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Date set for Sivaram murder trial

Sivaram was abducted in Colombo in April 2005 and his body was found dumped in a HSZ, a day later
A court in Sri Lanka has set the dates for the trial of the abduction and murder of a senior Tamil journalist.

The Colombo High Court has decided to proceed with the trial on the murder of Tamilnet editor Dharmetnam Sivaram (Tharaki) on 01September.

Mr Sivaram was abducted in Colombo on 28 April 2005. His body was found dumped in Sri Jayawardenepura, a high security zone, a day later.

The Attorney General has filed charges against Arumugam Sri Skadharaja also known as Peter in 2006.

But the case did not proceed further despite having taken for hearing few times for over five years.

International and Sri Lankan media watchdogs have voiced anger over lack of progress in murder investigation.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (FMM) have urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to let the murderers go unpunished.

BBC Sinhala

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