CID asked to place Rishad on surveillance before arrest order

2020-10-19 at 16:46

The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed that he advised the Criminal Investigations Department on prudence to place Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen under surveillance, 24-hours before issuing a directive to arrest the MP.

The Coordinating Secretary of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said the arrest of MP Bathiudeen was not a sudden decision and was well thought out.

She said the Attorney General summoned officers of the CID and verbally issued directives on measures needed to be taken prior to the MPs arrest following which written orders were issued. Jayaratne noted that the MPs arrest was delayed owing to shortcomings of the CID in executing the directives issued by the Attorney General.

The State Counsel added discussions today between the Attorney General and CID officers revealed that several investigations are being conducted into the MP Rishad Bathiudeen over ten other incidents.

Nishara Jayaratne said the Attorney General issued further directives and information to the Acting Inspector General of Police today, pertaining to the additional incidents, and called for further charges to be filed under the Money Laundering Act.

The Attorney General also issued directives to appoint a team of experienced officers to conduct investigations efficiently and promptly to conclude investigations.

The Attorney General has also issued advise to conduct investigations into the period that the MP was in hiding and to inquire into persons who harboured him and to produce details in Court.

He also issued directives to investigate persons who held media briefings regarding the Parliamentarian and revealed he was in hiding.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera called for investigations to be completed in ten days.