Discharge of Magazine Publisher and Partner in Sri Lanka Welcomed

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes a decision by a court in

Sri Lanka to order the release of magazine publisher Vetrivel Jasiharan and his

partner Vadivel Vallarmathy, after 19 months’ detention on charges of

terrorism.

 

Yesterday’s summary

judicial order discharging Jasiharan and Vallarmarthy was issued after the

state attorney reportedly informed the court that there was no evidence linking

them with any terrorist act or organisation.

 

Jasiharan

and Vallarmathy were arrested by Sri Lankan police from their office premises

in March 2008. Jasiharan was the owner of OutreachSL.com, a website edited by J.S.

Tissainayagam.

 

The day

following the arrest of Jasiharan and Vallarmathy, Tissainayagam was taken into

custody when he went to the police station to inquire about his colleagues.

 

In August

2008, charges were laid separately against Jasiharan and Vallarmathy on one

side, and Tissainayagam on the other, under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism

Act (PTA).

 

Tissainayagam

was convicted on August 31 this year. His conviction is currently under appeal.

 

“The IFJ welcomes

this judicial order and wishes Jasiharan and Vallarmathy the peace and quiet

they need after 19 months’ detention,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents

over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries