Notice issued on Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Notice issued on Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Notice has been issued on former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to make submissions on 16th December over the presidential pardon granted to former MP Duminda Silva.

The notice was issued by the Supreme Court over the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions submitted to court seeking the dismissal of the decision to release the former MP under a presidential pardon.

Duminda Silva was granted a presidential pardon and freed in June by then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Duminda Silva was convicted over the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in 2011.

The Colombo High Court sentenced Duminda Silva to death on September 8, 2016 for the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

However, in 2019 when the current administration took over there had been strong speculation that Duminda Silva will be freed.

A petition was also signed last year by several Government Parliamentarians seeking a pardon for Silva.

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and his bodyguards were murdered in October 2011 ahead of elections held at the time.

Duminda Silva was also injured in the incident and he sought treatment overseas but he was later accused of being involved in the killing. (Colombo Gazette)

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