Written by Lahiru Fernando
11 Dec, 2016 | 10:09 pm
November 25, 2016 – Gampaha Magistrate Kavidya Nanayakkara issued a warrant for the arrest the Editor of Lanka-E-News Sandaruwan Senadheera.Thus far, 14 petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court- seeking an international warrant for the arrest of Sandaruwan.
Minister Sarath Fonseka has said that steps must be taken against the Lanka E News editor for exceeding limits in insulting certain persons.
The allegation against the Lanka-E-News website and its editor Sandaruwan Senadheera, is malicious reporting intended to defame the characters of certain persons.
Following the attack on the Lanka E-News website on the 30th January 2011, Sandaruwan Senadheera had travelled overseas from where the website too is being operated.
Several ministers claimed recently that while Senadheera contacts individuals including politicians and businessmen seeking funds, he publishes insulting reports on the website regarding persons who refuse to pay.
Arjuna Ranatunga (Minister – Ports & Shipping ): “Lanka E-News attacked me recently. They had asked me for money. They asked me to pay some money from the ports authority and that they would raise my profile.”
Minister Ranatunga said he can “state with responsibility” that many businessmen pay Sandaruwan Senadheera – because he will sling mud at them if they refuse. The minister also stated that politicians and businessmen alike make payments to the editor “or he slings mud at them.”
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe ( Minister – Justice and Buddha Sasana ): “I can fearlessly say that more than 70 reports criticising the judiciary and insulting the judiciary, have been published on the media website Lanka E-News.”
According to Minister Rajapakshe, the day before a judge is due to deliver a verdict, the website publishes a report saying “the judge had a meal at a certain person’s home and that the judge received a payment from a certain person.”
“Who is trying to destroy the independent judiciary that we rebuilt with much difficulty. Who is Lanka E-News? Who is Sandaruwan? He was chased out of this country. He is not a journalist. You can pay 100 pounds to Sandaruwan and ask him to sling mud at anyone via Lanka E News”, said the Minister of Justice & Buddha Sasana
A few days after the Justice Minister’s statement in parliament on the 25th of November, Gampaha Magistrate Kavindya Nanayakkara issued an order to secure an international warrant for the arrest of Sandaruwan Senadheera.
When the case was heard on Friday, the CID informed court that an international warrant could not be secured as Interpol had noted that a warrant cannot be issued unless charges are filed in court against Sandaruwan Senadheera.
Fourteen petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court thus far, citing contempt of court on the part of Sandaruwan Senadheera. Accepting the petitions, the Supreme Court has noted that it is prepared to hear these petitions on January 10, 16 and 19, 2017.
“I believe that the Supreme Court will take stern action and issue an international warrant for his arrest to extradite him to Sri Lanka. As a lawyer that has the utmost faith in the judiciary and as a lawyer who is committed to upholding the independence and respect of the judiciary, this is my hope” said, President’s Counsel, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya.
According to a letter published by Lanka E News at 12:45 p.m. on December 1, Coordinating Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thusitha Halloluwa is a close associate.
While Halloluwa had previously served on the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Telecom, he is a close confidante of the Foreign Minister.
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