Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Shantha from LankaeNews arrested on contempt of court charges

Lanka News Web-The police arrested journalist Shantha Wijeysuriya from the LankaeNews this evening. He was arrested by the Kiridiwela Police from the LankaeNews website office on contempt of court charges after interrogating for 30 minutes.

He is to be presented before the Pugoda Magistrate Court tomorrow (26).

The Sri Lankan media has for some time called for amendments to the laws pertaining to contempt of court as the existing laws were archaic.

Pugoda Magistrate Aravinda Perera ordered the police to arrest the editor of LankaeNews for publishing a story on the 19th saying the Magistrate has failed to release two suspects who

have not been charged by the Attorney General.

The website immediately published an apology over the story.

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