Written by Staff Writer
14 Aug, 2020 | 10:54 am
Colombo (News 1st); Former Director of the Terrorist Investigation Division, Former DIG Nalaka de Silva said the State Intelligence Service in 2018, had informed the TID to stop the investigation into a person named Mohammad Nilabdeen Mohammad Rimzan who had returned to Sri Lanka after joining ISIS.
The Former DIG made this statement testifying at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 April 21st attacks.
He added, Former IGP Pujith Jayasundara had instructed in a letter dated 14 March, 2018 that a special police team be deployed to interrogate Rimzan at the airport as he may be deported from Turkey to Sri Lanka in the near future.
He further said that when the SIS informed him to stop investigations, he informed the SIS in return to make a written notice in that connection through the IGP.
Accordingly, on 14 March 2018, the then IGP Jayasundara had sent a letter to the TID instructing to stop the ongoing investigations into Rimzan.
De Silva also submitted a copy of that letter sent by the IGP to the then Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, Pathmasiri Jayamanne.
Former DIG also said that the TID took steps to forward weekly reports on extremists such as National Thowheed Jama’at leader Zaharan Hashim and Abdul Latif Jameel Mohammed and their activities.
He further stated that in addition to the weekly reports submitted to the IGP by the TID, reports into certain investigations carried out by the TID under the instructions of the IGP, were also submitted to the IGP on a relevant day.
He also submitted copies of several such reports exchanged between then IGP and the TID to the PCOI.
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