Ban on”Lanka” newspaper lifted, editor still in custody

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 2010, 13:05 GMT]
The Gangodawila Magistrate Monday refused to accept the decision of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to seal the Nugegoda office of the “Lanka” newspaper, after CID Saturday sealed the office stating that the article published by “Lanka” on January 26 was a threat to national security, legal sources in Colombo said

The Magistrate, Anurakumara Herat, said till the inquiry into the article published by the “Lanka,” pro-JVP newspaper is completed, the newspaper could function.

"Ban could be re-imposed depending on the outcome of the inquiry into the alleged defamatory article”, Magistrate said.

Meanwhile, two editorial members and the Lanka newspaper have been summoned to the CID to record a further statement Monday.

The Editor Chandana Sirimalwatte is still in the custody of the CID, Police said.

 

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