Legal academics explained that with regards to a man being recently arrested for allegedly making death threats against President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on social media, such could also fall within reasonable criticism.

Lakmana A. Sugath Kumara, a resident of Yakkala, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and was subsequently remanded by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court’s Colombo Additional Magistrate, Mohammed Mihal till May 06, for allegedly making death threats against Sirisena on Facebook, an online social networking website, through a video.

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Commercial Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, Attorney-at-Law Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa remarked that the Constitution guaranteed freedom of speech and expression including publication and therefore in this instance all aspects including intent on the part of the suspect must be investigated. Is it a threat or is it a reasonable critique of the Government, the latter which can be made and has been acknowledged through judgments given by late Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mark Fernando, he pointed out.