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.
Her husband Romesh Abeywickrema who was business editor at The Sunday Leader has also been terminated. The sackings happened by email on Friday. The reason for termination is not clear.
Ismail Abeywickrema and 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 was purchased in 2012 by a businessman close to the ruling Rajapaksa regime. The newspaper’s founding editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed on his way to work in January 2009.