Probe reveals suspect in custody supplied explosives to Hashim’s brother

A suspect remanded in connection to the Easter Sunday attacks has revealed that he had supplied explosives to the brother of the ringleader of the attacks, Zahran Hashim.

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said Rasik Raza has been transferred to the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) after new evidence had been uncovered.

DIG Rohana said Raza had confessed that he was aware of details of an experimental bomb blast that had been conducted by Zahran’s brother Mohamad Rilwan in 2018 in Kattankudy ahead of the 2019 Easter attacks.

He said Raza has revealed that he had supplied explosives to Zahran by handing over the supplies to the latter’s brother.

The Police said that Zahran’s brother Rilwan had sustained injuries in the experiment that had been conducted in 2018, while Rasik Raza is said to have assisted him with the experiment and had been on site at the time of it being conducted.

Investigations by the TID had found that Rilwan and Raza had conducted the experiment in Kattankudy.

Raza, a 28-year-old from Kattankudy, was arrested by the Kalmunai Police a few months ago, and has been in remand custody at the Angunukolapelessa prison.

Following a request made by the TID, the suspect has been transferred to the TID using a detention order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for further interrogations.

DIG Ajith Rohana said investigations have found that Raza had not only supported the experiment in Kattankudy in 2018 but had also assisted in hiding the explosive materials.

He said the TID is conducting further investigations in this regard. (Colombo Gazette)