President pardons Nuwan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pardoned rugby player Nuwan
Hettiarachchi who had been in Navy custody.
Hettiarachchi, a rugby player for Navy Sports Club, was arrested by
the Sri Lanka Navy after he was considered a deserter of the Navy. Nuwan
Hettiarachchi had also taken part in several international rugby matches
representing the national team.
Hettiarachchi who represented Navy in 2009 and 2010 crossed over to
Kandy SC this year and played for the club against CH and FC despite
having a contract with Navy SC and was arrested by the naval authorities
and detained at Welisara Navy Camp.
Hettiarachchi played for Sri Lanka in the Asian five nations
tournament against UAE, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Japan in April this