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Commission had to acknowledge ’’I was not informed’’: Ranil

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an interview with WION TV said the Presidential Commission probing Easter Sunday attacks had to acknowledge that he was not informed and that there was no finding against any of the ministers from the United National Party (UNP).

“The full report is not out yet. But, the commission had to acknowledge that I was not informed. There is no finding against any of the ministers from the United National Party (UNP). So, We have really not been in it. We have been outside,” he said. 

Mr. Wickremesinghe refused the accusations made by the Commission for showing a lax attitude to Islamic extremism.

When asked whether he agreed to the commission accusing him of having shown a lax approach to Islamic extremism, he said 

“No, after the Paris bombing, I got the police to start a religious extremism unit which followed all the extremism. There was a separate group investigating these matters. Secondly, I was drafting a new counter-terrorism law. We got aid from the UK. Thirdly, whenever the security forces or the police brought up these matters, I said, take action, track down hard but first consult Attorney General or get legal advice. Otherwise, you will get caught up in a series of cases instead of doing investigations. If you go by the criteria of political responsibility or the criteria of criminal responsibility, there is no such thing as called lax attitude. How do you judge an attitude? Whether you are lax or not. I do not know. I certainly have not tolerated extremism and I won't,” he said.

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  • Lol Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:11 PM

    WAS NOT INFORMED. NEW SENTENCES FOR POLITICIANS. NOW MATA MATAKA NEY MISSING

    Ruwan Fernando Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:14 PM

    Nevermind the commission. As the PM of the people you had a responsibility ensure national security inspite of differences you had with then President. You may get away from the arm of the law but not from your conscience.

    Jeeves Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:36 PM

    No excuses! Take some blame and the shame! People died, lives were destroyed, tourism industry was shattered- all on your watch!

    Local Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:06 PM

    but you knew, at least unofficially, and as the prime minister you could have acted rather than laughing and waiting for it to happen, right? You pawed way for that situation. That's how you work and that's why people rejected you and still rejecting you.

    Angry Solomon Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:12 PM

    Ranil we all hate you man, we hate your pal Sirisena also. You both ruined our country. If you guys would have ruled, half of our population would have died, mind it. Please don't bluff again, we are not in a position to listen to you. Get lost.

    Christians Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:13 PM

    First Sirisena and next you should be arrested and put behind bars. On that day only Christmas for us.

    Meryl Fernando Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:14 PM

    You and Sirisena did lot of damage for our nation. Gota and MR is rebuilding our nation, hence we don't you either Sirisena again in Politics.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:30 PM

    That is the deal. We all know it. How large is your secirity detail ? You are now just a discarded MP.

    A Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:32 PM

    Oh so u were just PM..not concern on anything.

    Lol Thursday, 25 February 2021 06:14 PM

    Commission amount??

    rorar Thursday, 25 February 2021 06:38 PM

    You ruined our national security now please shut up


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