For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Magistrate Jayaki de Alwis has ordered the arrest of LankaEnews News Editor Bennet Ratnayake. The Magistrate was removed from the judiciary by former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva over an alleged disciplinary issue while she was serving as the Chief Magistrate of the Anuradhapura courts and her gratitude towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa in re-instating her has been shown by delivering the order to remand Bennet until April 7.
We earlier reported the plan followed by the police on a directive by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to place the blame of the arson attack on the website office on its staff.
A senior lawyer said the anti-democratic move to arrest the victims of the arson attack on the LankaEnews office by the Rajapaksas should be condemned by all persons who support democracy and that the arrest is a conspiracy to shut down the website that has fearlessly reported the truth the government has tried so hard to hide from the people. The lawyer added that the magistrate’s decision not to grant bail to Bennet was a biased decision