Posted on 02.20.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Top News with 0 Comments
Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage ordered to remand a Lawyer Hijas Hisbullah and Mohamed Shakeer, until 3 March.
They were arrested on suspicion of aiding a suicide bomber who attacked the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on 21 April 2019.
Hisbullah and Shakeel were produced before the court by the deputy solicitor general Dileepa Peris and he informed that the two are being charged under section 2(1) (H) prevention of terrorism act and section 3(1) of the ICCPR Act. According to the ‘medialk’ website, the attorney representing Hezbullah has stated that there are 58 students in the school. However, only one student has stated that Hisbullah came to the school, and therefore allegations have been filed based on the one statement.
Also, the lawyer said that ‘’it was not the reason mentioned during the arrest. CID has previously reported that Hisbullah went to the school on several occasions in 2015, 2016 and 15 January 2019. Meanwhile, the statement made by the student said that Hisbullah went to school in August 2018. These report and the statement is contradictory. There is no reasonable doubt to arrest him due to the only available evidence is also contradictory. If the charges are being made under the relevant clause of the ICCPR Act, the suspect should be produced under section 115 of the Penal Code. The CID has made up a story based on a few statements over a large number of statements. Therefore, the suspect has no reasons to be remanded and should be released.
However, suspects have been remanded till 3 March and the Magistrate has ordered to submit a summary of all statements made regarding Hisbullah.