Journalist Jayaprakash Tissainayagam was been in jail since March 2008. (Sanjaya Nallaperuma/Perambara)
Tissa has been out on bail for days but still in jail. I guess they wanted him to sign the guest book. He has, and he just walked out today. Must feel great. Tissa was basically made an example of, jailed under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act for ‘riling up communal tensions’. I read the relevant portions and they were quite tame compared to all the stuff out there. The fact that they could put him away really put the fear of god into anyone writing, for how arbitrary it was.
The fact that this supposed terrorist is now just getting out also shows that the system is still arbitrary. Sometimes it chews you up, sometimes it spits it out. I think the judicial system needs some serious fixing, and I think it needs to start with a new President that follows the Constitution. But for now, arbitrary is OK. It’s a great day for Tissa and his family.