Overseas travel ban on Royal Park murder convict

The Supreme Court has issued an interim injunction preventing Royal Park murder convict Jude Shramantha Jayamaha from leaving the country.

The Supreme Court today took up the petition filed challenging the decision of former President Maithripala Sirisena to grant a presidential pardon to Jayamaha.

The petition was filed by the Women and Media Collective, and was taken up today before a judge bench comprising Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Vijith Malalgoda and Gamini Amarasekara.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena who appeared on behalf of the petitioners stated that the former President’s decision to select and pardon only Jayamaha out of the over thousand convicts currently on death row, was completely unconstitutional.

Jayawardena has also informed the Court that the murder convict had already left the country.

In 2012 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