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Contempt of court -- Gnanasara Thera absent again

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Ven. Galabodaatte Gnanasara Thera was not present in the Court of Appeal when a Bench comprising Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya and S. Devika De L. Tennakoon took up for hearing the case in which he is charged with contempt of court.

A senior lawyer who appeared on his behalf said the monk was not in court because he feared for his life.

President’s Counsel Thirantha Walalaliyadde PC with Shashika Mithuna Arachchi appearing for Ven. Gnanasara Thera told Court that there had been many instances where people appearing in court had been shot and that there was no guarantee that this would not happen to him.

“He must be present in Court. It is a separate case. There is no excuse,” Justice Dehideniya said

Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya said the respondent was not present in Court even on the previous calling date and that his absence was covered by a medical certificate which said he was suffering from hypertension. The DSG said it was a different story this time and requested court to issue warrant for his arrest.

The inquiry was fixed for July 18, 19 and 20. (S.S. Selvanayagam)

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  • Das Wednesday, 14 June 2017 05:33 PM

    Many have died while in custody of the police and prisons.No one has been indicted for these deaths. Judicial inquests were not held. UN Rapporteurs have reported on deaths and torture in custody, but the situation remains same.The judiciary have ignored these deaths.Gnanasara has a justifiable fear that this can happen to him.

    ceylon Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:43 AM

    all pokicemen now resign from their jobs.they cant do their simplest job.no wonder thugs make crimes and ruling the country. via DM Android App

    Borubana Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:47 AM

    This racist coward will never come forward to face the music. The death threat is in his mind and an excuse to hide. The police are there to protect him.

    Desmand Jeromme Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:47 AM

    Shame of this Senior Lawyer, who thinks the judge and the people of SriLanka are fools.

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:52 AM

    Hay so called Lawyer, this is not a school to give un acceptable patcha reasons, this is the prestigious courts, mind it.

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:55 AM

    This monk is hidden by Gotta... IGP please arrest him and produce him to the courts.

    J Palitha Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:57 AM

    He acted like a Terrorist, so why he cannot face the courts? Hon. Judge should not leave this matter easily, stern action should be taken against him.

    Manuel Benjamin Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:58 AM

    RW is keeping him safe, that is the drama right now.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:56 PM

    Sorry to say but its the truth, Ven. Thero is kept in a 4 star hotel in Colombo and well treated by Govt. expenses and it has been approved by RW.

    One Shot Ranjan Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:59 PM

    No doubt, this monk is not yet arrested as he is having close links with the PM

    German Jacob Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:00 PM

    Arrest order was given by the Courts, what are our Police Officers doing? Have their hands been tied up?

    vet Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:40 PM

    better not to waste peoples money for this as he will be released after hearing case for many days this is the truth via DM Android App

    naren Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:49 AM

    Once again,Yahapalanaya is running with the hare and hunting with the hound it appears.

    Mason Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:00 PM

    Why cannot this monk be arrested, kept in custody and brought to courts. That would have been the course adopted had it been an ordinary citizen. This guy must be having political support from the powers that be to be ignoring court orders as he wishes,

    TONY Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:15 AM

    PEOPLE WHO DO GOOD NEED NOT FEAR FOR HIS LIFE


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