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Controversial SriLanka monk Gnanasara found guilty of threatening missing journo Prageeth’s spouce

Controversial Sri Lankan monk, the chief of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Gnanasara thero was found guilty in Homagama Courts Magistrate for threatening missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife Sandya Eknaligoda.

The sentence is to be delivered on 14th June sources confirmed.

Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared in January 2010, and his wife Sandhya filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the Court of Appeal, that is being investigated at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court.

Sandya Eknaligoda wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda with with their two sons Sathyajith Sanjaya and Harith Danajaya, Sri Lanka, 10 January 2011
Prageeth Eknaligoda is a journalist who disappeared in January 2010 just before the Sri Lanka presidential election. He was known to be a government critic, and was also involved in the election campaign of the opposition candidate.

Since then not a word has been heard from Prageeth, who was 50 when he disappeared, not even from third parties. He worked for website Lankae News.

The Eknaligoda case is one among tens of thousands of missing persons cases that the new government of Maithripala Sirisena has pledged to resolve. A presidential commission has already recorded more than 20,000 such cases, including more than 5,000 security services members.

Seven military intelligence personnel attached to the Giritale army camp have been arrested in connection with the journalist’s disappearance. On 26 January 2016, the BBS monk stormed into the Homagama Magistrate’s Court demanding to intervene in the case on behalf of ‘war heroes’ he said were being wrongly accused in the case.

When the magistrate denied his request the monk hurled insults at the judge and government lawyers, accusing them of betraying the country’s armed forces, and allegedly threatened Sandhya Eknaligoda who was inside the court house, saying her husband was a member of the LTTE. He accused Sandhya of tarnishing the name of the armed forces by alleging that her husband had evidence of use of chemical weapons.

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