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Hearing of Tissainayagam’s case postponed


By T. Farook Thajudeen (Daily Mirror)
The hearing of senior journalist Jeyaprakash Sittampalam Tissainayagam’s voir dire inquiry was put off for October 2 and 6 by the Colombo High Court Judge Ms. Deepali Wijesundara as the scheduled witness Assistant Superintendent of Police Ranasinghe of the TID was ill and unable to attend court.

At the outset of yesterday’s hearing the Senior State Counsel Rohantha Abeysuriya informed court that the prosecution witness ASP Ranasinghe of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) was ill and would not be able to attend court to give evidence for another four days and requested that voir dire inquiry be fixed on another date

Mr. Anil Silva, defence counsel queried whether a medical certificate was being produced.

In this case J.S. Tissainayagam was indicted for an offence said to have been committed during the period between June, 2006 and June, 2007. He was charged with unknown persons committed an offence or abetted the commission of an offence which intends to cause the commission of acts of violence or racial or communal disharmony through the printing or distribution of a North Eastern Monthly magazine.

He was also charged for committing an offence by contributing or collecting or obtaining information or donating funds for the purpose of terrorism through the collection of funds from the magazine, which is an offence punishable under the Emergency Regulations.

Senior State Counsel Rohantha Abeysuriya appeared for the prosecution

Mr. Anil Silva with M.A. Sumanthiran, Sharman Gunasekera , Dhanaraj Samarakoon and Suresh Fernando appeared for the accused.

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