Thu, 08 Dec 2022 Today's Paper

India, safe haven for Zahran and his associates: Ex-SIS director

19 August 2020 03:01 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

India was a safe haven for National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim and his associates, former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena yesterday informed the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday attacks.

Mr. Jayawardena said Zahran and his associates had travelled to India several times and had stayed there before the attacks.

He said the SIS had not received details on their preparedness to conduct an attack, through the foreign intelligence received on April 4, 2019.

"There is a huge difference between capability and preparedness of conducting an attack. The particular foreign intelligence report had only mentioned about Zahran's capability of conducting an attack. It had also mentioned the Indian High Commission as a definite target and the Catholic Churches across the country as soft targets," he said. "According to the foreign intelligence report there was a huge area to cover. The report had mentioned that 'important churches' may be attacked and when you say important churches there can be more than 100 in the country. So the SIS decided to develop the particular intelligence without sending it directly to other relevant authorities."

Mr. Jayawardena said the SIS had not received prior information on the collecting of weapons by Zahran's team and pointed out that the SIS had only received information that Zahran had conducted weapons training to a selected group of young Muslims in Nuwara Eliya on August 5, 2018.

"This didn't mean we ignored the particular foreign intelligence. There was no evidence that Zahran has tested a bomb. The first information regarding a dry run was only reported on April 17, 2019, after receiving the the foreign intelligence report," he said. (Yoshitha Perera)


Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka

  Comments - 3

Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka
  • Jude Wednesday, 19 August 2020 09:59 AM

    Ahhhhh SL is the preferred Haven FOR them!!

    Sammy Wednesday, 19 August 2020 10:21 AM

    Sri Lankan Govt.

    ChanakaJ Wednesday, 19 August 2020 12:11 PM

    Really? India has an anti-Muslim stand, so difficult to believe it will be a safe haven for our extremists. Even neighbouring Pakistanis are banned from entering India!


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka

Economy Decoded! Let’s talk about tax!

We explain the proposed new tax reforms in Sri Lanka and what it means

She said/He said

Much has been written and said in the last few days since the news was releas

POLICE ON TRIAL: Exercising Authority without Accountability

Although armed with the power of the State and empowered to use force against

Downfall and death of LTTE’s Mahathaya

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ceased to exist as a functioning