English PEN welcomes the release on 24 April 2009 of newspaper editor Nadesapillai Vithyatharan, who had been held since 26 February 2009 under emergency legislation, apparently for his reporting and activism.
According to our information, Nadesapillai Vithyatharan, editor-in-chief of the Tamil-language dailies Sudar Oli and Uthayan, was released from prison as ordered by a Court in Colombo on 24 April 2009. The Colombo Criminal Division (CCD) and other departments leading the investigation against Vithyatharan dropped the case for lack of evidence, after he had spent two months behind bars for alleged terrorist activities.
For the previous alert on Vithyatharan’s case, please click here.
English PEN would like to thank all those who sent letters of appeal on his behalf.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/srilankanewspapereditorreleased/