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Intelligence reports shared by State Intelligence Service (SIS) including details reported on social media and other media platforms cannot be considered as intelligence reports, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara yesterday informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks.

The former IGP made this remark when representatives from the Attorney General's (AG) Department questioned him regarding an intelligence report submitted by the SIS including details published by the 'Inspire' magazine affiliated to Al- Qaeda.

The commissioners then questioned the witness as to why he had added 'For Necessary Action' (FNA) on the foreign intelligence letter shared by the SIS regarding to a possible terror attack.

"The SIS had not shared a confirmed intelligence; in the letter the SIS mentioned that they were carrying further investigation into the matter. That's why I added FNA on the letter shared by the SIS and circulated among four senior officers attached to the Police," he said.

The commissioners then questioned the witness as then IGP if he had received an information about a plot to assassinate the President, what he would do in such a situation.

Mr. Jayasundara said he would present the intelligence to the President, whether it was accepted or not, regardless of the circumstances. "I will also inform the relevant investigation units and personally monitor the source which delivered the particular intelligence," he said.

Commissioner : "Then, according to the information provided by the SIS and the Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) that the important churches were to be attacked, why didn't you come up with this idea to save the devotees who were going to churches?,"

Former IGP: "An idea came Sir"

Commissioner: "Then why was this treated differently?"

Former IGP: "Sir, I did my best within my capacity. If this intelligence had been made public, I would have been able to explain why the IGP did so. And, sir, according to the letter from the State Intelligence Service only Churches and Indian High Commission were mentioned as targets but they also said they were conducting further inquiries." (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • AB Thursday, 01 October 2020 09:45 PM

    Not only social media,but even DM comments give clues,intelligent intelligence officers do their investigation base on those hints

    Ram Friday, 02 October 2020 05:03 AM

    All must understand that certain officers have to take decisions in a hurry. No time to think. Now when witnesses are questions there is time to think about lapses what went wrong etc

    Ram Friday, 02 October 2020 05:07 AM

    Lawyers cross examine witnesses firing question after question. They have very limited time to think. When the matter is in appeal the appeal lawyers have all the time on earth and comment on questions asked or decisions made. The cross examination of witnesses is also similar as the questioning is on a past happening

    hoodwinker Friday, 02 October 2020 06:31 AM

    Why is the authorities beating about the bush' this whole saga is getting ancient by the minute, it is a shame for any Democratic country, it is high time they come to speed without wasting public funds, let the cat out of the bag!

    AB Friday, 02 October 2020 06:39 AM

    IG is responsible for security of a very individual of the country,if he is fail to accomplish it, he should leave the post letting someone to do it, but he didn't do both ,while grudgingly keep on wearing a uniform, which is not fit to him


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