Written by Bella Dalima
11 Apr, 2014 | 7:04 pm
Nine members of the Former President’s Security Division, who were sentenced to imprisonment over the torture of musical couple Rookantha Gunathilake and Chandralekha Perera, were released following a presidential pardon on Friday.
Commissioner General of Prisons, Chandraratne Pallegama noted that one of the convicts who was serving time at the Welikada Prison and the other eight who were serving time at the Kalutara Prison have been released.
Pallegama noted that they were released based on special powers vested in the President. The nine former presidential security division personnel, were sentenced to four and a half years rigorous imprisonment last year by the Panadura High Court.
One of the defendants who was disabled, received a lenient sentence.
The former PSD personnel were convicted of breaking into the residence of Rookantha Gunathilake and Chandralekha Perera at about 9 o’clock on the night of January 26, 2000, and harassing and torturing them which included cutting off their hair.
The defendants had doused the couple in petrol and had stolen a jeep and jewellery from the house before fleeing.
Presidential Spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake said that the President had granted presidential pardons to the convicts following a request made of him by Rookantha Gunathilake, at a recent meeting.
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