Mohan Peiris says no clue on Eknaligoda

Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris told a court today he was not aware of the whereabouts of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

Peiris had been ordered to testify at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court today about a statement he made at the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva on November 9, 2011, in which he said that Prageeth Eknelygoda was alive and living outside the country

Testifying in the case today, Peiris said that he made that statement based on information provided to him.

However he said he could not remember the name of the person who gave him that information as at that time he was the Attorney General and had to look into several cases.

The judge hearing the case today over Eknaligoda’s disappearance later postponed the hearing for the 17th of this month.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that for almost two years, the Eknelygoda family has been asking the Sri Lankan government for any information about Prageeth, who was a columnist and cartoonist.

In March 2011, CPJ and four other groups sent a letter asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to have the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO look into Eknelygoda’s case, but there has been no apparent movement from within the United Nations.

Members of Colombo’s diplomatic corps have made it a point to attend the Homogama hearings, which come about once a month, CPJ said. (Colombo Gazette)