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Uvatenne Sumana Thera withdraws appeal

The appeal filed by Ven. Uvatenne Sumana Thera challenging the Colombo High Court’s judgement to convict him was yesterday withdrawn before the Court of Appeal.

The Counsel who appeared on behalf of Ven. Uvatenne Sumana Thera informed court that his client has no intention to proceed with this application since he had received a Presidential pardon.

Ven. Uvatenne Sumana Thera had been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Colombo High Court for allegedly possessing a stock of explosives including firearms and hand grenades at Sri Bodhirajarama temple premises in Maligawatte during the 2010 Presidential Election. Taking into consideration the facts, Court of Appeal Justices Priyantha Fernando and Devika Abeyratne allowed the accused-appellant to withdraw the petition.