Cardinal files petition seeking implementation

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Colombo Archbishop, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, filed a Writ Application in the Court of Appeal against the IGP and the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security and three others, for the non-implementation of certain recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to investigate into and make recommendations on the Easter Sunday Attacks in 2019.

In the Petition, it was stated that the PCoI handed over its Final Report with recommendations to the incumbent President in January 2021 and that the report had made several findings of serious negligence and or lapses on the part of numerous public officials, including officials serving in the Police and recommended taking disciplinary action against them.

It was noted however that despite the lapse of a lengthy period of time since the Final Report was tendered, and in spite of continuous agitations calling for the implementation of its recommendations and calling for accountability, no steps have been taken to consider or implement the recommendations.

Among other relief, the Writ Application sought directives from the Court of Appeal to the IGP and the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security, directing them to implement the recommendations of the PCoI.

By Faadhila Thassim