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Hizbullah’s Family Decries “Vicious” Media Campaign After Confidential Statements Provided To Judge Leaked!

Questions have cropped up about how confidential statements given before a magistrate in his chambers by two young children were leaked across all the media on Wednesday – May 13.

According to multiple Sinhala and English media reports that appeared on Wednesday including a screeching Page 1 lead story In the Ceylon Today newspaper owned by businessman-politico Tiran Alles two boys from a school in Puttalam have “told all” to the Colombo Fort Magistrate about extremist teachings and alleged “weapons training” given to students at the college.

Hejaaz Hizbullah

Serious doubts are being raised if the CID leaked the information to the press to cover their sins involving the framing of a Muslim attorney – Hejaaz Hizbullah – for involvement in the Easter Sunday bombings in 2019. A confession before a magistrate is a top-secret statement that can be used in trial unlike a confession made before a police officer. The police is not allowed to be present when the statement is being made.

Issuing a statement following the appearance of the news articles Hizbullah’s family said it was a “vile and vicious” media campaign aimed at prejudicing public opinion about the arrested attorney.

“We believe that this campaign is being carried out with the support of those involved in the investigation in order to justify their unlawful activities in arresting and detaining him. We believe this campaign has been unleashed to punish Hejaaz for the recent shocking disclosures made against the CID in certain Fundamental Rights cases in the Supreme Court,” the statement by the family of the attorney said. “We are shocked about media reports which claim to reveal the contents of confidential statements made by two child witnesses to a Magistrate. We are deeply perturbed how the police could claim to be aware of the contents of confidential statements, which were released to the media within a few hours” it added. [full letter published below]

Legal analysts said the leaks put the integrity of the confession before a magistrate into question and the matter was even more serious because it involved the rights of children. But the lawyers said this was not the first time the CID has tried to build a case in the newspapers when investigations reach a dead end and the department scrambles to frame criminal charges against persons considered to be enemies of the Government. The inspired leaks serve to try individuals in the court of public opinion even when the CID has no case against them.

According to some newspaper articles Hizbullah provided “weapons training” to the school in question. This is based on the so called “voluntary confessions” by two students.

The real story for the propaganda effort is the CID’s own faux pas that was recently exposed in the Supreme Court.

The media circus follows two fundamental rights cases filed in the Supreme Court by three minors through their parents which allege that the CID intimidated them into making false statements and signing them under duress. The petitions said that the CID had “taken the children in for questioning” at a location they could not identify and recorded their statements under duress on video. The coerced statements were an attempt to frame the lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah who was arrested by the CID on 14th April 2020 and has not been produced in a court of law since his detention. The school attended by the three petitioners and the boys who purportedly provided statements before a judge in chambers was a college for destitute Muslim boys funded by the charity Save the Pearls. Hizbullah the arrested lawyer was a trustee at the charity.

The attorney’s family in its statement released on May 15th said that the CID had initially said Hizbullah had been arrested over calls between himself and clients he had represented since 2009 – namely Yusuf Ibrahim the spice trader whose sons turned suicide bombers. Ibrahim was a respected Muslim businessman who had deep trade and political roots in Colombo society even claiming a position on the JVP’s proposed national list in 2015. His family’s involvement in the Easter bombings shocked many Muslims who had associated the family.

According to the statement, the CID was now casting aspersions on the Save the Pearls charity, which they claim is an entirely legitimate, well known and respectable organization providing welfare to people of all communities. “Members of “Save the Pearls” include respected retired and current civil servants, including the former Head of Counter Terrorism at the State Intelligence Services who has vouched for the work of “Save the Pearls” and Hejaaz’s involvement in it” the family’s statement said.

“What we do not wish to see is a one-sided trial by media: one in which false and diabolical stories about Hejaaz are spun and planted by his captors, who for one month have prevented Hejaaz from even communicating with his lawyers, including material evidence which he believes would exonerate him,” the statement from Hizbullah’s family added in relation to the media circus.

Statement by Family of Hejaaz Hizbullah:

We have been greatly disturbed by a vile and vicious media campaign being carried out against our husband and brother Hejaaz Hizbullah with the intention of prejudicing public opinion. We believe that this campaign is being carried out with the support of those involved in the investigation in order to justify their unlawful activities in arresting and detaining him.

We believe this campaign has been unleashed to punish Hejaaz for the recent shocking disclosures made against the CID in certain Fundamental Rights cases in the Supreme Court.

The Petitions reveal that police officers or those working under them threatened children after taking them away in the middle of the night and coercing them to testify falsely against Hejaaz. The lies about Hejaaz are too numerous to mention, including that Hejaaz, a busy and successful practitioner in the Hulftsdorp courts, was the Principal of a Madrasa in Puttalam.

