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Journalist Sanjeewa Samarasinghe arrested by CID

2012 Nov 27

Journalist Sanjeewa Samarasinghe arrested by CID

CaFFE and CHR  says the arrest is illegal.



Well-known journalist and the Secretary of the Lake House branch of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS)  Mr Sanjeewa Samarasinghe, was taken in to custody by the CID on Tuesday 27th, 2012 at around 5.15 pm.  A person said to be Inspector of Police, Mr. E. Amarasinghe of the CID had gone to the Mr. Samarasinha's house in Ragama and had taken him into custody, his lawyer  Shrilal Lankatilaka complained to Campaign for Free and Faire Elections (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR).

There was NO reason given on the arrest, which is illegal by the law, but told by officer that  he was being taken to the CID to record a statement.

CaFFE and CHR issued the attached statement just minutes after the incident asking  protection and condemning the incident.

WE got to know that Mr. Samarasinha was questioned on:

1. Whether he had been supplying news to any web base media   

2.  Whether he is having any connection with the Lanka E News, which is band by the Telecommunication Regulation Commission (TRC)

3.  Whether is using any commuters

4. Whether he had been utilized for writing articals that there had been war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Sanjeewa Amarasinghe had for many years worked at Lake House as a journalist as well as he head of the UNP Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya trade union.  He was interdicted by the Lake House administration, a clear politically motivated action  nearly 2 years ago.

Mr. Samarasinhge was working as the Media Secretary of the Leader of the National Alliance, Mr. Sarath Fonseka, for nearly two (2) months.

Mr. Samarasinghe was Questioned through out the yesterday night, and still kept in the CID, by 6.30 am today (November 28th, 2012). 

CaFFE and CHR request all the concerned parties to work on the safety of Mr. Samarasinghe and voice against  the 'illegal arrest'.


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