Namal Kumara not investigated – Ajith Rohana

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By Faadhila Thassim

The conduct of Namal Kumara who according to Opposition MPs and civil society activists, allegedly disrupted former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) Director, Nalaka de Silva from arresting Easter Sunday Attacks suicide bomber Zaharan Hashim, has not been investigated, as there is insufficient information to prove a connection between his conduct and the Easter Sunday attacks, Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Kumara exposed an alleged plan to assassinate former President Maithripala Sirisena and present President Gotabaya Rajapaksa prior to the Easter Sunday attacks, leading to the arrest of Silva, who had then obtained a warrant to arrest Zaharan. 

Previously, participating in a parliamentary debate on the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into Easter Sunday Attacks, SJB MP Ranjith Maddumabandara said Silva’s arrest disrupted the investigation against Zaharan, while he said, “That was merely a drama. Now where is Namal Kumara? Why hasn’t an investigation commenced on his conduct? Most importantly, what happened to his allegations?”

Speaking at a Media briefing held with regard to the progress of the investigations into the Easter Sunday Attacks on 12 Tuesday, Rohana said there is insufficient information to prove a connection between Kumara and the investigations conducted into the Easter Sunday Attacks.

Referring to the statement made by Kumara of the alleged plan to assassinate the former President and present President, Rohana said while such statement was investigated, this did not in any manner connect to the investigations conducted into the Easter Sunday Attacks.

He added that the TID and the CID conducted investigations into the activities of Hashim before the Easter Sunday Attacks, which showed that the Batticaloa Police in 2018 issued an arrest warrant against Zaharan, while reiterating however that this was immaterial to the investigations in relation to the attacks.