Sri Lanka’s president will appoint a committee to probe allegations of complicity in 2019 bombings

Sri Lanka’s president says he’ll appoint a committee chaired by a retired Supreme Courtroom choose to research allegations made in a British tv report that the South Asian nation’s intelligence was complicit within the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings …

ByBHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Related Press

September 10, 2023, 6:37 AM

FILE- On this April 21, 2019 file photograph, Sri Lankan military troopers safe the realm round St. Anthony’s Shrine after a blast on Easter Sunday in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s president stated Sunday he’ll appoint a committee chaired by a retired Supreme Courtroom choose to research allegations made in a British tv report that the South Asian nation’s intelligence was complicit within the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings that killed 269 individuals. (AP Photograph/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president stated Sunday he’ll appoint a committee chaired by a retired Supreme Courtroom choose to research allegations made in a British tv report that the South Asian nation’s intelligence was complicit within the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings that killed 269 individuals.

The assaults, which included simultaneous suicide bombings, focused three church buildings and three vacationer inns. The lifeless included 42 foreigners from 14 international locations.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s choice to nominate a committee headed by a choose to research claims that Sri Lankan intelligence had a hand within the bombings that have been carried out by Islamic militants got here beneath stress from opposition lawmakers, spiritual leaders, activists in addition to the victims’ kinfolk. They are saying that earlier probes did not reveal the reality behind the bombings.

The committee’s main mission is to research the “critical allegations just lately delivered to mild by Channel 4 in a broadcast video,” the president’s workplace stated in a press release Sunday. It stated that the “allegations have added gasoline to the hearth.”

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The assertion stated {that a} former legal professional basic “has made comparable claims, suggesting the existence of a mastermind behind the devastating Easter bomb assault.” It stated {that a} parliamentary committee would individually examine and “handle these issues comprehensively.”

In a program broadcast Tuesday, Channel 4 interviewed a person who stated had organized a gathering between a neighborhood Islamic State-inspired group, Nationwide Thowheed Jamath, and a prime state intelligence official loyal to former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to formulate a plot to create instability and allow Rajapaksa, a former senior protection official, to win the 2019 presidential election.

Rajapaksa was compelled to resign in mid-2022 after mass protests over the nation’s worst financial disaster.

Rajapaksa on Thursday denied the allegations in opposition to him, saying that the declare that “a bunch of Islamic extremists launched suicide assaults as a way to make me president is absurd.”



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