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Upali Tennakoon assault : suspect identified

Senior journalist, former Editor of Rivira newspaper Upali Tennekoon and his wife identified the person who attacked him in January 2009, in a parade before Gampaha Acting Magistrate Mahesh Herath in the yesterday morning.

The suspect is a former sergeant attached to Sri Lanka Army Intelligence Unit. He is the same officer held in connection with the murder of founding editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper.

Tennakoon was on his way to office when four men on motorcycles stopped him, smashed in his car windows, and proceeded to beat him and his wife with metal bars.

Wickremetunga was murdered January 2009, the same month Tennekoon was attacked, in a same manner.

Following the attack, Tennekoon’s wife received phone threats asking that Tennekoon design from journalism, or face death.

Gampaha Additional Magistrate Lalith Kannangara ordered the suspect remanded until August 29.

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