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President to seek truth on Easter Sunday terror attacks

Monday, 11 September 2023 03:15 –      – 56

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  •  Orders comprehensive analysis of all open information correlated to 2019 Easter attacks
  •  Appoints Committee chaired by retired Supreme Court judge to inquire into allegations made by Channel 4
  •  Promises Parliamentary Select Committee to address allegations by former Attorney General

In a determined effort to seek truth and justice following the tragic Easter Sunday bombings of 2019, President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced 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 brought to light by Channel 4 in a broadcast video.

The President’s Media said 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. To address these concerns comprehensively, the government is poised to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee specifically to probe these disturbing assertions.

It said that the gravity of the situation has prompted the President to ensure a thorough review of all available information. As part of this process, the 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. This comprehensive approach is aimed at providing lawmakers with a comprehensive understanding of the situation, paving the way for well-informed and decisive actions.

Sri Lanka was plunged into sorrow on 21 April 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 innocent lives lost 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,” the President’s Media said.

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