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Sajith condemns decision to pardon Royal Park murder convict

New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today condemned President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to grant a presidential pardon to Royal Park murder convict Shramantha Jayamaha.

Premadasa taking to his twitter account today said, “I condemn the President’s decision to pardon Yvonne’s killer. As someone whose father was murdered, I understand the family’s grief. We cannot be bystanders to violence, especially against women. As President I will never abuse the power of pardon. SP”

Jayamaha was sentenced to death for brutally murdering 19 year old Swedish-Sri Lankan national Yvonne Johnson at the Royal Park condominium in June 2005.

National Peoples Power(NPP) movement presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake in a statement yesterday said the President’s decision was unfair, unlawful and unjustifiable.

However, SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa is yet to announce his opinion about the President’s decision.