Mano withdraws signature from petition calling for Duminda’s release

By Indika Sri Aravinda

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian and Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Mano Ganesan has withdrawn his signature from a petition calling for a Presidential pardon for Duminda Silva.

Ganesan told reporters today that he had decided to withdraw his signature after he was attacked on social media.

He insisted that he signed the petition with a good intention but decided to withdraw the signature after several allegations were made against him.

Duminda Silva was, on September 8, 2016, sentenced to death for the murder of politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. A petition has been signed by several government Parliamentarians and is to be presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, seeking a pardon for Silva.

Ganesan asserted that the only reason he signed the document was to use it as an opportunity to seek the release of Tamil political prisoners. Ganesan said that if Silva is pardoned then there can be a stronger push to secure the release of Tamil political prisoners. (Colombo Gazette)