Says baffled by AG’s statement on ‘incomplete’ investigations
By Dinitha Rathnayake
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) submitted a report to the Minister of Public Security Dr. Sarath Weerasekera yesterday (17) with regard to a claim made recently by the Attorney General (AG) President’s Counsel Dappula de Livera regarding the investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings of 2019.
The AG had said that he is unable to present indictments against the conspirators of, and those who aided and abetted in, the Easter Sunday terror attacks of 21 April 2019 during his tenure as the AG as the CID’s probes are incomplete.
The report had subsequently been sought from the CID by Dr. Weerasekera.
Speaking to The Morning, Police Media Spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Ajith Rohana confirmed that the report was handed over to Minister Dr. Weerasekera yesterday.
Weerasekera said that even though he received the report from the CID, he was surprised about the statements of the AG.
“This is an ongoing process and 75% is already complete. The CID handed over a report on 24 April. So why is the AG questioning this at this last moment?”
Communicating his concerns to the Inspector General of Police via a letter, the AG also requested clarification on any pending investigations as the probes into five of the suspects were incomplete.
“The CID has always co-ordinated with the AG’s Department’s officials about the investigation into the Easter Sunday attacks. The CID has forwarded eight files pertaining to the suicide attacks to the AG and charges have been filed against 32 suspects. Earlier, the AG had informed that he was awaiting the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) which he would analyse before taking further action,” Weerasekera said.
The Minister said that the PCoI report was also forwarded to the AG about two months ago.
“We also want to bring the perpetrators before the law. The Police did their duties. The AG has informed that the investigations are incomplete. We don’t know what he is referring to,” the Minister said on 16 May.
Weerasekera added that though the current AG is to retire from his post soon, the investigations will be continued by the Police with the AG’s Department.(TM)