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Sri Lankan reporter ‘kidnapped’

[BBC, Friday, 26 June 2009 10:32 One Comment]

_45842302_srilanka226 A Sri Lankan journalist says she was kidnapped from outside her home in the capital Colombo and held for a day by people claiming to be the police.

Krishni Ifam, a Tamil reporter who works for media development NGO Internews, said the men had warned her to give up journalism altogether.

She said she was then released in the central city of Kandy late on Wednesday with a tiny amount of cash.

Police in Sri Lanka could not be reached for comment.

Unmarked vans

Ms Ifam has been speaking about her ordeal on a private television station and, separately, to the BBC.

She said men who said they were policemen forced her to get into their vehicle outside her Colombo home early on Wednesday and drove for several hours while keeping her blindfolded.

She said they had taken her belongings, asked if she was writing articles for foreign media outlets and warned her to give up journalism altogether before releasing her.

Ms Ifam used to write for a prominent Tamil-language newspaper.

Separately, a columnist who usually covers astrology was picked up late on Wednesday by men with identity cards from the Criminal Investigation Department. His wife said he was still being held 24 hours later.

In both these cases the vehicles used were said to be unmarked white vans, which have become notorious in Sri Lanka as a means of abduction and sometimes disappearance.

The Sri Lankan government insists that the media here are free.

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  • Dorys said:

    An astrologer from Argentina,Don Zodiac Guille has already sent an e-mail to Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa imploring to liberate his collegue, Astrologer Chandrasiri BANDARA saying " Please, MERCY for Chandrasiri, Dear President Mahinda Rajapakse, because his relate is maybe a mistake…"

    Don Zodiac Guille is the chairman at World Wide Parapsychological Association and asked all newspapers from Asia to publish his petition to Sri Lankan President.

    Argentine horoscope man also says: If the Sri Lanka leader is a Sagitarian. I know about his generosity but also his bad temper when he gets angry… I describe this in my site http://www.zodiacguille.com"

    I feel that Chandrasiri will be free as soon as his Excellency reads my e-mail, I am an ordinary astrologer but I know the suffering stay in prison…"

    Astrologer Don Zodiac Guille has recently predicted the civil-military rejection for the President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, but he also added that the President will returns to power.(Dorys Dodier from Madrid – Spain