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Tissainayagam granted bail
2010-01-11 11:49:23
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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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Monday, 11 January 2010 06:31
What a Year for Good & Bad. God bless mother Lanka.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 08:23
Thank you President....But be careful.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 08:35
Tissa was let out so he could vote for the general on 26th
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Monday, 11 January 2010 08:49
I wonder what US/UK would do to anyonw who justify actions of Al-queda
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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03
Fonseka bonus
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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03
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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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:03
Generals power works every corner of the country.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:19
Sarath Fonseka gained another vote.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:38
Thank you fonseka, All these are because of Sarath Fonseka,
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Monday, 11 January 2010 09:54
So many goods things happening thanks to SF. Why not vote to postpone the elections.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 10:06
Is this Justice at work, International Pressure at work or Despotic ruler at work?
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Monday, 11 January 2010 11:14
Result of changing course of wind
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Monday, 11 January 2010 11:17
We should have Presidential elections more often. How about a ONE year term for the president?
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Monday, 11 January 2010 12:35
perhaps having a premonition that they may have to go in , so might as well reduce the congestion
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Monday, 11 January 2010 12:37
Rt Hon SF, You are already governing the nation.....go on sir...
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Monday, 11 January 2010 14:55
Election tricks!!! Too late!!!
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Monday, 11 January 2010 15:08
SF was short on votes. Hence Tissa was released to cast his.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 19:24
THE justice thanks for journalist to released. the election also playing very importanted part of justice . Judgement
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Monday, 11 January 2010 19:28
the judges must act according the law, not according the political climate.
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Monday, 11 January 2010 19:36
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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Monday, 11 January 2010 20:20
Hope They make some space because They are prepairing to come in. what laugh.
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