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Azath Salley arrested for alleged links to Easter Sunday attack: Minister

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Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera said, former Western Province Governor Azath Salley was arrested by CID as is alleged to have had links to the Easter Sunday suicide attack.

Speaking to media after the Kolonnawa Regional Development meeting, he alleged that according to initial investigation it was revealed that Salley had overt or covert link to  vandalizing of the Buddha statues in Mawanella and to the attack.

He said the CID conducting further investigation on Azath Salley under detection order.

"Also, Salley made a statement recently over Shari'a law and that he does not want to honour the law of the land. Such statement would lead to religious extremism," he said.

He said the arrest was made by the CID following the instructions of the Attorney General.

The minister said further questioning by CID could reveal whether Azath Salley has had a hand in the Easter Sunday mayhem.(DSB)

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  • truth Wednesday, 17 March 2021 06:26 PM

    He is a traditional sufi Muslim and he was voicing against Zahran , Abdul Razik and other wahabi extremist since long , who is this government is fooling ? The sharia law he was referring to personal law such as marrying 4 and other obligations we must follow according to islam etc

    Nomads Wednesday, 17 March 2021 06:57 PM

    Security minister is a spineless human who does not have a certainty in his statements. Why not moving with face cover ban. Is the UNHRC is making the govt. Restless. A road show to fool the masses.

    AB Wednesday, 17 March 2021 07:07 PM

    MS got in to trouble mostly bcz of this guy, when there are so many Muslim gentlemen with high education,decent manners with managerial skills are there, it's karma of MS, wanted to select this vagabond to such a high post

    Kamkimo Wednesday, 17 March 2021 07:16 PM

    A Sufi can also be supporter of terrorism. Sufis too accept and recite 9:5 of Qur'an.

    sammy Wednesday, 17 March 2021 09:49 PM

    @truth The law of the land should supercede any other. Having 4 wives and instant triple talaq, among others are against human dignity.

    Hareen Thursday, 18 March 2021 10:54 AM

    What happened to the PCOI report, if he is involved in Easter bombing was his name included in the final report. Over to you AG


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