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Detained Maulavis claim under pressure to frame Hejaaz

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By Easwaran Rutnam

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Two Maulavis who have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), have informed court through their lawyer that they are under pressure to frame human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah.  

Attorney-at-law Erick Balasooriya had filed a Fundamental Rights petition alleging that the two Maulavis are being coerced to frame Hizbullah.

In the Petition, Balasooriya said the Moulavis do not know Hizbullah nor did they conduct any extremist teaching at the Al-Zuhriya madrasa.

When the Moulavis were first produced before the Colombo Magistrates court yesterday, Balsooriya informed court that the Moulavis intend making a statements to him. The matter was thereafter transferred to the Fort Magistrates court.

Meanwhile, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran who appeared before the Fort Magistrate on behalf of the two Maulavis today (Tuesday) told Daily Mirror that he had filed an application seeking permission for the Maulavis to make a statement directly to the Fort Magistrate.

“They want to make a statement to the Magistrate in the chamber. So I made the application,” Sumanthiran said.

He said the Magistrate ordered the prison authorities to conduct PCR tests on the two Maulavis and later present them to court.

Hizbullah was arrested last year over allegations he aided and abetted those involved in the Easter Sunday attacks.

Thereafter the allegation shifted to a speech allegedly made by him to the students at the Madrasa.

Lawyers maintain that the children were coerced by the CID to giving statements.

Sumanthitan PC told the court today that the Moulavis were arrested after indictments were filed against Hizbullah and the principal of the school and that it was in order to frame the duo. 

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  • Sokrates Tuesday, 01 June 2021 06:15 PM

    This is a way how a dictatorship is working

    Disgusted Tuesday, 01 June 2021 06:29 PM

    First he came for the JVP, and I did not speak out because I was not a JVPer. Then he came for the Tamils, and I did not speak out because I was not a Tamil. Then he came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out because I was not a Muslim. When he comes for me there will be no no one left to speak for me. With apologies to Pastor Martin Niemöller

    Patriot Tuesday, 01 June 2021 06:44 PM

    Resolution 46/1 of the Human Rights Council has established a body to monitor human rights in Sri Lanka and to report to the 48th session. The US Congress is considering action supporting the Resolution 46/1 of the Human Rights Council. The conduct of the Government can only mean that it is either stupid or has gone completely mad.

    ravin Tuesday, 01 June 2021 07:09 PM

    When can we see to end of this game?

    Lucifer Tuesday, 01 June 2021 08:25 PM

    @ravin, this is not a "game" but a witch hunt!


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