Reuters photographer arrested in Negombo granted bail

A Reuters photographer who was arrested in Negombo and remanded yesterday has been granted bail.

Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters photographer and Pulitzer prize winner who is based in India was arrested when he allegedly attempted to forcibly enter a school in Katana.

He was produced before a Magistrate and remanded until May 15.

However a special motion was filed by his lawyers today pleading for bail and he was released on surety bail and was asked to appear in court on May 9.

The photographer was in Sri Lanka to cover incidents related to the Easter Sunday bombings.

He had attempted to enter the school to obtain information regarding a student killed in the bombing of St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya when parents who were at the school at the time alerted the Police. (Colombo Gazette)

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