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Mawanella Buddha statues case:

Suspects re-remanded till June 27

The suspects arrive in court under heavy police escort.
The suspects arrive in court under heavy police escort.

Mawanella Magistrate Upul Rajakaruna yesterday ordered the 15 suspects in the case relating to the vandalising of several Buddha statues in Mawanella between December 22 to 25, 2018, to be re-remanded till June 27.

When the 15 suspects detained and questioned by the CID were produced in the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court for the Magistrate’s observation yesterday, the Magistrate ordered that they be produced in court for observation again on September 12.

Earlier 13 suspects were produced in the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court. When the case was called on June 3 another suspect was produced before court by the Mawanella Police who said he was produced for committing the wrongful act of withdrawing money from a private bank in Mawanella with the two main suspects Mohamed Ibrahim Saheed Abdul Haq and his brother Mohamed Saddick Abdulla. Police also submitted a record obtained from the private bank in Mawanella.

This suspect was identified as Hisbullah Khan Hamdi Ahmed, a 24-year-old resident of Hingula and he too was remanded till June 27. The suspects were brought to court in a prison bus under heavy police escort and the Army too was deployed in the court premises for security.

The 13 suspects are Mohamed Ahifer and Mohamed Faiser of Delgahagoda, Mawanella, Mohamed Akbar Mohamed and Mohamed Sufiyas of Hingula, Mohamed Azwer Atheek of Kehelwatte, Mohmaed Kaleel of Ahithunwara Road, Najibudeen of Danagama, Mohamed Afardeen of Kalugamuwa, Gelioya, Mohamed Mustapha of Thambala, Polonnaruwa, Rashid of Delgahagoda, Mohamed Aslam Akil Ahamed of Danagame,Abdul Jabar of Nawalapitiya Road, Ulapane and Izadeen Siththi Nazeera of Nawalapitiya Road, Ulapane. Among the suspects produced in court were the mother and two brothers of the main suspect.

The Magistrate also ordered the CID to further interrogate the suspects detained by the CID as the CID officer submitted that they needed to be further questioned to gather more vital information. The court ordered the CID to destroy the explosives seized at the time the suspects were taken into custody. Meanwhile, the lawyers who appeared for the suspects found that the vehicle in which they came to court had a tyre deflated in the car park, when they returned after the court case.

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