For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Dummalasuriya Police apologized to the JVP for arresting two of its members alleging they had pasted illegal posters. The police apologized when a petition filed in Supreme Court by the two JVP members was heard before a three judge bench comprising Judges Shirani Bandaranayake, Chandra Ekanayake and T.A Ratnayake today.
The two JVP members were taken into custody on 02.10.2010 while pasting posters that stated “Release former Army Commander immediately! – JVP.”
The Supreme Court after hearing the case decided that the arrest by the police violated fundamental rights of the two JVP members and ordered Dummalasuriya Police to apologize to the JVP members in open court. Accordingly, Constables Madhusanka and Lakshman and the officer who represented the OIC of Dummalasuriya Police apologized to the petitioners.
Senior Counsel Saliya Peiris and Counsel Sunil Watagala appeared for petitioners