Rishad Bathiudeen further remanded
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage on Tuesday (21) ordered MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who had been arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and in connection with the Easter Sunday carnage of two years ago, to be further remanded until 5 October. This was when the case was taken up before the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate. The ex-Minister’s attorneys had previously prayed the Court to enlarge their client on bail. Responding to the appeal, the officers of the CID informed the Court yesterday, that due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, they were unable to seek the assistance of a State Attorney and therefore requested for another date to make submissions after consulting a State Attorney.
The former Minister and his brother Riyaj Bathiudeen were taken into custody on 24 April, for allegedly aiding and abetting the suicide bombers who perpetrated the deadly bombings on 21 April 2019. They were initially interrogated under a 72-hour detention order obtained by the CID under the provisions of Article 6(1) of the PTA. However, a subsequent 90-day detention order was obtained pursuant to Article 9(1) of the PTA, as the authorities needed to further interrogate the duo. Following this, suspect MP Bathiudeen who had been detained for 111 days by the CID for interrogation, was produced in Court for the first time on 10 September and subsequently he was ordered to be remanded till the conclusion of the trial.