The United National Party (UNP) yesterday urged the Government to hold an independent investigation into the claims made by former CID Director Shani Abeysekera regarding the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks.
United National Party Chairman and Former Minister Wajira Abeywardena, was speaking at a media briefing held at the Sirikotha party headquarters yesterday.
According to Abeysekera, members of the intelligence services were aware of the imminent threat and failed to assist the CID in their investigations into Zahran Hashim and his associates in the lead up to the attacks.
He said that Abeysekera claimed to have requested an opportunity to brief the National Security Council in January 2019 regarding Zahran Hashim’s group, but the President Maithripala Sirisena had not allegedly provided the opportunity.
In the Parliamentary Select Committee Report compiled in 2019 following the attacks, a similar recommendation was made that further investigations be carried out into the claims that the intelligence services were aware of a pending threat.
The UNP urges the Government to appoint an independent body agreeable to all political parties to investigate this matter and report back to Parliament. This investigation must be held swiftly to ensure that those responsible for the security lapse in the country are held accountable.