Meeting yesterday (04), ministers decided to appoint a parliamentary committee to look into a Channel 4 documentary on Easter Sunday terror attacks.
Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said an international investigation was discussed if needed.
“As a responsible government, yesterday the cabinet decided on this and there will be an announcement on a special parliamentary committee,” Nanayakkara told parliament.
“In addition to this, internationally, if any investigations are required, the cabinet discussed yesterday to go ahead with it. We will not hesitate to act on this.”
“What is clear is that whenever the Geneva Human Rights Council is scheduled to meet, videos like this are brought in, continuously,” he said.
“We have to analyse the evidence presented in this video. We won’t hesitate to act on it or discuss it.”
In the Channel 4 video that is to be aired tonight (05), it is claimed that current intelligence chief Suresh Sallay was complicit in the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
A whistleblower identified as Azad Maulana, a former top aide of now state minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, had spoken of Sallay planning the attacks.
In a letter to Channel 4, Sallay called the allegations “outright false” and denied any contact with the individuals who spoke to the film-makers.
“He said he was not in Sri Lanka on the dates the alleged contact with the bombers was made.”