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April 21: Catholic MPs demand fresh probe

23 August 2019 08:17 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In a letter addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena, six Catholic MPs representing the opposition had requested a fresh probe on the dastardly Easter Sunday bombings.

Accordingly, MPs Johnston Fernando, Nimal Lansa, Indika Anuruddha, Arundika Fernando, Sanath Nishantha Perera and Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle have requested the President to appoint an independent commission to probe the attacks. The committee appointed by the President had come up with a report which is yet to be disclosed.

They said the society believed a proper investigation into the attacks had not been carried out as yet.

“People do not have faith in ongoing probes. Even the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith expressed his dissatisfaction on the investigations that are being carried out presently. The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) tasked with this endeavour is only engaged in whitewashing the accused. It is also a known fact that the government avoided the debate on the no-confidence motion brought against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen stating that a select committee would carry out a probe on the minister. The only thing the select committee did was expose the officers attached to intelligence units. The opposition decided to boycott the select committee because of this reason,” they said.

The MPs said it was vital to find out those who were responsible for the carnage and why it was not averted despite prior warnings. They said it was essential to determine as to who protected the extremist groups that instigated these heinous acts.

“We urge you to appoint an independent commission to probe the attacks and to disclose the truth behind these bombings,” they said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 5

  • BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 23 August 2019 10:52 AM

    Seasonal election jokers.

    Marcian Christopher Friday, 23 August 2019 11:25 AM

    Like all the other probes done hitherto the reports will not be published - it will go to the Hamaspettiya. Has any one of the reports handed over has been published for the information of those effected? Over to the relevant authorities! This is all a waste of time and the money to be spent that could be donated to the victims involved.

    ATTENTION OF THE CARDINAL Friday, 23 August 2019 11:43 AM

    It is only the Cardinal who could speak for us Muslims that the probe should include thse behind the mayhem after 21/4 - for which our Christian brothers and sisters DID NOT TAKE PART.

    Samson Friday, 23 August 2019 11:53 AM

    You should have revealed this to the PSC also.

    cheers Friday, 23 August 2019 12:53 PM

    OMG now no way for Batuideen, Sally, Hisbullah and Hakeem can survive

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