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Ministerial Committee to study Easter PCoI Report

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa to head committee:
Report to be submitted before March 15:

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a six-member Committee to study in depth the facts and recommendations on the course of action contained in the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks and the report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security which has been submitted to Parliament.

The Committee is headed by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa. Ministers Johnston Fernando, Udaya Gammanpila, Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga and Rohitha Abeygunawardene are the other members.

The Committee will be provided with the report of the PCoI and the report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security by the Presidential Secretariat.

Hariguptha Rohanadheera, Director General (Legal), Presidential Secretariat has been appointed as the Secretary to the Committee in order to facilitate the activities and to carry out other functions of the Committee. The Committee is required to submit its report before March 15, 2021.

The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the Commission’s Chairman Supreme Court Judge Janak de Silva at the Presidential Secretariat recently. The Commission recorded evidence from 457 people over a period of 214 days. Among them were former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Defence Ministry Secretaries, top-level security personnel, intelligence service personnel, as well as those affected by the deadly attacks. The Report comprises 472 pages, 215 annexures and six volumes. Former President Maithripala Sirisena appointed the Commission on 22 September 2019 to investigate and report on the series of terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday and to recommend necessary action based on the findings.

Eight suicide terrorists carried out deadly attacks on 21 April 2019, targeting tourist hotels and Catholic churches.

The series of explosions took place at St. Anthony’s Church – Kochchikade, St. Sebastian’s Church – Katuwapitiya, Zion Church – Batticaloa and in three five-star-class hotels in Colombo, namely Shangri-La, The Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand. In addition, two terrorists killed themselves by detonating bombs in Dematagoda and Dehiwala.

The series of attacks claimed 270 lives and injured around 500 people.