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* President to appoint two committees to comprehensively probe allegations related to 2019 Easter Sunday attack
Sun, Sep 10, 2023, 08:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 10, Colombo: In the wake of the serious allegations made by Britain’s Channel 4 TV regarding the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to appoint two committees to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all open information correlated to the attack.

The President has appointed a committee chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge to inquire into the allegations made by Channel 4 and plans to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to address similar allegations made by a former Attorney General.

The President’s Media Division in a statement said in a determined effort to seek truth and justice following the tragic Easter Sunday bombings of 2019, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken a significant step by appointing a committee, led by a retired Supreme Court judge. This committee’s primary mission is to investigate the serious allegations recently made by Britain’s Channel 4 in a broadcast video.

The allegations have added fuel to the fire, as a former Attorney General has made similar claims, suggesting the existence of a mastermind behind the devastating Easter bomb attack, The President’s Media Division said.

To address these concerns comprehensively, the government plans to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee specifically to probe these disturbing assertions.

The gravity of the situation has prompted the President to ensure a thorough review of all available information. As part of this process, two forthcoming reports will be presented to the Parliament, along with the existing Parliamentary Select Committee report on the Easter bomb attack and the Presidential Commission report on the same tragic event.

President’s Media Division said this comprehensive approach is aimed at providing lawmakers with a comprehensive understanding of the situation, paving the way for well-informed and decisive actions.

The PMD recalled that Sri Lanka was plunged into sorrow on April 21, 2019, when a series of deadly blasts rocked the nation. Eight devastating explosions occurred in and around the capital city of Colombo, targeting churches filled with worshippers celebrating Easter, as well as luxury hotels. This series of coordinated Islamic terrorist suicide bombings left 269 people killed and nearly 500 individuals severely injured.

“As the nation grapples with the legacy of this tragic event, President Wickremesinghe’s actions represent a determined effort to uncover the truth and ensure accountability in the face of grave allegations. The path to justice for the victims and their families remains at the forefront of the government’s agenda as these critical investigations unfold,” President’s Media Division said.


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