Court orders to record statement in Vavuniya: CID Grills Bathiudeen
By N. Priyadarshani (Vavuniya)
All Ceylon Makkal Congress Leader and former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday (27) gave a statement, to the CID at the Irattaperiyakulam Police Station, for over five hours, in connection with the ongoing probe into the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, terror attacks. Sources said that Bathiudeen who had arrived at this CID office at 10.10 a.m. had given his statement till 3.10 p.m.
Following an order issued by Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka, Bathiudeen arrived at the Vavuniya CID office.Meanwhile, a large number of his supporters were gathered outside Irattaperiyakulam Police Station, and concerns are being raised whether this was to intimidate CID officers.
After coming out of the CID office, he told the Media: “I was quizzed regarding the material that was obtained by Ibrahim Insaf from an institution that was affiliated to my former Ministry (Industry and Commerce), namely, the Industrial Development Board (IDB). I was also questioned regarding the activities of my Ministry. I told them that it was not only this person’s institution but that around 300 such institutions were registered under my former Ministry. All of these institutions had obtained material from the IDB. All evidence has been provided to the CID.
Some 15 months lapsed before the Easter Sunday probe began. I am a leader of a political Party. I have been in Parliament for over 20 years. Hence I requested from the Court to grant me a two-week respite due to the forthcoming Poll. I would like to state that I am in no way connected to the Easter Sunday carnage. My family or even my siblings have also not been involved with this crime. And it is to derail my political journey that they are carrying out this probe against me in the run up to next week’s Poll.”