Colombo, Jan 19 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s highest court, on Thursday, issued notice on a Sri Lankan journalist based in the United Kingdom (UK), to appear before court on March 3 on charges of contempt of court.
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court issued notice on Lankaenews editor, Sandaruwan Senadheera over 14 cases of contempt of court filed against the exiled editor.
He had an international arrest warrant issued against him by the Gamapaha Chief Magistrate in November which was to be executed through INTERPOL for insulting the local judiciary.
Senadheera is currently believed to be residing in exile in Britain, having left the country during the former regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He has been accused of publishing a series of articles on his website and on its social media, defaming local judges and castigating their character.
The Gampaha Chief Magistrate had also in November instructed the Department of Immigration and Emigration to arrest the editor if he arrives in Sri Lanka.
Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakse recently informed Parliament that legal action will be pursued against Senadheera for insulting the country’s judges using the Lankaenews website.
Senadheera has reject all allegations of insulting the judiciary and said the international warrant issued against him was illegal.