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* Easter Attack: State Intelligence Chief to be summoned to Parliament Select Committee
Thu, Jul 11, 2019, 10:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 11, Colombo: Head of State Intelligence Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena will be summoned to the Parliamentary Select Committee looking into the Easter Sunday attack on July 24, its chairman Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said.

The Deputy Speaker told the BBC Sinhala Service that the committee will begin hearing evidence at 10.30 am on July 24.

President Maithripala Sirisena has previously stressed that active intelligence officers are not allowed to be summoned before the PSC.

Senior DIG in charge of the CID Ravi Seneviratne, Director of the CID Shani Abeysekera, Director of the Terrorism Investigation Division Varuna Jayasundara, and Inspector of the Police of TID Tharanga Pathirana have also been summoned to the committee on July 24.

Although they have been summoned before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) earlier, there was uncertainty about the summoning following the President's announcement.

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said the Parliamentary Select Committee report on the Easter attack is expected to be completed by the first week of August.

More than 250 people were killed and over 500 injured in suicide bombings targeting three churches and several major tourist hotels on April 21.

President Maithripala Sirisena has told a special cabinet meeting on June 7 that he will not attend the cabinet meeting in protest of the parliamentary select committee investigating the suicide bombing on Easter Sunday.

Thereafter, a weekly Tuesday's Cabinet meeting was not held on June 11.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that no official of the security forces currently serving in the country should appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) and he would take responsibility for all of them.

However, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya issuing a statement on June 8 stated that the PSC would act in accordance with the agreement reached in Parliament.

"Under the current law, an official is obliged to obey a parliamentary call. It is certain that they have a clear understanding of the consequences of a breach," the statement said.

 

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