Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Sri Lanka police refute AG allegations over Easter Sunday probe

Sri Lanka The move to bring back capital punishment is highly controversial. AAP
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2019, 15:33

The national survey report jointly compiled by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention, the Dangerous Drug Control Board and, the Sri Lanka Police on the "The Spread of Drug Usage" will be presented to the President on this occasion.

Three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo were hit by suicide bombers who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara, Sri Lanka's top police chief, and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested and could be charged with "grave crimes against humanity", Attorney General Dappula de Livera said.

They should be brought before a magistrate for their "criminal negligence" de Livera said in a letter to the acting police chief.

Where the death penalty is permitted, worldwide human rights law limits the death penalty to 'the most serious crimes, ' typically crimes resulting in death or serious bodily harm. For lesser charges of negligence leading to damage of property, they could face up to 52 years in prison.

Police had reportedly sought to question Mr Fernando and Mr Jayasundara but did not because they had been admitted to hospitals.

"I told him to please allow me to stamp out the drug menace and that I want to save my country from drugs", Sirisena said during a meeting here to mark his anti-narcotics drive.

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Nine other senior police officers have been named by the attorney general as suspects who should be prosecuted for their role in the security lapses.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, however, opposed the parliamentary committee conducting a separate inquiry while court cases were being heard on the blasts.

Pujith Jayasundera, who is on compulsory leave, had been ordered to report to the CID at 10 O'clock today.

He said that no country can threaten Sri Lanka's sovereignty using such trade concessions.

More than 500 people were injured and 258 died in the atrocity.

Sri Lankan police arrested the country's police chief, now on compulsory leave, and the former defence secretary over alleged negligence that led to the Easter attacks.

Jayasundara had told the parliamentary committee, led by allies of Sirisena's rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, that the president had asked him to take the blame for the attacks and resign, and claimed that he promised him a diplomatic posting in return.

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