Mawanella Buddhist statue vandals further remanded

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The 15 suspects arrested for allegedly vandalizing several Buddhist statues in the Mawanella area have been further remanded until June 29.

The Mawanella Magistrate delivered the order when the suspects were produced before the court today (15).

During today’s hearing, the magistrate had granted permission to the request made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe the SIM cards used by the suspects, in this case, said siyatha news correspondent.

The 15 suspects including three women were taken into custody following the investigations carried out in January 2019.

Interrogations into these suspects, who were arrested last December, had led to the seizure of 100kg of explosives in the Wanathawilluwa area.

Two main two suspects linked to the Mawanella vandalism were arrested following the Easter Day attacks.