J.C. Weliamuna is a human rights lawyer and the executive director of the Sri Lankan branch of the anti-corruption organization Transparency International (TISL).
In September 2008 a hand grenade was thrown into his home after he had acted in a human rights case which involved the Ministry of Defence.
On 2 March a news agency website published a list of names of human rights defenders and journalists, which had probably been leaked to the press by the Sri Lankan intelligence agency. The leaking of the list was believed to be the beginning of a series of intimidations of Weliamuna, as well as others. Also, a series of articles was published linking him to fraud, while messages appeared about his upcoming arrest. These were based on fabricated charges connected to reports from TISL about an alleged breach of the Elections Act and fraud using party funds.
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