Former Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who received a conditional Presidential Pardon today (26) has left the Welikada prison a short while ago.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe had signed the document granting Ramanayake Presidential Pardon on the condition that the former MP will not make any comments that defame the court in the future.
The necessary arrangements to release of Ramanayake were carried out by the Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.
On 12 January 2021, the former MP was sentenced to a four-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court on charges of contempt of court, following a statement he had made to media after a meeting at the Temple Trees on 21 August 2017 defaming judges and attorneys in the country.
Ramanayake directed an affidavit to the Supreme Court yesterday apologising for his actions and stated that he would not repeat his behaviour again.
Story by Tharaka Samman
Picture by Amitha Tennakoon