Detained businessman had links with Easter Sunday attack suspects: CID

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that it was uncovered suspect Fazal Mohamed Nizar, a businessman who is currently detained, handled a communication network without the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) authority and maintained links with the people connected to the Easter Sunday's coordinated suicide attack through that network.

When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate, Mohamed Mihal the CID said the suspect had maintained links with 494 individuals through the said network including a Muslim politician.

The CID further informed the Magistrate that it had to encounter several difficulties to conduct the inquiry, since most of the contacts in the above network were maintained without revealing their identities.

Fazal Mohamed Nizar was arrested by the CID on January 11 and ordered to be detained for three months for interrogation. The CID arrested the suspect for sharing defaming posts aimed at Buddhist monks on social media platforms including Facebook.

The CID informed the Magistrate within a short period of time, the suspect had indulged in transactions amounting to Rs.60 million through his bank account and the suspect had spent more than Rs. 300,000 per month.

Currently, the suspect is being detained and questioned under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Earlier, the CID also informed the Magistrate that according to the investigation, the suspect had directly involved in several controversial incidents that had taken place in the country in the recent days. (Yoshitha Perera)

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