Sri Lanka hardline monk Gnanasara jailed for intimidation

Sri Lanka, Jun 14: Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was found guilty of criminally intimidating Sanya Eknaligoda at a court in 2016. Sri Lanka rarely convicts Buddhist monks.
This is the first time Gnanasara has been jailed, although he has previously been accused of hate crimes and anti-Muslim violence.
The monk, who leads the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, had interrupted a court hearing in which military intelligence officials were accused of abducting Sanya Eknaligoda’s husband. Prageeth Eknaligoda, a critic of the then government, went missing in 2010.
His wife has led a campaign to trace his whereabouts, and accuses the authorities of not doing enough to investigate his disappearance. In his cartoons, Prageeth Eknaligoda depicted issues of media freedom, political power and social disadvantage. He was well-known for work critical of the administration of then President Mahinda Rajapakse. (Agencies)