Top Former SIS Officer had links with Islamic Org.: Witness

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A senior officer attached to the State Intelligence Service (SIS), after his retirement, had connections with an Islamic organisation that wanted to establish an Islamic state, a senior SIS official investigating Islamic extremism on Thursday night informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks.

The witness made the above statement in response to a question raised by the Commissioners whether current or retired government officials had joined organisations or movements which promote ISIS ideology.

The SIS officer also said that there were cases where family members of senior Muslim government officials had joined organisations which follow the ISIS ideology and promote the Islamic State concept.

“During the investigation we received information about a son and a son-in-law of a retired judge, who had joined a Salafi movement (often referred to as the Wahhabis) in the country. The son-in-law had taught at an Arabic college named Al Kimma and some Muslim youth from Kerala had studied under him. Most of these youth later went to Afghanistan to join ISIS and most were killed,” witness informed the Commission.

The witness also informed the Commission that the former senior officer of SIS had a connection with Jamaat-e-Islami organisation but SIS did not find him as an active member of that organisation.

“When the public were against the concept of Islamic State, Jamaat-e-Islami removed that objective. However, we also found information on Sadiq Abdul-Haq, who was involved in vandalising Buddha statues in Mawanella in 2018, had travelled to Syria in 2014 and studied about the Islamic State concept. He was a strong member of the Jamaat-e-Islami students’ wing,” witness informed the Commission.

The SIS officer also informed the Commission that members of the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) and another group Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) had joined together to conduct the Easter attacks.

Earlier, another SIS officer informed the Commission that 12 NTJ members had stayed in the East to conduct a second wave of attacks on August 2019. “Their plan was to attack the Kandy Esela Perahera. However, their disastrous plan had failed after all forces and police carried out a combined operation in Saindamarudu on April 26, 2019,” witness informed the Commission.

The SIS officer also said that it had received information about NTJ training camps in Nuwaraeliya by March 2019, after questioning those arrested during the Wanathawilluwa explosives raid.

Testifying further, the SIS officer investigating Islamic extremism informed the Commission that the SIS had submitted a report of 94 extremist persons on October 31, 2017 to former IGP Pujith Jayasundara.

The witness said that in the report, the SIS had included names of Lathief Jameel Mohammed, the suicide bomber who blew himself up in Tropical Inn, Dehiwala, Zahran Hashim, leader of NTJ, Rilwan and Zainee, brother of Zahran Hashim and strong NTJ members, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed Nawfer, Zahran’s mentor and the person that influenced Zahran to support ISIS.

“Over 80% of those included in the list are now in jail for plotting the Easter Sunday attacks. In 2018, we requested the government to take necessary action against these 94 persons mentioned in the list and we also warned senior government officials that if these people were not arrested, there will be a terrorist attack,” the SIS officer informed the Commission.

The witness also said that the SIS had provided the list of 94 Islamic extremists to all the police stations and as a result of that the police had arrested Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed Nawfer, Zahran’s mentor, in Dambulla area on the day of the Easter Sunday attacks.

"The role of the SIS is to gather information and report, but after Easter Sunday attacks we decided to go beyond our normal procedure. We had assisted the Police and STF to find vital information pertaining to the second wave of attacks and by that we stopped a disastrous situation,” witness informed the Commission. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • CHerath Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:01 PM

    Any ideology that advocates the annihilation of different views, faiths, followings or beliefs is a blatant threat to the fabric of the country even for the sake of "being faithful" to an invisible so called God or Allah. It ought to be nipped I the bud. The greatness in a faith is reflected in the manner it respects other faiths and the way it treats animals.

    Lanka putha Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:09 PM

    Money can do anything. In this case it is blind eye.

    Raj Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:24 PM

    Some/part of the inquiry has to be under closed doors as the information could be very sensitive in nature. Also what if that retired officer concerned is a mole within that organisation collecting information. Guys need to watch "Homeland" series 1-8!

    Sam Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:34 PM

    Why didn't pujith jayasundara proceed with the info , who prevented him?.

    Warren Raed Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:52 PM

    It seems that the police, excise department, STF, ex-military carders are the very people behind all the atrocities in the country and they talk to us the public as if we are criminals.

    ChanakaJ Saturday, 25 July 2020 04:16 PM

    If Muslim SIS officers,Muslim politicians, and Muslim professionals have adopted Islamic state ideology, and want to have an Islamic state here, then we are in serious trouble unless drastic measures are taken asap.

    Jeeves Saturday, 25 July 2020 04:17 PM

    Difficult to believe that Ministry of Muslim affairs were unaware of this happening within their community!

    Sashi Saturday, 25 July 2020 04:21 PM

    All this happening in the Eastern province highlights how useless Provincial Council Ministers have been for the country!

    Eichmann Bernhard Saturday, 25 July 2020 04:41 PM

    Immediately lock up.

    nirmal Saturday, 25 July 2020 04:42 PM

    In 2018 they requested the government to take action but Ranil

    MN Saturday, 25 July 2020 05:30 PM

    To decline future influx of members, confiscate all assets of members and organisations

    Ramal Saturday, 25 July 2020 06:24 PM

    Inaction of the political leadership and the police made us into this calamity. Then IGP was having fun and enjoying during the time.

    kumar Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:13 PM

    These are not secret. The IS Supporters were freely engaged in radicalization and other activities specially to carryout attacks on India soil. Most of the Sri Lankan intelligence officers were turned blind on these activities hoping they won't attack Sri Lanka until the Ester attack last year.


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