Attorney General Dappula de Livera filed indictments against 16 accused in the Kegalle High Court in connection with causing damage to Buddha statues in Mawanella in 2018, as a prelude to the Easter Sunday attacks by the members of the National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) Organisation including its leader Mohammed Zahran Hashim, who carried out suicide bomb attacks on April 21, 2019.
Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said that the Attorney General has also requested the Chief Justice to appoint a Trial-at-Bar to try the case.
The indictments have been filled against Rasheed Mohammad Ibrahim alias Ibrahim Moulawi,Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Naufer alias Naufer Moulawi, Mohammad Alufar Mohammed Ashfak alias Ashfak, Mohamad Faizer Mohammed Mufthi alias Mufthi, Mohammad Akbar Mohammed Muneef alias Muneef, Mohammed Zufier Hussain Irshad alias Irshad, Mohammad Ashwar Ahamed Athik Ahamed alias Athik, Najimudeen Mohammad Faushan alias Faushan, Mohammed Ramish Mohammad Sadik alias Sadik Moulawi, Mohammad Ibrahim Sadik Abdulla alias Sadik, Mohammad Ibrahim Sadik Abdul haq alias Sadik, Mohammad Haneefa Seinul abdeen alias Abu Hina, Isbullah Khan Hameed Ahamed alias Hamidi, Hayathu Mohammadu Ahamadhu Milhan alias Abu shila, Mohammad Haneefa Haja Mohidden alias Haja Mohideen and Hanan Amsudeen alias Hanan.
Indictments comprise 21 charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act for conspiring to cause violence and thereby incite religious ill felling and disharmony amongst communities by vandalising Buddha Statutes in Mawanella in December 2018, she added.
The Attorney General further listed 43 items as case productions and 92 Prosecution witnesses in the indictments. State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said that the Attorney General expect to file two separate indictments over the incidents of discovering explosives from Wanathawilluwa on January 16, 2019 and the test explosion carried out by the Zahran Hashim and other suicide bombers in Kaththankudi on April 16, 2019.
The Attorney General also expects to file eight indictments over a series of bomb attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019 and expect to appoint Trial-at-Bar to try those cases, she added.