Won’t meet presidential hopefuls if probe not expedited: Cardinal

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Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said today that he will not meet any presidential candidates until justice is meted out to the Easter Sunday bomb victims.

Addressing a media briefing, the Archbishop said that his statement that the country’s rulers did not have a backbone was not directed at any particular politician.

“I cannot help if President Maithripala Sirisena took it on him, the statement I made at a recent service at the Katuwapitiya Church,” he said.

“I only expressed the feelings of Easter Sunday bomb victims. What they want is to find out who was behind the attacks and who backed the terror group which carried out the attacks. They also desire to know who supported the terror group,” the Cardinal told a press conference last morning.

“The Government had failed to do justice to victims by not being able to carry out a proper investigation on the attacks, while the Opposition is trying to score points politically using the Easter Sunday Bomb victims.

“I will not meet any presidential candidate unless justice is done to the victims” he added (Yohan Perera)



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  • Joseph von Bergheim Thursday, 01 August 2019 10:38 AM

    Why does the Cardinal think there is a need for him to meet the Presidential candidates? Religion and Politics do not mix. The Cardinal should get involved in Politics.

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