Ven. Gnanasara Thero Pardoned

Update:  The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation, Ven. Gnanasara Thero was released from the Welikada prison, leaving through the backdoor.

The BBS said that the monk left the prison using the backdoor on the advice of security agencies.

He was scheduled to travel to the Rukmalgama temple where he will meet several monks.


The Commissioner General of Prisons has said that he has received instructions on a Presidential Pardon for Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero.

Venerable Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested in 2016 over Contempt of Court charges was convicted of four Contempt of Court charges and sentenced by the Appeal Court to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment, to be completed within 6 years.

However, since the Easter Sunday attacks, there has been strong social and political discourse regarding the release of Gnanasara Thero.