should have reduced to a suspended sentence - ignorance of the law is not a defence when she damaged a national treasure - more so a world heritage item. This type decision though compassionate can lead to future abuse as a precedent is now set.

    Best president Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:16 PM

    Really one of best president ever we had just after Ranasignhe premadasa and Chandrika Bandarnayake

    Nihal Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:18 PM

    Believe girl deserve a pardon for the unintentional and unknown brush against law after having tasted the gravity of the act.

    TRUTH Thursday, 02 April 2015 05:57 PM

    Using the powers for a good deed is always welcome and the right thing to do. It was happening the other way around with the previous regime. i sure people should have a little sense of humor before making this sort of comments

    upali Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:34 PM

    President misusing powers as usual.

    Ruwan Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:25 AM

    What a great deed God Bless you and your family.

    rifai Thursday, 02 April 2015 06:29 PM

    Thank you sir for forgiving that innocent girl.may god bless you with health and wealth.it was unintensional.sir you have given unforgettable and immotal new year gift to her mother.

    Swee Thursday, 02 April 2015 06:48 PM

    Our appreciation also goes to the lawyer who initiate action to obtain the pardon

    Priya Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:47 PM

    You are an ideot, not to have some heart to forgive some one. Thank you President for your love.

    Salz Friday, 03 April 2015 03:02 PM

    You Foool

    Lokka Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:47 AM

    Good decision. Poor girl. Ignorance has caused her this trouble.

    Azmath Buhar Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:36 PM

    The president decision is correct, this is not a crime.. just a mis behavior as we all are humans

    Jaya Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:55 AM

    President MS should try and refrain from exercising this power, as it will inevitably lead to abuse as done by the President of the former regime! People who commit crimes should not be pardoned no matter how small or serious the crime.

    nilan Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:00 AM

    Good move....earlier it was drug dealers or murders....see of change

    surasena Friday, 03 April 2015 10:44 AM

    Please educate the young properly about our national heritage. That would be the only viable way to avoid such incidents.

    Lankan Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:42 AM

    Thank you President, it will really help her poor mother.

    gilbo Thursday, 02 April 2015 02:03 PM

    Thangachchii.. we wish you all the Best!!

    ari Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:13 PM

    Is he going to pardon the next person who defecates Sigiriya paintings as well. I agree it is a bad precedent.


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