Terror suspect remanded

The Colombo head of the banned National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) is back in remand custody.

This morning Colombo’s Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne turned down a request for bail.

NJT is the organization blamed for the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 257 people in three churches across the country.

The suspect, 38-year old  Mohomed Farook Mohomed Fawaz, is a resident of Sooriyamahal Housing Scheme, Prince Gate in Hulftsdorp.

He was arrested by the Keselwatta police with 67 stickers promoting NJT.

Police also recovered several pen drives and mobile phones during the arrest.

Defence counsel who appeared on behalf of the suspect made an application seeking bail.

However, the Magistrate observed that she does not have the jurisdiction to grant bail since allegations against the suspect are leveled under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.  

Police informed the court that they recovered several photographs and video clips of the bomb blasts from the suspect’s mobile phone.

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