More soldiers arrested over assault on Keith Noyahr

His abduction followed a series of threats issued against him, and, according to Keith’s close associates, seemingly because of his regular contributions to The Nation’s weekly defence column published under the nom-de-plume Senpathi. The soldiers were arrested by a special investigations team of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).The the Army Major and two soldiers arrested yesterday were produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and remanded till February 23.The soldiers were arrested following investigations conducted based on a statement given by Noyahr, who is overseas. More soldiers have been arrested over the abduction and assault on former journalist Keith Noyahr.The police said that two soldiers were arrested today after being interrogated last night. Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. Yesterday an Army Major and two soldiers were arrested over the abduction. They were produced before a Magistrate and remanded till March 3. Noyahr had failed to return home after leaving his office the day he was abducted. His wife alerted police and media when she found the journalist’s car abandoned at their front gate with the engine running. He was found hours later near his home, barely able to walk.The abduction in 2008 came shortly after Sri Lanka’s bid to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva failed. (Colombo Gazette)

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