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Nawfer Moulavi, mastermind behind Easter Attacks

Involved in brainwashing Saharan Hashim’s team:
Minister Dr.Sarath Weerasekera
Minister Dr.Sarath Weerasekera

The government yesterday officially announced that Nawfer Moulavi who is in remand custody has been identified as the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 270 innocent civilians on April 21, 2019.

According to Public Security Minister Dr. Sarath Weerasekera, Nawfer Moulavi who is in remand custody, has been involved in brainwashing Saharan Hashim’s team into following the Islamic State ideology.

Addressing a press conference at the Information Department yesterday, Weerasekera said Nawfer Moulavi has started propagating ideologies of the Islamic State terrorists in 2014.

He said that Hajjul Akbar, who was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on March 12, has also been identified as a ringleader of the coordinated bomb attacks. He was arrested in Dematagoda for promoting Wahabism and Jihadist ideology in the country.

The Minister said that the government has nothing to hide over the investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks. Thirty two persons who are directly linked to the attacks have already been identified and the relevant evidence has been submitted for filing charges against them.

Seventy five persons have been detained while 211 persons have been remanded in connection with the attacks, he said.

Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Keheliya Rambukwella and Prasanna Ranatunga also spoke.

The Final Report of the Cabinet Sub Committee appointed to study in depth the facts and recommendations on the course of action contained in the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks and the report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security which has been submitted to Parliament was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday.

The Chairman of the committee Minister Chamal Rajapaksa handed over the report to the President at the Presidential Secretariat. They had endorsed many recommendations of the Easter PCoI.