May 21, Colombo: A translator in Sri Lanka parliament arrested for allegedly having close links with the outlawed Islamic terrorist group National Thowheed Jamath will be detained for 90 days for questioning, the police said.
The parliament translator identified as Mohamed Naushad Jalaldeen (42) has allegedly maintained close links with Zahran Hashim, the leader of National Thowheed Jamath and the suicide bomber at Shangri La Hotel in Colombo on April 21.
Naushad, who has served as a translator attached to the Hanzard Department of parliament since 2006, was arrested by a special police team in Kurunegala on the information revealed to the DIG in charge of Kurunegala by a Kurunegala hospital worker who was arrested for having links to the outlawed organization.
The translator was said to be an active member of the proscribed organization and has conducted lectures on Islam extremism in Akurana and Kandy.
The Police have also seized several suspicious equipment from the house of the suspect in Rajagiriya.
Security of the parliament has been tightened following the arrest of the translator.