We are shocked about media reports which claim to reveal the contents of confidential statements made by two child witnesses to a Magistrate. We are deeply perturbed how the police could claim to be aware of the contents of confidential statements, which were released to the media within a few hours. This in itself creates a serious doubt with respect to the investigation, and whether the statements attributed to the children were in fact made.

The CID, which initially said Hejaaz was arrested over calls between himself and persons who later transpired were his clients in old land cases pending since 2009, have now shifted to casting aspersions over the “Save the Pearls” charity. “Save the Pearls” was an entirely legitimate, well known and respectable organization providing welfare to people of all communities. It supports the Khettarama Temple, which continues to date. Members of “Save the Pearls” include respected retired and current civil servants, who have vouched for the work of “Save the Pearls” and Hejaaz’s involvement in it.

We have full confidence in the legal system in this country that Hejaaz served so well. What we do not wish to see is a one-sided trial by media: one in which false and diabolical stories about Hejaaz are spun and planted by his captors, who for one month have prevented Hejaaz from even communicating with his lawyers, including material evidence which he believes would exonerate him.

Since Hejaaz is unable to exercise a right of reply while he is held in detention, we request that you carry this statement in full as a response to the story about Hejaaz carried in the media on 13th May 2020.

Wife, brother and sister of Hejaaz Hizbullah

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  • 15
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    Let’s think of a hypothetical situation……….
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    Date – Somewhere in March 2019. (One month before Easter Sunday Bombing).
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    Situation – CID has arrested Zahran Hashim and questioning and investigations proceed.
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    Now read the above article after replacing the name – attorney Hejaaz Hizbullah – with name – Moulvi Zahran Hashim -.
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    I don’t think anyone need an explanation.

    • 13
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      And…
      On the same note….
      A rational human being can judge the following (and maybe above also) comments by…..
      …..There is no other correct word to name them…..
      …..Bullshiters…..

      • 32
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        S. C. Passqual

        “A rational human being can judge the following (and maybe above also) comments by…..”

        What has rational human being got to do with you?

    • 41
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      No one needs any explanation when a troll keeps spewing anti Muslim propaganda, comment after comment.

      The trolls can’t get the fact that they are not believed, and everyone knows their game, even when they are given a high number of thumbs down, and give it up. They prefer to make fools of themselves.

      • 7
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        Mr. Native Vedda,
        Mr. Ashan,
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        I understand that both of you are not rational human beings.

        • 12
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          Is that because you know us personally? It is laughable a racist is accusing others of not being rational human beings. Sounds idiotic.

  • 35
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    Expecting peace and progress in a shit hole country, DREAM ON.

    • 3
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      C
      Sorry to be rude.
      If in your view this is a shit hole country, cannot you think of anything better than shitting on it?

  • 45
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    Pretty much another Shafi saga being staged by our infamous “Loo and Odor”. Everything to do with elections and nothing to do with Easter. Top priorities of govt amidst pandemic are pardon a convicted murderer, get a few innocent convicted on made up charges, replace public health administration with military, exploit relief for election campaign, politics first and Pandemic next, last but not least force an election.

  • 19
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    The UNHRC Mrs. Batchelet is a liability. I have written to her many times calling for her attention to the appalling state of the Srilankan Judiciary which has become a picnic grounds for notorious criminals. Pathetically, her ears are glued tightly shut.

    • 13
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      Bribe her, same as how LTTE bribed UNHRC.

      • 24
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        N. Pererass

        “Bribe her, same as how LTTE bribed UNHRC.”

        Do you remember how Rajapaksa clan bribed your brethren Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan just before the presidential elections in 2005? It was a fees payable to VP’s services to democracy, a bribe to rig the elections.

    • 5
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      Mr. hanchopancha,
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      Didn’t it cross your mind that they are categorizing your writings as rubbish. As there is nothing wrong in Sri Lankan Judiciary.

  • 43
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    Middle Eastern countries should sent back all non-Muslim Sri Lankan workers. The harassment of Muslims in SL has gone on long enough.

    • 19
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      Yes, that is a good idea. They have already warned India about their anti Muslim campaign, and even Racist Modi, seems to tone it down.
      It would hurt them if those Rials and Dirhams ceases to flow to India.

      The racist governments in India and Sri Lanka continue human rights abuses against their Muslim population, but seems to love sending their workers to Arab nations to send back foreign exchange, which is their country’s top source of revenue. Without that revenue (which goes on to the billions of dollars) their nations are sunk. The racists in both nations seems to forget what an important role Muslims play in the economic stability in both countries. NO other nations will recruit the millions of their workers.
      Hit them where it hurts.

      It is time the Arab nations warned them that if the anti Muslim campaigns do not stop, so will the recruitments. Time to speak up for the minority, who have been tormented by racists, who attack them, burn their properties, and even kill them in Mosques.
      The reason why anti Muslim attacks go on is because Arab nations have not given them ultimatums, and asked them to treat all minority fairly, or their nations will pay the price.

