Easter commission report - former President to face charges ? (Video)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 - 11:01

The President has submitted the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Attacks to the Cabinet yesterday.

Sources said that the report has recommended to refer the report to the Attorney General to look into the possibility of taking legal action against that the former president, the former IGP and the former defense secretary for not preventing the attack.

The report is said to be a lengthy document with over 600 pages.

Sinhala copies had been distributed to all those who attended the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the final report has recommended to refer the report to the AG to look into whether there are provisions to prosecute former President Maithripala Sirisena, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando be for not preventing the Easter attack.

The Presidential Commission has also recommended measures to be taken to prevent such incidents, and sources report that the Attorney General is capable of implementing all those recommendations.

According to the report, when former President Maithripala Sirisena was away in India from 16th to 21st April 2019 and then to Singapore, he was aware of the possible attack. Therefore by not appointing a person in place for the role of the Minister of Defense, the Commission is of the view that the former president deliberatley paved the way for the ISIS attack.

Sources said that the report of the commission stated that it was a violation of the constitution as well as a breach of responsibility.

It is said that the Commission of Inquiry has recommended that the Attorney General should consider filing a criminal case against former President Maithripala Sirisena under the provisions of the Penal Code for such criminal negligence.

Meanwhile, according to cabinet sources, the report is due to be tabled in Parliament this week.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has decided not to meet any politician until he receives a copy of the final report.

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