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Hansard officer in parliament arrested linked to terror attacks

A senior indexing officer attached to the Hansard Department of Parliament who had assisted and supported suicide bomber Zahran Hashim as a leading activist of the National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) was detained by a special police team in Kurunegala on Saturday.

The suspect was detained on the information gained after questioning an electro-cardiologist of Kurunegala Teaching Hospital who had been taken into custody on doubt with two others on Friday with links to the NTJ.

The Hansard Department officer had been recognized as Mohamed Naushad Jalaldeen (42), a father of two children and an occupant of Alawatugoda in Kandy.

It has been revealed that he had joined the Translation Section of the Parliament in 2006 as a proof reader prior to this selection.

In spite of the fact that the normal process is to recruit a person for the responsible position in the Parliament, is to sit for a viable examination. The investigations has shown that he had gained this post with the support of a top Muslim politician, violating this procedure.

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