Feb 08, Colombo: The Homagama High Court today (Feb 8) suspended the six months rigorous imprisonment sentence imposed on Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero for a period of five years.
Homagama Magistrate's Court in June 2018 sentenced the controversial Buddhist monk to six months in jail after he was found guilty of threatening Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.
Homagama High Court Judge Amal Ranaraja announcing the verdict on the appeal filed by the defendant against the lower court's rule today, suspended the six month sentence for five years but upheld the guilty verdict on Gnanasara Thera delivered by the Homagama Magistrate's Court.
The BBS Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was charged over statements he made during a court hearing in January 2016 when the habeas corpus case with regard to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda was heard in the Homagama Magistrate court.
The case was filed by the Homagama Police on the 25th of January 2016 at the Homagama Magistrate Court charging the Thero of criminal harassment and criminal intimidation of a witness, Sandhya Ekneligoda.
The High Court was to rule on the appeal on 30 January but after considering a further study of the case, the Homagama High Court decided to grant the verdict today (08).
The controversial Thero is currently serving a six-year jail term after convicted of contempt of court.