May 15, 2019

Copper factory issue takes a new turn! Featured

The Aluthkade Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage had granted bail to the nine workers who were arrested over the Easter Sunday terror attacks at the Copper Factory belonging to one of the suicide bombers Insaf Ahmed, despite police objections, Wellampitiya Police OIC- Chief Inspector Gamini Hewawithana revealed.

He said this in a complaint made to the Judicial Services Commission. He had also revealed that the police objection had not been noted in the case report.

CI Hewawithana had stated in his complaint that despite written and verbal objections by the police against the release of the nine suspects the Magistrate had granted them bail. As a result the Police Headquarters Special Investigations Unit has launched an investigation against several police officers including himself.

Hence, he had requested the Judicial Services Commission to launch a fair and impartial investigation into this matter. He had also stated in his complaint that the defence counsel Pitigala Kankanamlage Don Wasantha had revealed in an affidavit that the police had vehemently opposed bail for these suspects.

The Police OIC had stated that he had also notified the court that the nine suspects had between two to eight Sim cards in their possession and investigations had indicated that they had a very clear understanding of the attacks.

The OIC also stated that based on the directives of the Colombo Crimes Division Director SP Udaya Hemantha on April 21st night, the police had provided security to the Colossus Copper Factory and later on his advice they had arrested the nine suspects.