Eknaligoda’s wife surprised over claims

Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was surprised over the claims made by Government MP Arundika Fernando that her husband was safe and sound in France.

Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Mrs. Eknaligoda said that if the claims are true then the government should locate him and bring him back to Sri Lanka.

“I am ready to help the government in whichever way possible to bring him back if this story is true,” she said.

UPFA MP Arundika Fernando told Parliament today that Prageeth Eknaligoda, who had gone missing, was in France.

On an earlier occasion Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, had told the UN Human Rights Council, before he was appointed Chief Justice, that the journalist was overseas.

“Arundika is saying my husband is in France and Mohan Peiris had once said he is abroad. If they know where he is then they have every right to bring him back. They have the power to do that as well,” Sandhya Eknaligoda said.

Prageeth Eknaligoda, a cartoonist, political analyst and journalist, was reported missing on January 24, 2010, two days before the presidential polls in Sri Lanka.

He actively participated in the presidential campaign of common opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka while working as a freelance journalist for a pro-opposition website.

Human rights groups including the London based Amnesty International have been campaigning for him to be found.  (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

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