National security was neglected

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 30 2020

By Buddhika Samaraweera

The State Intelligence Service (SIS) had been prioritising other matters instead of matters pertaining to national security, even before the Government change in October 2018, claimed former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera.

He was testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bombings on 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, yesterday (29).

A Member of the Commission questioned whether the SIS had been able to find any information other than foreign Intelligence information that National Thowheed Jama’ath Leader Zaharan Hashim and his followers could launch a terrorist attack in April 2019.

In response, the witness said all the information reported by the SIS on the possibility of a terrorist attack was based on information obtained from foreign Intelligence agencies and organisations. The SIS could not find any information of its own about this, he said.

He also added that if the Intelligence information had not been provided by a foreign agency, the bombings could have taken place even without the knowledge of the SIS and added that the SIS had never informed its position, conclusions and observations as well as the action to be taken in that regard.

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 30 2020

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