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Granting presidential pardon to Royal Park Murder convict tarnishes country’s reputation …. Bimal Rathnayaka

Bimal Rathnayaka

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayaka has stated that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to grant a Presidential Pardon to the Royal Park murder convict Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha has tarnished the reputation of the country.

He was making a statement in Parliament on Monday. Criticizing the grant of presidential pardon, Bimal said:

“President’s move is a bad precedent for future Presidents and it tarnishes the reputation of the country. We should be ashamed as a country. All the main international media organizations have reported this incident where the President granted pardon to the murderer of a Swedish teen. This is humiliation to the entire country. President should clarify the reasons behind his decision to pardon this specific convict.

Why did President Sirisena decide to pardon this specific convict when there are so many others who are more deserving of his pardon? Who told him to do that? Was there any hidden agenda behind that? People are suspicious if there were monetary transactions behind this. The country needs to know the truth and the President should address these concerns immediately.

Not a single Minister from the government had spoken up against the President’s decision to grant a pardon to this convict. You people are within this government and as a government what have you done about it? This government has so many media spokesmen, so why has none of them made a statement in this regard? Has any one of them condemned this act by the president?

President has insulted all the women in this country as well.”

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