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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

S.B. Dissanayake to be released on Friday.

[b]S.B. Dissanayake to be released on Friday.[/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

[b]Colombo, 16 February, ([/b] President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday took steps to reduce the jail sentence on former Minister S.B. Dissanayake to facilitate his immediate release from the prison, Presidents office announced yesterday.

President Rajapakse has taken this step according to powers vested in him in the Constitution following a request made by Maha Sangha from the President on Tuesday.

Accordingly, President Mahinda Rajapakse has conveyed his decision to reduce the jail sentence on S.B. Dissanayake to Justice and Judicial Reforms Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda for immediate action.

According to organisers of the Satyagraha campaign in Colombo demanding the release of S.B. Dissanayake announced that S.B. Dissanayake is due to arrive at Viharamahadevi park in Colombo on Friday evening following his release.

S.B. Dissanayake was sentenced to two years rigerous imprisonment by five Judge Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva on December 7, 2004 for defaming the Supreme Court during a speech he made at a function in Habaraduwa in the year 2003.

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