ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara has sought a report from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on a recent statement by the Attorney General about CID probes into the 2019 Easter bombings.
In a letter written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and a subsequent statement to the public, Attorney General Dappula De Livera said on Saturday (15) that he has been unable to press charges or file indictments against the conspirators and abettors of the attack due to the CID investigations being incomplete.
De Livera is expected to retire at the end of this month.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Minister Weerasekara said that the CID had handed over eight files to the AG regarding 32 suspects a few months ago in order to file indictments.
“When we inquired about the charges, the AG said he was waiting for the report from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry [appointed to investigate the bombings] apart from the files we had already submitted. That report has been available for two months now. So I inquired from the CID whether the AG is referring to certain individuals or to evidence,” said Weerasekara.
The minister further said that though AG is retiring his officials at the department are not retiring along with him. Police work on the investigations is mostly complete, he said.
“I inquired a report from the CID about the reasons for such a statement at the last moment,” he added. (Colombo/May17/2021)