Calling intelligence officials: PSC to meet Speaker

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The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, is said to be in a dilemma after President Maithripala Sirisena vowed not to send intelligence officers presently in service to testify before it.

The committee members are set to meet the Speaker tomorrow morning in order to clarify his stance and how he would like them to take the process forward.

The PSC had expected to call Chief of the State Intelligence Service, Senior DIG, Nilantha Jayawardena to testify in front of the committee following the questioning of several other high-ranking officials.

The officials, including former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, IGP Pujith Jayasundara and Chief of National Intelligence Service, Sisira Mendis, are in a quandary as to whether they would be allowed to do so following the President's order.

Under the Parliamentary Privileges Act, the PSC has the authority to call any official before it and it is empowered to report any official that refuses to come before it to the Supreme Court and thereby institute legal action against such persons, the committee members said.

However, a decision on the matter will be taken only after meeting the Speaker, they said. Meanwhile, intelligence officers also remain perturbed about the situation, unable to decide whether to appear in front of the PSC.

The next session of the PSC is due to take place at 2.00 pm tomorrow. (By Sujith Hewajulige)

  Comments - 9

  • ANTON Monday, 17 June 2019 10:07 AM


    Dallas Monday, 17 June 2019 10:58 AM

    UNP - Why do you commit suicide And you have got Ravi K questioning intelligence officers , I guess it sums it up

    Sri Wickrema Monday, 17 June 2019 01:37 PM

    SIS Chief will never ever come to PSC unless a miracle takes place.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 17 June 2019 01:40 PM

    The president hinders the justice. That's one reason for an impeachment. Nixon has also obstructed the judiciary. Only by resigning he prevented an impeachment.

    DrW.Katugampola Monday, 17 June 2019 01:46 PM

    In UK MI5 and MI 6 officers appear before PSCbehind closed doors all the time and in USA , CIA officers appear before the senate committee. So what is the fuss? It is important to know the truth for the sake of people who died rather than protecting Gamarala. Wasantha

    Arjuna K Monday, 17 June 2019 01:58 PM

    No one truly knows the real reason behind these Arjuna

    Ram Monday, 17 June 2019 02:56 PM

    Get the intelligence officers to give evidence in camera

    T. U. Wijesena Monday, 17 June 2019 03:24 PM

    Hakeem who resigned his Ministerial post to formulate a unbiased inquiry into the involvement of Muslim Ministers in 4/21 is sitting as a panel member at PSC....which violates the cause of resignation Amaris

    Are we people or annimals Monday, 17 June 2019 03:55 PM

    Army,high time to take over the government and these JOKERS to prison or home.Dam shame

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