Gnanasara Thero’s release may be delayed

The Bodu Bala Sena says the release of their General Secretary Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero from prison may be delayed.

The organisation had previously said he was to be released this afternoon as President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly decided to pardon him.

Gnanasara Thero is serving a minimum of six years for multiple charges of contempt of court and threatening a person inside the courthouse.

Meanwhile, RepublicNext learns that several groups are planning a challenge to the Presidential pardon.

Two prominent political figures who are close supporters of Sirisena had called for the pardoning of the controversial demagogue.

They are former Minister Wiejayadasa Rajapaksha and Eastern Province Governor M L A M Hisbulah.

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