Jan 12, Colombo: The case against Naufer Mawlawi and 24 other accused in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks will be taken up again before Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar on 03 March 2022.
The trial of the 25 men accused of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, which killed nearly 270 people and injured over 500 people when churches and luxury hotels were targeted by Islamic terrorist suicide bombers on 21 April 2019, taken up today before a special three-judge bench of the High Court comprising Judges Damith Thotawatta, Amal Ranaraja and Nawarathna Marasinghe.
Earlier, lawyers did not appear for nine of the defendants, including Naufer Mawlawi, who have requested the judiciary to appoint Tamil speaking public defenders at the government’s expense to represent them.
Accordingly, when the case was taken up today for the nine accused, Tamil speaking lawyers were named at the expense of the government.
Earlier they have also requested the court to provide a Tamil translation of the indictments in the case.
Additional Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundara, who appeared for the complainant, told the court that the Tamil translations were being prepared and would be provided before the next court date.
Lawyers representing several of the defendants in the case have asked the court to issue a restraining order against prison officials for obstructing their clients from having a copy of the Holy Quran.
At that time, the three-judge panel directed the prison authorities to take steps to facilitate the provisions of the Prisons Act, if any.
The bench then postponed the case until March 3.
The three-judge bench was appointed following a request made by Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya to appoint a three-judge bench to hear the case with 23,270 charges filed in connection with this incident which caused a great stir in the society.