United States condemns Duminda Silva’s pardon and welcomes the release of PTA prisoners

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US condemns Duminda’s pardon

The United States has condemned the release of Duminda Silva, a former parliamentarian and convicted murderer, under a presidential pardon.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alina B. Teplitz said that pardoning Duminda Silva, who pleaded guilty by the Supreme Court in 2018, would undermine the rule of law.

However, the ambassador acknowledged the release of a number of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

The government today released 16 prisoners (Poson) detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

“We welcome the speedy release of PTA prisoners. But the pardon of Duminda Silva, who was convicted by the Supreme Court in 2018, undermines the rule of law. Equal approaches to accountability and justice are fundamental to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals set by the Government of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Teplitz said.