Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa warned the Opposition to be vigilant when making demands as his government has the power to prosecute the leaders of the previous government for Easter Sunday attacks.
Addressing the ceremony held to declare open the New Kelani Bridge “Golden Gate Kalyani,” Wednesday, the President said that through an Act of Parliament, law can be enforced against the culprits revealed by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks.
He recalled that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed by the previous Government has made recommendations that the then government, including the former President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet should be held responsible for the attack.
The President said the recommendations by the PCoI have been referred to the Parliament, the Attorney General, and the CID to take further actions and those responsible can be prosecuted through an Act of Parliament and the government has the two-thirds majority (2/3) required for this purpose.
Therefore, the President urged the Opposition to be vigilant when making demands and not to deceive the people.
“We will not interfere like the previous government in political revenge. On the one hand, when independence of judiciary is demanded we cannot ask the judiciary to punish someone. The judiciary will do that. We have faith in that. If we are asked to rush then we can bring an Act in Parliament and abolish the rights of those responsible so that those mistakes will not happen again. If that’s what is demanded we have the two-third power. Therefore, be careful what you ask for,” he said.
“Some in the previous government, who had insulted the war heroes, inactivated even the intelligence services and allowed the Easter attack, now speak as if they did not govern at the time,” the President retorted.
During the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa from 2005 to 2010, a massive development took place in the country. The President assured that sustainable solutions will be provided for all other issues as well.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of infrastructure development projects have been initiated. While stating that all these activities will continue, President Rajapaksa said that all the promised projects will be completed if there are no other lockdowns in the country in the future.