Duminda Silva released on Presidential Pardon

Former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, who was serving a prison sentence over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, has been released on Presidential Pardon.

When inquired by NewsRadio Media Spokesman of the Department of Prisons, Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake confirmed that Duminda Silva was among the group of 93 prisoners who were issued Presidential Pardon in lieu of Poson Poya today.

16 former LTTE cadres detained arbitrarily and 77 individuals imprisoned on minor offences were among the group that was released.

Former Parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and three others were killed in a gunfire exchange at the Walpola Junction after the Provincial Council Election on the 8th of October 2011.

Charges were filed against 13 defendants including former MP Duminda Silva by the Attorney General at the Colombo High Court on the 3rd of March 2015.

17 indictments were filed against the suspects by the Attorney General on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiring to murder, illegal assembly and other charges.

The Colombo High Court found Former MP Duminda Silva and four others guilty and sentenced them to death on the 8th of September 2016.

The death sentence was delivered after the bench was split on the verdict with three judges finding the suspects guilty and two judges against.

Silva appealed against the verdict challenging the death sentence issued by the Colombo High Court.

However a five member bench of the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence issued by the Colombo High Court on the 11th of October 2018.

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