Colombo, July 02 (BAN/ AD): Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara have been arrested by CID officials. Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara has confirmed this development.
Sri Lanka’s ex-police chief Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested on Tuesday following instructions issued by the Attorney General to charge them for their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday terror bombings which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds.
CID officials arrested Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, who was earlier admitted to the National Hospital. Meanwhile, IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who is on compulsory leave, was arrested by CID officers at the Police Hospital in Narahenpita.
Gunasekara said the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) would record statements from them but the two officials would continue to seek treatment in hospital.
Both were summoned by CID to record statement in case related to Easter Sunday attacks. Since both failed to appear before CID after being hospitalized of ill health CID officials have arrested them.
Attorney General Dappula De Livera, in a letter written to Acting Police Chief Chandana Wickremaratne on Monday, said that Jayasundara and Fernando could face charges of “grave crimes against humanity” for their alleged negligence in failing to prevent the attacks.
Following the attacks, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena blamed Fernando and Jayasundara for failing in their duties to act on an intelligence report which gave information of possible attacks on April 21.
Fernando was removed from his post by Sirisena following the bombings and Jayasundara was sent on compulsory leave. They deny all allegations against them.
The Islamic State had claimed the attacks which targeted three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations.