welcomes arrest of suspects
By Paul Michaud
Paris, Jun. 17 - Stating that it is "encouraged" by the
development, Reporters sans frontieres (RSF), the French-based international
press freedom organization, said in Paris that it welcomed the arrest
of a suspect in the murder of Dharmeratnam Sivaram "Taraki",
editor of the news website TamilNet and Daily Mirror columnist and
urged the government of Sri Lanka to "step up its efforts"
in the investigation.
the words of RSF's Asia-Pacific spokesman Vincent Brossel, "after
more than a month and a half of inactivity, police appear to have
made progress in their investigation into the abduction and murder
of D. Sivaram by arresting a man found with the chip from the journalist's
mobile phone, the organisation said. Four men seized the 46-year-old
journalist on 28 April as he was leaving a Colombo bar with friends
just a few metres from the Bambalapitiya police station.
body was found the following day in the Himbulala district close
to Parliament. He had been killed with a single bullet to the head
and bore marks of a beating.
welcoming the arrest, RSF stressed that it was essential to identify
the killers and the instigators of the murder and to find the motive
for this killing of one of the country's best known Tamil journalists.
The organisation said it expected police to inform the press about
the latest developments and that they would leave no stone unturned
in pursuing their inquiries.