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Reveal Mandana's attackers “ SLWJA

2013 Aug 27

Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association has issued a press release demanding that the suspects of the attack on the President of Sri Lanka Journalists’ Trade Union (SLJTU) and ‘Sunday Leader’ journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema’s residence should be revealed.

The press release with the signature of its General Secretary Ranga Jayasuriya states:

“Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association condemns the attack on Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema by a gang of thugs that broke into her residence on Saturday early morning, assaulted her and threatened residents.

The gang of thugs that broke into the residence of Mrs. Abeywickrema on the 24th at about 2.00 a.m. had stayed in the house for about three hours messing around, plundering her jewellery and going through her files and documents.

Meanwhile, a posse of police officers that had arrived on information from her husband who had arrived at the house at the time, tried to apprehend the suspect and in the ensuing shootout one suspect was killed. The other suspects were arrested and have been detained.

We, as the Sri Lanka working Journalists Association, call upon authorities to hold an independent investigation and emphasize that the suspects should be revealed to the country.

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