Nothing to hide says PM, welcomes PSC on Easter Sunday bomb attacks

Kiriella accuses Mahinda of backtracking on Counter Terrorism Bill


by Zacki Jabbar

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is agreeable to a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the April 21, Easter Sunday bomb attacks on three Churches and three hotels, which left 258 dead and about 500 injured.

Addressing a land distribution ceremony in Elpitiya on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that he had nothing to hide and welcomed a PSC to ascertain the negligence of whoever it maybe, that had led to the bomb explosions.

His remark comes amidst Public Enterprise Minister Lakshman Kiriella accusing Opposition and Podujana Peramuna leader Mahinda Rajapaksa of objecting to the Counter Terrorism Bill (CTB) after having earlier agreed to discuss it with the Prime Minister.

Kiriella said that Rajapaksa was making contradictory statements on the CTB and had lately changed his tune, claiming that the Prevention of Terrorism Act ( PTA ) was sufficient.

The PTA introduced in 1979 , was an outdated piece of legislation based on the British model aimed at Northern Ireland terrorists, he noted adding that the United Kingdom itself had updated legislation in 2000 and 2001 to deal with global terrorism.

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