Appeal to President to pardon and release war hero


by Harischandra Gunaratna

National Freedom Front Kalutara District Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to pardon and release war hero and member of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) Sgt Sunil Ratnayake, who is now ib death row.

He said Ratnayake had fought against the ruthless LTTE in defence of the country.

Presidential pardon had been given to 187 persons by the government and among them were drug dealers, rapists, those engaged in serious financial frauds and LTTE cadres responsible for deaths of a large number of innocent civilians and, therefore, the government should not hesitate to release the war hero who had rendered yeoman service to the country, the MP said.

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