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* Former president saddened by Cardinal’s comments
Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: The President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, former President Maithripala Sirisena today (5) expressed regret over the statement made by the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith regarding his failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attack in 2019.

The former President was responding to a question raised by journalists after the General Assembly of the Sri Lanka Freedom Workers Union in Nawala.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, speaking to media Sunday following Easter services questioned whether the former President, who had neglected his responsibilities and went abroad despite receiving information that a terrorist attack was imminent, has any dignity to seek re-election leading a party.

Responding to a question raised by journalists as to whether the SLFP would contest the Provincial Council elections on its own, Maithripala Sirisena said that the matter should be discussed after the passage of the Provincial Council Elections Act.

The former president said that the bill to hold the provincial council elections has yet to be passed in parliament and that the party has not yet discussed it.

The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara also speaking to the media on this occasion said suspicions arise of a political hand behind the Cardinal’s statement.

State Minister Jayasekara further said that the nowhere in the Presidential Commission’s report on Easter Sunday former President has been found guilty and the report only said to give the attorney general’s office an opportunity to look into the possibility of prosecuting the former president.

The SLFP general secretary said he regrets that it is not understood correctly and that no one would be convicted until convicted by a court of law.

Mr. Jayasekara said that it was not Maithripala Sirisena who carried out the bombing and that such statements would cover up the real culprits. He added that such attacks are common at a time when the party is being rebuilt.

 

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