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Former AG ‘misled UN’ says FMM

[BBC, Saturday, 26 November 2011 08:08 No Comment]

'Mr Jayantha had denied that he ever made a statement requesting investigations to be stopped' A media watchdog in Sri Lanka has accused the government of misleading the United Nations over the plight of missing and tortured media personnel.

The Free Media Movement (FMM) says the former attorney general (AG) Mohan Peiris, who represented Sri Lanka “deliberately misled” the UN Committee against Torture (CaT).

Responding to the disappearance of political columnist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, who is missing since January 2009, Mr Peiris said that the journalist has sought asylum abroad.

"Our current information is, that Mr. Ekneligoda has taken refuge in a foreign country," Mohan Peiris said answering a question from a delegate.

“I am not saying this with the tongue in my cheek. It is something that we are reasonably certain of. This is information that we have got through the media circles and that this is being played out for various reasons. I shouldn’t say more because the matter is being investigated,” he added.

Addressing media days after the statement, the missing journalist’s wife, Sandya, challenged to the government to disclose Prageeth’s whereabouts if the government is certain about his seeking asylum.

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