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Preliminary investigations into Salley’s controversial statement concluded

The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that the preliminary investigations into the controversial statements made by former Western Province Governor Azath Salley have already been concluded by the CID.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris appearing for the Attorney General submitted to Court that the abstracts of the investigations in this regard have been forwarded to the Attorney General for his perusal and necessary legal action will be taken accordingly.

However, Peiris said investigations into the petitioner’s alleged involvement in the demolition of Buddha statues in Mawanella have not been concluded.

The Supreme Court three-judge-Bench comprising Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Gamini Amarasekara and Justice Shiran Goonaratne re-fixed the petition for support on June 28.

Azath Salley had filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an order to release him from CID custody.

Salley was arrested by the CID and is currently being detained over controversial remarks he made which were deemed detrimental to ethnic religious harmony in the country.

Filing this petition through his lawyer, Azath Salley alleged that he was arrested on baseless charges and is seeking a declaration that his Fundamental Rights have been violated by the respondents through his arrest and detention.

The petition had named the IGP, CID Director, Minister of Public Security and Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security and Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner stated that he addressed a press conference held on March 9 stating that the affairs of the Muslim people of Sri Lanka should be governed in accordance with Muslim Law.

The petitioner states that following the media conference relating to this incident, he was arrested by CID under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The petitioner alleged that police have so far failed to produce him before a Magistrate.

He denied allegations that he was involved in the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks.

President’s Counsel Faisz Musthapha with Maithri Gunaratne PC, Counsel Pulasthi Rupasinghe instructed by Senior Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha appeared for the petitioner.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris appeared for the Attorney General.

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