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LankaEnews News Editor Arrested

The news editor of a private news website LankaEnews was arrested today by the police for allegedly threatening a family member of a suspect in custody over the recent arson attack on the website office.

News Editor of LankaEnews website, Bennet Rupasinghe was presented before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court this evening.

Courts ordered Rupasinghe to be remanded till April 7.

Rupasinghe was arrested by the Wellampitiya Police after asking him to give a statement to the police over his alleged threat to the brother of one of the suspects in the arson attack.

Sudath Jayalath, brother of one of the suspects in the LankaEnews arson attack called Boothaya had complained to the police that he had received threatening calls from Rupasinghe asking him to convince his brother to change the testimony before the trial.

The police have also accused Rupasinghe of concealing information related to the arson attack.

6 Comments for “LankaEnews News Editor Arrested”

  1. Sarath

    Once again, trumped up charges. First, burn down the office. Next, arrest the editor (not the arsonists). hat next? But, LankaeNews is in cyberspace and can’t be shut down.

  2. raj

    there is no real democracy without freedom of speech. This arrest is nothing to do with their accussation. Real reason is something else. It is a warning to other newspapers. If any newspaper ever dare to write anything against the regime, they will face similar actions or white vans.

  3. brian

    What ever happened to Freedom of the Press, anyone independent that speaks out against this Gov gets arrested killed or goes missing. What is wrong with this picture, yet people still vote for this regime. Makes me wonder what is in the kool-aid in Sri Lanka.

  4. Anyone can make an allegation about a threat over the telephone. Unless this is proved there cannot be a ‘prima facie’ case.
    Is this sufficent grounds for a remand order? Remand is incaceration in jail – without proof of crime. The magistrate could have impounded the accused’s passport and allowed bail, to prevent the accused absconding.
    Thousands are on remand on such flimsy grounds.
    We have a distorted legal system which even does not allow lawyers to visit and advise persons arrested, in police stations.
    This does not happen in other countries. Would any lawyer comment?

  5. Dear Chief Justice, This is over to you. From top to bottom need of code of conduct for Judges. Otherwise our legal system will comes to joke.

  6. vintage voter

    HE WILL END UP LIKE EKNELIGODA AND LASANTHA AND OTHERS.
    ALL THIS HAPPENS IN A COUNTRY THAT BOASTS OF BUDDHISM AND OF COURSE THE JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS TO COME.

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