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For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Fonseka’s media secretary quizzed, released

Sanjeewa Samarasinghe, the media secretary of DNA leader Sarath Fonseka, was released by the CID around 9.30 am today (Nov. 28), following his arrest around 3.45 yesterday afternoon.

Samarasinghe told ‘Mirror’ police had questioned him from 6.00 pm to 9.30 am in connection with an anonymous letter it had received against him.

A CID team had gone to his Ragama home around 3.45 pm yesterday and told him that they wanted to obtain a statement from him and also to search the premises.

When inquired by him whether they had a search warrant, police had replied in the negative, but were told to go ahead as he had not objected to it.

Thereafter, the CID had asked for his computer, but was informed that he did not own one.

Subsequent to the search, the police team had taken him to their headquarters and interrogated him until this morning.

The anonymous letter against Samarasinghe alleges he is preparing, along with an NGO, a report and a pictorial to be sent to the UNHRC session in March to claim war crimes by the Sri Lankan military, and had doctored pictures of dead LTTE members to show them as Tamil civilians and given them to the Tamil Diaspora, and also misinformed the international community that the Army had murdered inmates during the recent clash at Welikada Prison.

The letter also alleges he had bought a house from Ragama with the money he had received for doing all these.

However, he had vehemently rejected the allegations contained in the letter.

The CID has also questioned about his duties at the office of Mr. Fonseka and also whether he had any dealings with lankaenews.com website editor Sandaruwan Senaratne, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera and his media secretary Ruwan Ferdinandis.

Samarasinghe has told police that both MP Samaraweera and Ferdinandis were known to him, but that he had no dealings with any of them now.
http://www.mirror.lk/news/3451-fonseka-s-media-secretary-quizzed-released

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