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Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith raised concerns at Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara on the release of 10 workers of the copper factory, owned by Cinnamon Grand Hotel suicide bomber Inshaf Ahamed.

Cardinal Ranjith expressed this when he summoned Minister Sarath Weerasekara to the Archbishop’s House on Wednesday (20).

Sources confirming this to the Daily Mirror said Cardinal Ranjith had raised questions about the transparency behind the release of these workers and expressed concern on what basis the order to release these workers has been made.

His Eminence also raised the fact that there had been no clear prosecution of any suspect connected to Easter Sunday attacks, despite 21 months have gone past, and in such a backdrop, the release of these workers causes greater concern to the Catholic community on the whole.

Thus, the Archbishop has requested the Minister to conduct an inquiry to ascertain as to how the evidence against these suspects were manipulated during the probe.

In response, Minister Weeraseka informed Cardinal Ranjith that it was the court that ordered the release of these suspects on the instructions of the Attorney General.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya on Tuesday (19) ordered the release of the 10 suspects, who were employees at the copper factory in Wellampitiya. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 19

  • RoaringCreek Friday, 22 January 2021 05:17 PM

    It is time the Cardinal realised who is behind the bombing. May be good too had a bad compass.

    Mahesh Friday, 22 January 2021 05:21 PM

    I assume they were just people working for a salary.. So the investigators may have not found anything related to them and released.. One of the main religions says love your enemy.. Seems like that religion got a different path now and god is also not listening to some of its leaders.. lol

    Sinna Friday, 22 January 2021 05:21 PM

    Believe His eminence cardinal remembered to question hon.minister,why returned Insaf's pepper estates at Matale, back to his family

    Tom Friday, 22 January 2021 05:26 PM

    It would be shame, if government won't be able to expose the mastermind,and bring the culprits to the courts before next Easter

    Lol Friday, 22 January 2021 05:26 PM


    Sinna Friday, 22 January 2021 05:38 PM

    His eminence Malcolm cardinal Ranjith,I have a problem, are these human bombs,who sacrificed their young lives totally be blamed, but my view is they were completely brain washed by their scripture,they believed massacreing non believers is the path to heaven, why we won't make a appeal to leading personalities of their religion to remove or make revision to those areas of scripture

    AB Friday, 22 January 2021 08:18 PM

    All religious leaders,high ranking politicians ,pl.think twice of above

    Hiruni Friday, 22 January 2021 05:39 PM

    It’s like the cardinal is totally unaware that the hatred targeted at the Muslims may easily be turned towards the Christians next.

    Leel Friday, 22 January 2021 05:39 PM

    Why court need your permission to release these suspects?

    Dee Friday, 22 January 2021 05:50 PM


    Borat Friday, 22 January 2021 06:00 PM

    Please come out into the open and say you know who the culprits are are most know the plan how Gota was planted. Even if you are bumped off u will be a martyr. Or big bro next door and other big bro who got a kick up the backside recently .

    niru Friday, 22 January 2021 06:00 PM

    Is the Cardinal asking Sarath to act like yahapalanaya?

    Buddhist Friday, 22 January 2021 07:38 PM

    Is this statement of Cardinal not contempt of court?

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 22 January 2021 08:44 PM

    This is contempt of court for Cardinal to question an order of the court. However since he is a Rajapakse bootlicker, nothing will happen. Dan sapada!

    Stingray Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:51 AM

    Why, they are all working for the Govt. now!!!

    Dr. Wesley Samarasinghe Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:59 AM

    Cardinal should insist Hon. President to take appropriate action against Rishad Badurdeen

    M.R. Sam Samson Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:01 AM

    Cardinal what happened until now? What action did the Government took on Easter Sunday attackers - all are freed. Please re-start the fight.

    Roger Haĺliday Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:46 AM

    After a long wait here again with questions. We are a nation of big talkers. Either you go flat out or stop whimpering. To the statement manipulating evidence? (this is the norm)

    Yehiya Saturday, 23 January 2021 09:18 AM

    Poor people are killed. Very clear who is behind. Justice never prevailed. God have to punished the culprits.

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