Proving Sirisena’s attempts to whitewash himself of his direct culpability in Easter attacks IGP Pujith Jayasundara – who has been sent on compulsory leave – in his Fundamental Rights petition has revealed the Police was instructed on April 08, 2018 to stop investigating into extremist Muslim groups.
Content of Jayasundara’s FR petition filed a few days ago, note the State Intelligence Service (SIS) in a letter, specifically instructed the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) to suspend all investigations into extremist Muslim factions linked with international terrorist organisations.
He particularly mentions in petition that an investigation was open into the activities of the National Thawheed Jamath but the TID was instructed on April 8th, 2018 to suspend inquiries, as ‘such investigations caused prejudice to the secret investigations being carried out by the SIS.”
Pujith Jayasundara further states that the President excluded him from attending National Security Council meetings from early October 2018, until after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks on April 21.
IGP claims that the President required SIS Director Nilantha Jayawardana to report directly to him.
Jayasundara filed his FR petition last week, challenging Sirisena’s decision to send him on Compulsory Leave following Easter attacks and growing criticism of the government’s lackadaisical approach to matters of national security.
In his petition, Jayasundara names the Attorney General (AG), Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, Members of the Constitutional Council (CC), Director SIS Nilantha Jayawardena, Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Sisira Mendis and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando as respondents.