Cardinal to seek international probe if law not enforced over Easter attacks
Posted on February 11th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana

Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says he is ready to seek International Criminal Court (ICC) probe if the law is not properly enforced against those who are responsible for the Easter Sunday terror attacks in 2019 which claimed the lives of more than 260 persons.

He made this remark in response to questions raised during a media briefing held at the Archbishop’s House in Colombo this morning (February 11).

The Cardinal went on to say, I hope our leaders will not allow that to happen.”

Speaking further, the Cardinal said he has requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for access to the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday bombings. He, however, noted that he is yet to receive a copy of the report.

The PCoI to investigate the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks handed over its final report to the President on February 01.

Hearings and other procedures of the Presidential Commission officially concluded on January 27.

The Commission was appointed by former President Maithripala Sirisena on September 22nd, 2019 to investigate the coordinated series of attacks that took place on Easter Sunday same year and to recommend necessary actions.

The Cardinal says he has requested the panel of the PCoI to look into the individuals who were behind the terror attacks, in addition to probing those who failed to prevent carnage. I hope the Commission would respond positively to the request,” he added.

One Response to “Cardinal to seek international probe if law not enforced over Easter attacks”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    The reason for attacks on the Churches is definitely tied to the Attacks on Mosques in New Zealand and for the Christian and Islamic nations conflicts in the Middle East -Al Qaeda & ISIL conflicts which are themselves Zionist and American constructs.

    It is up to the President to see that the prepetrators of the Easter Sunday Attacks are duely apprehended and punished. The punishments given should be according to the law of the land. No one should be spared. It is definitely not up to the Cardinal to take the law into his own hands. If the President hands over the Commission Report to the Cardinal, he will take control over the process and the President will be held hostage by the Cardinal and the Catholic Church there onwards!

    There are should not be double standards in Sri Lanka – one law for one segement of society and special laws for others – be they the Catholic Church or the Muslims Establishment in Sri Lanka.

    On the otherhand, Islamists are going on a war-footing to capture land and power in Sri Lanka. The capture of thousands of swords in the aftermath of the attacks show what they were getting ready for. The Islamic Terrorism should not be swept under the carpet for political convenience!

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