10/20/2009

Sentenced Tamil journalist Tissainayagam says he is not regretful for what he stands for and for what he has written



(October 20, Colombo - Lanka Polity) J.N. Tissainayagam, the Sri Lankan journalist who was sentenced for 20 years rigorous imprisonment in September this year has told that he is not regretful for what he stands for and for what he has written, and that he decided to make a confession for otherwise he felt threatened that he would be subjected to torture. Besides, he had been informed by the Terrorist Investigation Department that once he signs the confession he would be released. He explained that his confession has been tampered with, to his detriment. 

He has said to a delegation of political and human rights activists that visited him in Welikada prison a month ago that he is anxious about his security, although nothing significant has yet occurred to threaten his security.

The delegation announced in a statement that they shared solidarity with Tissainayagam on the basis that the Tissainayagam case was a focal political case.  

The delegation included Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratna, Rev. Fr. Sakthivel, Rev. Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda, Mahinda Devage, Dharmasiri Lankapeli and Surendra Rupasinghe.



 

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