Mar 30, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday granted bail to the six Army personnel who were remanded in connection with the abduction, and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in May 2008.
Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickreme released the six suspects including an Army major when the case was taken up for hearing today.
The identification parade scheduled for today was cancelled as Mr. Noyahr was absent in court. Taking this into consideration the Magistrate ordered the release of the suspects on surety bails of 1 million rupees each.
Court ordered the Army Major to be present before the Gampaha Magistrate's Court tomorrow on charges filed against him over the assault of Journalist Upali Tennakoon.
The other five suspects were ordered to appear before Court on the 7th of April.
It has been reported that the suspects were all members of a secret military intelligence platoon operated during the previous regime and were also suspected to be involved in many other acts of violence between 2006 and 2010.
The former defense writer and the Associate Editor of English weekly The Nation was abducted by unidentified men on 22 May 2008. He was found a day later badly beaten up and with head injuries. Noyahr left the country following the attack.