President defends pardoning Royal Park murder convict

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Royal Park murder convict was granted presidential pardon following many requests made by religious leaders, former Judges and Civil Society leaders, President’s Media Unit said.

The Full Statement

Many religious leaders, former Supreme Court Judges, lawyers, civil society leaders and youth leaders have made representations to President Maithripala Sirisena, recommending granting a sympathetic consideration to the appeal for granting Presidential pardon to 34-year old Don Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha, who is serving a life imprisonment on the murder taken place at Royal Park, Rajagiriya.

Ven Athraliye Rathana Thero, Member of Parliament, played a key role and coordinated in obtaining Presidential pardon for this youth and he has brought the parents and close relations of the youth to meet the President and give a lengthy explanation of the background.

Ven Rathana Thero also made a written appeal to the President explaining that the murder took place due to an argument over a love affair between the youth and the young girl and Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha, while serving his sentence in prison with good behavior and conduct and undertook studies to successfully complete his external degree and now working for his PhD and he is an intelligent young man with a pleasant personality. He appealed to consider above and release him on a Presidential pardon.

Ven Rathana Thero also appealed to the President to consider this in accordance with the Buddhist teachings of compassion.

Ven Baddegama Samitha Thero too urged the President to pardon this youth as an intelligent person he would be a good citizen in future and it would be highly appreciated.

Ven Dr Keradewala Punnarathana Nayake Thero, Dwitheeya Adhikarana Sangha Nayake of Southern Sri Lanka, also stated that the President Should sympathetically consider granting pardon to this youth he has not indulged in any illegal acts apart from the crime he was found guilty. Ven Balangoda Buddhagosha Thero also stressed the importance of granting Presidential pardon to this youth.

When this crime took place Shramantha Anthony Jude Jayamaha was a 19 year old youth and considering that it was reported that the crime was committed due to instantaneous and uncontrolled anger and not a pre-planned murder and considering his good conduct during the last 15 years of prison life and he has completed higher studies and studying for PhD and he is an intelligent and experienced person who has been rehabilitated and he has not been found guilty of any wrong doings during the imprisoned period, and considering that he has an ability to serve the country as a good citizen and in other countries too such amnesty is given to prisoners, the President has decided to pardon Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha.

  Comments - 8

  • hans perlee Monday, 11 November 2019 09:40 PM

    pleasant or not, degree or not, it is still a cold blooded murderer

    Nadaal Monday, 11 November 2019 09:50 PM

    You can’t fool the masses by this week and foolish explanation. Your conscience know why you did it and your guilty conscience shall punish you for the rest of your life.

    chandra Monday, 11 November 2019 09:50 PM

    Questionable Pardon.

    l.v.jayaweera Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:18 AM

    money and power could do any thing in sri lanka. what about the others convicted of petty crimes, who can not afford the money or power.even to get into the prison hospital.this is double standard and the stupid asses who gave them this power. may god bless our country on the 16th

    Sunil Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:28 AM

    The most dastardly act committed by a moron of an utterly inefficient president. He, too, should rot in hell for this.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:30 AM

    So, when the killing is because of a love affair, then the murder is eligible for a presidential pardon? Funny rules are in Sri Lanka.

    Shanaka Fernando Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:45 PM

    Your publication should be embarrassed about such a lopsided representation of a horrendous crime.This futile attempt to pull the blinds over humans with active brains,an instinct for justice and a love for humanity only discredits you

    Kumara Dharmarathne Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:14 PM

    You are very good at passing the ball. Hope this is your last blunder of the tenure.


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