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Plans afoot to release Duminda: Hirunika

22 January 2019 06:22 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said today she had received information that there was a plan to grant a presidential pardon death row inmate Duminda Silva on February 4.

She told parliament that a group of people were signing a petition in Kolonnawa calling for the release of Duminda Silva through a presidential pardon and it appears that President Maithripala Sirisena had given his consent to do so.

"We never know if the President had given his consent to do so on an agreement with Duminda Silva's brother. If he was given presidential pardon, the other prisoners convicted for drug-related offences would also request to be released and he will have to release them as well," Hirunika said.

She said it was not surprising if the President, who engaged in a political coup on October 26, took a decision to release a drug smuggler like Duminda Silva.

"I regret having campaigned for such a person at the 2015 presidential election," Hirunika said and added that she talked about this matter in parliament not because it was her personal issue because it was so earlier but now it has become a public issue.

Hirunika said the approval of the Attorney General, Justice Minister and Court of Appeal Bench which convicted Duminda Silva was required to grant him permission and added that however, the President could do it arbitrarily. "We never know what he will do," she said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 20

  • Rahul Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:33 PM

    If it happens My3 will be a sin for SLPeople of all walks of life never pardon him n his family. Today too two american nationsls arrested for drug matters. Now no one we as SLankans can belever

    Dun-Hinda Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:06 PM

    The Boss is so stuck in the mud that he will do anything to get the support of SLPP but, he will ot succeed !!!

    ICE Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:07 AM

    Very true! You can see how he is planning and engaging his "lieutenants" for the battle. I am not least surprised if all of them would be released. It is astonishing to see; one side he worships the high level buddhist monks to show he is a strong religious man. Then he nods for these kinds of approvals.

    Cobra Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:06 PM

    Release him and then hang the bugger as promised by the President!!!

    BUSHEL Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:15 PM


    Juse Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:20 PM

    Hey I told that long ago, that Duminda will get presidential Pardon!!! And nothings can CHANGE that !!!??

    bandu Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:21 PM

    So what is the problem;If he is released or not who cares.

    Citizen Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:09 AM

    What a selfish person ur

    afham Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:33 AM

    Go back to your cave

    Shan Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:22 PM

    If he released by MS first MS should be hanged as he is supporting the drug dealers and murder.

    Don Juwan Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:45 PM

    President wants to release him before he passes the order to hang all the drug dealers in custody, as he determined to do so by following Duterte. Blue-blooded will never be hanged.

    Mm Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:00 AM

    Hirunika says “drug dealers” so does it mean that the shooting between dumida and her father was due to drug mafia ?

    Theoryplotter Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:31 AM

    First and foremost, Hirunika’s dad wasn’t an angel. He was in the same boat as duminda Silva. Secondly, she is too dumb to be in politics. This is a never ending game... Backstadding and switching sides. When will the dumb citizens learn!!

    RP Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:53 AM

    Those convicted for grave crime must not be given any pardon. Duminda convicted for Murder. If a political murder convict can be pardoned that promotes political assassinations. Good for the country

    Palli Kanda Wednesday, 23 January 2019 02:18 AM

    These are deals MS will make with MR to allow him to be the Presidential candidate. In the next few months we will see more bizarre things. Why can't everyone see that it's MR who is calling the shots. Our idiotic PM has gone to sleep again and the curse on Sri Lanka is just beginning to happen.

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:14 AM

    Jumping the gun?

    sss Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:11 AM

    That is bad. By the way what happened to your kidnapping case

    praveen Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:19 AM

    that will be the breaking news for this Friday(after a hopper meal)

    Raven Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:53 AM

    So the talk of releasing Gnanasara is only a cover for the pardon of Duminda. It must be true for he has to follow orders for his survival!!!

    Ozman Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:52 AM

    He should be in jail and you to .

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