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Easter report committee’s Prasanna unhappy with report

Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, who is a part of the six-member ministerial committee appointed by the President to study the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) report on the Easter attacks, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the recommendations of the report.

According to Ranatunga, the final report of the PCoI on the Easter Sunday attacks was unable to reveal the people who were directly involved in the attack.

The Minister has also said that he would personally recommend establishing an institute like the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to punish those who were involved in this attack.

The committee is led by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, and Cabinet Ministers Johnston Fernando, Udaya Gammanpila, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga, and Rohitha Abeygunawardena are the other members.

The committee deliberated as to how the recommendations of the report could be implemented and the shortcomings of the report as well during their ministerial committee discussion, Ranatunga added.

He also said that the recommendations of the Commission’s report are now known throughout the country, but the Terrorist Investigation Unit and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are still investigating some of the problematic issues.

However, fellow committee member, Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister of Plantations Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that the Committee has not arrived at a common response to the recommendations of the PCoI report.

Speaking to The Morning, Dr. Pathirana said on Wednesday that the Committee discussed at length the preparation of a mechanism to implement the report’s recommendations. A report of the PCoI recommendations addressing the implementation would be handed over to the President on 31 March, he added.

“The discussion was regarding how the recommendations could be processed in the long term and how they could be implemented.”

Meanwhile, Minister Udaya Gammanpila added: “We will provide a report as to which recommendations should be implemented and which recommendations should not be implemented. After this, we hope to get implementation agencies to implement the recommendations,” he added.