Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundera were admitted to separate hospitals, just as Police received instructions from the Attorney General to arrest them in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings which killed 266 people.
Fernando was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Cardiology Unit at the National Hospital after reportedly suffering a heart attack on Sunday.
Sources at the Police Hospital confirmed that Jayasundera has been admitted on Tuesday (2) as a patient but details of his condition could not be ascertained.
In a letter leaked to Media, On Monday (01) the Attorney General Dappula De Livera wrote to the Acting Inspector General of Police C D Wickremaratna reminding him that on June 26 the AG had instructed the Police to name Fernando and Jayasundera as suspects in the Easter Bombing incident and produce them in court.
In the purported letter circulated among reporters, the AG says “this crime falls into the category of one of the most serious crimes committed in our country and is considered a grave crime against humanity according to international law.”
The letter, which is not on a letterhead and carries no signature, says that the AG considers it “a matter of concern that you have been unable to arrest these individuals as yet.”
Police sources said that the CID had served notice on both Fernando and Jayasundera to appear before them on Friday for questioning on this matter.
Sources close to Fernando’s family said that three police teams had come his home last night to arrest him.
After the Easter Bombings President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Fernando and sent Jayasundera on Compulsory Leave blaming them for the lapses that lead to the tragedy.
The Sri Lanka government had received intelligence from India predicting the nature and day of the attacks on or around April 8th.
Subsequently at a hearing of the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter attacks Fernando testified that the President had asked him not to invite the Prime Minister and the IGP for Security Council meetings.
Jayasundera in an explosive revelation testified that Sirisena asked him to accept responsibility for the security lapses around the Easter bombings and resign.
He claimed that the President offered him a diplomatic posting as a reward if he were to do so.