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Hejaaz Hisbullah, Mohommed Shakil remanded

Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hisbullah and Principal of the Madrasa School in Puttalam Mohommed Shakil, who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), were remanded till March 3 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday.

Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Piries appearing for the Attorney General said that Attorney General Dappula de Livera had instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to produce detained Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hizbullah to a relevant Magistrate’s Court.

The DSG Dileepa Piries further stated that the suspects have been charged under the Section 2 (1) (h) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Section 3 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

He added that Mohammed Shakil was arrested and produced before Court on charges of aiding and abetting suspect Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hisbullah for violating the Section 2 (1) (h) of the PTA and the Section 3 (1) of the ICCPR.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileep Piries told Court that the suspect, Hejaaz Hizbullah, was involved in extremist teachings at the Al Suharia Madrasa Vidyalaya in Karativu, Puttalam.

He said that the Save the Pearl, of which Hejaaz Hisbullah was the Chairman, had given full support to the Madrasa School and had taught 56 children.

It was also revealed that 26 of these children have been kept in a separate classroom and given special residential training from 2018 on the Easter attack. Investigations have revealed that the 26 students who were belonged to the affected families in Colombo and suburbs, DSG Dileepa Piries added.

The Deputy Solicitor General stated that Naufar Moulavi, known as the theoretician of the terrorist group that carried out the attack had visited the school and conducted lectures in December 2018 .He said that the mastermind of the Easter Sunday Terror Attack, Saharan Hashim, had conducted lectures in January, 2019.

According to a statement by a child at a Madrasa School, Saharan Hashim’s brother, Rilwan Hashim, had visited the Madrasa on several occasions and had given training to remove the parts of a bomb and a gun.

The Deputy Solicitor General said that Mohamed Assam Mohamed Mubarak, who detonated a bomb at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday, had conducted military training at the school in February, 2019.

The Deputy Solicitor General questioned how the chairman of ‘Save the Pearl’, which sponsored the school, was unaware that such activities were taking place inside the Madrasa.

He said that investigations have revealed that the suicide bomber Ibrahim Ilham had acted as the treasurer of the Save the Pearl Organisation and that another attacker Ibrahim Insaf had bought a 108 perch land in Madurankuliya from the money belonged to the Save the Pearl Organisation.

The Deputy Solicitor General said that there were sufficient facts to file indictments before the High Court against the suspects.

Deputy Solicitor General Sudarshana De Silva, Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama along with Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Piries appeared for the prosecution.

A group of lawyers led by Attorney-at-Law Tiran Anketell appeared for the suspects.