The Attorney General today informed the Supreme Court that the preliminary investigations into the controversial statement made by former Western Province Governor Azath Salley have already been concluded by CID.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pierisappearing for the Attorney General submitted to Court that the abstracts into the investigations in this regard have been forwarded to the Attorney General for his perusal and, necessary legal action will be taken accordingly.

However, Mr Peiris said that the investigations into the petitioner’s alleged involvement in the demolition of Buddha statues in Mawananellahave not been concluded.

The petition re-fixed for support on June 28.

Azath Salley had filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an order to release him from CID custody.

Salley was arrested by CID and currently being detained over controversial remarks he made detrimental to ethnic and religious harmony in the country.

Filing this petition through his lawyer, AzathSalley alleged that he was arrested on baseless charges and seeking a declaration that his fundamental rights have been violated by the respondents through his arrest and detention.

The petition had named the IGP, CID Director, Minister of Public Security and Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security and Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner stated that he addressed a press conference held on March 9 stating that the affairs of the Muslim people of Sri Lanka should be governed under Muslim law.

The petitioner states that following the media conference relating to this incident, he was arrested by CID under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The petitioner alleged that police have so far failed to produce him before a Magistrate.

He denied the allegations that he involved in the Easter Sunday attack


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