Army Chief summoned again by PSC

By Skandha Gunasekara and Sarah Hannan

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake was summoned again by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks.

Senanayake already appeared before the PSC and has been asked to appear again on Wednesday (31), PSC sources said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several other ministers will be summoned before the PSC on 6 August, The Sunday Morning learnt.

PSC sources told The Sunday Morning that summons would be issued to the Prime Minister; State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene; Minister of Public Administration, Disaster Management, and Rural Economic Affairs Ranjith Madduma Bandara; and Minister of Ports and Shipping, and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake to appear before the Committee on 6 August.

In addition, sources revealed that the PSC would also be inviting President Maithripala Sirisena to testify. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office said that it had not yet received summons for the Prime Minister to appear before the PSC.

A spokesperson told The Sunday Morning that the Premier was willing to testify at the PSC at any given date. To date, the PSC has summoned politicians, the heads of the tri-forces and the Police, the Head of State Intelligence, the head of criminal investigations, the former Secretary of Defence, and the former Inspector General of Police.