MP Rishad Bathiudeen's brother was released because of insufficient evidence to prove he was directly linked to acts of terrorism, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said yesterday.
He told Parliament that investigations into allegations against him were not completed and he would be re-arrested and be subjected to legal action in the case of fresh evidence cropping up.
The minister said this in response to a question asked by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Chaminda Wijesiri on the release of the suspect.
He said the government was in no way involved in the suspect's release and was carried out by the police having followed the normal procedure in such a case.
"The suspect was arrested on April 17, 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and detained for some six months in connection with the telephone calls he had made to Insaf Ahamed, the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand hotel. Investigations have revealed that the calls had been made using the ministry's telephone and none of them were connected to terrorist activities or any bomb explosion. The last telephone call was taken three months before the bomb attack," the minister said.
He said suspects were released if there was insufficient evidence while court cases had been filed against some of the suspects.
When it was mentioned that police spokesman’s media statement was contradictory, the minister said it was not a proper to make such a statement.
“They also try to carry out media stunts just like politicians. We will look into his statement,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
Murshid Idroos Wednesday, 07 October 2020 07:03 AM
We are confident in your statements respected sir and confident justice would be meted out to all the perpretrators of this despicable crime before heavens intervene and destroy their generations as last resort
It would be great redemption if the perpretrators come forward and accept punishment
Sambo Wednesday, 07 October 2020 07:30 AM
Remember there are still a few educated people living in this country and one cannot fool them. One thing is people are loosing confidence in the judiciary as each one plays a different roll to political parties.
Shahani Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:59 AM
Now police found no witness.Why May be happened like,an innocent person was accused for the sake of politics which always gives a good results in election specially by using communal hatred.Sahran or any other terrorist they were just individuals until they blasted themselves.Can you say all their contacts, relations and their neigboures are like them.What about the culprits of Thajudeen Murder.All assumptions.Rate eka neethiyak ithin Monavadha echhara kala bala .saakshi nethham release karanna thiyanavaanam Ellala maranna.
Ram Wednesday, 07 October 2020 11:44 AM
Appear to be getting cold feet due to people rising against the discharge
dara Thursday, 08 October 2020 07:50 AM
Reverend Cardinal is outspoken,apolitical and firmly stand for justice for victims, people of all religions including reasonable Muslims against this deadly religion,which believes, all should be killed except Allah followers should rallying behind him to bring peace to our country
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