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Presidential pardon reversed for daughter-rapist

(Srilankamirrror) – The president has reversed a decision about to be implemented to grant a pardon for a man convicted of raping his own daughters, aged two and four years, ‘Ravaya’ reports.  Justice ministry secretary Suhada Gamlath and a prisons commissioner Asoka Hapuarachchi have informed the newspaper about the new decision, taken to prevent any public uproar.

 Yesterday morning (Dec. 01), when ‘Ravaya’ had inquired from Mr. Gamlath, he had confirmed the accuracy of the pardon to be given, proposed by former attorney general Mohan Peiris, and that he had signed the relevant documents.

 However, Mr. Hapuarachchi and prisons chief P.W. Kodippili had claimed that they were unaware about the matter.

 The convict had been given a 36-year prison term, a Rs. 250,000 fine and a Rs. 25,000 compensation.

 He had begun serving the jail term in 2003 at Welikada Prison.

 On the day prior to the delivering of the verdict, he had fled to the US and married a woman there.

 The  US police had notified Sri Lanka about him after he had maltreated her.

 The man is said to be rich, with lands owned by him spread throughout the country.


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