The President ordered an investigation into allegations that some intelligence officials knew and met with those responsible for the 2019 bombings.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation into the allegations that some members of the relevant national intelligence agencies knew and met with the perpetrators of such criminal activities. Easter Sunday bombing A government official said that more than 260 people died in 2019.
The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka sent a letter to the president on Tuesday expressing concerns about the government’s handling of suicide bombings and asking it to investigate suspected links between intelligence personnel and the organization that carried out the attack.
Two local Muslim groups that declared their allegiance to the Islamic State of ISIL (ISIS) allegedly carried out six coordinated attacks on churches and major tourist hotels, resulting in 269 deaths.
Another man did not carry out a planned attack at the fourth tourist hotel, but later committed suicide by detonating a bomb in a different location.
A letter from the National Catholic Judicial Council to the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks (a group of bishops and priests led by Cardinal Malcolm Rangis, the Archbishop of Colombo) calls on the President to respond to the President’s advice to the former President Metripala Siri Senna took legal action to investigate the report of the committee.
The Sirisena government has been severely criticized for failing to act on near-specific foreign intelligence warnings of impending attacks.
Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Wednesday that all the findings of the committee have been transferred to the relevant authorities.
“There are many things coming in, and the best thing the president can do is to submit them to the relevant authorities,” Lambakveira said.
“The President has transferred them all to the relevant authorities for further action.”
The church group also stated that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should be investigated because the report concluded that his soft attitude towards “Islamic extremism” led to the attack.
The letter also stated that the authorities have not yet taken legal action against 11 police officers, two justice ministers and two Muslim politicians named by the committee.
Several lawmakers delivered speeches in Parliament, citing witnesses who appeared before the committee as saying that members of the National Intelligence Agency met with men who had withdrawn from the initial attack and then committed suicide.
The letter from a church official quoted a speech from the parliament, stating that intelligence agents allegedly released a suspect who was detained by the police.
The report of the Presidential Council has not yet been released to the public. The legislator received only one volume, and the entire report was submitted to the Attorney General’s Department for prosecution.