Sri Lanka’s controversial monk sentenced to 6 yrs RI over contempt of court

Sri Lanka’s controversial monk sentenced to 6 yrs RI over contempt of court

Colombo, Aug 8 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s controversial Buddhist monk and General Secretary of the Body Bala Sena, Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was sentenced to 19 years rigorous imprisonment, to be carried out in six years by the Appeals Court over contempt of Court charges on Wednesday.

The monk was charged over over his alleged offensive behaviour inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court on January 25, 2016.

The court ordered Gnasara to be taken into custody immediately but his party, the BBS said the monk had been admitted to a hospital in Colombo on Tuesday to undergo a surgery.

A spokesman for the BBS said an appeal had also been submitted to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court to be forwarded to the Appeals Court.

Gnanasara Thera was sentenced to six-months rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty of threatening and intimidating Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda on January 25, 2016 at the court premises. The Thera is currently on bail after filing an appeal petition against the conviction.