When KP was arrested, everyone thought that he would spend rest of the lif in a 4X4 cell. my foot ! only after few months figured out that the LTTE leader is enjoying a luxury life under the protection of king thuma and his kewattayas.
Yes, Srilankan president has right to make decision to pardon or to Jail.(period) That's from British law and use in most countries.
The granting of a pardon to a person who has committed a crime or who has been convicted of a crime is an act of clemency, which forgives the wrongdoer and restores the person's Civil Rights. At the federal level, the president has the power to grant a pardon, and at the state level the governor or a pardon board made up of high-ranking state officials may grant it.
The power to grant a pardon derives from the English system in which the king had, as one of his royal prerogatives, the right to forgive virtually all forms of crimes against the crown. The Framers of the U.S. Constitution, in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, provided that the president 'shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.' Throughout U.S. history the courts have interpreted this clause to give the president virtually unlimited power to issue pardons to individuals or groups and to impose conditions on the forgiveness.