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Attorney General blocks arrest of Army commander over case of missing journalist

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General has instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) not to arrest an army commander over the case of disappeared journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, reports The Sunday Leader.

Army Commander Lieutenant General A. W. J. C. De Silva is himself accused of blocking investigations into the case of the missing journalist, who went missing in 2010.

A CID officer told the Sunday Leader that an “informal message” had been sent to their department, stating that any legal action against the commander must be delayed.

Sources also said that during high level security meeting it was stated if the commander was arrested “certain factions would capitalize on the situation and instigate the masses”.

See our earlier post: Mahinda visits military personnel imprisoned over journalist disappearance (22 Dec 2015)