Prez denies being informed of impending attack on Apr.21

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President Maithripala Sirisena today denied media reports that he was informed about any pending attack on April 21, the President’s Media Division said in a statement.

It said in a statement that there were media reports of a statement made by the Head of the National Intelligence Service, while giving evidence at the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to look into the April 21 terrorist attacks.

The media reports stated that the National Security Council did not meet after February 2019.

As there were media reports appearing unofficially on the proceedings of the NSC, it was decided to establish an NSC with a new format and this has been in operation for more than one year. The new NSC has been meeting every two weeks and, on some occasions the President has convened the meetings of the NSC every week, it said.

Furthermore, on April 8, 2019, the President has convened the monthly meeting of the Inspector General of Police and senior police officers. This meeting was held for more than two hours and none of the police officers informed the President that advance reports on a possible terrorist attack had been received.

Neither the Defence Secretary, Inspector General of Police nor any other officer had informed the President about a warning letter received from a friendly foreign country about the impending April 21 terrorist attack, the statement said.

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  • mimshareef Thursday, 30 May 2019 03:44 PM

    Hahahahahahahaaaaaaaa .... the last joker. Now you would blame the PM. Hidden agendas

    nanasara Thursday, 30 May 2019 03:45 PM

    Baby Prez ,you are accountable. Why you did not give authority to SIS chief. You are the chief of all forces and Minister of Security. Pl resign before another attack. Where is Namal Kumara and Pugith ?

    nanasara Thursday, 30 May 2019 03:47 PM

    Why SIS chief (Sisira Mendis) did not call and inform IGP and head of Army before April 21 ?

    Modaya Thursday, 30 May 2019 03:55 PM

    Denials, I don’t know and I cannot remember flavor of yahapalana....

    Gamaralaya Thursday, 30 May 2019 03:58 PM

    Informed and read but didn't understand, as busy to go to India

    Anpanman Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:09 PM

    Sir, I believe you now. You have been getting the security briefing from the morning news paper. As such you knew about it after 250 plus innocent citizens lost there live.

    Francis Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:13 PM

    As if he is going to accept at this point.? Past records are good testimonials to make our own judgements

    Dasul Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:16 PM

    Hard to believe Presidents ignorance. Even if it was true it reflects very badly on how the Prez has structured his own department.

    sa Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:28 PM

    Thotha Baba!!

    Yes Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:39 PM

    They never say "YES" after getting the fools to say "YES"!!!

    Modaya Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:45 PM

    Denials, I don’t know and I can’t remember are the flavors of yahapalana

    Neville Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:45 PM

    So, NSC meetings were held on the sly without the knowledge and presence of the Head/NIS ?

    ANTON Thursday, 30 May 2019 04:53 PM

    POSSIBLE REPLIES OF YAHAPALANA MEMBERS............ I DONT KNOW AND I CANT REMEMBER.


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