AG refuses to appear for Sirisena, Ranil

FR petitions over Easter Sunday suicide blasts


By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for hearing on March 12, 13 and 14 the fundamental rights violation petitions filed over the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts carried out on April 21, 2019.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena, who was the Minister of Defence and the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will have to retain counsel of their own, as the Attorney General, will no longer appear for them.

The respondents IGP Pujith Jayasundara, and former Secretary Defence Hemasiri Fernando, were given time till March 6 to file objections to the petitions.

The petitioners were given time till March 27 to file counter objections.

The petitioners including Sunil Perera and 12 others have complained that security lapses on the part of the authorities, led to the Easter Sunday bomb blasts at St. Anthony’s Church, Kotahena, two other churches and three hotels. Around 250 devotees were killed and 500 others injured.

Islamic suicide extremist Zahran Hashim led the attackers.

Farzarna Jameel, Additional Solicitor General, President’s Counsel, appeared for the Attorney General, cited as a respondent.

Counsel Viran Corea appeared for Pujith Jayasundera, the IGP who is on compulsory leave.

Anjula Preamaratne PC appeared for Hemasiri Fernando the former Secretary Defence.

Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, PC, Lakshan Dias and a few others appeared for the petitioners.

The seven-judge bench comprised Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwanaka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira De Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardane, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Murudhu Fernando and Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena.


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