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Soldier arrested for attacking Sinhala newspaper editor 10 years ago

Colombo, Jul 11(BAN/CD): A soldier who attacked the editor of a popular Sinhala newspaper 10 years ago, was arrested in Sri Lanka, said Sri Lankan police.

He was arrested after the fingerprints found on the editor’s car matched with his.

Upali Tennakoon, the editor of Rivira newspaper, was brutally attacked along with his wife in January 2009, two weeks after the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the editor of The Sunday Leader.

Mr Tennakoon and his wife were attacked as they were driving to their workplace.

A gang of unidentified people assaulted the couple after surrounding their car.

Since this incident, Mr Tennakoon has been living in the US.

The incident was one of the attacks against media during the former regime of the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa between 2005 and 2015.

The arrest came after the Attorney General’s instructions on June 27, the police said.

According to NDTV, the attacks on media people during the Rajapaksa regime were blamed on an alleged military intelligence group operating form a camp in central Colombo.

Five more from the group had been previously indicted and granted bail on the murder of Wickrematunga and abductions and assault on two other journalists.

During the regime of the then President Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka was ranked as one of the worst places in the world for journalists.


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