Colombo, November 11 (BBC):-Sri Lanka’s outgoing President Maithripaa Sirisena has caused public outrage by pardoning a death row prisoner who had murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005. Jude Jayamaha, from a wealthy, high-profile family, walked free from prison following President Maithripala Sirisena’s highly unusual decision to pardon him.
The victim’s sister, Caroline Jonsson, said the killer had shown no remorse.
Sri Lankans criticised the move online.
Mr Sirisena is not standing in next Saturday’s presidential election. He had failed to get support from his own party to contest the poll.
President Sirisena announced last month he was considering a request to grant Jayamaha a pardon, saying he had behaved well in prison and had been jailed aged 19 “over an incident of impatience”.