Sri Lanka president vows to block Easter attacks probe


At a meeting with Senior Ranks of Sri Lanka Police today the President said the Attorney General had informed him, there are five cases on the 04/21 attacks before the Supreme Court and appointing a PSC at such a time sets a negative impact on the process undertaken by the Supreme Court.

Sri Lankan security forces swiftly arrested most of the top rung of the extremist Islamist group that had carried out the attack, but extreme Sinhalese nationalist generated further unrest by attacking Muslim houses and mosques.

President Sirisena suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara and dismissed his top defence official Hemasiri Fernando after it was found that there were intelligence failures before the attacks.

Before putting down his papers, Mendis testified in front of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on May 29 where he reportedly claimed that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena knew about warnings on possible terror attacks but failed to hold regular security review meetings.

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The president called an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose the legislature's investigation into the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded almost 500.

If reports were to be believed then Mendis was sacked by Sirisena following the comments he made to the committee.

Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis was sacked after testifying to the inquiry last week that the attacks could have been averted. Halfway through the testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president's orders, officials said in Colombo. Mr. Sirisena called an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday to oppose the legislature's investigation into the attacks. PM Modi's visit comes close on the heels of serial bombings in the country which killed 250 and wounded another 500.

The crisis in Sri Lanka erupted ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country on Sunday (June 9). India had said in the aftermath of the Easter Bombings that intelligence shared with Sri Lanka had not been acted upon.