mainadimage
An Echelon Media Company
Tuesday September 21st, 2021
Politics

Sri Lanka former minister and brother arrested over alleged links to Easter Sunday bombers

WARM WELCOME – Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa welcomes Rishard Bathiudeen to event in Vavuniya/Facebook – File photo

ECONOMYNEXT – Former Sri Lankan minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyaj were taken into custody in the early hours of today for alleged links to the 2019 Easter Sunday bombers, police said.

Police spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana told the media this morning that the two men were arrested under provisions of Sri Lanka’s controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for aiding and abetting and for maintaining connections with the attackers.

Rohana said the arrests were made based on direct and scientific evidence.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will continue investigations, he said.

Bathiudeen’s alleged links to the suicide bombers have been a highly politicised point that has figured prominently in the run up to Sri Lanka’s presidential and parliamentary polls held since the attack.

In October last year, more than two-thirds of the country’s governing party parliamentary group signed a letter addressed to the President and the Prime Minister demanding an inquiry into how Riyaj Bathiudeen, who had previously been arrested, was released from police custody.

Related: Government MPs want Riyaj Bathiudeen re-arrested over Easter Bombings

The series of bombings on April 21, 2019, carried out in churches and hotels, killed 269 people and injured over 500. (Colombo/Apr24/2021)

Related: Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Masterminds already known; no desire to conceal findings, says minister

Sri Lanka opposition MP alleges damning omission in Easter bombings probe

Tags:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *