President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to intervene to release General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven.
Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, the BBS claimed.

A group of BBS monks had met an Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana on February 03.

Chief Executive Officer of the BBS, Dr. Dilanthe Withanage said that since it was a judicial matter presently before Court, Sirisena could not intervene. The granting of a pardon, which is the constitutional right of a President can only be done upon a conviction, subsequent to the ending of a judicial process, he outlined.

All efforts are presently geared towards obtaining bail for Gnanasara Thera on February 09, 2016, from the Homagama Magistrate’s Court, he explained.

The monk is presently remanded in Welikada Prison for contempt of court amongst other things.

There will be various protests countrywide (in Kegalle, Colombo and Meerigama) calling for Gnanasara Thera’s release and for him to be granted bail, Dr. Withanage mentioned.

“The BBS and Gnanasara Thera are being targeted, hounded, hunted and persecuted. This is an act of revenge. Only after the incident in Homagama that from where and how Gnanasara Thera obtained his vehicle is being looked at. Using State and Government officials to do so is wrong. We have always called for a Commission to be established to independently inquire who orchestrated the riots in Aluthgama. Now we hear through the media that the Police are investigating how the riots allegedly started following Gnanasara Thera’s alleged involvement. This is wholly unexpected in yahapalanaya (good governance) and even in a time when there is no yahapalanaya. This is a political witch hunt, for which the Bar Association of Sri Lanka is being utilized and is intervening. This is not their mandate.

They should then look into matters like Courts being stoned and judges being booed and jeered, and the assassination of the late Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Rohana Wijeweera,” he observed.

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