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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. 




 
 

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-5+37 # Guest 2010-01-11 12:01
What a Year for Good & Bad. God bless mother Lanka.
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-81+9 # Guest 2010-01-11 13:53
Thank you President....But be careful.
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-10+37 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:05
Tissa was let out so he could vote for the general on 26th
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:19
I wonder what US/UK would do to anyonw who justify actions of Al-queda
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:33
Fonseka bonus
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:33
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'
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:33
Generals power works every corner of the country.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 14:49
Sarath Fonseka gained another vote.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 15:08
Thank you fonseka, All these are because of Sarath Fonseka,
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 15:24
So many goods things happening thanks to SF. Why not vote to postpone the elections.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 15:36
Is this Justice at work, International Pressure at work or Despotic ruler at work?
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 16:44
Result of changing course of wind
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 16:47
We should have Presidential elections more often. How about a ONE year term for the president?
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 18:05
perhaps having a premonition that they may have to go in , so might as well reduce the congestion
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 18:07
Rt Hon SF, You are already governing the nation.....go on sir...
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 20:25
Election tricks!!! Too late!!!
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-11 20:38
SF was short on votes. Hence Tissa was released to cast his.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-12 00:54
THE justice thanks for journalist to released. the election also playing very importanted part of justice . Judgement
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-12 00:58
the judges must act according the law, not according the political climate.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-12 01:06
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.
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-0+0 # Guest 2010-01-12 01:50
Hope They make some space because They are prepairing to come in. what laugh.
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