SLWJA condemns Maj. Bulathwatte’s re-instatement | Daily News

SLWJA condemns Maj. Bulathwatte’s re-instatement

Working journalists yesterday condemned the decision to re-instate Major Prabhath Bulathwatte, who is the main suspect in the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008 and the leader of the shadowy military intelligence unit suspected to have been behind the murder of The Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009.

The Sri Lanka Working Journalist’s Association (SLWJA) in a statement issued under the hands of its president Duminda Sampath and General Secretary Frank De Zoysa said that his re-instatement as an active intelligence officer will spark fears about ongoing sensitive investigations relating to crimes against journalists and media institutions.

“We condemned the decision taken to restore Major Prabhath Bulathwatte who is the main suspect in the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008 and the leader of the shadowy military intelligence unit suspected to have been behind the murder of The Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wicrematunge in 2009. Army Commander Lt.General Mahesh Senanayake, mentioned about this during the television interview telecast last Saturday night”.

“Bulathwatte and his men are implicated in several of these cases. Also threat may receive to the officers and witnesses and their family members who are supporting to carry out the above investigations” the statement said.

The SLWJA expects that President and Government will take necessary steps to correct this mistake”, the statement said.

 


 

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