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* Supreme Court grants leave to hear the petition against the presidential pardon to the convicted in the Royal Park Murder
Fri, Sep 23, 2022, 10:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 23, Colombo The Supreme Court today granted permission to hear a fundamental rights petition filed requesting to annul the decision by the former President Maithripala Sirisena to grant amnesty to the convict of Royal Park murder, Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha.

The order was issued by the three-member Supreme Court bench consisting of judges Priyantha Jayawardena, Shiran Gunaratne and Mahinda Samayawardena.

The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, which issued this order after a lengthy hearing, also ordered that the petition be called back for hearing on March 30.

In addition, the court also issued a restraining order preventing the respondent Jude Shramantha Jayamaha from traveling abroad.

The petition was submitted by the Women and Media Collective.

The petitioner organization claims that the then President Maithripala Sirisena did not follow the formal legal procedure in granting amnesty to Jude Shramantha Jayamaha, who was convicted in connection with the Royal Park murder case.

The petitioner has requested the Supreme Court to issue a verdict that the fundamental human rights of the people guaranteed by the Constitution have been violated and to issue an order to nullify the gazette notification which states that former President Maithripala Sirisena has granted pardon to the respondent. Jayamaha was convicted of a murder of a 19-year-old Swedish teenager Yvonne Jonsson at the luxurious Royal Park Condominiums at Rajagiriya in July 2005. Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal in 2012, overturning a 12 year prison term imposed by the Colombo High Court, sentenced Jayamaha to death in the murder of Yvonne Jonsson.


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