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Zahran’s associate arrested, handed over to TID

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The police have arrested an associate of Zahran Hashim, who led the National Thowheed Jamaath, which carried out the Easter Sunday carnage, for having promoted extremism among students and young school leavers in the run-up to 2019 Easter Sunday carnage.

DIG (Legal) Ajith Rohana said, yesterday, the police had recently apprehended the 38-year-old resident of Iqbal Road, Muttur in the wake information the suspect had addressed those who sat the GCE O/L and A/L examinations in the Muttur area.

DIG Rohana said that the Muttur man had acted on the instructions of Zahran, who was one of the Easter Sunday bombers. The top police officer said that the suspect had been detained under Detention Order issued in terms of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) pending further investigations.

According to DIG Rohana of those over 700 persons taken into custody since the 2019 Easter attacks; some have been remanded and others are being held under PTA, pending investigations. The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are continuing probes into the incidents. DIG Rohana said that in addition to the Easter Sunday attacks, the police probe covered incidents in the run-up to April 21m 2019 carnage and developments thereafter.

Meanwhile, two persons held at the Polonnaruwa and Kegalle remand prisons have been handed over to the TID following directives issued by the Magistrate courts of Polonnaruwa and Kegalle, respectively. DIG Rohana said that the residents of Kattankudy and Gampola had been involved with Zahran Hashim and may have had close contacts with others involved in the conspiracy. (SF)

 

 



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Avishka and Sadeera power Jaffna Kings to nine wicket win

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Half tons by Avishka Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrema powered Jaffna Kings to a nine wicket win over Dambulla Aura in the 3rd match of the LPL2022  at MRICS Hambanthota on Wednesday (07)

Dambulla Aura 121/9 in 20 overs (Jordan Cox 43; Maheesh Theekshana 3/20, Vijayakanth Vijaskanth 3/24, James Fuller 2/16, Zaman Khan 1/28)

Jaffna Kings 122/1 in 15.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 51 , Sadeera Samarawickrema 62 not out; Noor Ahamed 1/28)

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Govt. says selling state assets only way to build reserves and prevent crippling shortages

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena yesterday (06) said Sri Lanka wouldn’t be in a position to be part of the international trading system unless it boosted its foreign reserves by selling some of its assets. Gunawardena, who also holds media and transport portfolios said so at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing.

Responding to a query about the government’s decision to divest vital national assets, the Minister said that if Sri Lanka did not shore up its reserves to the tune of over three billion dollars, international companies would not accept the letters of credit given by Sri Lankan banks.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Finance Minister, has proposed privatising of several state enterprises including Sri Lanka Insurance and Sri Lanka Telecom.

“Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga sold a number of state owned enterprises. If we don’t increase our reserves, to over three billion USD soon, we will have problems importing fuel, and other essential items. Last week, Fitch again reduced our rating. No matter who governs Sri Lanka, they will all face the same problem. We need to build our reserves,” the Minister said.

Minister Gunawardane said that the need of the hour was to sell some assets and boost Sri Lanka’s reserves.

“China, India, Vietnam, and Malaysia are attracting a lot of investors. Only we have failed to do so, and we need to think why this is. Even our entrepreneurs are leaving for other countries. We need to change the way we think, if we want to attract investors to Sri Lanka,” he said.

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Ven Siridhamma, Mudalige granted bail; latter re-arrested

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Convenor of Bhikku Balamandalaya affiliated Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera leaving Court yesterday (06) after Kaduwela Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara granted him bail. The Thera was held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for causing damages to public property during a protest opposite the Education Ministry, over three months back. The Magistrate ordered the Thera released after the police failed to identify the monk at an identification parade. However, IUSF Convenor Wasanatha Mudalige, who was also released by the Magistrate, after the police couldn’t identify him, was taken into custody in connection with some other case.

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