Aparekke Punnananda Thero
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
|Political party||Jathika Hela Urumaya|
|United People's Freedom Alliance|
Child sex abuse charges
Punnananda appeared before Colombo Magistrates Court on 18 March 2011 after admitting he had sexually abused five underage novice Buddhist monks under his care. 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
- "'Abused' child monks handed to probation". BBC Sinhala. 18 March 2011.
- "JHU Buddhist monk accused of sexually abusing child monks". TamilNet. 19 March 2011.
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