Sri Lankan High Court indicts men allegedly responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lankan High Court indicts men allegedly responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks
Source: Aljazeera (2021)

Judit Kolbe,

Researcher at the Team Sri Lanka.

On the 4th of October 2021, the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar indicted 24 of the 25 men suspected of having carried out the suicide attacks known as the Easter Sunday bombings or terror attacks in 2019 (Aljazeera, 2021). [1] The attacks were aimed at Sri Lanka's Christian community and killed 267 people on 21 April 2019, with both locals and foreigners among the victims (Mohamedbhai, 2021). Amidst the 24 men indicted was Naufar Moulavi, a member of ISIS/ISIL who is believed to be the prinipal responsible operator behind the bombings (Aljazeera, 2021). The indictments were brought under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and consist of 23,270 charges filed in this case (Mohamedbhai, 2021; Tharaka, 2021). Separate indictments have been brought against the former Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando for their failure to act upon the repeated intelligence warnings they received of potential attacks (Tharaka, 2021). In the past, the Archbishop of Colombo has alleged and condemned a stagnation in the investigation into the attacks (Aljazeera, 2021). The hearings have now been set to start in late November 2021 (Mohamedbhai, 2021). 

Notes

[1] One of the 25 men contracted COVID-19 and thus could not appear in front of the court but remains in police custody. (Aljazeera, 2021).

References

Aljazeera (2021, October 5). Sri Lanka indicts ISIL ‘mastermind’ over Easter Sunday bombings. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/5/sri-lanka-isil-mastermind-easter-sunday-bombings

Mohamedbhai, T. (2021, October 6). Sri Lanka prosecutors indict alleged mastermind behind Easter Sunday bombing. Jurist. https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/10/sri-lanka-prosecutors-indict-mastermind-behind-easter-sunday-suicide-bombing/

Tharaka, D. (2021, October 5). Easter Sunday Attacks Trial-at-Bar; Indictments served on 24 accused. Daily News.https://www.dailynews.lk/2021/10/05/law-order/261073/indictments-served-24-accused