Several politicians summoned before political victimization commission

Summons have been issued on a number of persons, including several politicians to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to probe incidents of Political victimization next month.

Politicians including former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Patali Champika Ranawaka, and Sarath Fonseka, Parliamentarians Anura Kumara Dissanayake, R. Sampanthan and Rauf Hakeem, and a few others were thus summoned.

They have been requested to appear before the PCoI on political victimization on 07 September.

In January this year President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a high-powered Presidential Commissions of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate allegations of political victimization as well as interference and undue influence on the judiciary and police during the past regime.

The Gazette Extra-ordinary No. 2157/44 notification issued by the President at the time empowered the 3-member Commission to ascertain whether any investigations by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Financial Crime Investigations Divisions (FCID) of the Sri Lanka Police or the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Sri Lanka Police had been influenced or obstructed or prevented in any manner, resulting in loss, damage, injury or detriment, either direct or imputed to any person or persons whether any officer entrusted with conduct of investigations by the Bribery Commission, FCID and SIU have acted under undue influence by third parties. (Colombo Gazette)