Convicted murderer Duminda Silva pardoned

Convicted murderer, former politician Duminda Silva has been granted a presidential pardon.

The Prisons Department said that it had received the documentation from the President’s Office to free Duminda Silva on a presidential pardon.

As a result Duminda Silva was set free today on a presidential pardon.

Duminda Silva was convicted over the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in 2011.

The Colombo High Court sentenced Duminda Silva to death on September 8, 2016 for the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

However, in 2019 when the current administration took over there had been strong speculation that Duminda Silva will be freed.

A petition was also signed last year by several Government Parliamentarians seeking a pardon for Silva.

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and his bodyguards were murdered in October 2011 ahead of elections held at the time.

Duminda Silva was also injured in the incident and he sought treatment overseas but he was later accused of being involved in the killing. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. ICC time to put the Rajapaksas on trial for crimes against the people of Sri Lanka and humanity. We the citizens call for an international trial!

  2. This government is going to be beaten up and given the death penalty by their own voters the way they are going… we demand immediate elections no confidence in this government…

  3. I spent most of my time in libraries and do not have a criminal record, but Gotabaya Rajapaksa blocked me from his Facebook. However, murderer gets Presidential Pardon. The decision making circle is going crazy, this is very unfortunate news for Sri Lanka.

  4. Some are being killed while in police custody and some are given presidential pardon… The justice system seem to be long gone in this country. Only people likes us who are too broke to migrate are left in this country.

  5. This is the last straw! The scum running this country have to be stopped. This pardon is reprehensible even by Sri Lankan standards.

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