Cardinal believes Govt attempting to hide facts

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 22 2021
News Cardinal believes Govt attempting to hide facts

By Buddhika Samaraweera

The appointing of a ministerial committee to look into the final report and recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday bombings, appears to be an attempt to conceal certain facts, said Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

He said the Government seems to be afraid to reveal certain facts and insisted that everything in the PCoI report should be made public without any deletion. He also said that the recommendations were made to the Attorney General (AG) and not to the President through relevant report and that the AG should take appropriate action on those recommendations.

He said the five-member PCoI, in particular, had made recommendations to the Government and the AG to be implemented and those who did not even pass the Ordinary Level examination cannot be allowed to take decisions in that connection. The PCoI also has the power to punish. So the Government and the AG should take the necessary action without any delay, he said.

Cardinal Ranjith further said that if the Government did not take action, he would have to come up with other action with the people. “There are international organisations affiliated with the Catholic Mission. If the law is not enforced properly, we are ready to stand up for our rights through those organisations," he said.

He also said, “Distributing this report to the public is something that can be done easily. It should be printed and given to the people.”

Cardinal Ranjith was speaking to the Media after a service at St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya on 20 February. People who attended the service also staged a silent protest demanding justice for their relatives who were killed in the bombings on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, it was reported that some politicians representing the Government and the Opposition are planning to meet Cardinal Ranjith in the coming days in order to discuss the matter.

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 22 2021

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