Tuesday, 21st September 2021

Colombo Magistrate’s Court remands Ex-defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith till Jan 6

Colombo, Dec 23 (BAN/ AD): On Monday Colombo Magistrate’s Court has remanded former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara until January 6. Both former officials are facing criminal negligence and murder for failing to take measures to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks despite having prior knowledge of the attack.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, appearing for the Criminal Investigation Department, said police were prepared to record statements from the former President, the former Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Cardinal. He also told court the former President and several secretaries have been asked to give appointments to record statements, they have not done so yet. Also the CID is preparing to record statements from former ministers Rishad Bathiudeen and Rauff Hakeem.

He said the Cardinal’s statements would be recorded after Christmas.


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