‘Failure’- RSF writes to President on Nimalarajan
Journalists in Jaffna urged the authorities to revive an investigation into the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan.
Members of Nimalarajan Foundation, gathered in front of Jaffna’s bus stand, protested the lack of pace in the murder investigation.
They said the most wanted person in connection with Nimalarajan’s assassination is now seeking asylum in a Western country.
BBC journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan was shot dead on 19 october 2000 in his home at Jaffna’s highly guarded High Security Zone during the night curfew.
In an open letter sent Tuesday, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged President Chandrika Kumaratunge to ensure justice in the case.
“Reporters Without Borders criticised the failure of the Sri Lankan government to reopen the murder investigation and regretted that the killers have not been tried or punished. It called on the president to ensure justice in the case, as she herself demanded at the time of the murder.” The statement said.
The RSF expressed concern over the authorities’ failure in questioning one of the suspects, Sebastianpillai Ramesh, better known as "Napoleon."
Journalists protesting on Tuesday at Jaffna allege that Napoleon is now seeking asylum in Britain under a pseudo name.
“More seriously still, suspects have been released on bail and another has reportedly managed to flee the country.
Four other suspects, all EPDP members, were freed on bail by a court in Vavuniya in the north of the country.
They also succeeded in getting the right to report regularly to the police in Vavuniya rather than in Jaffna.” The RSF statement added.
Nimalarajan’s father, living in exile, pointed the finger on the EPDP and expressed dissatisfaction over lack of progress in the investigation.
“His memory lives on and his family is still traumatised by what happened in Jaffna. The holding of a trial would be afford huge relief to our family,” he told RSF.