Saturday, May 08, 2010

Bail chance for detained journalist

by Chitra Weerarathne - The Attorney General told the Supreme Court yesterday that he sanctioned the granting of bail to freelance journalist Ruwan Weerakoon of the ‘Bottom Line’ newspaper and Associated Press.

Senior State Counsel Riyaz Hamza appeared for the Attorney-General, made a respondent in the fundamental rights violation application filed on behalf of Ruwan Weerakoon.

The petitioner had said that he was subjected to an illegal arrest and illegal detention, on the allegation of having facilitated Laxman Seneviratne to speak to General Sarath Fonseka on the phone.

The arrest was made by the CID on March 17, 2010.

Saliya Pieris appeared for the petitioner.

The Bench comprised Justice Shirani Tilakawardene, Justice K. Sripavan and Justice S. I. Imam.

The rights violation application will be called before the Court again on July 7.

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