Sri Lanka police refute AG allegations over Easter Sunday probe

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police have refuted allegations of Attorney General Dappula de Livera that they failed to proceed against two top officials accused of negligence leading to Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people.

In a letter to Acting Inspector General of Police, Chandana Wickramaratne, the state prosecutor called for his explanation for not producing IGP Pujith Jayasundara and the former secretary to the ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando before a magistrate.

Releasing his correspondence to the press on Monday evening, de Livera ordered Wickramaratne to immediately explain why Jayasundara and Fernando were not named murder suspects.

In a letter dated June 27, de Livera told the Acting IGP that there was enough evidence to try the two men for murder under section 296 of the penal code.

However, this directive of the top lawyer and prosecutor of the state has flummoxed the police.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is understood to have made it clear that they did not have enough material to proceed with a murder charge, but criminal negligence was very much the focus of their case.

Soon after de Livera released his communications with the Acting IGP suggesting that he was keen to have the two men arrested, both Jayasundara and Fernando got themselves admitted to hospital.

Jayasundara is at the police hospital at Narahenpita while Fernando is admitted to the Cardiology Unit of the Colombo National Hospital. (COLOMBO, July 2, 2019)