Several fundamental rights petitions challenging the Presidential pardon given by President Rajapaksa to ex-soldier Sunil Ratnayake who was Convicted for the Murder of 8 Civilians in Mirusuvil fixed for support On August 4 by a Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayasuriya and Justices Dehideniya and Kodagoda

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Lakmal Sooriyagoda

Several fundamental rights petitions challenging the Presidential pardon given to ex-soldier Sunil Ratnayake were today fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

Former army staff sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake who was convicted and sentenced to death for the Mirusuvil murder case in 2000 had been released after he received Presidential Clemency.

Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice, L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Yasantha Kodagoda fixed the petition for support on August 4.

Several petitioners including the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu had filed these petitions naming Commissioner General of Prisons, the Minister of Justice, the Secretary to the President and the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses as respondents.

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