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Minister has not signed Hijaaz Hisbullah’s detention order – Defence Counsel

Defence counsel appearing for the Attorney-at-Law Hijaaz Hisbullah yesterday informed Court that the detention order issued on his client has not been signed by the Defence Minister in terms of the Section 9 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

President’s Counsel Ikram Mohamed, appearing for the remanded attorney, further stated that his client was detained and interrogated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Attorney-at-Law Hijaaz Hisbullah is being detained and interrogated by the Criminal Investigations in connection with having allegedly aided and abetted suicide bomber Mohammad Ibrahim Insaf Ahmed, who set off the bomb at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, during the Easter Sunday attack last year.

Deputy Solicitor General Sudarshana De Silva with Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appearing for the Attorney General’s Department stated that they expect to raise preliminary objections against the request made by the Defence Counsel.

The suspect was represented by President’s Counsel Ikram Mohamed, President’s Counsels Farman Cassim and Harshana Nanayakkara, Counsels Eraj de Silva and Hafeel Farisz respectively.

The Magistrate observed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has filed facts before Court naming Hijaaz Hisbullah as a suspect. The Magistrate further stated that the Defence Minister has not been appointed. The Magistrate pointed out that the Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to interpret constitutional issues in accordance with the Article 125 of the Constitution.

Responding, President’s Counsel Ikram Mohamed stated that the Supreme Court has the exclusive jurisdiction to inquire into that question.

The CID informed Court that they expect to conclude the investigation within two weeks and send abstracts of the investigation to the Attorney General to seek further instruction with regard to the matter.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday ordered the CID to produce the report before the next calling date and fixed further inquiries for September 16.