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Court ordered to prolong Parameswary’s detention by 90 days Still no any charges against her

The Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka condemned the arresting of Munusamy Parameshwaree, a freelance journalist of Mawbima Weekly Sinhala Newspaper. She has been held without charge by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) since she was detained in Wellawatta on November 22 last year.

The Court ordered to prolong Parameswaree’s detention by a further 90 days without any charges against her.

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The Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka condemned the arresting of Munusamy Parameshwaree, a freelance journalist of Mawbima Weekly Sinhala Newspaper. She has been held without charge by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) since she was detained in Wellawatta on November 22 last year.

The Court ordered to prolong Parameswaree’s detention by a further 90 days without any charges against her.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) is deeply concerned and vigorously condemns the continuous custody of Mawnasamy Parameshwaree (23), a female freelance journalist working for the weekly Sinhala Newspaper Mawbima (www.mawbima.lk), who is in police custody for 60 days without any charges against her. After producing her in Court on 23rd January , we note that Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) obtained an extension to her detention order for another 90 days.

Belonging to the Up-Country Tamil community in Sri Lanka, Parameshwaree s beat was reporting issues related to Tamil community and disappearances in Colombo. So far around 50 Tamil persons have disappeared in Colombo and dozens of more killed. She is single and stayed in a rented room in Dehiwala, South of Colombo. Her parents live in more than 100 km away from Colombo in Gampola.

She was arrested on 21st November 2006 and is held, without any charges against her, at the TID office in Colombo ever since. No investigating officer has questioned her for the last few weeks, although the TID asked for more time to complete the investigations at the court yesterday.

Lawyers representing her are allowed to visit her for the first time now in detention and there are moves underway to file a fundamental rights petition to the Supreme Court asking for her immediate release and compensation.
Full text of the The Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka press release follows:

Female journalist Mawnasamy Parameshawaree detained for another 90 days

We regrettably note that some Colombo based Sinhala newspapers published inflammatory lead stories after she was arrested stating that a large number of explosives were recovered after questioning her and another female arrested alongside her. All those stories proved completely false, implanted into the media by interested parties as a justification to keep her imprisoned indefinitely.

We note that at a time when the media in Sri Lanka is under severe pressure to conform to the edicts of those opposed to free media and the freedom of expression, the continued detention of Parameshwaree is deeply disturbing and is an example of the flagrant violation of fundamental rights in an increasingly militaristic state.

Given that no charges have been made against her and that investigations conducted to date have failed to establish any links between her and terrorist activity of any kind, we strongly urge the Government to intervene to facilitate her immediate release and ensure adequate redress.

The FMM underscores the importance of human rights and media freedom in a democracy, and appeals to the media and all other democratic stakeholders to pressure the Government to strengthen both at a time when they are in danger of disappearing altogether in Sri Lanka.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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