Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, head of Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), walks towards a prison bus while accompanied by prison officers after he was sentenced by a court in Sri Lanka. June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned a hardline Buddhist monk who is accused of inciting violence against ethnic minority Muslims and convicted of contempt of court, officials said on Wednesday. The president’s office did not give any reason for the pardon, which was condemned by a security thinktank as a blow […]

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