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Thursday September 29th, 2022

Easter Sunday blasts: Weerawansha not satisfied with PCoI report

Navy guards at the Kochchikade Shrine of St Anthony shortly after the Easter Sunday attacks/Pathum Dhananjana

ECONOMYNEXT- Cabinet Minister Wimal Weerawansha is joining the ranks of Sri Lankans who are not satisfied with the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCol) into the Easter attacks.

Weerawansha who is Minister of Industries said yesterday that the people expected the commission to reveal correct information.

He said, “although some information was revealed, as a whole we cannot be satisfied with it.”
He said information such as who was behind the attack and who are the foreign forces involved if there was such involvement were some of the facts Sri Lankans wanted to learn.

“It is important to reveal that information, either through an investigation carried out by CID and it is important to bring everyone who was involved in the Easter attack before the law,” Weerawansha said.

Further, he said that the request made by Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith to raise black flags is fair in order to demand that the perpetrators are brought before the law.

Moreover, Weerawansha said that the government does not have the necessity to delay bringing the responsible before the law.

The PCol report into the Easter Sunday attack was submitted to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in January while it was tabled in Parliament last week.

However, the Attorney General’s Coordinating Officer Nishara Jayaratne said on Tuesday that the AG has received 65 volumes of proceedings of the PCoI on the Easter Sunday Attacks from the Secretary to the President while 22 volumes were not handed over due to the sensitive nature of evidence pertaining to national security.

But Co-Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella earlier that morning speaking at the cabinet briefing denied the existence of such volumes of the report which was not tabled at the Parliament.

Last week General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the party has decided to reject the report as some parts of it has targeted its leader and former President Maithripala Sirisena.

The report has recommended criminal charges against the former President while no action was recommended against the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In his Independence Day speech on February 4, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swore to punish those responsible for the Easter Sunday attack which killed 267 people and injured at least 500 on April 21, 2019. (Colombo/March 04/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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