Reopen the investigation into the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan and punish the killers before the law.
The Attorney General has informed the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court that no further action will be taken against the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan and the suspects have been acquitted.
Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) is deeply disturbed by this Attorney General’s notification and the court proceedings that followed, and is paying close attention to the facts that
Attorney General is making this announcement two decades after reporting the murder of journalist Nimalarajan to the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court, without mentioning the need to investigate other suspects, if any, involved in the brutal murder and also without informing the IGP.
Accordingly, it is now clear that there is no suspect in the murder of journalist Nimalarajan and that he was not killed. He has been made to decide whether he committed suicide. Allowing assassins to go free in this way is a threat to a democratic society. It is also a threat to media freedom when the crime is committed against the media.
In this regard, we urge the Attorney General and the IGP to reopen the investigation into the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan and bring the perpetrators to justice.