Court allows to detain two suspects linked to Zahran for 72 hours
May 17, 2019 04:51 pm
Kebithigollewa Magistrate’s Court today granted permission for police to detain for 72 hours and question the two suspects arrested in Horowpathana over their alleged links to terrorist leader Zaharan Hashim.
Noor Mohammadu Abdul Rasool and Kana Mohamed Mijam, identified as a Principal and an Acting Principal of two Muslim schools in the area, were arrested last night by the Police Special Task Force (STF) at Paththewa, Horowpathana.
They are believed to have maintained close links with the leader of National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) Zahran Hashim, the ringleader of the series of attacks on Easter Sunday.
Police said information has been received that the two suspects are well versed in the future plans of the NTJ.
Zahran Hashim and Mohamed Ibrahim Ansar have allegedly established NTJ mosques in the area and entrusted them with Abdul Rasool and Mohamed Mijam.
The arrested suspects were produced before the Kebithigollewa Dis/Magistrate Court today (17) by police who sought permission to detain and interrogate them for 72 hours.