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UPFA MP Arundika Fernando said yesterday that the French Embassy should conduct a full inquiry and provide any information available on missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda to the Sri Lankan authorities.

Fernando said that the disappearance of Eknaligoda would be detrimental to the future of the country if it was not properly investigated as the government had already come under fire for the disappearance of journalists, including Eknaligoda before international human rights tribunals.

“When I found out about Eknaligoda I informed the relevant authorities and an investigation was likely to have been conducted at the time. I stayed quiet about it. But there have been continuous allegations against the government and when the UNP charged that the government was responsible for suppressing, assaulting and killing journalists, I decided that I should speak up,” Fernando said.

He alleged that he met Eknaligoda during a visit to France in December 2011 in a house shared by about ten Sri Lankans including journalist Manjula Wediwardena who introduced Eknaligoda to him.

 “I recall that he was short, bald and elderly-looking. Manjula introduced him to me at the time, but now he denies it. I believe he is afraid and feels that there might be a threat to his life and the others who are also secretly residing abroad like Eknaligoda,” he said.

He said that several journalists like Eknaligoda had sought refuge abroad with the support of international agencies and diplomatic missions and could not be returned home. However, the people need to be informed about the truth, he said.  (Olindi Jayasundara)

Video by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 22

  • Kane Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:51 PM

    Nikkang katta waagna inda thibuna ne!

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 14 June 2013 02:08 AM

    He has had a dream in which he had seen Ekneligoda .......................In 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    angode Friday, 14 June 2013 12:00 AM

    munta pissu via DM Android App

    mani Thursday, 13 June 2013 06:02 PM

    why can't the SL embassy lodge a complain and look out for him. Just publish is photo in the local news papers and some one will inform, if there is any truth to this. If not arrest this MP for spreading rumours

    Grace Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:59 PM

    We can expect many stories like this before coming November.

    Mahinda R Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:39 PM

    This guy is a really an sole.

    Porky Pig Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:22 PM

    When a citizen of Sri Lanka goes missing, the Sri Lanka government has to carry out an investigation. If this person is supposed to be in France, the Sri Lanka Embassy in France need to investigate. What is this man talking about. Are these type of joker the voters of Sri Lanka elect. Sri Lanka has a high literacy rate but low in IQ.

    syman silva Thursday, 13 June 2013 04:01 PM


    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:58 PM

    What a parliament is this to have people like this as MPs.

    syman silva Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:53 PM


    saradiyal Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:50 PM

    Just like politicians majority of journos also are after money and power. Best example is former editor of "Ukthiya" Sinhala tabloid. Where is "Ravaya" man these days, we don't see him in news much.

    AIA Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:03 PM

    If he met him in 2011 , why did he keep silent for so long ???

    Minister Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:39 PM

    Gobble's theory in full swing!

    indiraimurray Thursday, 13 June 2013 03:22 PM

    Kawuda moota chande dunna evung

    Muheed Jeeran Thursday, 13 June 2013 02:00 PM

    It is important to use a lie detector to end this drama from this MP!!!

    Yuri Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:42 PM

    I do not think French embassy will waste time on this idiot

    baldus Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:22 PM

    this is all bull shit

    sss Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:21 PM

    He must have thought he was doing a favor to his masters. But by bringing this up he has given a new lease of life to this issue

    karawala Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:13 PM

    This fellow is lying thru his teeth.

    harry potter Thursday, 13 June 2013 01:05 PM

    When recite something over and over it becomes fixed in your mind and appears as a reality.But it's just a hallucination.Anyway you have been given a nice script by a low budget film director.

    ling Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:33 PM

    OMG, Dec 2011, that is too long and anything can happen.

    Mohnis Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:00 AM

    u didnt find Lasantha Wikrsmatunga any where in. via DM Android App

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