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Catholic has been questioned by the CID for five days over his statement on the 2019 Easter terror attacks

UCA News reporter, ColomboPublished: August 30, 2021 

Church officials have urged the Sri Lankan government to give justice to a Catholic social activist who has been questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for five days over the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Shehan Malaka Gamage was grilled after a statement he made to media regarding the attacks of April 21, 2019.  

Oblate Priest Father Rohan Silva said the Church and all others are on a journey to find truth and justice and all rights activists should be protected.Donate to UCA News with a small contribution of your choice

“Investigations should be directed in the right direction without trying to silence those who demand justice for the Easter Sunday attacks,” said Father Silva before going to the CID with Gamage on Aug. 30 morning.

“We must protect freedom of speech. The opposition parliamentarians, legal scholars, human rights defenders and the archbishop have stated that there are suspicions about the ongoing investigations.”

Father Silva and several other priests have accompanied Gamage to the CID on all five days.

The senior police officers, who met chief Buddhist monks recently, requested the monks intervene to rectify the ‘unjust verdict’

“Gamage has done a survey on the information published in the media and is asking to find the mastermind behind the attacks,” Father Silva told UCA News.

“We see that senior police officers have met religious leaders asking them to protect their jobs from the investigations. It seems that they try to create unnecessary problems among religions.”

The senior police officers, who met chief Buddhist monks recently, requested the monks intervene to rectify the “unjust verdict” given by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the attacks.

The officers said the commission had done an injustice to many police officers who made sacrifices to end Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

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