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Sri Lanka Easter attack | Former President Maithripala Sirisena becomes suspect

Mr Sirisena asked to appear in Colombo court in October

Mr Sirisena asked to appear in Colombo court in October

A Sri Lankan court on Friday named former President Maithripala Sirisena a suspect in a case related to 2019 easter terror bombings and directed him to appear in court this October.

The Magistrate Court in Colombo’s Fort area gave the order in response to a private petition filed by Fr. Local media reported that Cyril Gamini Fernando, a member of the National Catholic Committee for the Justice of Easter Sunday Attack Victims.

It is now more than three years since the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka and the families of the victims of the horrific serial blasts – in which about 280 people died And hundreds left injured – demanding justice.

‘Grand political conspiracy’

In March, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the incident was a “grand political conspiracy”. Six months after the attacks, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ran for the presidency, promising national security, and won with a thumping majority. Members of the Catholic Church and Cardinal Ranjit supported Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the 2019 elections, but later expressed dismay at the lack of progress in the investigation.

The cardinal has since argued that the attacks had a political or electoral motive.

The latest report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, released earlier this month, calls for the release of “full findings” of previous investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings and the establishment of a “follow-up independent and transparent investigation” internationally. help. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka will contact Scotland Yard to assist its investigators.

This is not the first time that the 2019 Easter bombings have been blamed on Mr Sirisena, who was then president. A parliamentary select committee appointed in May 2019, and tasked with investigating the Easter bombings, accused President Sirisena of “actively undermining” the government and security systems, leading to attacks a decade after Sri Lanka’s civil war. The first “serious mistake” occurred. Finished.

In February 2021, the President’s Commission of Inquiry recommended that Mr Sirisena and his intelligence chiefs be prosecuted for their failure to prevent the incident, despite Colombo receiving an intelligence input from India, weeks after the suicide bombings. The first, which are attributed to a radical Islamic network. in Sri Lanka. Mr Sirisena has denied any prior information.

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