SLMC won’t go before Lessons Learnt Commission-MP Ali


by Dasun Edirisinghe

SLMC General Secretary MP Hassen Ali says SLMC will not go before Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission headed by former Attorney General C. R. de Silva. He accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of conveniently turning a blind eye to hardships experienced by the Muslim community during the war. Responding to a query by The Island, MP Ali said that the President should have directed the commission to investigate beginning the 1980s.

Mr de Silva’s commission focuses on the period between Feb 2002 and May 2009.

MP Ali said that the party received an invitation over the phone. "We’ll not participate in the proceedings," he said.

Former Peace Secretariat Chief Ambassador Bernard Goonetilike, former Foreign Secretary Nihal Rodrigo, ex-HC to New Delhi Mangala Moonesinghe, Child specialist Dr. (Mrs) Hiranthi Wijemanna, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Austin Fernando, Rajan Asiriwathan and TULF leader V. Anandasangaree are among those who appeared before the commission.

The sittings began on August 1.

MP Ali said that the Muslims should be given an opportunity to air their grievances before a presidential commission

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