Written by Zulfick Farzan
21 Jan, 2022 | 5:07 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); The suspect who was charged with placing a hand grenade at the All Saint’s Church premises in Borella and was detained by Sri Lanka Police, provided a statement to the Colombo Additional Magistrate for over an hour and a half, behind closed doors.
The suspect was identified as Liyanage Dayasena and was produced to court by the Colombo Crimes Division.
He provided a statement behind closed doors in the presence of Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya, after his request to do so was accepted by the court.
The Colombo Crimes Division told the court that the suspect will be detained for a period of 90 days with permission from the Defence Secretary for further investigations.
The CCD also told the court that the other six suspects who were arrested over the incident during the course of the investigations will continue to remain in detention for further inquiry.
The Colombo Crimes Division arrested an individual identified as ‘Ranale Ruwan’ from Ranna, in Hambantota on Thursday (20).
‘Ranale Ruwan’ was wanted by authorities as it was believed that it was he who provide the hand grenade that was discovered at the All Saint’s Church in Borella on the 11th of January 2022.
Sri Lanka Police said that the hand grenade was placed at the Church in Borella on the instructions of a retired doctor from Piliyandala, who was arrested on Monday (17).
Investigations carried out by the Colombo Crimes Division revealed that a suspect detained by the Colombo Harbour Police is believed to have placed the hand grenade at the Church in Borella, and he was identified as a 65-year-old from Panamure.
Police said that the suspect had visited the All Saint’s Church in Borella on the day of the incident, and his presence was captured on CCTV.
According to Sri Lanka Police, investigations revealed that the hand grenades discovered at the Bellanvila Temple and Lanka Hospital in 2021, were placed on the instructions of the 75-year-old retired doctor who is already in police custody.
Sri Lanka Police suspect that the doctor may have resorted to such action due to the trauma he suffered following the demise of his wife.
However, Oshala Herath, the son of the arrested doctor, who is also a social and political activist, has denied the allegations made against his father.
Earlier, Sri Lanka Police arrested three workers from the church over the incident.
On the 13th of January 2022, two days after the discovery of a grenade at the church premises, the Head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo said the discovery of a hand grenade at a Colombo Church is a conspiracy.
He flayed Sri Lanka Police over its handling of the investigation adding that authorities were presented a cooked-up story instead of revealing the truth.
His Eminence said detectives have only examined CCTV footage recorded from 3 PM the day the grenade was discovered and not from the morning, adding that morning footage clearly shows a man acting in a suspecting manner.
The Cardinal also made public the CCTV footage, and Sri Lanka Police is pursuing the investigation using the footage as well.
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