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FMM calls for the release of journalist Malika Abeykoon & a formal inquiry on assaulting him

Image: Activist and journalist Malika Abeykoon.

The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the arrest and assault of Malika
Abeykoon, a freelance journalist and photographer, considering it as a heinous
act of the police.

Malika Abeykoon has been arrested by the Maradana Police during a health
workers protest rally in Colombo on April 07 and has been brutally assaulted on
several occasions after he was taken to the police station.

He was produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate's Court on April 08 with a
medical report stating that he had not been assaulted. However, in face of
objections raised by representatives of the victim, the Magistrate ordered the
Prisons Medical officer to file a medical report. The Magistrate also ordered
Malika Abeykoon to be remanded until the 12th of this month.

The Free Media Movement, demand the immediate release of Malika Abeykoon
while urging the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to conduct a formal and
impartial inquiry into the incident and to take strict legal action against the
officials responsible.

Press Release.

09.04.21

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