AG files 800 charges each against Pujith, Hemasiri

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM May 4 2021

By Hansi Nanayakkara

Attorney General Dappula de Livera yesterday exhibited information, in the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar, consisting of 800 charges each against former IGP Pujith Jayasundera and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, in connection with those killed and injured in the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, stated AG’s Coordinating Officer, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. The AG’s Coordinating Officer stated that they have been charged in two separate Trials-at-Bar for the offences of murder, attempted murder, over their serious lapses and grave omissions to prevent the Easter Sunday carnage two years ago. 

The AG had earlier urged Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, in writing, to form two separate Trialsat-Bar to try the charges filed against ex-IGP Jayasundera and former Defence Secretary Fernando. During the investigations conducted by the Police Department, it had come to light that despite confidential information that had been conveyed to the duo by the then head of SIS,Nilantha Jayawardene, from 7 to 21 April 2019, as well as through other intelligence sources that Zahran Hashim and his extremists were planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting Catholic Churches and hotels such information had been ignored by the former IGP and the former Defence Secretary and thus through their actions they had failed to prevent the said blasts. 

State Counsel Jayaratne stated that the former IGP and the ex-Defence Secretary, due to their failure to prevent the carnage, despite being forewarned of the blasts, will be held as complicity to murder and hence, the severity of their actions had resulted in the deaths of over 275 people and the injuries to over 500 others. 

She added that hence the aforesaid duo, have been indictedbefore the Colombo High Court by de Livera on charges failing to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks and complicity to murder as well as for having violated provisions contained in Sections 296 and 300 of the Penal Code through their actions.  

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM May 4 2021

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