Twenty five accused in Easter Sunday attacks indicted, case on January 12 | Daily News

Twenty five accused in Easter Sunday attacks indicted, case on January 12

The case filed against 25 accused including Nawfer Moulavi in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks was yesterday fixed for January 12 by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar. The case was taken up before the Bench comprising Colombo High Court Judges Damith Thotawatte,   Amal Ranaraja and Navaratne Marasinghe. The court premises was heavily guarded by the police and the STF and all the accused were brought to the court amid tight security.

At a previous occasion, the 15th accused in the case, Mohammad Hanifa Zainul Abdeen, was not produced before the court by Prison authorities as he had COVID-19 and Indictments were served to the remaining 24 accused.

When the case was taken up yesterday, all accused including the 15th accused in the case were produced before Court by the prison authorities and an indictment was served to him yesterday.

The Bench then inquired whether there would be any legal representation for the accused in the case, and their attorneys told Court that few of the accused had private attorneys.

Other accused including main accused Naufar Moulavi in the case, have stated that they do not have a personal attorney in court and they have requested the court to appoint an attorney who knows the Tamil language at government expense. The Bench panel directed the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to submit to Court a list of Attorneys who knows the Tamil language to represent the accused. However, Counsel who appeared for the Bar Association said that they need more time to prepare the list of Attorneys who know Tamil.

As the charge sheets in this case have been submitted in Sinhala, the 17 main accused in the case, including Naufar Moulavi, requested the court to provide them with a Tamil translation of the charge sheet while accused Mohamed Akram Ahakkam have also requested its English translation. Additional Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundara appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that translated indictments will serve the accused in future and they expect to save the time of court by selecting the relevant charges separately for each accused and reading them in open court.

 


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