Video: Proper procedures not adhered to in pardoning PSD personnel: UNP

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The presidential pardon for those found guilty by the High Court of harassing popular artistes Rukantha Gunatilleka and Chandraleka Perera is improper as the procedures for such a pardon has not been followed, United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Perera said today.

He told a media briefing that the presidential security division personnel, who were found guilty, should make a public confession before being given a presidential pardon.

Mr. Perera said such a thing had not happened to date and recalled that the accused withdrew their appeal before the Appeal Court delivered its verdict. He said they must have withdrawn their appeal knowing that a pardon was on the way.

Mr. Perera said this was similar to the pardoning of senior Minister Milroy Fernando’s wife found guilty in a case of double-murder and the pardoning of Basnayaka Nilame Anton Tennakoon.

He said relevant authorities should publicly explain the rationale and legal validity of the pardon given to the accused in the Rukantha Chandraleka case.
Responding to a question asked by journalists that the presidential pardon was granted on a request made by the victims; Mr. Perera said there were no legal provisions to grant a pardon just because the victims of a crime had made such a request. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond)
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  • Azee Thursday, 17 April 2014 02:23 PM

    The President does no wrong. His actions are not questionable.We have to leave it to God to question him some day. via DM Android App

    Nimal Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:40 AM

    This is how the GOSL operates today.

    Crime is rampant throughout the country. Law and order is non-existent. To add insult to injury, the criminals get presidential pardons!

    However, this won't be the case though when a few individuals get hauled before The Hague!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:41 AM

    And then who said that only Almighty God can pardon sinners?

    Snowy Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:41 AM

    What action has the UNP taken against the Mayor of Colombo attending the CHOGM meeting? It is also alleged that the Mayor was present at the open ceremony of the BBS office which is now categories as a terrorist organisation. Stand in front of a mirror when making these statements. The UNP is left with empty vessels!!!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:15 AM

    STANDARD PARDONING TECHNIQUES FOR BIG SHOTS ?


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