IJO head released on bail
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandima Liyanage yesterday, on the recommendations of the Attorney General, released on bail Rashid Hajjul Akbar, who had acted as the head of the Islam Jamathe Organisation (IJO) and who was arrested on the recommendations of the PCol, which probed the 2019 Easter Sunday carnage.
The 24-year-old suspect, a resident of No. 150/B, Murthuwela, Mawanella, was released on surety bail in Rs. 300,000, on a request made to the Court by ASG Haripriya Jayasundera.
The Court also ordered the suspect to report to the TID on each Sunday of the month, before impounding his passport.
The suspect had been arrested by the TID on 12 March last year.
Later, on the orders received from the Defence Secretary, the suspect had been detained for interrogation and produced in Court on 7 January after which he was ordered to be remanded.
The TID making submissions to Court had stated that its inquiries had revealed that the suspect had been allegedly involved in the damage caused to Buddha Statues in Mawanella four years ago, been involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks of 2019, while coordinating student groups, etc.
The TID had further informed the Court that the suspect had also visited countries such as Turkey and Syria eight years ago to receive weapons training.
The TID had charged the suspect at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court for having flouted provisions contained in Sections of the PTA and the ICCPR Act.
When the case was called for hearing the suspect was ordered to be released on bail as he had fulfilled his bail conditions.