ECONOMYNEXT – Two Sri Lankan ministers contradicted a discussion that took place at Monday’s Cabinet meeting over the latest Channel 4 Easter Bombing documentary which claims that the current intelligence chief Suresh Sallay was complicit in the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
Major General Sallay hatched the plot while working for the directorate of military intelligence with the objective of creating instability to clear the way for Rajapaksas to return to power, The Times newspaper said on Monday, based on the UK-based Channel 4 documentary.
Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena, who is also the Minister of Transport , Highways and Mass Media denied of any discussion took place at Monday’s cabinet meeting, while Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said the cabinet decided to appoint a Special Parliament Committee to look into the Channel 4 claim.
“There was no discussion in the cabinet,” Gunawaredena told reporters at the weekly Cabinet media briefing when he was asked if the cabinet discussed anything about the claim by the British TV channel.
“We discussed only what was there in the agenda.”
Minister Nanayakkara, however, responding to a question raised by an opposition parliamentarian said the cabinet decided to appoint a Special Parliamentary Committee.
“As a responsible government, yesterday the cabinet decided on this and there will be an announcement on a Special Parliamentary Committee,” Nanayakkara said.
“In addition to this, internationally, if any investigations are required, the cabinet discussed yesterday to go ahead with it. We will not hesitate to act on this.”
Both ministers, however, said such videos by Channel 4 have been released in the past to make Sri Lanka’s human rights position at United Nations’ Human Rights sessions worse. (Colombo/September 05/2023)