Discrediting Intelligence Reports encourages terrorism-PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is saying that attempting to discredit a part of the report produced by the intelligence agencies about the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday is encouraging ISIS terrorism.

Prime Minister said this yesterday July 14 addressing the opening ceremony of the newly constructed auditorium of Kinniya Central College.

The report the PM was referring to has been provided to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by Police.

He went on to say that it was impossible to deny a part of the report and to accept the rest, “it would only undermine the strength of the evidence by doing so for political purposes,” he added.

He also said that the report has not confirmed any of the allegations made against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and that the Army Commander giving evidence before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) had stated that Bathiudeen did not exert any influence on him.

“The Police intelligence report has been sent to the Attorney General and the Speaker and they will take appropriate action,” said Wickremesinghe

“I have instructed to provide the police intelligence report on the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday to Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith on his return to Sri Lanka, I have also instructed the Parliamentary Select Committee and the House of Representatives to submit the report to the Cardinal,” he said.

The report deals with some 300 allegations made against Members’ of Parliament involvement in Easter attacks, and the Prime Minister said the majority of those allegations were made without any basis. 

Further, he said that the report also stated that some of the allegations have nothing to do with the prosecution and accordingly, the Speaker has informed Parliament that there is no charge against Bathiudeen.

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