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NTJ suspects released on bail

Three suspects who had been remanded for alleged links with the National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings were each released on two sureties of Rs. 500,000 by Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela on Monday.

The Magistrate who also imposed an overseas travel ban on them ordered them to surrender their passports to court.

The released suspects are Mohamed Sanooz Mohamed Ramzan, Mohamed Rizad and Mohamed Ataulla.

Mohamed Sanooz was arrested for his alleged connection with the NTJ in Katugoda, Galle and the police detected a stock of CDs containing lectures which promoting the organisation’s ideology in his possession.

Subsequently, he was held in police custody for 90 days on detention orders and following investigations, he was produced before court under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The other two suspects had been arrested by police for alleged possession of stickers and CDs, in a special raid carried out at a mosque in Moragoda, Galle.

Police investigations disclosed that they were the Chairperson and Treasurer of the respective mosque and were later prosecuted under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007.

Galle Police Crime Branch OIC IP Dinesh Nishantha who prosecuted told the court that the police could not trace any contents in the seized material that impede ethnic cohesion and the police did not intend to charge them under the ICCPR Act.

On consideration of the submissions, the Magistrate released them on bail.

Galle Police Crime Branch OIC IP Dinesh Nishantha assisted by Sergeant Mahilal prosecuted and the suspects were represented by attorneys Pradeea Madanayake and S.M.M. Nilam.


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