FR petition filed on behalf of Hejaz Hisbullah fixed for further submissions | Daily News


FR petition filed on behalf of Hejaz Hisbullah fixed for further submissions

A Fundamental Rights petition filed on behalf of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz Hisbullah, who has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over an allegation that he had close links with the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was yesterday fixed for further submissions by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court Bench comprised Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Gamini Amarasekera fixed the petition for further submissions to be resumed on July 22.

President’s Counsel Faiz Musthapha appearing on behalf of the petitioner yesterday commenced his oral submissions. He will resume his further submissions on the next day as well.

Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha yesterday filed this petition seeking an Interim Order directing the release of Hizbullah from custody.

The Petitioner is further seeking an interim order suspending the operation of the Detention Order pending the final hearing and determination of this application.

The petitioner has further sought an Interim Order to immediately produce Attorney-at-Law Hizbullah before the relevant Magistrate’s Court.

The petitioner states that contrary to law, Hizbullah has not been produced before a Magistrate since his arrest, and that despite him being arrested on 14 April 2020, a copy of the purported Detention Order was said to have been handed over to him on 25 April 2020.

At a previous occasion, the father and wife of Hejaz Hizbullah had also filed two separate Habeas Corpus petitions in the Court of Appeal demanding his release.

Faisz Musthapha PC with Ikram Mohamed PC, Saliya Pieris PC, Senior Counsel Viran Corea, Counsel Niran Anketell and Hafeel Farisz appeared for the petitioner.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle with Senior State Counsel Dr. Avanti Perera appeared for the CID and Attorney General.

Shammil Perera PC and Manohara de Silva PC appeared for the intervenient petitioners.


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