Magistrate R. K. Dissnayaka yesterday testified as the first witness at the contempt of court proceedings against the Venerable Galabodaatte Gnanasara Thera. He was the Homagama Magistrate on Jan. 25, 2016, when the Thera committed the alleged offence. At present, he serves as the Colombo Additional Magistrate.
Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya led the evidence.
Magistrate Dissanayake said the Thera had stood before his court and said, “War heroes are being jailed. LTTEers are freed. Bail should be given to the war heroes.” The priest who was not a lawyer, had been advised by a court officer to keep silent, but he went on disturbing the court, the Magisrate said. The Thera demanded that some officers attached to the military intelligence be released. He referred to those suspect as “war heroes”, the witness added.
Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris address the court. The Thera had got histerical and disturbed the court, Magistrate Dissanayake said, adding that the former had insulted the DSG calling him a ‘napunsakaya’.
The witness said he had ordered the Homagama police to take the Thera into custody.
The lawyers who were present at the bar table, had identified the Thera as Galabodaatte Gnanasara, Magistrate Dissanayake said. Attorney-at-law Upali Senaratne, had informed the court of the Thera’s name.
The witness identified the Thera, who was in the Court of Appeal yesterday.