CHENNAI: A delegation of the Madras Union of Journalists (MUJ) on Friday met the Sri Lankan Deputy Higher Commissioner for South India Vadivel Krishnamurthy and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking the immediate release of ethnic Tamil journalist J S Tissainayagam, who was recently sentenced to 20 years by a court in Sri Lanka. The delegation conveyed to Krishnamurthy its deep anguish over the punishment awarded to Tissainayagam under the anti-terrorism law of the island nation.
“During the meeting, Krishnamurthy argued that the law in Sri Lanka did not provide for government intervention to overrule the judicial verdict or annul the prison sentence awarded to Tissainayagam at this juncture. He said Tissainayagam has to exhaust the judicial option of an appeal in a superior court before the government could pardon him,” a MUJ press release said.
However, the MUJ office-bearers informed the deputy high commissioner that the least the Sri Lankan government could do was to facilitate Tissainayagam’s release from prison either on bail or on parole until his appeal is disposed of by a superior court.
Krishnamurthy assured the delegation that he would forward the memorandum to the Lankan president.
TNN 5 September 2009,