Photographer assaulted outside court by CDS’s security

A photographer attached to The Sunday Morning newspaper was assaulted by a security officer of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne outside the Fort Magistrates’ court today, the website of The Sunday Morning newspaper reported.

The photographer, Indika Handuwala was assaulted when Ravindra Wijegunaratne was coming out of the court for lunch after appearing to make a statement regarding the case on the abduction of 11 youth today.

Handuwala was assaulted when he attempted to take a photograph of Wijegunaratne leaving court.

Wijegunaratne’s security had then attempted to push Handuwala and several other journalists aside and one officer then punched Handuwala in the chest.

Police on duty at the court had then detained the security officer who assaulted Handuwala and recorded a statement over the incident.

A Navy officer attached to Ravindra Wijegunaratne’s security unit apologised to the media saying Wijegunaratne had not issued instructions to his security officers to intimidate the journalists. (Colombo Gazette)

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