Monk jailed for in­tim­i­da­tion:





A fire­brand Bud­dhist monk was sen­tenced to six months in jail by a Sri Lanka court Thurs­day for in­tim­i­dat­ing a woman whose car­toon­ist hus­band has been miss­ing since his ab­duc­tion by the mil­i­tary.

The court in Ho­magama, near the cap­i­tal Colombo, also fined Galago­daatte Gnanasara 1,500 ru­pees ($10) and or­dered him to pay 50,000 ru­pees ($310) in com­pen­sa­tion to Sandya Ek­naligoda for abus­ing her in Jan­uary 2016.

This is the first time Gnanasara has been put be­hind bars although he has faced sev­eral pre­vi­ous cases on charges of hate crimes against mi­nor­ity Mus­lims in Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity Sri Lanka.

He was found guilty of crim­i­nally in­tim­i­dat­ing Ek­naligoda dur­ing a hear­ing at the same court on the ab­duc­tion of her car­toon­ist hus­band Prageeth, who went miss­ing in Jan­uary 2010.

Gnanasara had been there to voice his sup­port for the mil­i­tary of­fi­cers ac­cused of ab­duct­ing Prageeth, whose car­toons lam­pooned for­mer strong­man pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japakse.

In ugly scenes in­side the court­house, he ac­cused Ek­naligoda and her hus­band of sup­port­ing Tamil ex­trem­ists and bring­ing the mil­i­tary into dis­re­pute. (AFP)

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