Jul 13, 2019

President requested to testify before PSC on Easter attacks Featured

In the event the President is unwilling to come to parliament and give evidence before the Parliament Select Committee appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday bombings, the committee has expressed willingness to the President’s office or any place decided upon by the President and record his statement, the Deshaya weekend newspaper had reported.

This information was revealed by its political reporter who further stated that the Committee members had held a special discussion regarding this issue. The Committee intends to gather evidence from the President pertaining to then security and law and order subject.

However, prior to questioning the President the PSC is scheduled to record evidence from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena.

Both the Prime Minister and the State Defence Minister have expressed willingness to testify before the PSC and it is likely that they would be summoned next week. 

Previously the President had stated that he would not testify before the PSC at any cost. However, it was decided to call the President to testify as he is the Defence Minister and without his testimony the committee report cannot be completed.

Meanwhile, informed sources have indicated that the final decision of the PSC in terms of how they intend to carry out this decision will be revealed soon.