Easter Explosions: Sri Lanka arrests former police chief, former secretary of defense

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan defense secretary and suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundera were arrested on Tuesday, a day after the attorney general ordered the authorities to charge them for not having prevented Easter Terrorist attacks that claimed 258 lives.

Jayasundera and Fernando were suspended by the president for his alleged inaction in the intelligence shared by India, which warned of an imminent attack by Islamic militants, and therefore, could not avoid the serial explosions on April 21.

Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a group of CID officials arrested Fernando, who was admitted to a hospital.

He was issued notice on Tuesday to appear before the CID to record a statement over the Easter Sunday attacks. However, he fell ill and was admitted to the Police Hospital. The CID officers visited the hospital and questioned him and later arrested him, the Gazette reported. In a letter to acting police chief Chandana Wickremaratne, Attorney General Dappula de Livera on Monday said the duo should be tried for “grave crimes against humanity” for their failure to prevent the bombings.

De Livera also criticized Wickremeratne for not taking any action against the two as previously stated on June 27. Both Jayasundera and Fernando have testified before an ongoing parliamentary investigation panel about the attacks. Both affirmed that the seriousness of the threat had been discounted at the highest level.