Certain officials duped Maithri into signing docs – Chamal
Certain officials had obtained the signature of then President Maithripala Sirisena to release two suspects arrested in connection with the stock of explosives found in Wanathavilluwa in January 2019 by misleading the latter, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.
He said it was suspected that the documents had been given to Sirisena by the officials after concealing certain facts. However, he said the former President had signed the documents with confidence in the relevant officials. “When an official brings a document, we sometimes sign it without inspecting based on trust,” he said.
Rajapaksa also said the Cabinet Sub Committee into the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday Attacks, has recommended that an investigation be conducted to find out as to why the officials acted in such a manner.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (Retired) Sarath Weerasekara said, investigations are underway to find out how Mohamed Yusuf Ibrahim, the father of two suicide bombers, who is currently in custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings, earned money, and whether the money was used for the activities of certain political parties.
He said those political parties must have had some knowledge of Ibrahim’s sons’ involvement in extremist activities. Meanwhile, he said Zaharan and his group had supported a politician named Sibley Farooq and the SLMC in 2015. Based on the information, investigations are also underway with regard to that, he added. They were speaking at a Media briefing held at the Department of Government Information, yesterday (6).