Ruling Party MPs sign petition seeking pardon for murder convict Duminda Silva

Ruling Party MPs sign petition seeking pardon for murder convict Duminda Silva

25 October 2020 11:30 am

MPs of the Ruling Party have signed and forwarded a petition to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeking pardon for murder convict Duminda Silva, according to Sunday Times. 

According to the report, the petition has been circulated by the staff of Chief Government Whip's Office last Tuesday (20).

“The fact that the Chief Government Whip’s office staff circulated the petition and almost all MPs who attended the group meeting placed their signatures makes clear the exercise had official blessings. When the petition goes to President Rajapaksa, the release of Duminda Silva is thus a strong likelihood. When President Maithripala Sirisena was in office, he pardoned Jude Shramantha Jayamaha, the murderer of Yvonne Jonsson, a 19-year-old Swedish girl living in Sri Lanka.” the Sunday Times reported.

Silva was convicted guilty for the murder of Bharata Lakshman Premachandra.