By Susitha R. Fernando
The Colombo High Court yesterday fixed the trial against senior journalist and Sunday Times columnist, J. S. Tissainayagam who was charged with publishing and distributing the magazine ‘North Eastern Monthly’.
High Court Judge Deepali Wijesundara
fixed the trial for August 25 and issued summons on the accused, ordering the Magistrates Court Registrar to forward the productions and the B report.
The court also has noticed the Attorney General to appear in court and directed the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the Police Department to forward reports and other IB extracts with regard to the investigation to the court.
In this case journalist Mr. Tissainayagam is indicted on three counts including committing an offence by printing, publishing and distributing the magazine ‘North Eastern Monthly’ during the period between June 1, 2006 and June 1, 2007 and thereby committing an offience punishable under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). He was also charged under the Emergency Regulations for making payments or collecting funds from NGOs to run the magazine.
A confession made by the suspect, a bank account book, some magazines and a mobile phone are listed as productions while 15 police officers of the TID are listed as prosecution witnesses.
Mr. Tissainayagam was arrested by the TID on March 7 this year when he went to see his colleague N. Jesiharan and Valarmathy who were detained at the TID office. Since then he had been in detention under Emergency Regulations
– Daily Mirror 20th Aug 2008