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Sri Lankas president Maithripala Sirisena har mye å svare for. Ifølge hans egne statsråder mottok han advarslene om forestående terror uten å gjøre noe. Foto: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters/Scanpix

Sri Lankas egne statsråder anklager president Maithripala Sirisena for å ha mottatt advarslene om forestående angrep, uten å foreta seg noe.

Statsråden for offentlige arbeider er spesifikk på når advarslene kom, 4. april, og når møtet hvor de ble drøftet fant sted, 7. april. Men informasjonen ble ikke delt.

Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday.

“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament.

Hvis opplysningene skulle stemme gjør det presidenten og hans team til medskyldige.

He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on April 4 and a Security Council meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 7, but the information was not shared more widely.

“Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials,” the minister said. “The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate into this.”

En tidligere hærsjef, Sarath Fonseka, nå statsråd for regional utvikling, sier angrep av et slikt omfang kan ha tatt 7-8 år å planlegge.

Top Sri Lankan officials deliberately withheld intelligence on attacks: minister

 

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