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* U.S. welcomes Sri Lankan President's decision to pardon Tissainayagam
Tue, May 4, 2010, 06:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 04, Colombo: The United States today welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to grant a presidential pardon to the Tamil journalist J. S. Tissainayagam who was sentenced by the Colombo High Court in August 2009 to 20 years of imprisonment for violating the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Issuing a statement the United States Embassy in Colombo said the U.S. welcomes the decision of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to pardon convicted journalist J. S. Tissainayagam.

"It is fitting that the announcement came on World Press Freedom Day, which celebrates the vital role a free media plays in every democracy," it said.

Tissainayagam was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division of police in March 2008 and had been detained under the PTA until his release on bail in January this year.

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