Aparekke Punnananda Thero

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Aparekke Punnananda
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
In office
Personal details
Political party Jathika Hela Urumaya
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Occupation Buddhist monk

Aparekke Punnananda is a Sri Lankan politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Child sex abuse charges[edit]

Punnananda appeared before Colombo Magistrates Court on 18 March 2011 after admitting he had sexually abused five underage novice Buddhist monks under his care.[1][2] Two of Punnananda's alleged victims gave evidence to the magistrate who has ordered the police to produce the other three alleged victims before the court. The magistrate also ordered the police to investigate whether other underage novice monks were abused in the Budhhist temple where Punnananda is the chief incumbent. Punnananda is on bail