The service contract of the Associate Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema who recently fled the country after her residence was attacked, has been terminated with immediate effect by Leader Publications.
The service of her husband Romesh Abeywickrema who was the business editor of the same newspaper has also been terminated. The sackings happened by email on Friday night the Colombo Telegraph learns.
The reasons for this dual termination were not immediately clear. Ismail Abeywickrema, her husband and daughter left Sri Lanka for a “North American country” in September. Her house was attacked and burgled by armed attackers on 24 August.
The Sunday Leader newspaper, formerly known as a publication that was strongly critical of the current Government, was purchased in 2012 by a businessman close to the ruling Rajapaksa regime, three years after the newspaper’s founding editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and strident critic of the Rajapaksa regime was killed on his way to work.