Fmr SIS Director tells Easter Sunday PCoI: Indian couple joined IS after studying in Negombo

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 3 2020

By Buddhika Samaraweera

The State Intelligence Service (SIS), on 26 July, 2016, submitted a report to the then Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara stating that attention should be paid to the lack of a common legal system applicable to the maintenance of educational institutions, former Director of the SIS, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) Nilantha Jayawardena said.

 He said that the report also contained information about an Indian couple that had joined the Islamic State (IS) organisation after studying at an Arabic school located in the Kochchikade area of Negombo. SDIG Jayawardena also said that that school was run as a private school and that the SIS had taken steps to inform the relevant authorities that it was problematic to issue Visa to students coming to study at the school from foreign countries.

He also said that during his tenure as the SIS Director, it was observed that students were offered scholarships to study in Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia through certain embassies, which also contributed to some issues. He was testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday, 2019 bombings.  

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 3 2020

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