The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to reject the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate and inquire into the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, a decision that was taken on Thursday (25) after the SLFP Executive Committee had met at the party headquarters in Colombo.
The General Secretary of the 'Nava Sinhala Ravaya' organisation, Ven. Magalakande Sudaththa Thero said that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to probe the Easter attacks has failed to institute charges against the two officials of the Attorney General's Department who had concealed information pertaining to Zahran Hashim.
The government recently announced that Cabinet approval has been granted to award a contract to a Chinese company to set up hybrid wind and solar energy projects on three Sri Lankan islands off the northern Jaffna peninsula.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) raised the issue of Sri Lanka’s mandatory cremations of COVID-19 victims at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday.
If the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) takes a tough decision against Sri Lanka, it will be people of this country who will suffer and not be the rulers or the politicians of this country and as such,the whole country should be united and be reconciled, the Chairman of the National Movement for Social Justice Karu Jayasuriya said.
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to probe the Easter Sunday attack has accused former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen of contacting the then Army Commander to seek relief with regard to a suspect who was arrested in connection with the terror attacks.
Accordingly, the Commission has recommended that all Members of Parliament be barred from speaking to police and military officials about suspects arrested in connection with terrorist activities.
With regard to the allegation of the former Minister providing copper to a person linked to the attacks, the PCoI has stated the matter should be referred to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).
It is also reported that the PCoI has recommended that further investigations be carried out on Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.
The PCoI's most serious charges are levelled against former President Maithripala Sirisena.
The PCoI recommended that the Attorney General consider instituting criminal proceedings against the former President as the Commission has found enough evidence to hold Maithripala Sirisena guilty of “criminal liability”.
The report by the PCoI noted that former President Maithripala Sirisena had travelled to India and Singapore from 16 to 21 April 2019 without making an acting appointment for the posts of Minister of Defense in spite of the information he possessed of a possible threat emanating from Zahran Hashim/ISIS which was a violation of the Constitution.
The Cabinet of Ministers, after reviewing the progress of Rice Purchasing Programme of the Maha season of 2020/21, has given its approval to purchase paddy from local farmers at competitive prices with the private sector under the aforesaid programme.
Foreign Ministry sources say that the possible appointment of Duraisamy Venkatesh as the Deputy High Commissioner of the Sri Lankan Mission in Chennai, India, is still being considered and that no final decision has been made yet.
Venture capitalist and political fundraiser Imaad Shah Zuberi, 60, was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in a federal prison for falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level US Government officials, evading the payment of millions of dollars in taxes, making illegal campaign contributions, and obstructing a federal investigation into the source of donations to a presidential inauguration committee.