The Government will not spare anyone proven to be involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Irrigation and State Minister of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Minister Chamal Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday.
Denying allegations against the Government, Minister Rajapaksa pointed out that the release of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s brother Riyaj from Police detention probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks does not mean that the suspect is vindicated from all charges. The Minister pointed out that the same suspect would be taken into custody, if new evidence linked to him surfaces.
Responding to a question raised by Samagi Jana Balavegaya Badulla District MP Chaminda Wijesiri, the minister said that Riyaj had been taken into custody on April 14, this year on suspicion of the latter’s connections with Insaf Ahmed, the terrorist who committed suicide at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo during the Easter Sunday terror attacks.
“As per the call records, there were 17 calls made by the suspect to the terrorist. The suspect had been detained under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act for three days for questioning and thereafter obtained the permission of courts twice for three months each. The investigators had found that the suspect and the terrorist had had no terror links. The calls had been made for business purposes. There is no evidence to prove that the suspect aided and abetted the terrorist to carry out the attacks.Therefore, he was released on September 29, 2020. The last call they had made was three months prior to the attacks. However, if there is new evidence, he would be arrested again,” the Minister said.