Witness who saw Pulasthini goes missing –Prasanna

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The witness who claimed that he saw Sarah Jasmine alias Pulasthini Rajendran, the wife of Kochchikade suicide bomber Atchchi Muhammadu Muhammadu Hasthun, is missing, Public Security  Minister Prasanna Ranatunge said yesterday (21).

Making a special statement in Parliament, Ranatunga said that the investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks has confirmed that the particular person is missing and it is suspected that he has fled the country.

“At the moment, 735 suspects have been arrested on connection with the Easter Sunday terror attacks and 196 of them are in prison. Also, there are 19 suspects under detention order. Investigations against 81 suspects have been completed and charges filed against them while 453 suspects have been released on bail. 27 cases connected to 25,753 charges have been filed against them,” the Minister said.

Speaking further, Ranatunga alleged that reason behind the claim of former Attorney General Dappula de Livera that the terror attacks was a conspiracy, could be because he was not given a service extension.

“The former AG was the one who proposed to make former State Intelligence Service (SIS) Nilantha Jayawardena as a State witness in the case. We do not know why he claimed the terror attacks were a conspiracy,  just before retirement. We do not know whether it is because he was not given a service extension,” he stressed.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake