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Petition seeking Bathiudeen’s release: Limited objections filed

The Attorney General (AG) has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that limited objections have been filed in relation to the fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by the brother of All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader Rishad Bathiudeen, Riyaj, seeking release from police custody.

The AG has requested the court to reject the FR petition.

Riyaj Bathiudeen is currently being held by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over his alleged links to the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

The petition was taken up before SC Judges Priyantha Jayawardena and Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday (6).

Speaking on behalf of the AG, Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle had informed the court that limited objections had been filed requesting the court to reject the relevant FR petition.

However, representing the petitioner, President’s Counsel Anura Maddegoda had requested the court to grant him time to file objections to the AG’s objections.

The President’s Counsel had further requested the court for a sooner court date by considering the relevant case an emergency case, as his client had been under arrest since 14 April.

Considering the request, the SC had set the next date for the hearing for 31 July.