Strictures on former President, former PM, former IGP and Senior DIG | Daily News
PCoI Report on Easter Sunday Attacks :

Strictures on former President, former PM, former IGP and Senior DIG

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) which investigated the Easter Sunday attacks has proposed that the Attorney General look into the possibility of filing criminal charges against former President Maithripala Sirisena. The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) which investigated the Easter Sunday attacks handed over the report to the Speaker yesterday.

The recommendation suggests that charges should be filed against Sirisena under any suitable provision in the Penal Code on the grounds of failing to fulfill his responsibility and prevent the Easter Sunday attacks.

The report also suggests that criminal action be instituted against former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera and Senior DIG of the Western Province Nandana Munasinghe and as well under the Penal Code.

The report said, “Former IGP Jayasundera has failed to take effective and decisive action as the IGP of the country,” adding that based on the evidence, it is of the view that there is criminal liability on the former IGP’s part for the acts or omissions pertaining to the attacks.

The report stated that it is of the view that the IGP had failed to act accordingly, despite a large amount of intelligence reports being made available to him regarding Zahran Hashim’s activities.

The PCoI report has also held former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accountable for the failure to prevent the attacks.The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks has also recommended that the extradition laws in Sri Lanka should be strengthened. The PCoI final report recommended, “Extradition laws should be strengthened to extradite terrorist suspects who are in foreign countries for action be filed in Sri Lanka.”

The PCoI also proposed to appoint a committee to propose suitable amendments to the Exchange Control Act. “It was in evidence that some of the amendments brought to the Act in 2017 did not provide for some of the investigations that were possible prior to the amendment,” it said.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks has also made several recommendations including compensation to the victims apart from action against those responsible for the attacks.

The PCoI recommended to pay Rs.2 million on behalf of each victim who died in the attacks and Rs. 500,000 each to those who sustained injuries. The report said compensation has been paid on behalf of 220 victims who were killed but another 51 are left to be compensated. (SM, CN and AM)