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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 15:17 GMT
Sri Lankan air force officers jailed
A court in Sri Lanka has sent two air force officers to prison for an attack on a journalist four years ago, during which a gun was held to his head.

The High Court in Colombo sentenced each man to nine years in jail for the attack on Iqbal Athas, in which a group of armed men entered his home and threatened him and his seven-year-old daughter.

Mr Athas, the defence correspondent for Sri Lanka's Sunday Times newspaper, had written about widespread corruption in the armed forces.

Mr Athas described the court's decision as a triumph for justice and a defeat for evil forces.

But he added that many other uninvestigated crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.

In recent years, attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka have included at least two unsolved murders - one of them the shooting of a correspondent for the BBC's Sinhala and Tamil radio services in the northern city of Jaffna.

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