TID objects to Tissanayagam's release
The OIC, Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) filing his objections
to the rights application by Sunday Times journalist J.S. Tissanayagam
in the Supreme Court objected to his release.
IP Prasanna De Alwis, the OIC objected to Tissanayagam's release on
the basis that it would hamper ongoing investigations to determine the
nature and the extent of the Tissanayagam's involvement with the LTTE.
The OIC stated that Jesikaran one of the colleague of the petitioner
was a high ranking intelligence operative of the LTTE. He was operating
a press at Kotahena. He stated that the documents taken into custody at
the press and the residence of Jesikaran clearly suggested his deep
involvement with the LTTE.
According to the OIC, Jesikaran had admitted his direct involvement
with the LTTE and that the printing press was set up with the funds and
backing of the LTTE. The IP stated that the two persons are sympathisers
of the separatist cause. He also stated that the Jesikaran's statement
would demonstrate the petitioner's involvement with the LTTE.
The IP stated that subsequent to the Jesikaran's statement the Police
went in search of the petitioner to arrest him. But the petitioner along
with one Wijesinghe had visited Jesikaran at the TID where they were
arrested but Wijesinghe was later released.
According to the OIC, TID, the petitioner had visited Wanni several
times during 2004 and 2007 to meet top LTTE leaders not in his capacity
as a journalist. He stated that in terms of the business registration
the petitioner had been a director along with Jesikaran in two other
companies formed by Jesikaran.
Petitioner Tissanayagam complained to the court that he had been
arrested without giving any reason by the Police on March 07 and been
detained since then. The petitioner stated that his arrest had been
arbitrary and in violation of his rights. The petitioner sought an order
directing the Police to release him with forthwith. The petitioner cited
OIC, TID, Prasanna de Alwis, IGP and the Attorney General as
respondents. The hearing was fixed for May 22.