AG informs Supreme Court: Bathiudeens supplied State-owned copper to bomber
Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam yesterday informed the Supreme Court a probe conducted into the April 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, had revealed that SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen and his sibling Riyaj Bathiudeen had supplied a stock of State-owned copper, at a concessionary rate, to a copper factory owned by a bomber, who blew himself up during the attacks.
He said MP Bathiudeen had done this misusing his Ministerial powers at the time. The SJB MP and his brother are presently detained by the CID for interrogation in connection with the Easter Sunday carnage of two years ago. DSG Madawa Tennakoon appearing for Rajaratnam made this submission to the Apex Court Bench comprising Justices Vijith Malalgoda, N.B. Murdu Fernando and Gamini Amarasekera.
Two FR petitions filed by the Bathiudeen brothers praying the Court to issue an order to release them from CID detention were taken up yesterday. The petitions were filed through Attorney Gowrie Thawarasa while Faiz Mustapha PC appeared for the two petitioners. Further hearing of the petitions was deferred to 25 August.