Dr. Shihabdeen further remanded


Dr Shihabdeen being taken away after the conclusion of proceedings at the Kurunegala Magistrate court (pic by Sujatha Jayaratne)

by A.J.A. Abeynayake

Kurunegala Magistrate Sampath Kariyawasam yesterday further remanded Dr. Mohamed Shafi of the Kurunegala Hospital until July 25 pending investigations.

The case against Dr. Shihabdeen, who is suspected of allegedly amassing assets through suspicious means, sterilizing women without their consent and having links to terrorist activities, was taken up for hearing at the Kurunegala Magistrate court.

Magistrate rejected a request for bail having taken into consideration seriousness of the charges made against the suspect and to prevent public turmoil.

The court also called for a report from the Government Valuer as regards the property owned by the suspect. The Magistrate directed the CID to submit a copy of the statement recorded from Superintendent of Police, in charge of Kurunegala Division.

The investigators said that the suspect was produced in court as the Defence Ministry had withdrawn the detention orders issued in respect of him.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige told the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court yesterday that the three-month detention order against Dr. Mohamed Shafi Shihabdeen had been withdrawn as the evidence presented against him was inadequate to prove that he was linked to terrorist activities.

Speaking on behalf of the Attorney General, Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige said the three-month detention order against Dr. Shihabdeen had been withdrawn on Wednesday after the Ministry of Defence was informed that the evidence against Dr. Shafi was inadequate to prove that he had received funds from a terrorist organization for promotional purposes.

The Deputy Solicitor General said that the charges against Dr. Shafi for allegedly accumulating assets via suspicious means were being investigated further.

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