The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

07/16/2019 | Press release | Archived content

Acts of disgrace Maha Sanga should be condemned – President

Any attempt to disgrace Maha Sanga should be vehemently condemned rejected irrespective of the positions and capacities of the accusers, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

President made these comments at an event to open a newly constructed Sacred Relic Chamber and Sermon chamber at Palanda Raja Maha Viharaya today (16).

Those who try to bring a bill before Parliament to repeal the death penalty attempt to let the accused of the Easter Sunday attack which cost nearly 300 lives to go scot-free, he added.

According to the Criminal Law of this country death sentence is the punishment for a murder, conspiracy against the state and terrorist activities and with the moves to abolish the death sentence it will not be possible to punish any offenders of these crimes, President added.

All the suspects of the 'Bond Scam ' have been revealed and are in custody while international warrants have been issued to arrest those who are in other countries said the President adding that he had personally spoke with the Prime Minister of Singapore regarding the extradition of Arjun Mahendran. Investigations are well underway, President assured.

President Sirisena also said all the individuals who have links to the Easter Sunday attack have been arrested and investigations continue. Since there are clear evidences against them, they also should be sentenced to death according to the prevailing law of this country, President added.

Strict punishments for any deliberate wrong doing should be in place in order to build a respectable society and the fear against punishment is helpful to create a virtuous nation, he further said.

Following the unveiling of the plaque, President went on an inspection tour of the new building.

President handed over a memento to Chief incumbent Ven. Devamulle Kalyanwangsha Thero.

Ven. Pibure Uditha Thero, Minister Rajitha Senarathna, Former Ministers of the Western Province, District Secretary U.D.C Jayalal and many others were among the gathering.