Sri Lankan police have arrested a Member of Parliament and a top Muslim leader in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks. Investigators took Rishad Bathiudeen, leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Party, into custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
He said Bathiudeen and his brother Riyaaj were arrested in pre-dawn raids on their homes in Colombo.
"They were arrested under the PTA based on circumstantial and scientific evidence that they had connections with the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks," Rohana said in a statement.
Nearly 200 Islamic extremists were arrested within days of the suicide attacks that killed 279 people.