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

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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.

This is upon a request made by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara who testified before the PSC today.

The MP had previously refused to appear before the Committee citing legal reasons, but was compelled to present himself at today’s session after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya advised him to comply with its summons.

Jayasekara was summoned to seek clarification on a statement he had made on a private television talk show to the effect that the suicide bomber who had initially targetted the Taj Samudra may have deliberately have avoided the attack due to the presence “certain individuals” in the hotel that day. 

RepublicNext learns that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka questioning his parliamentary colleague asked whether he meant that the bomber had been given instructions not to carry out the explosion at the hotel.

Jayasekara responded that he was not presenting any definitive conclusion, but requested the PSC to investigate the matter and uncover the truth.

“The internal affairs of this country have been manipulated by external forces. The public believes this too. Zaharan and his team were used by a foreign power to carry out its political agenda here,” he said.