For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The Lanka E-news website, which suffered an arson attack last month by an unidentified group, complained to the Kaduwela Magistrate that it has no confidence in the independence of the police investigation, and requested that be taken over by the courts.
Counsel Manjula Pathiraja who appeared with Namal Rajapaksa and Hemapala Ekanayake for the website, informed Kaduwela Chief Magistrate Ms. Janaki de Alwis that with the arson attack at dawn on January 31 the entire office together with its library, computers and other equipment were gutted, and the total damage caused amounted to Rs. 11 million. The counsel stated that there is no assurance that the police would conduct an impartial inquiry into the attack, and requested that the investigation be taken over by the Magistrate.