Prominent ultra nationalist Buddhist monk Amila Thero under investigation
January 1, 2010 9 Comments
Ven Dhambra Amila Thero a notable ultra nationalist Buddhist monk and senior member of the JVP backed Patriotic National Movement (PNM) has been arrested by the criminal investigations dept. ander allegations that the Thero claimed that he had the ability to send individuals to various countries for foreign employment opportunities.
News sources indicate that several persons have lodged complaints against the Thero at the criminal investigations dept. alleging that the Thero accepted large sums of money and had “promised” them that they would be sent abroad in return.
The prosecution will be on the basis of the violation of certain labour laws pertaining to foreign employment which have been strictly enforced as of recent due to various cases related to Sri Lankan workers being exploited especially when they seek employment in the Middle East etc.
We on religurd welcome this move. Any party that engages in nefarious criminal activities should be dealt with legally.
This is yet another indication as to how Buddhist monks abuse their power and reputed social standing for their own nefarious activities. (The author of this has blogged about the role of monks in Sri Lanka in the past. See older posts)
State media have been quick to react and the author of this post caught one of the prosecutors on a soundbite claiming that the law should be applicable to Ven Theros as they do to the general public. While this author applauds this strangely secular move by the authorities (with the kind of veneration we have for monks I expected them to do nothing! maybe there is some hope after all?)
one cant help but wonder if the govt. would denounce a similar act if it was carried out by a Buddhist monk who supports the govt.? Amila Thero is a staunch supporter of the JVP who are currently backing Ex General Sarath Fonseka for his 2010 presidential bid.
Pro Fonseka websites have been calling this move a political arrest aimed at crippling the Fonseka election machine.
This move is praiseworthy but this author would like to see a precedent set. The authorities must be prepared and be unafraid to investigate any religious figure for an alleged crime in the future, this is the view of Religurd in this regard. No one should be above the law.
If he is convicted I would say good riddance! we are better off without these ultra nationalist racist monks who are always ready to make inflamotory comments in the popular media like the Ayatollahs of Iran.
PNM website: http://www.pnmsrilanka.com/
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