Sirisena promised Pujith perks if he took responsibility over Easter attacks

Former President Maithripala Sirisena had allegedly offered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, who has been suspended from service, a number of perks if he took responsibility over the Easter Sunday attacks, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported today.

Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando had told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks that on April 24, 2019 then President Sirisena informed Jayasundara that if he accepted responsibility for the co-ordinated terror attacks on April 21, 2019 and resigned from his position, he would be given pension and a position as an Ambassador in any country he wished to serve.

Fernando said that after President Sirisena’s communication, the then IGP, Pujith Jayasundara had come to seek his advice in this regard.

However, Fernando said that he could not attend to the former IGP’s matter because it was a serious issue. “I asked him to discuss the matter with his family members,” he said.

Fernando further added that the former President had informed Jayasundara that he could be released from the Commission headed by Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda which investigated the causes and background for the coordinated terror attacks. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The headline for this news item should reflect the fact that this is just an allegation. It’s up to the reader to consider whether Maithripala Sirisena is capable of such deception.
    While it seems to me that Sirisena is capable of such deception, is he also a complete fool to promise Pujith Jayasundara an ambassador job in any country if he confessed to being responsible for not preventing such a horrendous terrorist attack that the world knows of?

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