Prosecute former President: Cardinal

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:50 PM Apr 4 2021
Local Prosecute former President: Cardinal

The Archbishop of Colombo Malcom Cardinal Ranjith says that the law should be enforced against former President Maithripala Sirisena who has been named as a liable party by the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday Attack. 

He said this speaking to the media after the Easter service held at St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade today (04). 

"There is ongoing speculation about the former President, Maithripala Sirisena contesting upcoming elections. I am surprised how he can contest an election, or become a Leader of a Party while being held responsible for the lives lost during the Easter Sunday Attack." Archibishop Malcolm Ranjith said.

"If the report has named the responsible parties for the attack, why has the Government not taken any legal action to prosecute them? Why are we prolonging this process?" Cardinal spoke further.

He added that those who are closely linked to the attack are sitting in Parliament today. 

"After more than one year of investigations, there is no need to continue this process. What we need is a solution now. If the Government fails to grant us a solution by 21 April, we have no choice but to oppose the Government because we will no longer stand inaction" The Cardinal said.

Meanwhile, over 3,000 additional STF, Police, and Tri-Forces were deployed as a move to increase security at all churches around the country today (04).

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:50 PM Apr 4 2021

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