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TID inspector blames AG for delay in arresting Zahran

25 July 2019 06:43 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) Inspector T. R. K. R. Pathirana yesterday blamed the delay on the part of Attorney General’s Department to answer a query made to him by his institution with regards to National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim from arresting the individual that is now known to have been the main culprit responsible for the April 21 attacks.

IP Pathirana said this while testifying last evening before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said an inquiry was made by the TID from the Attorney General’s Department with regard to obtaining a warrant to arrest the NTJ leader. “We were monitoring Zahran's movements and we found out that he was engaged in promoting extremism, which is why we wanted action taken against him and as well as get the NTJ banned,” he said.

He said AG’s office informed him that the file handed over by him was not in order. “By the time we got the files in order the April 21 attack had already taken place,” he revealed.

He added that a request was made from facebook to get the NTJ FB page banned but the authorities who ran the social media network said they don’t understand what was said in the posts put out by the NTJ as they were written in Tamil. However, he said the FB account was blocked just ten days before the Easter Sunday attacks occurred.

It was further revealed that NTJ has not used Google to access its facebook account but had used other search engines with strict privacy policies. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 5

  • Anmanpan Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:18 AM

    Now now now, things are getting hot. My favorite peoples channel is totally blanking this news. So we know they have an agenda and it is open. Nice.

    Buddhist Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:48 AM

    This stupid policeman now blaming the Attorney General’s department for his own failure to arrest the suspect .

    Goodie Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:50 AM

    Do people really use google or any other search engine to access facebook? Really?

    Gullible Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:02 AM

    Who gave Saharan vast amounts of money if not the ISIS

    Goodie Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:24 AM

    Failure, Failure, Failure everywhere.

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