SIS not bound to provide intelligence to police: Ex-IGP

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State Intelligence Service (SIS) comes under the Defence Ministry and is not bound to provide intelligence to the Police, former IGP N.K. Illangakoon yesterday informed the PCoI on the Easter Sunday attacks.

Testifying PCoI sittings, Mr. Illangakoon said though the SIS was not under his purview, when he was serving as the IGP in 2015, the then SIS director Nilantha Jayawardena had shared several intelligence information with the Police, on the rise of Islamic extremism in the country.

"In those letters circulated through the Police and the SIS, the former SIS director mentioned the damage which could be caused by National Thowheed Jamaat and Jamaath e Islam organisations, to Muslim youth in the country, by spreading extremism," he said.

Mr. Illangakoon said the Security Council had frequent discussions on the impact of spreading Islamic extremism in the country at the meetings which held between 2015 and 2016.

"We had followed the situation frequently and created a special mechanism to monitor the spreading of Islamic extremism in the country," he said and added that there was a reduction in coordination at the Police department after detaching it from the Defence Ministry.  (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Sokrates Saturday, 18 July 2020 05:02 PM

    However, the Intelligence Service needs the police, because in a democracy the service cannot use executive power. This means that the service may not arrest, stop, or question people. Searches are also not permitted. Such acts can only be carried out in the presence of police officers.

    Clau Eri Saturday, 18 July 2020 06:25 PM

    All the forces are under defence Secretary. So they have to communicat each other. Not to say we are not so and so. It's bullshit what SIS saying.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 18 July 2020 06:27 PM

    This is country of jokers, if SIS is not bound to provide the necessary info

    Ralaharamy Sunday, 19 July 2020 04:47 AM

    SIS detached from the Defense Ministry says the last para. SIS does not give information to Police. Is SIS functioning in a vacuum? Who will implement the findings of SIS? The President? Do they function like the CIA, Mosad or KGB? Is this the real cause of the Bomb Blast in 2019?

    Wasanthakumar Perera Sunday, 19 July 2020 06:08 AM

    "Not bound to" is not acceptable. In the best interest of ascertaing covert operations, and preventing same, its the bounden duty of all concerned to share information..It does not have to be ,mandatory / an obligation, its a duty..If Whistleblowers could ,why can't others..? Wasanthakumar Perera Class of 68 - English Medim, Royal College, Colombo.

    dickie bird Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:15 PM

    Wasanthakumar. P. Class of 68 - ENGLISH MEDIUM. The attitude destroys the Duty.

    Dr J Jayawardana, UK Sunday, 19 July 2020 07:53 PM

    All information about killings of journalist are with SIS but they never share with police. They inform details to President always. This is a joke. In US, UK or any develop country, intelligence agencies share intelligence with law enforcement during investigations.


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