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Will be first to move against Bathiudeen if he’s found guilty – Navin

If investigations revealed that Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had any connection with the suspected terrorists who carried out the Easter attacks as alleged, he would be the first person to move against him, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake told Parliament today (23).

Insisting that his goal is not to clear Bathiudeen’s name, Dissanayake said that it’s not by fair by his colleague for society to pronounce him guilty in the court of public opinion before the investigations close.

“To have a one-sided judge, jury and an executioner against a person is not acceptable by a civilised society,” he added

The cause for the violence that engulfed Sri Lanka in the past, he said, was the segregation of people along lines of language and religion.

“It is not a crime to be a Buddhist, Tamil, Muslim, Christian or Catholic, but it is a crime to be a terrorist,” Dissanayake said.

The Minister went on to say that if any individual carries out any acts of terrorism hiding behind religion or ethnicity, action must be taken to eradicate them completely from the country.

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