Bail denied for suspects in Kandy anti-Muslim clashes, remanded till June 11

Bail denied for suspects in Kandy anti-Muslim clashes, remanded till June 11

A Sri Lankan court has refused to grant bail to the 34 suspects arrested in connection with the anti-Muslim clashes in Kandy and surrounding areas earlier this year.

Theldeniya Magistrate N.M. Farikdeen remanded the 34 suspects until June 11 when they were produced in the court today as the investigations in to the incidents are still ongoing.

The 34 suspects including Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, the leader of extremist organization Mahason Balakaya were arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) on March 6 for allegedly inciting violence against the Muslims and attacking Muslim places of worship in, Digana, Moragahamula, Rangala and Udaspaththuwa areas in the Kandy Administrative district on March 4th & 5th.

Attorney-at-law, Barnes Rambukwella, informed the court that his client Amith Weerasinghe has been attacked at the Anuradhapura Remand Prison.

The court informed that the Commissioner of Prisons would be informed to conduct a formal investigation into this incident.

The court also ordered the prison officials to present the seventh suspect, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Member of Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha, who is currently in remand custody to the monthly council on the 5th of June yonder heavy security.

The TOD officers told the court that further investigations are being carried out on the mobile phone of the suspect.

The Theldeniya police informed that the officers of Rangala Police are conducting further investigations.

The Court ordered to transfer the leader of the Mahason Balakaya Amith Weerasinghe to the Anuradhapura remand prison while the other 33 were taken to the Dumbara remand prison under heavy guard.

The security was tightened around the court during the hearing.

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