Deputy Solicitor General says Police uncovered definite proof of active suicide bombers operating in the country on April 17 and this was promptly communicated to both the suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and ex-Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando immediately.
Appearing before the Colombo Magistrate, producing Pujith and Hemasiri as suspects in Easter Sunday bombings, DSG Thusith Mudalige said a team of Police officers were sent to Kattankudy on April 17th to probe an explosion in the area that was reported to the Police on April 16.
“There, the Police team uncovered definitive proof of suicide bombers and this message was conveyed to then IGP Pujith on April 18th by the State Intelligence Service along with details of the exploded motorcycle as well as addresses and phone numbers of those involved,” he added.
This statement however is contradicting to the testimony made by the Kattankudy OIC before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday bombings. He told the PSC that they have not yet even received the Government analyst report on the motorcycle explosion that occurred in Kattankudy and going by the crime scene, they were only able to confirm that it was an man-made explosion.
He told Courts that the initial warning was issued to both Pujith and Hemasiri on April 4 and thereafter on April 18. On April 19th the SIS Chief forwarded another letter to both Pujith and Hemasiri as well as a Whatsapp message on the impending attacks on April 20th.
“Repeated warnings were shared by the intelligence services, but these two individuals did not take adequate action to prevent it,” he added.
Pujith and Hemasiri were arrested by the CID on Tuesday after Attorney General Dappula De Livera issued instructions for the duo to be arrested as suspects who aided the Easter Sunday bombings and the subsequent loss of lives and property damage.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne remanded the duo until July 9 and ordered the suspects to be produced before courts that day.