Easter attacks: Govt. cannot arrest Sirisena for terror strike as it will lose majority
ECONOMYNEXT- Opposition Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena says he does not see the current government implementing the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attack as they will be unhelpful to their staying in power.
Jayawardena told Parliament yesterday “the current government came to power saying that they will deliver justice to victims of the Easter Sunday attack, but today the investigations done into the attacks have fallen apart as the officers who did the investigations were arrested.”
Jayawardena said that the government is not giving strength to the investigations because if they do, former President Maithripala Sirisena who looked away until the attack happened is found guilty, the government would lose its two-thirds majority in Parliament as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party under former President would leave the governing coalition.
Moreover, he said that since they come to power government hasn’t been able to file charges against anyone related to the Easter Sunday attack.
“To whom did they file charges against, who was brought before the law? The 10 workers in copper factory of Ibrahim was released. How can we expect justice and fairness in this country?” he added.
“They did not allow the innocent Muslims to bury their dead, they played politics with them. We are not scared of the government, until justice is delivered to our innocent Catholic people we will fight,” he said.
Further, he said Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith declared Black Sunday for the first time in the history of the world demanding justice for the Catholics.
He said as Catholics, they would want to know who was actually behind the attack, who funded Zaharan, who supported and protected him through these investigations into the Easter Sunday attack.
“That is not happening from this government, we as the Catholic community and MPs know that,” he said.
Moreover, he said in order to prevent such extremist terrorism in the future the country should have reconciliation, which the members of the governing party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) don’t want to do.
“They do politics and gain power based on racialism and religiosity,” he said.
Members in the governing party said that it was Zaharan behind this and all the problems ended with Zahran, but the problems were over for the government when Zahran died because it was they who came to power through the blood of the terrorists and the innocent Catholic people,” Jayawardena said. (Colombo/Mar11/2021)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe Edited by Arjuna Ranawana