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NSC not met for two months prior to Easter attack: CNI reveals

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Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) former DIG Sisira Mendis today revealed that the National Security Council (NSC) had not convened for two months after it was last met on February 19, 2019 prior to the April 21 terrorist attack.

He revealed this while giving evidence before the Parliament Select Committee appointed to probe Easter Sunday attack.

He said even though he pointed out at the Intelligence coordinating meeting on April 9, 2019, that the information on the Easter Sunday attack should be discussed. But the matter was not given due consideration and that it was not discussed until the day of the attack.

National Intelligence Chief Mendis said threats by the ISIS were discussed several times at the National Security Council and further said that they also discussed about National Thawheed Jam’aat leader Zahran Hashim. He said it was October 6, 2015 when the matter relating to Zahran was first discussed at the Security Council.

Mr. Mendis said intelligence information on the Easter Sunday attack was conveyed to him by the State Intelligence Services Chief on April 8, 2019 and that he referred it to the IGP for further action. He said he did not know from whom the intelligence information was received and that it was not inquired even at the Security Council.(Sujith Hewajulige)

  Comments - 14

  • Kush Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:55 PM

    Our peace and national security are dependent on the security council and national intelligence WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER. We don't want a repeat of the trajedy at Easter!

    Nalaka Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:59 PM

    Note to NI and NSC: Our lives are in your hands, so settle your differences and move on!

    DHA Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:42 AM

    End of the day who will come forward put his hands up and say "I'm guilty", I guess no one !!!

    Talal Cassim Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:30 AM

    A country full of incompetent leaders.

    Now V No Y Thursday, 30 May 2019 05:33 AM

    No wonder some interested parties tried to block the Parl Select Comm to cover their backs. SLFP wanted to safeguard the boss.

    malij Thursday, 30 May 2019 06:13 AM

    This is unbelievable. Gross negligence of duties by the very top people responsible and in charge of national security. If they have an iota of decency they should resign en masse.

    BP Thursday, 30 May 2019 06:51 AM

    What is the purpose of commenting? "Pooruwe Karuma"

    SL Thursday, 30 May 2019 07:08 AM

    when Defenc sec ,PM,PRez are roaming on the road with lots of back up vehicles with so many sirens ,I thought they are going for meetings , or urgent official activities.It seems that these idiots had done nothing expect talking to media. Only SF is there who can be trusted in the comity .

    Borat Thursday, 30 May 2019 07:32 AM

    So salaries paid to twiddle thumbs National disgrace . Person responsible must be tried for treason

    Appuhamy Thursday, 30 May 2019 07:45 AM

    No one give a shit. The leaders have their own problems with blue, green and red to look into. Long live Sri Lanka.

    Sri Wickrema Thursday, 30 May 2019 07:59 AM

    How did the live telecast end abruptly ? The Speaker should reveal the reason. People know who was behind it. But they want the confirmation.

    malij Thursday, 30 May 2019 08:00 AM

    .... and SLFP is proposing the incumbent president for another term! We have got a bunch of sick people in our parliament.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 30 May 2019 09:20 AM

    However, for all these agencies, the president is responsible and therefore he alone is responsible that the attacks were not prevented

    Bravo Thursday, 30 May 2019 09:54 AM

    Learn from Gota

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