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President to be “invited” to testify before Easter attack probe

The Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter attacks has not yet taken a “firm decision whether to ask the President to testify but he will be invited,” a member of the committee told RepublicNext.

It is doubtful whether President Maithripala Sirisena would subject himself to questions from the members of the committee who are mostly Members of Parliament representing the United National Party.

He has clashed several times over the aftermath of the Easter attacks with the UNP.

The UNP has sought to blame the President for not reacting sufficiently well to intelligence reports that warned of the attack.

Sirisena has derided the PSC calling it a “political drama” which is “written, produced and rehearsed at Temple Trees in the evening and enacted before the cameras in the morning.”

On June 26 he told reporters that he had objected to the PSC probe at the outset because Attorney General Dappula de Livera had raised his concerns about the Parliamentary inquiry.

The President pointed out that there are several petitions before the Supreme Court where he has also been named as a respondent by people affected by the attacks.

The AG had said the information being revealed at the PSC hearings were prejudicial to the upcoming Supreme Court cases.

Sirisena appears convinced that the decision to hold the PSC proceedings before the Media was aimed at harming his reputation and at one stage threatened to boycott Cabinet in retaliation.