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S Lanka accused soldiers freed

By Saroj Pathirana
BBC Sinhala

Lasantha Wickramatunga
Mr Wickremasinghe was one of Sri Lanka's most colourful journalists

Police in Sri Lanka say they have released 17 soldiers detained on suspicion of killing or attempting to kill journalists and editors.

The men were accused of being involved in the 2009 murder of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga and for the other attacks on journalists.

Police told a court that there was no evidence against the group of soldiers.

But police say more soldiers are being questioned over the editor's murder and other attacks on media personnel.

The Colombo magistrate ordered the police to submit a report on the progress of the investigations.

Lasantha Wickrmatunga was attacked by four men on motorbikes as he drove to work, witnesses say.

The government has strenuously denied any involvement in the killings, threats and assaults against journalists.



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