Sri Lanka: Former Chief of Staff of Army accused of abduction of journo remanded till 30 May

A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday further remanded the former Chief of Staff of Army, retired Major General Amal Karunasekara, who was arrested last month on suspicion of the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.

Colombo Page reported Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate, Lochana Abeywickrama remanded the former chief of the Army Intelligence till 30 May.

The court also ordered the Sri Lankan army to disclose information on how military houses in Dompe, Baduwatta and Delgoda in Malwana area were used during the past period.

Keith Noyahr, the former defence writer and the Associate Editor of English weekly ‘The Nation’ was abducted by unidentified men on 22 May 2008. He was found a day later badly beaten up and with head injuries. Noyahr left the country following the attack.

Retired Major General Amal Karunasekara, was arrested on 3 April 2018 on the accusation of attack on Noyahr.

The attack on Noyahr was one of the many high profile attacks on journalists during the regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka was ranked among one of the worst countries for media personnel during Rajpaksa’s regime.

The CID last year arrested six army personnel in connection with the journalist’s abduction and assault.

It has been reported that the suspects were all members of a secret military intelligence platoon operated during the previous regime and were also suspected to be involved in many other acts of violence between 2006 and 2010.

Rajapaksa’s successor President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to revive all investigations into attacks on media personnel which had been stifled under the former President’s rule,

The investigations include the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga, a high-profile Sri Lankan journalist who was critical of Rajpaksa’s regime.

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