As a Bud­dhist I feel sad for Du­minda

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPULLE

Re­fer­ring to the Supreme Court’s con­fir­ma­tion of the death sen­tence im­posed on Du­minda Silva, UNP MP Hirunika Premachan­dra said yes­ter­day as a Bud­dhist she felt sorry for him but as a cit­i­zen I am happy at the court rul­ing.

The SC on Thurs­day con­firmed the death sen­tence im­posed by the High Court on Du­minda and two oth­ers who were convicted of the mur­der of former pres­i­den­tial ad­viser Bharatha Lak­sh­man Premachan­dra.

Supreme Court af­firms death sen­tence

Thanks the 5-judge bench

At­tempts be­ing made to tar­nish my im­age

The SC on Thurs­day con­firmed the death sen­tence im­posed by the High Court on Du­minda and two oth­ers who were convicted of the mur­der of former pres­i­den­tial ad­viser Bharatha Lak­sh­man Premachan­dra.

She told a news brief­ing that she was ex­tremely thank­ful to the five­judge bench of the Supreme Court who gave the verdict.

“This is a his­tor­i­cal verdict given by the SC where the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary was clearly seen. If this verdict was to be given dur­ing Mahinda Ra­japaksa regime, Du­minda would have been freed,” the MP said.

Mean­while, she said she was con­tem­plat­ing about lodg­ing a com­plaint against the FCID over the al­le­ga­tion lev­elled against her about Rs.20 mil­lion given by the Wel­fare So­ci­ety of the Maga Neguma Con­struc­tion Equip­ment Com­pany to fund her po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

This is a his­tor­i­cal verdict given by the SC where the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary was clearly seen. If this verdict was to be given dur­ing Mahinda Ra­japaksa regime, Du­minda would have been freed

“I have not been en­gaged in such third class work. This is a al­leged at­tempt to tar­nish my name be­cause I have just started my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer,” the MP said.

PIC BY PRADEEP PATHIRANE

A smil­ing Hirunika Premachan­dra ad­dresses the me­dia a day af­ter the SC con­firmed the death sen­tence im­posed on Du­minda Silva.

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