FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

LankaeNews journalist Shantha Wijesuriya inhumanly attacked while in remand

2011-05-04
LankaeNews journalist Shantha Wijesuriya, who is currentlyy in the N Ward of the Mahara Prison in remand custody, has been inhumanlyassaultedd by a prison guard.

Wijesuriya has lodged a complaint with the chief jailer of the Mahara Prison that a prison guard called Chandralal had assaulted him in public for no reason when those in remand at the prison were being taken out from the ward. Lanka News Web learns that a majority of the inmates and jailers at the Mahara Prison have expressed their displeasure at the incident.

It has now been revealed that the arrest of the LankaeNews journalist Shantha Wijesuriya and the temporary suspension of the website following a court order has been carried out according to the strategic plan of the government. Wijesuriya was remanded following an order by the Pugoda Magistrate on contempt of court charges over a story published in the website stating that Pugoda Magistrate Aravinda Perera had ignored a request made by the Attorney General to release the police personnel in custody over the death a person while in the Kirindiwela Police.
Wijesuriya is in custody till May 12.

LNW

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