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FR filed by senior journalist Kusal Perera fixed for support

A Fundamental Rights petition filed by senior journalist Kusal Perera seeking an interim order restraining the Organized Crime Prevention Division from arresting him in respect of an article published in an English-language newspaper was yesterday fixed for support on September 23 by the Supreme Court.

The petitioner is alleging that the Organized Crime Prevention Division is attempting to arrest him alleging that he has committed an offence punishable under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.

Meanwhile, a Supreme Court three-judge bench comprising Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Murdu Fernando issued an order directing the Organized Crime Prevention Division to produce copies of all statements recorded pertaining the alleged complaint against the petitioner, including the complaint and the copies of the B-reports filed in the Magistrate’s Court.

Filing this petition through Attorney-at-law Manjula Balasuriya, journalist Kusal Perera stated that he has come to know that a B-Report had been filed in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court by the Organized Crime Prevention Division and several orders have been obtained from the Magistrate in respect of an article written by him on May 17, 2019.

The Petitioner states that while he is unaware of the exact contents of the B-Report, he has been made aware that the Organized Crime Prevention Division is attempting to arrest him alleging that he has committed an offence punishable under Section 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.

The petitioner further sought a declaration that the respondents or the State has infringed or is in imminent infringement of the Fundamental Rights of the Petitioner as guaranteed by Articles 10, 12(1), 13(1), 13(2), 14(1)(a) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution.

President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris appeared for the petitioner. 

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FR filed by Senior Journalist Kusal Perera fixed for support (16:32)

A Fundamental Rights petition filed by Senior Journalist Kusal Perera seeking an interim order restraining Organized Crime Prevention Division from arresting him in respect of an article published in an English newspaper was today fixed for support on September 23 by Supreme Court.
 
The petitioner is alleging that Organized Crime Prevention Division is attempting to arrest him alleging that he has committed an offence punishable under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Murdu Fernando issued an order directing the Organized Crime Prevention Division to produce copies of all statements recorded pertaining the alleged complaint against the petitioner, including the complaint and the copies of the B-reports filed in the Magistrate’s Court.


 

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