Maithripala attends hearings into Easter attacks as observer

Former President Maithripala Sirisena attended hearings conducted by the Presidential Commission into the Easter Sunday attacks, as an observer today.

Last week Sirisena was accused of offering 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.

Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando had told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks last week 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. If the former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe couldn’t work together they should not have formed the good governance government, especially Maithripala Sirisena should not have betrayed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa after eating hoppers with him. Easter Sunday bombings took hundreds of innocent people’s lives and affected the tourism industry badly which impacted the country’s GDP negatively. If I am the President I would send them to jail so others would not dare to betray the local people, leaders and country’s economy to please the foreign powers. Punishment is a deterrent tool to minimise foolishness, ignorance and crimes. Sri Lanka lacks deterrent tools to guide the people, but Singapore has plenty of deterrent laws, including death penalty for drugs trafficking.

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