Independent Parliamentarians urge PCoI

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Leaders of the Forum of Independent Parliamentarians requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate and recommend punishment for acts of violence that took place since 9 May.

In a letter addressed to the President, the MPs stated that violence that erupted in the country over the last few days, beginning with the violence unleashed at Temple Trees, must be examined.

National Freedom Front Leader, MP Wimal Weerawansa, Lanka Sama Samaja Party General Secretary, MP Professor Tissa Vitharana, Communist Part of Sri Lanka General Secretary, Dr. G. Weerasinghe, Democratic Left Front Leader MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader, MP Udaya Gammanpila, National Congress Leader, MP A. L. M. Athaullah, Vijaya Dharani Jathika Sabawa Leader, MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera and Yuthukama National Organisation President MP Gevindu Kumaratunga were the signitories.

“The root cause of the violence, those who ordered it, those responsible, the planners and perpetrators must be exposed to the country. The crimes committed should be punished accordingly. By doing so, such situations can be prevented from recurring,” it was noted.

The fear and pressure created by these incidents, created a negative picture of Sri Lanka among the international community, the MPs noted and added, “Violence unleashed across the country demonstrated savagery, transcending all human boundaries. Houses and other property were set on fire. Resources in the burned houses were plundered. Several people were killed. In some places people were beaten to death. Some of those who witnessed the incidents also said that there were similarities in the incident. It also appears that the events were organised.”

Accordingly, the MPs requested that this Commission be duly appointed and that its work be completed within three months.

(AK)