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'Mirror' FRs to be heard tomorrow

2013 Jul 19

The Fundamental Rights Petitions  submitted by the six arrested individuals of 'Sri Lanka Mirror' (including the editor) , journalists of X News website and MP Mangala Samaraweera will be taken up before court tomorrow (19).

The petitions were granted leave to proceed on the 10th August. 2012 by a panel of SC Judges including CJ43 Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.

The petitioners claimed that by the unconstitutional arrest, their fundamental rights of the freedom of speech, expression, engaging in a profession, and freedom from unlawful arrest have been violated.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioners Attorney-at-law Saliya Peiris stated that the five journalists of ' Sri Lanka Mirror' and the female office assistant has been arrested violating their fundamental rights.

He stated that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has obtained a search warrant to search the particular location by misleading the Magistrate.

In order to do that the CID has presented that orders issued pertaining to the fundamental rights law suit ( F.R 543)  and website law suit filed by the editor of the website when it was blocked by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Editor of Sri Lanka Mirror Kelum Shivantha, photographer Ajith Seneviratne, journalists Shiranthani Manawadu, Himashi Karunaratne and Tharindu Rajapaksa had filed the petition demanding Rs 5 million each.

Similarly, the W.D Premawathi the office assistant has also filed a fundamental rights petition demanding Rs 1 million.

The petition  has been submitted by the law firm - Paul Ratnayake Associates.

Attorneys-at-law Saliya Peiris and Upul Kumarapperuma are appearing on behalf of the petitioners.

On July 29th of last year 9 workers attached to Sri Lanka Mirror and Sri Lanka X News websites were arrested at the office located in Ethul Kotte.

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