Ethalaya Editor’s house searched

The House of the Editor of the Ethalaya and Gindara (Fire) magazine Srilal Priyantha was searched by the police this afternoon.
He said that a police team had initially attempted to arrest him but later took down a statement from him and then searched his house.
The journalist said that the police had questioned him about some missing documents from the police headquarters.
The police had attempted to arrest him using a Court order obtained from the Gangodawila Magistrates Court.
Priyantha said that he had given the police a statement for three hours and denied having in his possession any stolen police files.
He also said that he had refused to divulge to the police where he received information pertaining to the police mentioned in some of his articles.
In the year 2000 Priyantha was arrested and detained by the police over his writing while in April this year he was questioned twice by the CID.
In March 1999 he was abducted and assaulted and then dropped off on the road. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Indika Sri Aravinda