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Abolishing death penalty as bad as letting Easter attackers go free – President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday likened calls to abolish the death penalty to attempts to pardon the Easter Sunday attackers.

Time has come to defeat religious extremism – Cardinal Ranjith

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that it is the right time to defeat any religious ideology that destroys another faith or community in the name of God.

Discrediting Intelligence Reports encourages terrorism-PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is saying that attempting to discredit a part of the report produced by the intelligence agencies about the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday is encouraging ISIS terrorism.

Pohottuwa candidate will bring discipline and security to nation – Former President

The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) will present a presidential candidate who can build a disciplined nation and ensure security to all communities, Former President and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

PSC orders Taj guest list on Easter Sunday upon Dayasiri’s request

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attack is expected to order the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo to provide its list of guests on the day of the bombings.

Professional advisory board on national security raises questions on constitutional principles – Expert

A senior constitutional expert has expressed concern over President Maithripala Sirisena’s appointment of a professional advisory board on national security chaired by Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama earlier today.

Pujith and Hemasiri released on bail

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today released Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando on surety bail of Rs. 500,000 each.

Pujith and Hemasiri remanded until 9 July

Colombo’s Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (3 July) ordered Police to make written submissions with regard to the cases against former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jaysundera this Friday (5 July).

Human Rights Commission issues guidelines to Acting IGP on arbitrary arrests

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday recommended a series of guidelines to Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne in order to avoid what it called arbitrary and illegal arrests.

Pohottuwa wants no part of alleged Wennappuwa apartheid

The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) last night (26) distanced itself from the actions of Wennapuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Susantha Perera who imposed a ban on Muslims from trading at the Dankotuwa Sathipola (weekly fair).

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