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MR discusses Easter Sunday attack probe with Cardinal

The Bishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa/PMD photo

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Bishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith have met and discussed the current status of the investigation into the Easter Sunday attacks.

Ranjith last week launched an attack on the current commission of inquiry saying that no progress has been made to punish those who were responsible for security lapses that led to the attacks on churches and hotels killing 260 people on Easter Sunday.

A media statement issued by the Premier’s office said that Rajapaksa had appraised the Cardinal about the latest progress in the investigation.

Ranjith who had been critical of the work of the Commission in the past said last week he felt the commissioners had good intentions and appeared to go about their work, but officials were lackadaisical.

The Commission, appointed by former President Maithripala Sirisena is the third major investigation into the attacks that plunged Sri Lanka into a political and economic crisis.

Last week President Gotabaya Rajapaksa praised the commission saying important facts had been gleaned by it.

He also lauded the Parliamentary Select-Committee that investigated the incident saying that it had made important recommendations.

The attack carried out by the extremist National Towheed Jamaat a Muslim-extremist group struck three churches and three five-star hotels on Christianity’s holiest day, Easter last year.

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