Tissainayagam granted bail

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By Susitha Fernando

Journalist J.S. Tissainayagam granted cash bail of Rs. 50, 000 by the Courts today on medical grounds. He was sentenced to 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) last year. He was arrested on March 7, 2008 by the Terrorism Investigation Division.

When contacted the Prisons Commissioner told Daily Mirror online that he had still not received the court order to release Tissainayagam.

Tissainayagam was arrested on March 7, 2008 by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police. He was charged with attempting to cause the commission of acts of violence or racial or communal disharmony relating to articles he published in a North Eastern Monthly magazine in 2006 and 2007. He was also charged with collecting and obtaining information for the purpose of terrorism and for donating funds for the purpose of terrorism through the collection of funds for the magazine.

During his trial, Tissanayagam claimed that he was harassed and threatened by the TID while under detention. He has also filed a Fundamental rights petition with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. The TID have produced a confession allegedly signed by Tissanayagam, although he claimed it was dictated to him, and he was pressured to write it in his own handwriting.

The High Court in Sri Lanka sentenced Tissainayagam to a total of 20 years rigorous imprisonment on Monday 31 August 2009, for arousing "communal feelings" by writing and publishing articles that criticized the government's treatment of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians affected by the war, and for raising money to fund the magazine in which the articles were published. 

  Comments - 23

  • Monday, 11 January 2010 09:54 AM

    So many goods things happening thanks to SF. Why not vote to postpone the elections.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 02:55 PM

    Election tricks!!! Too late!!!

    Monday, 11 January 2010 03:08 PM

    SF was short on votes. Hence Tissa was released to cast his.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 10:06 AM

    Is this Justice at work, International Pressure at work or Despotic ruler at work?

    Monday, 11 January 2010 06:31 AM

    What a Year for Good & Bad. God bless mother Lanka.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 11:14 AM

    Result of changing course of wind

    Monday, 11 January 2010 11:17 AM

    We should have Presidential elections more often. How about a ONE year term for the president?

    Monday, 11 January 2010 07:24 PM

    THE justice thanks for journalist to released. the election also playing very importanted part of justice . Judgement

    Monday, 11 January 2010 07:28 PM

    the judges must act according the law, not according the political climate.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 07:36 PM

    The journalist case is a fabricated case by the police, srilanka police law enforced in their hand. but judges . mostly depended on the on law enforce officers.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 08:20 PM

    Hope They make some space because They are prepairing to come in. what laugh.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 08:23 AM

    Thank you President....But be careful.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 12:21 PM

    Legislature is independent from the executive man. Do u atleast knw what you are talking about. Don't exhibit stupidity

    Monday, 11 January 2010 08:35 AM

    Tissa was let out so he could vote for the general on 26th

    Monday, 11 January 2010 12:35 PM

    perhaps having a premonition that they may have to go in , so might as well reduce the congestion

    Monday, 11 January 2010 08:49 AM

    I wonder what US/UK would do to anyonw who justify actions of Al-queda

    Monday, 11 January 2010 12:37 PM

    Rt Hon SF, You are already governing the nation.....go on sir...

    Monday, 11 January 2010 08:55 AM

    Will see what happnes on the 26th. But u should promis me that you want wake up on the 27th morning with a crying childs face. Deal?????

    Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03 AM

    Fonseka bonus

    Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03 AM

    The very people convicted him are releasing him and will soon bow before him to vote for them! This is all because of 'SF PHOBIA'

    Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03 AM

    Generals power works every corner of the country.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 09:19 AM

    Sarath Fonseka gained another vote.

    Monday, 11 January 2010 09:38 AM

    Thank you fonseka, All these are because of Sarath Fonseka,

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