AG informs IGP he is unable to file indictments
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed IGP C.D. Wickremaratne that probes into five of the suspects, connected to the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, were inconclusive, stated the AG’s Coordinating Secretary State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne.
He had informed the IGP that perusal into inquiries connected to suspects such as Mohammad Azim, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wakari Yusuf, Mohammad Fazan Shaul Hamid and Hazim Mohammad, who were behind the carnage two years ago, had been incomplete. According to Jayaratne, de Livera had informed this to Wickremaratne through a 130- page document on 12 May.
Earlier, on 15 May, in a letter addressed to Inspector-General of Police C.D. Wickremaratne, the AG sought confirmation of evidence against 42 suspects in Category A of the Easter Sunday terror attacks. He had further sought clarification on any pending investigations as probes into five of the suspects are incomplete.
AG de Livera had further informed the IGP to confirm forthwith whether inquiries pertaining to a further 29 suspects had been concluded or not, in this connection. The AG informed the public last week that he is unable to file indictments against the conspirators and abettors of the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks during his tenure as the Criminal Investigation Department’s probes are incomplete. His coordinating officer, Jayaratne, confirmed this to Ceylon Today.
Dappula de Livera’s term in office as the AG is expected to come to an end this month. He was sworn in on 10 May, 2019 before the then President Maithripala Sirisena. He was recently offered the post of High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada but, he turned down the post stating he wishes to remain in Sri Lanka to serve the people. Livera has concluded action in more than 27,000 criminal cases during his tenure from May 2019 to May 2021.