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Why PSC when Penal Code would suffice? – UPFA

Casting doubt on the integrity of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday bombings, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today said the Penal Code has sufficient provisions to punish anyone responsible for the attack.

Speaking to journalists this morning, UPFA MP Weerakumara Dissanayake said a question has arisen whether the Government is attempting to protect those responsible through the PSC, when Section 112 of the Penal Code is well equipped to punish them.

There are three components to a crime, said the MP.

“First of all, there should be a criminal and a victim. Secondly, there should be an opportunity to conduct the crime. In this case, both the criminals and victims are there. Therefore what is left to solve is whether the officials let the criminal conduct the crime or not,” he said.

The responsibility of the officials, said Dissanayake, is to stop the crime and if they failed to do so, they have to be punished.

“There’s no need to further complicate the situation by appointing a PSC and postponing Cabinet meetings when the perpetrators can be punished through the Penal Code. What the Government is doing now is attempting to hide the Easter Attacks and mislead the public,” he added.

UPFA MP Duminda Dissanayake who also spoke at the press briefing returned to the familiar refrain that a PSC open to the media could undermine national security interests.

“We are not against the PSC. What we are against is the media circus which is being carried out. What happens with the intelligence agencies shouldn’t be opened to media,” he said.