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From the Editor of Sri Lanka Watch: Today, the Gongodawilla magistrate acquitted the lankaenews.com journalists who were taken in custody when they reported about the abduction of Poddala Jayantha by suspected pro-government thugs. Subsequently, this revealation saved the life of Poddala Jayantha but police arrested the informants.

Manjula Pathiraja, the counsel appeared for the accused told BBC Sandeshaya that the arrest of two journalists was a 'serious injustice' by the police.

"The only crime these two journalists have committed was trying their best to save a life of a fellow journalist," he said to BBC.

Mr. Pathiraja added that it is the duty of the public to rise against what he called police injustice, according to latest BBC report.

This is indeed a mockey of justice. Its unfortnate that police have taken the prostitution route for the government and politicians. This sort of incidents can lead to public losing the trust on police. That is indeed a very dangerous situation. The misuse of police must immediately stop and such dictatorship arrests will tarnish the great name of defence ministry and also names of great men like Gotabaya Rajapakse who had done a great service to save the country from the terrorits.

We re-publish the article that appierd on BBC Sinhala Website on the 12th October.

Lankaenews journalists 'not guilty'

Courts in Sri Lanka have acquitted two journalists as police failed to provide any evidence to prosecute them.

Gangodawila magistrate ordered the police to release Sandaruwan Senadheera and Bennet Rupasinghe, the editor and the news editor of Lanakaenews web newspaper.
The pair was arrested after they informed police chief Jayantha Wickramantha, media minister, presidential secretariat and other media personnel of the abduction of Poddala Jayantha, earlier this year.

'Serious injustice'
They were charged by the police of failing to disclose vital information related to the incident.
Mr. Jayantha, the then general secretary of Sri Lanka Working Media Association (SLWMA) was abducted and tortured by unknown assailants.

Police are yet to arrest anyone related to the incident.
Manjula Pathiraja, the counsel appeared for the accused told BBC Sandeshaya that the arrest of two journalists was a 'serious injustice' by the police.

"The only crime these two journalists have committed was trying their best to save a life of a fellow journalist," he said. Mr. Pathiraja added that it is the duty of the public to rise against what he called police injustice.

 
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