Release of Sigiriya girl delayed

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The release of the girl, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment over allegedly damaging the Sigiriya Mirror Wall, would be delayed till Court cases of two appeals are cleared, Deputy Minister of Justice Sujeewa Senasinghe said today.

The two appeals had been filed by the People’s Movement for Good Governance (PMGG) organisation and Home for Human Rights (HHR) organisation against the verdict of Dambulla Magistrate Sanjeewa Ramyakumara on March 2.

“The date of her release cannot be predicted but when the Court affairs are completed, she will get the release as the result of the President’s pardon,” Mr. Senasinghe said.
At the moment, the girl is imprisoned at the Anuradhapura prison.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera had earlier requested pardon for the girl from the President.

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

Prof. Senerat Paranavitana, an eminent Sri Lankan archaeologist, had deciphered 685 verses written on this wall in the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries. Further writing on the Mirror Wall now has been banned for the protection of old writings of the wall. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • Maya Sunday, 12 April 2015 06:38 PM

    Why can not see be release on bail in the meal time?

    Lawry Sunday, 12 April 2015 06:53 PM

    They need two thirds majority

    Yasin Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:47 PM

    This female has not committed a crime only a misdeed and the sentence does not fit the crime and appears absurd. Anyhow, the absurd sentence was passed and the female was rightfully taken to prison to serve her absurd sentence.Upon hearing of the case The Executive President in his capacity as head of state, pardoned the female thus bringing the whole episode to an end.Why still keep her in prison ?

    SL Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:38 PM

    She is not innocent. She did scribe on the ancient wall.There were enough warning not to scribe as you can see the photo of this post.

    Veda-mama Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:59 AM

    WHAT A PITY? SHE IS NOT INFLUENTIAL AND RICH ENOUGH ATLEAST TO GET HERSELF ADMITTED TO THE PRISON HOSPITAL.

    inda Monday, 13 April 2015 05:08 AM

    I agree with Dan. Why politians involve with the court decision? if politicians above the law how can we expect justice in society. on the other hand school girl should be punished according to the law. She destroyed the mirror wall it, s nations, history.

    DillonDP Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:33 PM

    i think this is a good move and she did spend sometime for the mistake.However taking this as a lesson i think we should reform our punishment system, i think for such wrong doings instead of imprisoning the individual/s i rather think community service such as in this case she could have be assigned for cleaning and keeping tide of the cultural site where she damaged it, and also she could have been taught the importance and value of such history.anyhoo i also think such thinks should be taught in schools where discipline is taught first hence would help us build a respectable and respecting society of values culture and honor.

    sg Monday, 13 April 2015 07:11 AM

    How is Gonawala Sunil got pardon with in one day...??? is this a special policy which UNP government follow..?

    Sincere Sunday, 12 April 2015 03:29 PM

    "ahinsaka daruwek hire, horu eliye!!

    modaya Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:12 PM

    there were so many hindu temples churches and mosques damaged why you dont want to open your mouth about that

    ANTON Sunday, 12 April 2015 03:40 PM

    RELEASE OF BIG SHOTS EXPEDITED........

    ranga Sunday, 12 April 2015 03:49 PM

    People who were elected to put the thieves behind bars...hour samaga heluwen...

    mori Tuesday, 14 April 2015 01:07 PM

    insteadthe teacher in charge of the girl while touring sigiriya should be punishedall the students should be advised before touring heritage sites via DM Android App

    Azmath Buhar Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:27 PM

    "Lokuma horu tika tamath nidalle".... aney manda

    Public Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:41 PM

    Impeach this judiciary interfering president. She was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. She must serve her sentence for the crime.

    Veritas Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:47 PM

    I do not understand! If the president can issue pardons and he issued a pardon, why was she not released forthwith?

    Dan Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:51 PM

    Is this the independence of Judiciary or interference by politicians???? People changed a regime for what?????


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