The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says the President has failed to respond to a letter sent by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference requesting a fair response within 30 days pertaining to several findings in the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Easter Sunday attacks.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today marks the 30th day since the letter was sent to the President.
His Eminence said he was not satisfied by the response received from the Director General of Legal Affairs at the Presidential Secretariat, Hariguptha Rohanadheera.
The Cardinal said the letter was written calling for a fair investigation into the matter based on information received from the initial copy of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, comments made in Parliament and on information collected independently.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said they have no faith in the investigation conducted by the present administration.
The Cardinal said if a committee is required to be appointed, it should include representatives of all political parties and relevant organisations.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said Ministers alone cannot make decisions on the implementing recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
When questioned by media pertaining to calls for international investigations, the Cardinal said they are not intending to cause issues for the country but will be left with no choice, if their requests are ignored.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith noted that the matter has already been conveyed to the Pope and they will not hesitate to seek support from international organisations if a fair probe is not conducted to punish the perpetrators of the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.