Sri Lanka

Rishad Bathiudeen confirmed to be detained for 90 days

Sri Lanka Opposition MP and ex minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyadh Bathiudeen is to be detained for 90 days, to be questioned in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks. A Detention Order (DO) has been obtained to further detain beyond the initial 72 hours. This was expected as indicated by Sri Lanka Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana.

Both were arrested on 24th April by the Criminal Investigations Department. DIG Ajith Rohana said that Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother had initially been detained for 72 hours by the CID for further investigations but confirmed that they have been detained from today for another 90 days under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyadh Bathiudeen were arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act over allegations of aiding and abetting the suicide bombers responsible for the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

He said that they were arrested after extensive investigations were conducted over the past several weeks.

The Police Spokesman said that further investigations were required as a result of which they have been detained for another 90 days

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