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Easter Attacks: 33 suspects to be charged

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Thirty three out of 267 suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks are to be charged for homicide, Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Sarath Weerasekara told the Malwathu and Asgiriya Chief Prelates on Wednesday.

He further said that the Attorney General had received eight Police investigation files into the Easter Sunday bomb blasts.

The Minister called on Malwathu Chapter Chief Prelate Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera and Asgiriya Chapter Chief Prelate Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera after worshipping the Dalada Maligawa.

The minister said that some suspects who are in prisons in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks are being kept under detention orders while the others are in remand custody.

He added that the charges on the other suspects are on abetting the attacks.

He said the AG told him that he was awaiting the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday attacks to proceed on legal actions. The recently met the AG to inquire whether there is a delay in initiating legal action on the Easter Sunday carnage.

The minister said the AG told him that instituting legal actions has to be after the PCoI report to avoid contradictions as new evidence before the Commission could lead to different charges. The AG had also told the Minister that he would file cases after studying all aspects of the matter including the report of the Parliament Select Committee on the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said the AG informed him that he had asked a team of 12 attorneys to study this matter full-time. In addition, the Minister said that he too assigned another team to see whether the investigations were properly continuing.

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