Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Bank accounts of 41 terror suspects frozen

Colombo, May 25 (BAN): Officials have frozen 41 Bank accounts of terror suspects having links with the outlawed Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) which had carried out Easter Sunday bombings. Police sources said action has been taken under custody of the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

The accounts have a total amount of Rs 134 million ($759,335) which was in addition to Rs 14 million ($79,333) seized from the possession of the suspects at the time of their arrest. CID has also launched an investigation into assets worth Rs 7 billion ($30 million) belonging to the suspects.

The government has accused local NTJ for bombings even though ISIS terror group claimed the attacks. President has extended emergency by 1 month citing “public security”. Under emergency law police and the military have powers to arrest, detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.

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