Tissainayagam released on bail

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 January 2010, 11:45 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal Monday allowed Senior Journalist J.S.Tissanayagam on cash bail in a sum of fifty thousand rupees with a condition to surrender his passport, pending the appeal against his 20 year conviction, legal sources in Colombo said.

The Colombo High Court sentenced Mr.Tissanayagam to serve twenty years rigorous imprisonment for "inciting racial or communal disharmony" by writing articles to the North Eastern Monthly magazine in 2006 and 2007.

He was arrested on March 7, 2008 by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). He has been in prison from this time.


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