The pardon is conditional upon Ven. Sumana Thero's withdrawal of an appeal submitted against the High Court's verdict.
Ven. Sumana Thero was a staunch supporter of former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka during his presidential campaign as the opposition's common candidate in 2010.
Around the 2010 presidential election, Ven. Suman Thero was charged with the possession of a T-56 firearm and was handed a rigorous life imprisonment sentence by Colombo High Court judge Adithya Patabandi on 01 June, 2020.
However, the charges leveled against the Thero for allegedly holding 50 hand grenades and 210 live ammunition were dropped and he was acquitted from both charges.
Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Diana Gamage had requested the President and the Prime Minister to grant a pardon to Ven. Uvathenne Sumana Thero recently.