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‘President unwilling to release Committee report’

Despite the requests by Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith to President Maithripala Sirisena to publicise the Presidential Committee report on the Easter Sunday attack, the President has no intention of releasing the report due to important reasons, Advisor to the President, Shiral Lakthilake told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

At a press conference last week, the Colombo Archbishop criticised the Government for not publicising the Presidential Committee report. “The People need to know the truth. That is the justice they are awaiting,” the Cardinal said.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a three-member special committee spearheaded by Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda on April 22, the following day of the Easter Sunday attack. The committee also included former Inspector General of Police N. K. Ilangakoon and former Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne.

The objective of the committee was to study the reasons for the terrorist attack and hand over a report of the committee to the President. The committee submitted its final report to the President on June 10.

“Had the President released the report, it would have been a hindrance to the ongoing investigations and court cases. That is the main reason for the President not to release the report. In addition to that, this was an internal report,” Lakthilake said.