Gnanasara Thera addressed Magistrate courteously while court was in session

Witness tells Appeal Court:


Contempt Case

by Chitra Weerathne

Venerable Pitigala Dhammawinna Thera in his evidence to the Court of Appeal, said Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had addressed the Magistrate of Homagama courteously during court proceedings against the remanded intelligence officers when bail was refused to the suspect on January 25, 2017.

Ven. Gnanasara Thera is facing a contempt of court inquiry against him following a complaint made by the Magistrate of Homagama, Ranga Dissanayake. He is accused of disturbing the Magistrate Court proceedings on Jan. 25, 2017. Manohara de Silva, President’s Counsel, examined the witness Dhammawinna Thera.

The Deputy Solicitor General, Rohantha Abeysuriya, appeared for the Attorney General.

The witness Dhammawinna Thera said, in his evidence, that the following day, the Ven. Gnanasara Thera, had been remanded on a Magisterial order.

Crossexamined by the Deputy Solicitor General the witness said that he had not heard clearly what the lawyers told the Magistrate after the accused Gnanasara Thera had left the Court.

The Magistrate’s inquiry was into the disappearance of Pradeep Ekneligoda.

The witness said he had gone to the Magistrate’s Court in the hope that the remanded Intelligence officers would be granted bail.

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