New York, April 29, 2005—
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brutal killing of leading Tamil journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram, who was abducted yesterday and found dead this morning near the capital, Colombo, from gunshot wounds to the head.
Four unidentified men forced Sivaram into a jeep at 10:30 last night as he left a restaurant directly across from the Bambalapitya police station in the capital, according to witness accounts. Police told The Associated Press that they received an anonymous call early today giving the location of Sivaram's body in Talangama, several miles outside of Colombo. The TamilNet
news Web site reported that his body was found in a high security area behind the country's parliament building.