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CID wants SJB’s ‘confidential’ report to Bishops

Following a special discussion between Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarians and Catholic Bishops which took place on 26 April on the subject of the investigations into the Easter Sunday terror attacks, the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has requested the Executive Director of the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) for a confidential report that the Opposition MPs had submitted to the Catholic Bishops.

The meeting that took place materialised after SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella requested the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka Head Reverend Dr. Winston Fernando to allow some key Opposition leaders to present facts related to the Easter Sunday bombings and the subsequent responses of the present Government.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that the Director of the CID had made this request, as the said report may contain information that will help the CID and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) with their ongoing joint investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks.

“If the report contains valuable evidence and salient points in respect to the perpetrators of the attacks, that information will be required (in order) to conduct further investigations, and that is why the Director of the CID has requested the Executive Director of the CSR for this information,” he said.

MPs Kiriella, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Dr. Harsha de Silva, Eran Wickramaratne, Manusha Nanayakkara, and Nalin Bandara Jayamaha were present at the meeting with the Catholic Bishops which took place on 26 April.

Meanwhile, SJB Secretary General Ranjith Madduma Bandara yesterday (28) called on the Government to conduct a transparent and fair investigation into the Easter attacks and bring justice to the victims.

In a statement, he called for an immediate end to the crackdown on Opposition politicians under the guise of investigations.