By Chaminda Silva
Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena yesterday said if Ven Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera serving a prison term was to be offered a presidential pardon, it was not a task that could only be performed by the President alone.
The UNP Minister said so in response to a query whether the government was planning to pardon the controversial monk on Feb. 04. Abeywardena said it was not something that the President could do on his own.
He said that first a report had to be called by the Justice Ministry on the person serving the prison term via the Attorney General from the Commissioner General of Prisons, where the conduct of the prisoner, how long he or she had been in prison etc., would be taken into consideration before the President could make a final decision.