Army intelligence officers identified over assault on Namal

Two army intelligence officers have been identified over the assault on former journalist Namal Perera.

The former Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) employee and a friend were assaulted on Monday, 30th June 2008.

Perera and his friend, Mahendra Ratnaweera, who was working at the British High Commission in Colombo at the time, were driving between Narahenpita and Kirulapone when they were waylaid.

The assault took place on a busy highway, in the vicinity of an army installation, the government information department and the security checkpoint at the Narahenpita bridge.

The attackers attempted to abduct Perera, but were resisted, and both Perera and his friend were badly beaten in the ensuing fracas.

At the time of the assault, the SLPI was contemplating legal action against the state-controlled Dinamina newspaper for reporting that the SLPI had sent members of the LTTE on a foreign tour to Denmark on the pretext that they were journalists. (Colombo Gazette)