Home / News/ AG challenges acquittal of Gnanasara; CA fixes Argument on 23 November

AG challenges acquittal of Gnanasara; CA fixes Argument on 23 November


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:10


By S. S. Selvanayagam

Court of Appeal yesterday fixed for Argument on 23  November the appeal filed by the Attorney General against the High Court Judgment, wherein Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero and two Buddhist monks, as well as 10 other laymen, were acquitted on the indictment against them for the alleged attack on the Calvary Church at Araliya Uyana in Talahena.

The Bench comprised Justices Deepali Wijesundera and Achala Wengappuli.

The Court of Appeal, on 2 February, directed the Counsel for the Accused-Respondent Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero to file Written Submission on 23 May, in respect of the Appeal filed by the Attorney General against the judgment of the Colombo High Court, which acquitted Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero and two Buddhist monks, as well as 10 other laymen, who had been indicted for the alleged attack on the Calvary Church at Araliya Uyana in Talahena.

The Attorney General cited S. A. Athula Seneviratne, W. M. Sudu Banda, H. Thamara Beatrice, A. K. Denzil Premakumara Perera, D. S. P. Kandana Arachchi, T. K. Somadasa, E. M. Victor Ratnayake, K.W. Karunananda, E. M. H. Ratnayake, Aththaragama Gnanawimala Himi, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Himi, Angulagalle Siri Jinananda Himi and Dhanuska Sanjeeva as Accused-Respondents.

The Accused-Respondents had been indicted in the Colombo High Court for having committed offences of being members of an unlawful assembly to attack the said Calvary Church; for causing mischief to the said Church and causing injuries to Sydney Roshan Anderson and John Anton Anderson, as well as for robbery of two gold chains.

The High Court, in its judgment on 02.04.2014, acquitted all the accused. The Attorney General, in his appeal against the Judgment of the High Court, is seeking the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment of the High Court, and convict and sentence the accused according to law, and make order substituting the order quashed.

Manohara de Silva PC appeared for Ven. Gnanasara Thero. State Counsel Himali Jayanetti appeared for the Attorney General. U. R. de Silva, Kalyana Tiranagama and Sandamalee Ekanayake appeared for 10 Respondents.


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of


Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h


Confusion in Maldivian opposition is to Yameen’s advantage

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The ongoing confusion in the ranks of the Maldivian opposition, barely three months before the presidential election, works to the advantage of the incumbent President and candidate of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen.


Implications of inward FDI on China: Lessons to be learnt

Saturday, 23 June 2018

China overtook the United States to become the largest trading nation in the world in 2014. China is the second largest economy in the world behind the United States and the largest exporter in the world. It is referred to as the factory of the world


Columnists More