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MP makes claims on Eknaligoda

2013 Dec 12

UPFA parliamentarian Arundika Fernando today claimed in Parliament that journalist and cartoonist Pradeep Eknaligoda had gone overseas using a passport of a person in Kalutara.

The MP, who had on an earlier occasion said Eknaligoda was in France, today said that Eknaligoda had gone to Singapore and was very much alive.

He dismissed claims that Eknaligoda was “missing” and that there were reports he was now in Belgium.

Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, in June said she was surprised over the claims made by Fernando at the time that her husband was safe and sound in France.

Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Mrs. Eknaligoda had said that if the claims are true then the government should locate him and bring him back to Sri Lanka.

Also on an earlier occasion Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, had told the UN Human Rights Council, before he was appointed Chief Justice, that the journalist was overseas.

Prageeth Eknaligoda, a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist, was reported missing on January 24, 2010, two days before the presidential polls in Sri Lanka.

He actively participated in the presidential campaign of common opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka while working as a freelance journalist for a pro-opposition website.

Human rights groups including the London based Amnesty International have been campaigning for him to be found.  (Colombo Gazette)

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