Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is likely to pardon Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, informed sources in Colombo have told the Tamilpolity.
Mr Sirisena is said to have promised Buddhist monks from the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) who met him on Monday at the Presidential Secretariat that he would favorably consider their request for the release of the ultranationalist monk.
Earlier, Sri Lankan police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the same monks who tried to enter the Presidential Secretariat; later to be invited by the Sri Lankan president into his secretariat.
Gnanasara was jailed last June for intimidating the wife of the disappeared journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, in a court in 2016.
Despite being accused of inciting Sinhala - Muslim riots in 2014, no charges were brought against Gnanasara, neither during the presidency of Rajapaksa nor Sirisena.