Easter Sunday attack suspects still engage in politics: Cardinal

Those who set off bombs on Easter Sunday in 2019 are still engaged in politics and work as police officers to date, Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today.

Delivering a sermon at the festive mass held to mark the annual feast of St. James Church, Mutuwal, Cardinal Ranjith said the truth behind the Easter Sunday attacks have been swept under the carpet as powerful people in the country were behind them.

“Those who set off bombs in three churches and a few hotels in 2019 are still engaged in politics and also work as police officers. Our cry for justice has been neglected because of this. However, we as Catholics will have to keep on praying that justice would be done,” the Cardinal said.

“Also no proper investigations have been carried out on the recovery of a hand grenade at All Saints' Church in Borella. It was the powerful people who were part of the previous government and those from the defence establishment had kept the hand grenade in that church. However innocent people including the caretakers were arrested. They were assaulted and have been forced to place their signatures on certain documents,” he added.

“Catholics in the Mutuwal area have been great witnesses of Catholicism in the past. They launched a struggle (aragalaya) during the catholic schools were taken over by the government in the 1960s. We can pay tribute to them today only if we emulate them and become faithful Catholics,” he also said.(Yohan Perera)



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