Monday, 12th April 2021

Police investigation finds no evidence linking MP Rishad Bathiudeen to Easter Sunday attacks

Colombo, June 29 (BAN/ AD): On Friday police informed parliament that investigations have found no evidence linking ACMC Leader and former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to the series of bomb attacks on Easter Sunday. Minister Rishad has been accused by rival political parties linking him to April 21 bomb attacks.

On June 28 a letter has been sent to Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) by IGP Senior DIG C. D. Wickramaratne, to Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary General of Parliament, the Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of Committees of Parliament J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri which says no evidence has been found to link Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to any terrorist activity.

Committee chairman told the PSC “No evidence has been found to link Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to the series of bomb blasts of 2019 April 21 nor any terrorist activity, in investigations conducted so far by the Investigations Committee comprising of CID, FCID, and Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau (CFIB), established to investigate complaints against Minister Bathiudeen and Governors MLAM Hizbullah and Azath Salley. The Investigations Committee conducts its investigations under Acing IGP Senior DIG C. D. Wickramaratne. We will include this letter to our documents.”

A committee consisting of Senior Superintendent of Police and two Superintendents of Police was set up in Early June by Sri Lanka Police Headquarters to obtain complaints against Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen and former governors MLAM Hizbullah and Azath Salley.

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