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
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.
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.
following the arrest of Jasiharan and Vallarmathy, Tissainayagam was taken into
custody when he went to the police station to inquire about his colleagues.
2008, charges were laid separately against Jasiharan and Vallarmathy on one
side, and Tissainayagam on the other, under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism
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.
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