Political circles are buzzing with speculation that former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando will be arrested shortly in order to be made a scapegoat for the security failures that led to the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.
Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that Former Minister of Justice and Sirisena loyalist Wijeyadasa Rajapakashe has made 6 police complaints at different police stations against Fernando. The complaints have been made at Police Sahana Madiriya at Police Headquarters, Colombo Fort, Colpetty, Kotahena, Katana and Batticaloa.
Earlier Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe asked President Maithripala Sirisena to arrest both Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara in a letter.
President Sirisena hinted at the move to arrest Fernando during meetings he held at the Ministry of Defence today. The president had taken his new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry for introductions. During a 40 minute discussion with security officials the question of arresting Hemasiri Fernando came up.
Colombo Telegraph learns from very high ranking sources that Fernando was aware of detailed one-to-one briefings by SIS head Nilantha Jayawardane to President Sirisena before the Easter Sunday attacks. Jayawardane also briefed Sirisena over the telephone on one occasion. Now afraid this information will leak out the president is said to be moving to arrest Fernando in order to silence him
In our previous story Colombo Telegraph revealed that President Sirisena had been given intelligence reports about the Easter Sunday attacks at least 3 times.
Colombo Telegraph is also informed that as Hemasiri Fernando did not regularly brief President Sirisena about intelligence reports because SIS head Jaywardane conducted those briefings himself and did not need other officials to give him the information. Often when reports were communicated President would reply “I know i know Nilantha already told me”