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CID informs Colombo Chief Magistrate

‘Suspect maintained ties with individuals linked to Easter attacks’

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohommed Mihal that it was revealed that the suspect Fazal Mohommed Nisaar, who is currently under a detention order, maintained a communication network without the approval of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) and maintained ties with the individuals linked to the Easter Sunday terror attacks through this network. The CID also told the court that the suspect had been linked to 494 persons through the communication network and a Muslim politician was also part of this network.

The CID further said that they had faced difficulties in conducting investigations as the relevant communication network was set up without revealing their identities.

The suspect was arrested and remanded for allegedly sharing defaming posts aimed at Buddhist monks on social media, including Facebook. Criminal Investigation Department officials told the Magistrate that the suspect had issued various statements on Facebook in a manner that was insulting to various parties, including the monks, and which would act against inter-ethnic harmony. However, the Criminal Investigations Department had earlier informed Court that they obtained a detention order from the Defence Secretary to detain and question businessman Fazal Mohamed Nisar for three months under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The Criminal Investigations Department also stated that the investigations have further revealed that the telephone network was blocked so that it was not possible to obtain information from the suspect’s mobile phone while investigating his phones and computers.

The CID told the Magistrate that inquiries conducted had revealed that the suspect had transacted money amounting to Rs.60 million through his account. The case will be taken up for hearing on February 25.