Outgoing AG says unable to file indictments against Easter Sunday terror attack suspects

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  • AG Dappula de Livera who is to retire on 24 May says unable to file indictments during his tenure
  • Says Police yet to conclude investigations

Outgoing Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera says his Department is not in a position to present charges/indictments against the conspirators and abettors of the 2019 Easter Sunday terrorist attacks during his tenure of office as CID investigations in this regard are incomplete.

De Livera, who will retire on 24 May, said the CID is yet to conclude investigations in connection with all suspects linked to the April 2019 attacks despite several communications from the AG to expedite the probe.

Coordinating Officer to the AG State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said that the AG has communicated to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on 12 May listing 130 pieces of evidence against 42 suspects and sought clarification on where the investigation stands.

The AG also informed the IGP that Police investigations against five suspects, namely Mohamed Asim, Mohamed Rizwan, Mohamed Waqar Yunus, Mohamed Fazan and Shaul Hameed Hameez Mohamed are incomplete. In previous communications, the AG instructed the IGP to obtain a copy of the Commission of Inquiry which probed the terrorist attacks of April 2019 from the President’s Office and obtain further evidence from witnesses.


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