Rs. 6 b in assets linked to Easter Sunday attack suspects found: Police

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  • 100 accounts of 41 suspects frozen, investigations ongoing, and 178 suspects detained


Police have frozen 100 accounts of 41 suspects who have been arrested in connection to the Easter Sunday attacks, an official said yesterday.

There were over Rs. 134 million in funds deposited in the accounts, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters today. The Criminal Investigations Department has also confiscated over Rs. 20 million which was held in cash by the various suspects, and have uncovered assets worth Rs. 7 billion linked to the suspects. Investigations are ongoing. 

“We are working to freeze these assets, and ensure they are not used for any illegal purposes,” Gunasekera said. 

The Police Spokesman also said as many as 115 suspects, of a total of 293 people arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks, have been produced before courts and remanded, while 178 suspects remain under detention.

Statements have already been recorded from 81 people who were injured in the bomb attack at the St Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade.

Among those detained, 62 are being held by the CID, 47 by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID), 41 at the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), while the others are held by Police in Ampara, Mt. Lavinia, Nugegoda and Kandy.