Feb 27, 2021

English translation of PCoI report creates political turmoil

Discrepancies in the Sinhala and English reports of the Commission that probed the Easter Sunday bomb blasts have reportedly created a political turmoil with legal experts expressing concerns over taking legal action against ex-president Maithripala Sirisena.

Political sources say these discrepancies are related to  the commission's recommendations on the role of Sirisena, especially taking action against him.

Sources say legal experts have pointed out that there are certain discrepancies in the English and Sinhala language reports on this particular recommendation on the role of Sirisena over the bombing incident.

The situation has been further aggravated as Sirisena enjoys full legal immunity as the former president.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General is reported to have stated that there is no possibility of taking legal action against Sirisena, although the commission has recommended to do so.

Also, AG has stressed that a criminal investigation should be conducted to ascertain evidence before taking legal action against former defense secretary, IGP, SIS chief  and Chief Intelligence officer at the defense ministry.