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Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Easter Sunday Attacks

Opposition members summoned to NSC on several occasions – Former President

Former President Maithripala Sirisena informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Easter Sunday Attacks that he had summoned several opposition members to the National Security Council (NSC) meetings on several occasions during his presidency.

Testifying before the Commission on Wednesday(14), former President stated that there was no one in the Security Council to represent him at that time. The former President said that he, therefore, had summoned several Parliamentarians representing his party on several occasions to speak and represent him at the National Security Council meetings.

The former President said that Mahinda Rajapaksa, the then Prime Minister, was not included in the Security Council meetings held during the 52-day government on a agreement reached with him.

The Additional Solicitor General questioned that after the reappointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister on December 16, 2018, most of the witnesses testifying before the Commission said that former President had instructed former Prime Minister not to attend Security Council meetings.

Former President then said that the gazette notification issued in connection with the Security Council clearly states the persons who should attend, but there is no mention that the Prime Minister should be contacted to security Council meetings.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena highlighted that the Prime Minister could be summoned to the Security Council meetings only if the President so desired.