SIS had separate desk for Islamic extremism from 2002

By Rathindra Kuruwita

State Intelligence Service (SIS) had started a separate desk on Islamic extremism in 2002, former head of the SIS, Keerthi Gajanayake yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday bombings.

This specific desk was mainly established because there were reports of extremist preachers, he said.

Gajanayake, who was the head of SIS between 2003 and 2011, said that most threats during that time came from the LTTE.

"However there were many reports of extremist preaching. There was a lot of aggressive energy in these preachings. In 2004, we turned back the leader of an Indian Thowheed Jamaat group. We placed him on a black list as well," Gajanayake said.

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