Retired senior Sri Lankan Army officer arrested for attack on journalist

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has arrested a retired senior Sri Lankan Army officer in connection with the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.

The CID says former Chief of Staff of Army, retired Major General Amal Karunasekara was arrested this evening in suspicion of the attack on the Nation’s Editor.

The former defense writer and the Associate Editor of English weekly The Nation was abducted by unidentified men on 22 May 2008. He was found a day later badly beaten up and with head injuries. Noyahr left the country following the attack.

The CID last year arrested six army personnel in connection with the journalist’s abduction and assault.

It has been reported that the suspects were all members of a secret military intelligence platoon operated during the previous regime and were also suspected to be involved in many other acts of violence between 2006 and 2010.

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