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Rs.134 mn in bank accounts of 41 NTJ suspects held:

CID Director: 12 hard core terrorists, 63 suspects detained

SSP Shani Abeysekara Picture by Vipula Amerasinghe
SSP Shani Abeysekara Picture by Vipula Amerasinghe

CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekara yesterday disclosed that 63 suspects are currently held in custody over their links to Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, including 12 hard core terrorists.

He said among them are about 4 to 5 suicide attackers who had not detonated their bombs on the Easter Sunday.

Army Chief Mahesh Senanayake cannot claim he had no knowledge about the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the CID Director argued yesterday. Abeysekara told the media at a press briefing held at the CID yesterday that Army Intelligence officials had attended the initial investigations when CID sleuths initially discovered a haul of explosives of the NTJ in Wanathawilluwa on January 17, 2019.

“So how can he claim he did not have any knowledge when his intelligence officials were there and even gathered necessary information,” he asked. According to Abeysekara, the CID’s notes on the investigation is proof that Army intelligence was present in Wanathawilluwa.

Addressing allegations that the Easter Sunday attacks took place due to intelligence officials being arrested for various crimes, Abeysekara said prior to 2015 those labelled as ‘war heroes’ were not incarcerated and roamed free but nevertheless, horrific acts of terrorism still took place in the country.

According to Abeysekara, the CID had attempted to locate Zahran Hashim following the discovery of the explosives haul in January as it was linked to him and the NTJ during investigations. “We travelled across the country,” he said adding that however the communication application ‘Threema’ used by the terrorists was one of the main stumbling blocks in investigations.

Commenting on recent investigations he also confirmed that Rs.134 million in bank accounts belonging to 41 individuals and companies suspected to have links to the NTJ and Easter Sunday terrorist attacks have been held.

The CID Director also said assets worth over Rs. 1 billion belonging to those suspects and companies have also been identified.

Questioned by the journalists on the CID Director’s statement to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) that there was no proof to establish direct links between the Easter Sunday attacks and the ISIS, Abeysekara pointed out that the ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi took several days to claim responsibility for the attacks and that there was no proof that the suicide bombers had training in Syria or had direct communication with the ISIS.

 

 


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