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Sri Lankan court suspends Presidential Pardon given to Duminda Silva

The Supreme Court today decided to suspend the Presidential pardon granted to former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva.

Court also ordered a travel ban on Silva and called for his passport to be confiscated. Furthermore, the Court has also ordered the CID to arrest the former parliamentarian.

The order was issued after hearing two petitions that had been filed by former MP Hirunika Premachandra and her mother Swarna Premachandra challenging the presidential pardon granted to Silva.

The Colombo High Court sentenced Silva to life imprisonment in 2016, over the murder of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, the father of former MP Hirunika Premachandra.

Although Silva filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the decision, the Court upheld the verdict on the murder conviction by the High Court.

However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa later granted a special Presidential pardon to Silva on 24 June 2021.

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