Yahapalana Govt feared losing minority vote – Weerasekara
By Faadhila Thassim
The Easter Sunday Attacks took place as the Yahapalana Government failed to take necessary security measures, as they wanted to please the Muslim community and get their votes, Minister of Public Security, Sarath Weerasekara said. He added that the former government was also attempting to please political representatives of minorities while putting the country at risk. Weerasekara said the Government would take measures to ensure national security without attempting to please any specific community.
He said, the Minister of Public Security or President Gotabaya Rajapaksa could not file cases against those involved in the Easter Sunday carnage, adding that the Police had concluded necessary investigations with regard to the main suspects and handed over the necessary files to the Attorney General following which 32 main suspects were arrested, 211 were in remand and 75 others are being detained for questioning.
Weerasekara added, the delay is on the part of the Attorney General as there was a need to look into both reports, handed over by the Police and the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the Easter Sunday Attacks, which was handed over a month ago, adding, it is a procedure that requires time.