    • 15
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      Sarath
      Do you seriously think that the oil sheiks care for the Muslims anywhere?
      Do the local racists care for their community either, but for the remittances?

      • 2
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        SJ, Arab (Islamic) countries don’t have to recruit non-Muslims. Millions Of Muslims in Bangladesh willing to work there for lower pay. All the housemaids can be recruited from Indonesia, another Muslim country.

    • 4
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      And allow the Muslim workers to stay permanently if they wish so. The harassment of Muslims in SL has gone on long enough.

      Soma

  • 30
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    You cannot expect the law and order will work according to books under Gota @ Mahinda regime. Lies, false propaganda, fabrication of evidence, bribing the judges are very common in this country particular under this regime.From 2009, the regimes focus is muslim community as the Tamil community is lost everything. I don’t know how the muslim community is going to react to this threat, this regime won’t stop until they are satisfied that their aim is reached. For Mahinda family, it is not about the nation or Sinhala people, it is about them.

  • 26
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    Trial by media has been there for too long, and vested interests have used the media to create public opinion and thereby deny justice to their targets. CT is no exception.
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    It is not only the CID or other state organs that do such things. Political parties exercise influence even when out of power. Unscrupulous persons use their personal influence with editors.
    There are contexts in which the target will not go public with the truth in the interest of an institution or to avoid hurting others not directly involved in the matter.
    The accusers are often highly assertive and even declare first hand evidence knowing well that further investigation is unlikely.
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    Now that this matter is in the open, all fair minded persons should support the case for fairness and justice.

    • 0
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      ??????????
      ” Trial by media has been there for too long, and vested interests have used the media to create public opinion and thereby deny justice to their targets. CT is no exception. “

      Trying to be a shameless clown. You wrote in CT you come here to ridicule others comments. Now preaching Goebbels ethics?
      CT might be below standards. But that is because of tolarating your caliber writing.

  • 22
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    CT

    “Questions have cropped up about how confidential statements given before a magistrate in his chambers by two young children were leaked across all the media on Wednesday – May 13.”

    This is a nation of traders, buying and selling is part of normal livelihood.
    Trading in information between news merchants and agents is nothing to be wondered about.

    Information is another commodity.
    There is nothing sacred anymore.

    • 0
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      “This is a nation of traders,…….”

      Please don’t insult traders for the actions of a few who are Heartless, Insensitive and Shylock-like..

  • 15
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    after the 16th November 2019 when the nearly 7 million modayas who swallowed hook line and sinker the false promises along with the fears about what the minorities will do the bankrupt Kota uda beggars paradise of a shithole down in the dumps nation has gone cuckoo.
    raving mad.
    =
    to prove that they have arrested a lawyer who in his day to day affairs represented a fellow moor client in a totally irrelevant different legal matter now the bright sleuths of the CID have cooked up a totally false case on fiction and arrested a totally innocent looking calmness radiating individual and kept him in detention where not ever a soothsayer can say whether the victim is in the land of the living or not.?
    =
    now, these CID clowns belonging to the worlds best modaya foolish race take into their protection a few teenagers and under duress get them to admit to certain happenings and when these victims file fundamental rights they the shitting on their brainless lowlifes who are taking advantage of their offices release all these bogus false news to a 4th-grade news media which is owned by a low life who has been at the bottom of many a shady deal or two.

  • 8
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    Sri Lanka’s (IN)justice system….make a political arrest, and then lie, fabricate evidence, coax witnesses to sign documents they do not understand, vilify the accused, spread fake news about him (through racist media channels), and use him like a tool to fulfill your racist policies. Haven’t we seen this all before when a certain doctor in Kurunegala was arrested and treated in such a vile way? A good man’s entire life and good name was ruined, by a racist government. All for what?

  • 6
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    WHEN IN 1977 INDRA GANDI GOVERNMENT UNDER EMERGENCY ARRESTED MOST RESPECTED LEADER AT THAT TIME MR.JAYAPRAGAS NARAYANAN HE SAID AS BELOW.THIS APPLIES TO CURRENT SRILANAKA GOVERNMENT TOO
    “vinaasa kalae viparitha puthi’

    • 1
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      It was 1975, and he was released after 5 months on health grounds.

  • 10
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    Disgusting. Simply Disgusting.

  • 1
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    Mr. P. C. Pasqal
    They say ignorance is bliss.

    • 1
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      Mr. hanchopancha,
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      Of course,
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      Good.
      Learn from your mistakes.

  • 0
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    SJ, I am sorry. I will avoid the offensive term “shit hole” from now. But will continue with Silly and Sorry (out of which Sorry Lanka seems to be most appropriate for various reasons ). which I feel should not offend any right minded person. Thanks and sorry again.

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