UNP Minister knew of Easter Attacks back in 2018
By Faadhila Thassim
State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera quoting an Intelligence report recommending the arrest of the mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks, Zaharan Hashim, eleven months prior to the attacks stated that the statements made by the ministers of the Yahapalana Government that they were uninformed of such an attack is completely false.
He stated the said report was submitted by former State Intelligence Service Chief Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) Nilantha Jayawardene to former Law and Order Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara on 19 May 2018 while questioning as to whether the SJB is still going to pass the blame onto former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the incumbent Government?
According to the report, Hashim had been justifying the cause of ISIS since 2016 while promoting the notion of killing those who follow other religions in their effort to create an Islamic State in this country while stating that he should thereby be arrested.
Jayawardena also appeared as a State witness before the Special Trial-At-Bar appointed to hear indictments against suspects of the Easter Sunday Attacks.