No evidence to prove charges against Rishad Bathiudeen

Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremeratne today informed Parliament that investigations carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department thus far into charges against Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen have not been proven, while there is no evidence to suggest the MP was involved in the Easter Sunday attacks or has ties to terrorist groups.

The Acting IGP informed Parliament of the progress of the special committee set up to examine the complaints lodged against MP Rishad Bathiudeen and Former Governors Azath Salley and MLAM Hizbullah.

The letter by the Acting IGP was read out by the Deputy Speaker of House Ananda Kumarasiri, who is also the Chairman of the Parliament Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday attacks during today’s session.

Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen today appeared before the Parliament Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday attacks.

Giving evidence before the Committee the MP said certain members of the Opposition and certain media institutions are focused on him and are spreading false claims.

MP Bathiudeen reiterated that he has never had ties to the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath organisation Zahran Hashim or any other terrorist.

The MP stated that the Parliamentarian who sought his party’s support during the 52 day coup is presently engaged in levelling allegations at him.

Meanwhile General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera was summoned before the Parliament Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday attacks today, but he failed to be present.

Chairman of the Committee Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said notice will be issued for MP Jayasekera once again summoning him before the Select Committee.

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