Two CID teams to probe 6,000 swords import 

Two special Police teams from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) have been deployed to investigate the alleged importation of 6,000 swords during the period of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, the Attorney General’s (AG) Department told the Court of Appeal yesterday (31). 

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith filed a writ petition seeking an order from the Court for the law enforcement authorities to conduct a formal inquiry into the alleged importation of some 6,000 swords. 

When the case was taken up yesterday, Senior State Counsel (SSC) Dr. Avanti Perera brought to the attention of the Court that the two teams of CID officers have been appointed under the instructions of the Inspector General of Police C.D. Wickramaratne. Each team is headed by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). 

Accordingly, the bench comprising the President of the Court, Justice Arjuna Obeyesekere and Justice Mayadunne Corea put forward the hearing of the petition till 6 May.