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Sri Lankan president pardons extremist Buddhist leader

Sri Lanka's president, Maithripala Sirisena has granted a pardon to Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the leader of the extremist Buddhist monk organisation, Bodu Bala Sena. 

The pardon follows Sirisena's visit to prison hospital around the time of Vesak day. 

Gnanasara is currently serving a sentence for threatening the wife of the disappeared journalist, Prageeth Ekneligoda. 

The BBS' national organiser said that he would be released from prison later today or early tomorrow.