Case Against Naufer Moulavi et al Fixed for 12 Jan

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 24 2021
News Case Against Naufer Moulavi et al  Fixed for 12 Jan

By Hansi Nanayakkara

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday fixed hearing of the case against Naufer Moulavi and 24 others, charged with involvement in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, for 12 January next year.

The case was called before High Court Judges Damith Thotawatta, Amal Ranaraja and Nawarathna Marasinghe.

The 15th accused Mohammadu Haniffa Seinul Abdeen, who was not produced in Court at the previous hearing, was produced before the Court by the Prison and the charges filed against him were handed over to him.

The lawyer appearing for the head of BASL informed the Court that he will shortly submit a list of lawyers to the Bench, who are conversant in the Tamil Language on behalf of Tamil defendants in the trial.

Additional Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundera, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General stated that the charges filed against each of the defendants will be handed over to them separately at the next hearing.

The lawyers for the defendants then insisted that they will be shortly making requests to the Court to seek bail for their respective clients.

The defendants were produced before Court from prison under tight security. Last month, the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar served charges on the accused in the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya had appointed High Court Judges Thotawatte, Ranaraja and Marasinghe to the three-Judge Bench to hear the cases filed against the suspects in connection with the suicide bombings in which over 270 people, including foreign nationals, were killed.

Colombo High Court Judge Thotawatte chairs the Bench. The setting up of the special Trial-at-Bar at the High Court came following a request by Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam to Chief Justice Jayasuriya.

Police had previously filed 23,270 charges against 25 suspects, Naufer Moulavi, 

Sajid Mailavi, Mohamed Milhan, Sadiq Abdullah, Aadam Lebbe, Mohamed Sanasdeen and Mohamed Rizvan.

The charges filed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act include conspiring to murder, aiding and abetting, collecting arms and ammunition, and attempted murder.

Nine suicide bombers, belonging to local Islamist extremist group NTJ, linked to ISIS, carried out a series of blasts that tore through three Churches and as many luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 270 people and injuring more than 500 on 21 April two years ago.

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 24 2021

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