SC grants leave to proceed with Petition

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The Supreme Court, on Friday (23), granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition challenging the Presidential pardon, granted by former President Maithripala Sirisena, to Royal Park murder convict, Jude Shramantha Jayamaha.

This was when the petition filed by the Women and Media Collective, challenging such decision, was taken before a three-Judge Bench. The Court further imposed a travel ban on Jayamaha until the final determination of the case.

Jayamaha was sentenced to death for the murder of Yvonne Jonsson at the Royal Park Condominium Complex in Rajagiriya in 2005, after which he was later granted Presidential Pardon by Sirisena in 2019.

Previously the Supreme Court issued an interim injunction preventing Jayamaha from leaving the country.

BY Faadhila Thassim