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Prez to appear on 20 Sept.

By Skandha Gunasekara

President Maithripala Sirisena will appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks on 20 September.

PSC Chairman Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri told The Sunday Morning that the President had informed the Committee of the scheduled date.

Kumarasiri said the PSC would not be holding its sittings at the usual committee room in the parliamentary complex when the President attends.

“The PSC will hear President Sirisena’s testimony at the Presidential Secretariat,” he said.

With regard to the session being opened to the media, the Chairman said that no decision had yet been taken on this.

“We have to speak about this and other matters with the President and finalise everything before the 20th,” he said.

In addition, he said that the Committee would seek Parliament approval to extend its term.

“We want to extend the term of the Committee by two weeks. We will make this request to Parliament.”