Hejaaz’s case postponed to next year

The case filed against prominent human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah, on charges of allegedly “aiding and abetting” one of the bombers involved in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, has been rescheduled to February 2021.

Hizbullah’s case, which was to be taken up before the Fort Magistrate’s Court today, was rescheduled for the 24th of February 2021 due to the prevalent coronavirus situation in the country.

The human rights lawyer has been held at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Colombo since his arrest on 14 April 2020, with restricted access to his lawyers, family and wife.

Issuing a statement on Hizbullah’s detention, Amnesty International recently said the lawyer has been detained for more than six months under the country’s repressive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without charge or any credible evidence being put before a court.

Meanwhile, over 150 lawyers have also written to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) with regards to, what they say is the unlawful detention and lack of access to lawyers for Attorney at Law Hejaaz Hizbullah. (Colombo Gazette)