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Sri Lanka: Journalist assaulted

Handuwala was assaulted when he attempted to take a photograph of Wijegunaratne’s jeep leaving the court






( November 28, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A photographer attached to a newly launched daily newspaper was assaulted allegedly by a security officer of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne outside the Fort Magistrates’ court today.

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.

Handuwala was assaulted when he attempted to take a photograph of Wijegunaratne’s jeep leaving the 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.

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