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Sri Lanka: Court order to arrest Editor of Lanka e-News web site sadaruwan Senadeera

By Muditha Gamage in Colombo
22 April 2011,

Sri Lanka’s Magistrate Court has directed the Police to arrest and produce the controversial Editor of Lanka e-News website sadaruwan Senadeera before the courts on alleged charges of publishing a false web report.

Sadaruwan Senadeera who had fled to Britain after saying he had received death threats, said, this publish report with regard to a matter pending before courts.

The order was issued by the Pugoda Magistrate Aravinda Perera and also he ordered the Police to inform the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

An earlier Sri Lankan court has granted bail to the Bennett Rupasinghe, News editor of LankaeNews who was arrested last month, for allegedly threatening another man.

Lankaenews, cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, also disappeared two days before the January 2010 presidential election.

The office of the Lankaenews in Colombo was burnt down last January by an “unknown group” of people.

– Asian Tribune

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